This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1864. Excerpt: ... course of nations, though it is to be hoped we shall do so at some future time, according to the promise of the poet:--"When the war-drum throbs no longer, and the battle flags are furled, In the Parliament of man, the Federation of the world." For the present, and as the only means of ever reaching that glorious time, the nation, to whose safe keeping is entrusted the highest treasures of civilization, as a deposit on behalf of humanity, would be deeply guilty if, through ignorant or sordid negligence, she failed to keep in her hands the means of guarding them against unjust encroachments. The effective protection of commerce and of missions means this--that the scratch of a pen at Whitehall shall always be sufficient to move line-of-battle ships from their moorings, and launch them into the deep, manned, organized, and armed with all the machinery of destruction, as complete as skill and discipline and valour can make it. This is that sword of the magistrate of which the Apostle speaks as a terror to evil-doers--a sword not indeed to be used without the most solemn responsibility, but still a sword of the sharpest edge, which he to whom it is entrusted ought not to bear in vain. Constituted as men are, justice cannot Possible e ensure(i amongst them without upra1"18 force. In the internal government of a nation, the force requisite for this purpose is entrusted to a few on behalf of the rest of society. But in the society of nations there is no supreme authority. Each separate nation is a portion of the general executive, and both the right and the duty of enforcing justice attach to and accompany the possession of power. Each, according to circumstances, may have to exercise the right, and upon each, according to the turn of events, this duty may be im...
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