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Book 1. Chap. 16.
Of Rewards for virtue
(Pages 13)

It is complained that there
are no rewards for virtue.

It would be difficult to
frame a code remuneratory

Virtue sometimes considered
as an act sometimes as
a virtue. Utility is
its object as well as motive.

What then cannot be
What is it possible to

Good virtues do not carry
their own proof with them
they consist in a course of

It is difficult to find a
suitable reward for them

Every virtue brings its
peculiar reward

A treatise on the falsity of
human virtue because founded
upon interest might be
converted into a proof of
their reality

Producing their own Reward
factitious Reward is

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The evil resulting from a
different condition of things.
Money could not be given
and Honour would soon
lose its qualities

Reward and punishment
are applicable only to
actions and only indirectly
influence dispositions

Punishment must be applied
to a single crime.
Reward might have to
be given to a single good

No Reward can be applied
to moral virtues of every
day occurrence

Bestowed periodically there
may sometimes be too few
sometimes too many Rewards

The village institution of
La Rosière de Saleney
may be produced as an
answer to these observations
but it resembles the regulations
of domestic governments

Geneva had its Naval King &c

The Humane Society bestows
rewards for virtuous actions

If these Rewards were reported
to the King & Parliament
it would increase their effect

A similar institution might
be formed for other actions

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Tho' applied to one action
the design of a Reward is
to encourage virtuous

Thus the Romans encouraged
filial piety when they
erected the Temple upon
the prison site

Publicity might be
employed in giving perfection
to various services as well
as a Reward

A Comparative table might
be formed of the administration
of Cities &c &
Hospitals &c

Independently of their
utility to Government
it would have the effect
of Reward for good conduct

This project was carried
into effect in France

In rewards for the poor
we must not reckon on
the feelings of the rich

Agricultural Societies bestow
rewards upon Servants for
continuing long in their places

Also to Labourers for carefully
bringing up their families

The reward consists generally
of money, but of Money
connected with Honour

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An assortment of rewards
for virtue might be made
by examining all that has
been done

Public esteem founded
upon utility is the most
potent reward for virtue

The reason of the different
degree of esteem of different virtues
in different countries
must be sought in their

Public esteem is however
independent of Governments
it may however be guided
by them

Respect is felt for Riches,
Honour and Power and
these governments may
unite with what they

A Reward gives notoriety
to a service

And thence increases the
amount of Public esteem
which it receives

It also induces others
to become competitors
for like rewards by the
like means

The Prince must be
inexpert who cannot
unite virtue and Public

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