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LONDON:
PRINTED FOR D. 1. EATON, AT THE COCK AND SVINE

NO. 74, NEWGATE-STREET,

PREFACE*.

H ow highly the writings of wise and good men concerning government have been esteemed in all ages, the testimony of history, and the preservation of fo many books composed by the ancients on that subject, do fufficiently manifest. And it may be truly said, that unless men have utterly abandoned themselves to all that is detestable, they have seldom attempted to detract from the worth of the affertors of liberty, though ambition and other passions have influenced them to act in opposition to it. When Augustus had surprised a young Roman, who was related to him, reading a political discourse of Cicero, '. he commended his judgment in that choice. The history of France, written by the president de Thou, with a Spirit of freedom that might have been worthy of those who had

* By John Toland. Besides the “ Discourses concerning Government,” he also collected and first published Milion's prose-works; and Harringe ton's works, “ furge of then from the original manuscripts.. A 2

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