then, that entitles a man to the right of political sovereignty?
First--He should have reached that point in mental development in which he will have a capacity, in common with others, to understand and appreciate the leading principles of government and their applications.
Second--He should have reached that period in life in which there is usually a corresponding development of the moral sense — the feeling of obligation to do right — which affords a reasonable guaranty for the faithful application of his knowledge in discharging the duties of sovereignty.
Third--He should be in that state of social equality which gives him a common interest, a common happiness, and common duties as a citizen, with other sovereigns, which will also afford a necessary guaranty for the faithful performance of his duties.
And, Fourth--He should be in that physical condition, also, which is necessary to the duties of so responsible a position, under all ordinary circumstances.
If one or more of these conditions exclude a whole sex, together with all minors, idiots, felons, and foreigners, they at the same time limit it to a definite class of males, and bar all others from any title to it. No sensible man would admit that the power of sovereign control inherent in government could, with safety to the only legitimate object of government, the happiness of the subjects,