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Letter to the Inhabitants of the Province of Quebec

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The new form of government you are entitled to
== The new form of government you are entitled to ==
[[Image:Beccaria.jpg|thumb|Portrait of the Marquis of Beccaria]]"In every human society," says the celebrated Marquis ''[[Beccaria]]'', "there is an ''effort, continually tending'' to confer on one part the heighth of power and happiness, and to reduce the other to the extreme of weakness and misery. The intent of good laws is to ''oppose this effort'', and to diffuse their influence ''universally'' and ''equally''."
Rulers stimulated by this pernicious "effort," and subjects animated by the just "intent of opposing good laws against it," have occasioned that vast variety of events, that fill the histories of so many nations. All these histories demonstrate the truth of this simple position, that to live by the will of one man, or sett of men, is the production of misery to all men.
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