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1824. Novr. 23d.
Constitutional Procedure Code.

Ch. VI. Legislature
§. 13. Continuation Comm<hi rend="superscript">ee

Question 1. Non-relocability
why? and why
thus long?

Answer. General Reasons
1. By the undiscontinued
relocability system,
good is not, in any shape,
secured: evil is in all

By the temporary
reeligibility system,
coupled with the
Continuation Committee
System, good in all shapes
is secured or probabilized:
evil, none.

2. Particular Reasons.
Proofs of the above
general positions.
In the word experience
is comprised the whole
of the good, expectable
from undiscontinued
relocability. But,
considered as proof
presumptive of the
aggregate of appropriate
aptitude, the experience
is illusory.
is but

3. Under the name of
experience, all the
proof of aptitude, that
is or can be secured,
is attendance: viz. at
the seat of business.
But, how uninterrupted
soever, by mere
attendance, no one of
the elements of
appropriate aptitude is

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Ch. VI. Legislature.
§. 13. Continuat<hi rend="superscript">n Committee

4. As to cognitive,
judicative, and active
aptitude, all these
depend partly upon
antecedent faculties,
natural and acquired,
partly upon
attention. But by no
attendance can either
these faculties or
appropriate attention
be secured.

5. On the part of a
great majority of the
whole body,notwithstanding
the compleat
absence of appropriate
aptitude in all these
shapes, relocation will,
if the temporary
nonrelocability system be
not applied, be
preponderantly probable.

6. The only mode in
which aptitude in these
shapes can publickly
manifest itself, more
especially active aptitude,
is by public
speaking; and in no
assembly containing
a hundred or more,
has a proportion of
habitual extempore speakers
so great as a fifth
or even a tenth of the
whole number of
Members, been habitually

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Ch. VI. Legislature.
§. 13. Continuat<hi rend="superscript">n Committee

7. In the case of the
rest, if no offence of a
public nature has
ving been given by
speech in the Assembly,
or conduct otherwise
public, -- in such Services
rendered, or even
kindness of deportment
manifested to individuals,
especially to leading
individuals, will naturally
suffice, on each occasion,
to secure relocation,
to .
To the thus apparently,
though not really tried
man, to propose an
untried opponent,
will naturally be an
invidious and thence
hopeless proceding:
odium certain — Success

8. In whatsoever degree
in respect
of any of these
branches of aptitude,
he may not the less
be a man without
reproach: for, to no
man can it be a
matter of reproach
to be in the same
state of inaction in
which his colleagues, in
any such proportion,
are, as above, seen to be.
Non relocation w<hi rend="superscript">d
in this case be dislocation.
What, to a majority
of any body of
Electors, could be an
inducement adequate to
the obtaining adequate their
concurrence in so
harsh a measure, in so
against a man void
of offence?

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Ch. VI. Legislature.
§. Locable who
§. 13. Continuat<hi rend="superscript">n Committee

9. Experience, to wit in
that outward & shadowy
form which, as above, is
so easily accepted as the
substance, he can not be
denied to have. General
case any little kindness
and affability, if either
natural disposition or
artificial prudence, have
sufficed to produce an
adequate display of these
engaging qualities, will
secure to him all hearts, all

10. By no other person
in that same situation
can those titles to
confidence, fallacious as
they are, yet not tho less
effective, have been
manifested. By what person
could any and what
competition be set up
against him? Odium,
as above, would be
certain: success

11. Consult experience.
Look round in all countries,
and all political
situations — everywhere
you will see, that,
in the ordinary state
of things in a vast
proportion of the whole
number of cases on the
part of an inoffensive
man, election for a
year is in effect
election for life.

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