Sketches of the Natural, Civil, and Political State of Swisserland: In a Series of Letters to William Melmoth

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Pagina 129 - Dear is that shed to which his soul conforms, And dear that hill which lifts him to the storms; And as a child, when scaring sounds molest, Clings close and closer to the mother's breast, So the loud torrent; and the whirlwind's roar, But bind him to his native mountains more.
Pagina 463 - England, the life and liberty of the fubject does not depend upon the arbitrary decifion of his judge, but is fecured by exprefs laws, from which no magiftrate can depart with impunity. This guarded precifion, it is true, may occafionally, perhaps, be attended with fome inconveniences; but they are overbalanced by advantages of fo much greater weight as to be fcarcely perceptible in the fcales of juftice. I do not mean, however, to throw any imputation upon the officers of criminal jurifdiction in...
Pagina 14 - Lauffen, a fmall village in the canton of Zuric, we difmounted ; and advancing to the edge of the precipice which overhangs the Rhine, We looked down perpendicularly upon the cataract, and faw the river tumbling over the fides of the rock with amazing violence and precipitation. From hence we defcended...
Pagina 345 - They may form alliances with any power, or may reject the same, though all the others have acceded to it — may grant auxiliary troops to foreign princes — may prohibit the money of the other cantons from being current within their own territories — may impose taxes, and, in short, perform every other act of absolute sovereignty. The public affairs of the Helvetic body are discussed and determined in their several diets.
Pagina 460 - Swiflerland in general. There is no part of Europe which contains, within the fame extent of region, fo many independent commonwealths, and fuch a variety of different governments, as are collected together in this remarkable and delightful country ; and yet, with fuch wifdom was the Helvetic union compofed, and fo little have the Swifs, of late years, been actuated with the fpirit of conqueft, that fince the firm and complete eftabliihment of their general confederacy, they have fcarcely ever had...
Pagina 264 - Rouffeau himfelf paflfed fome time at different parts on the borders of the lake, and particularly at Meillerie, about that period of his life when he may be fuppofed to" have written his Heloife. Open that performance, read that letter, and confider that part of it, where St. Preux points out the number of towns and villages, the continued fertility and high cultivation of the Pays de...
Pagina 390 - The inhabitants enjoy the advantage alfb of having free accefs to the public library ; and by this privilege, they not only retain but improve that general tincture of learning which they imbibe in their early youth : when I vifited this library, it happened to be crowded with ftudents, who were returning the books they had borrowed, and demanding others.
Pagina 386 - Savoy, with their frozen tops gliftening in the fun; and the majeftic Mont Blanc lifting up its head far above the reft. The town, which lies partly in the plain upon the borders of the lake, and partly upon a gentle afcent, is irregularly built; the houfes are high, and...
Pagina 395 - ... of juftice. The citizens took advantage of thefe quarrels ; and, by fiding occafionally with each party, obtained an extenfion of their privileges from both. . . But the houfe of Savoy having purchafed the county of the Genevois, and fucceeded to all the prerogatives of the counts, with additional power ; the...
Pagina 376 - ... he never ftirs a quarter of a mile from his own houfe; for he would not take the trouble of going to Berne, even to attend the King of France. It is more than probable, that much of this extraordinary man's...

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