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Sect. I. Law in General. (8

Bound. import of the word "Law," that it's own import as applied to human
actions is no otherwise to be defined than by means of that same word.
When a man is bound to do an act, it is as we have seen, by his being
liable to be punished by virtue of a Law, or by a command at
least, if he does it not.

"When he put that matter into motion, he established certain Laws
"of motion, to which all under it's government moveable bodies must
"conform." Thus continues he when the supreme being formed the "universe Gods Laws for Inanimate Matter][We have now taken a view of seen our author's definition of Law in general: He next proceeds We have seen how to he illustrates it's The illustration is no less clear,than his the definition is precise.,
and created matter out of nothing, he impressed certain —
"principles upon that matter, from which it can never depart, and without
"which it would cease to be." This is then one character of a Law:
" that that which is governed by it cannot depart from it, and that if it were,
"to quite it, there would be an end to it's existence; Tto the existence not of the
Law, I mean but of the thing, whatever it be, that's is governed by it 1st Characteristics of Law. It is untransgressible, inviolable.. Hence [if it]
should it come out hereafter that there is such a sort of an animal as
is called Man, and that for this animal there are such things —
made as are called Laws: this much we know of in some measure what what would become
of him how it would be with him. . In the first place, he never could do but as they would have
him: in the next place, (to suppose what, it seems, is impossible) if
he did , his annihilation would be the certain consequence the next thing you wou.d see of him would be his annihilation..

"And to pretend continues descend, says our Author, from the greatest operations
"to the smallest, when a workman forms a Clock" (making a Clock
"being the smallest operation that is performed) "when a workman —
"makes a Clock," says he, "or other piece of mechanism, he establishes,
"at his own pleasure , certain arbitrary laws for it's direction: as that

Sect. I. Law in General. (8

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sect. i law in general





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