24 June 1810 2
Ch. 1. Posterity chainers
Under or truly monarchical governments a difficulty
from what the British is free attends the breaking through a compact
made with the whole or a part of its subjects
Solution in both cases — 1. Put the weaker party in the same plight by
adequate compensation: if that be impossible it may be necessary to sacrifice
private to public good interest.
Under the name of
both might be compared.
But Jephthahs Vow
Pleaders is made
a separate fallacy
in respect of the its separate
Both these devices might, it must be confessed, have
been included under the denomination given appropriated to the first,
for such is the to hold posterity in chains under a yoke — in everlasting
chains yoke is the aim of both of them.
But in the case of the Jephththahs Vow Pleader's
argument the mischief receives an aggravation from
the poison particular tincture of superstition which is infused into it.
The property common
to both is the mischievous
tendency — the
probable pressure of the yoke.
What The feature which they have in common belongs to them is the mischievous
tendency: this is the same the pressure that would be produced by the
yoke chains which by both of them is sought to be fixt upon
the neck of all posterity.
The seat of the difference
is the fashion of
That which is p which they differ — that which
is peculiar to one of them the absurdity — is the matter and fashion of the yoke:
and thence the absurdity attached to the particular instrument
which in the two cases respectively is employed
The Absurdity common
to both is that of seeking
to give to a man
to be exercised after his
death a power beyond
what he possesses when
First comes the absurdity which they have exhibit in common:
the absurdity attached to the idea of exerting a man's exercising
when he is dead a power beyond any which it is in his
power to exercise while alive.
Distinct from this common absurdity is the peculiar
absurdity attached to the peculiar nature of the instrument
employed in each respective case: or at any
rate in the case of the Jephthahs Vow-Pleader's device
in which case being the case in which the absurdity is most more flagrant than in the other.
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