• “The defense of one’s self, justly called the primary law of nature, is not, nor can it be abrogated by any regulation of municipal law. This principle of defense is not confined merely to the person; it extends to the liberty and the property of a man … it extends to the person of every one, who is in danger; perhaps, to the liberty of every one, whose liberty is unjustly and forcibly attacked.” ~James Wilson (1791)
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  • “It is the duty of parents to maintain their children decently, and according to their circumstances; to protect them according to the dictates of prudence; and to educate them according to the suggestions of a judicious and zealous regard for their usefulness, their respectability and happiness.” ~James Wilson, Lectures on Law, 1791
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  • β€œTo prevent crimes, is the noblest end and aim of criminal jurisprudence. To punish them, is one of the means necessary for the accomplishment of this noble end and aim.” ~James Wilson (1790)
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  • “The pyramid of government β€” and a republican government may well receive that beautiful and solid form β€” should be raised to a dignified altitude: but its foundations must, of consequence, be broad, and strong, and deep.” ~James Wilson (1804)
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  • “In planning, forming, and arranging laws, deliberation is always becoming, and always useful.” ~James Wilson (1791)
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  • To prevent crimes, is the noblest end and aim of criminal jurisprudence. To punish them, is one of the means necessary for the accomplishment of this noble end and aim.” ~James Wilson (1790)
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  • “[The president] is the dignified, but accountable magistrate of a free and great people. The tenure of his office, it is true, is not hereditary; nor is it for life: but still it is a tenure of the noblest kind: by being the man of the people, he is invested; by continuing to be the man of the people, his investiture will be voluntarily, and cheerfully, and honourably renewed.” ~James Wilson (1791)
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  • “To prevent crimes, is the noblest end and aim of criminal jurisprudence. To punish them, is one of the means necessary for the accomplishment of this noble end and aim.” ~James Wilson (1790)
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  • “In planning, forming, and arranging laws, deliberation is always becoming, and always useful.” ~James Wilson (1791)
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  • “The authority, the interests, and the affections of the people at large are the only foundation, on which a superstructure proposed to be at once durable and magnificent, can be rationally erected.” ~James Wilson
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