intelligent to understand clearly and correctly all the duties appertaining to the various relations they sustain, and so perfected in moral feeling as to fulfil these duties from the impulses of their own spontaneous volitions
. Government, as it may be understood and applied to such intelligences, must be essentially different from that which is appropriate to beings of arbitrary volition; and who, therefore, should be held to accountability in the exercise of their freedom by the most rigid restrictions from penal sanctions.
To these latter a government that did not embody the principle of
slavery would be no government at all.
Authoritative control, with its correlative, (according to the more general classification given,) is the abstract principle of slavery.
But a state of freedom is the opposite of a state of slavery.
The abstract principle of a state of freedom or Liberty is, therefore, the opposite to that of slavery.
is the abstract principle of freedom, as its opposite--control by another
--is the principle of slavery.
Now every government adapted to fallen beings whose personal or mental liberty consists in arbitrary
volition, is necessarily a combination of these two opposite elements — the principle of freedom and the principle of slavery.
Either of these entering alone into the system of government,