other words, he will secure for himself and confer upon his fellows eminent benefits resulting from the performance of his duty.
Now, whatever results to him in this way is certainly his by possession, or by Divine grant, as much so as any natural right;
but these benefits
, being of the nature of the essential good, (for the reason that they are benefits
, are in themselves right
,) result to him in the performance of his duty, and therefore are his rights
. But the acquisition is made to depend upon the exercise of his arbitrary
If he use this in pursuance of duty, they follow.
If he use it in violation of duty, they do not follow.
Hence, if he realize them at all, either by possession or by title, they are acquired
, and therefore are acquired rights
Therefore, acquired rights
may be defined, such good, in the form of benefits or privileges, as results from the performance of duty.
Logically, they belong to the class of the essential good called benefits or privileges, with the “essential difference
” that they are such as result from the performance of duty.
Any other result, though in itself of the nature of the essential good, yet, as it conferred no benefit, could not be said to be our right
. Capital punishment, for example, when in accordance with the Divine will, is in itself of the nature of the essential good; still, it would be an