periods of his life, as that his will may retain its self-acting power unimpaired, as his mind is naturally unfolded by time and circumstances; and to such modification of this absolute control in after life, as may afford him due restraint under temptation to do wrong, and proper encouragement, at all times, to do right.
Second. The right of man in a state of maturity
1. The government should accord him all his natural rights, and protect him in the exercise of the same.
That is, the political government should cooperate with the Divine to preserve his will in its normal condition as a self-acting power, and to guarantee to him the exercise of this power of self-action in all things good.
The man who is protected in the enjoyment of this inherent liberty of will, is a free man in the strictest sense of the word.
The government over him may be concentrated in the hands of one man, or it may be divided among an aristocracy, more or less numerous, or it may be what is called a democracy, but this does not of itself affect the fact of his freedom.
If the government secure him in the enjoyment of these rights, and of all which necessarily attaches to them, he is essentially free.
The kind of government, as a hereditary monarchy, or a democratic republic, does not, of itself, determine the actual freedom of its subjects.