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TWO TREATISES OF Government: In the former, The false Principles, and Foundation OF Sir ROBERT FILMER, And his FOLLOWERS, ARE Detected and Overthrown.

The latter is an ESSAY CONCERNING THE True Original, Extent, and End OF Civil Government.

LONDON, Printed for Awnsham Churchill, at the Black Swan in Ave-Mary-Lane, by Amen- Corner, 1690.

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Aug. 23. 1689.

I. Fraser.






THou hast here the Beginning and End of a Discourse, concerning Government; what Fate has otherwise disposed of the Papers that should have filled up the middle, and were more than all the rest, 'tis not worth while to tell thee. These, which remain, I hope, are sufficient to establish the Throne of our great Restorer, Our present King William; to make good his Title, in the Consent of the People, which being the only one, of all lawful Governments, he has more fully and clearly than any Prince in Christendom. And to justifie to the World, the People of England, whose love of their just and natural Rights, [ii] with their Resolution to preserve them, saved the Nation, when it was on the very brink of Slavery and Ruine. If these Papers have that evidence, I flatter my self, is to be found in them, there will be no great miss of those which are lost, and my Reader may be satisfied without them. For I imagine I shall have neither the time, nor inclination to repeat my Pains, and fill up the wanting part of my Answer, by tracing Sir Robert again, through all the Windings and Obscurities which are to be met with in the several Branches of his wonderful Systeme. The King, and Body of the Nation, have since so throughly confuted his Hypothesis, that, I suppose, no Body hereafter will have either the Confidence to appear against our common Safety, and be again an Advocate for Slavery; or the Weakness to be deceived with Contradictions dressed up in a popular Stile, and well turned [iii] Periods. For if any one will be at the Pains himself, in those Parts which are here untouched, to strip Sir Robert's Discourses of the Flourish of doubtful Expressions, and endeavour to reduce his Words to direct, positive, intelligible Propositions, and then compare them one with another, he will quickly be satisfied, there was never so much glib Nonsense put together in well sounding English. If he think it not worth while, to examine his Works all through, let him make an Experiment in that Part where he treats of Usurpation; and let him try whether he can, with all his Skill, make Sir Robert intelligible, and consistent with himself, or common sense. I should not speak so plainly of a Gentleman, long since past answering, had not the Pulpit, of late Years, publickly owned his Doctrine, and made it the Currant Divinity of the Times. 'Tis necessary those Men, [iv] who, taking on them to be Teachers, have so dangerously mis-led others, should be openly shewed of what Authority their Patriarch, whom they have followed, is, or ought to be; that so they may either recant what, upon so ill Grounds, they have vented, or justifie his Opinions. For I should not have writ against Sir Robert, or taken the pains to shew his Mistakes, Inconsistencies, and want of (what he so much boasts of, and pretends wholly to build on) Scripture-Proofs, were there not Men amongst us, who, by crying up his Books, and espousing his Doctrine, save me from the Reproach or writing against a dead Adversary. They have been so zealous in this Point, that if I have done him any wrong, I cannot hope they should spare me. I wish, where they have done the Truth and the Publick wrong, (there being scarce a greater mischief to Prince and People, than [v] the propagating wrong Notions concerning Government) they would be as ready to redress it. And that all times might not have reason to complain of the Drum Ecclesiastick. If any one, concerned really for Truth, undertake the Confutation of my Hypothesis, I promise him either to recant my mistake, upon fair Conviction; or to answer his difficulties. But he must remember two Things: First, That cavilling here and there, at some Expression, or little Incident of my Discourse, is not an Answer to my Book. Secondly, That I shall not take Railing for Arguments, nor think either of these worth my notice. Though I shall always look on my self as bound to give satisfaction to any one, who shall appear to be conscientiously scrupulous in the point, and shall shew any just Grounds for his Scruples.


I have nothing more, but to advertise the Reader, that

A. stands for our Authour,

O. For his Observations on Hobbs, Milton, &c.

And that a bare Quotation of Pages always means Pages of his Patriarcha.






§. 1. SLavery is so vile and miserable an Estate of Man, and so directly opposite to the generous temper and courage of our Nation; that 'tis hardly to be conceived, that an Englishman, much less a Gentleman, should plead for't. And truly I should have taken this as any other Treatise, which would perswade all Men, that they are Slaves and ought to be so; for such an other exercise of Wit, as was his who writ the Encomium of Nero, rather than for a serious Discourse meant in earnest, had not the gravity of the Title and Epistle, the Picture in the Front of Sr. Rbts, Book, and the applause that followed it, required me to believe that the Author and Publisher were both in earnest, I therefore took the Patriarcha of Sr. R. Filmer into my hands with all the expectation, and read it through with all the attention due to a Treatise, that made such a noise at it's coming abroad, and cannot [2] but confess my self mightily surprised, that in a Book which was to provide Chains for all mankind, I should find nothing but a Rope of Sand useful perhaps to such whose skill and business it is to raise a dust, and would blind the People the better to mislead them, but is not of any force to draw those into Bondage, who have their Eyes open and so much Sense about them, as to consider that Chains are but an ill wearing, how much care soever hath been taken to file and polish them.

§. 2. If any one think I take too much liberty in speaking so freely of a Man who is the great Champion of absolute Power, and the Idol of those who worship it; I beseech him to make this small allowance for once, to one, who even after the reading of Roberts Book, cannot but think himself as the Laws allow him a Freeman, and I know no fault it is to do so, unless any one better skill'd in the Fate of it than I, should have it revealed to him, that this Treatise which has lain dormant so long, was when it appeared in the World to carry by strength of its Arguments, all Liberty out of it, and that from thence forth our Authors short model was to be the pattern in the Mount and the perfect Standard of Politics for the [3] future. His System lies in a little compass 'tis no more but this,

That all Government is absolute Monarchy, and the ground he builds on is this,

That no Man is born free?

3. Since there have been a generation of Men sprung up in the World that would flatter Princes with an Opinion that they have a Divine Right to absolute Power, let the Laws by which they are constituted and are to govern, and the Conditions under which they enter upon their Authority, be what they will, and their engagements to observe them never so well ratified by solemn Oaths and Promises, they have denied Mankind a Right, to natural Freedom, whereby they have not only as much as in them lies expos'd all Subjects to the utmost Misery of Tyranny and Oppression, but have also so unsettled the Titles, and shaken the Thrones of Princes. (For they too, by these Men's Doctrin, except only one, are all born Slaves, and by divine Right are Subjects to Adams right Heir) as if they had design'd to make War upon all Government, and subvert the very Foundations of Human Society.


4. However we must believe them upon their own bare words, when they tell us we are all born Slaves and there is no remedy for it, we must continue so; Life and Thraldom we entered into together, and can never be quit of the one, till we part with the other, though I do not find Scripture or Reason any where say so, however these Men would perswade us that Divine Authority hath subjected us to the unlimited Will of another. An admirable State of Mankind, and that which they have not had wit enough to find out till this latter Age. For however Sr. Rob. Filmer seems to condemn the Novelty of the contrary Opinion, Patr. p. 3. yet I believe it will be hard for him to find any other Age or Country of the World, but this which have asserted Monarchy to be Iure Divino. And he confesses Patr. p. 4. That Heyward, Blackwood, Barclay and others that have bravely vindicated the Right of Kings in most Points, never thought of this, but with one Consent admitted the Natural Liberty and Equality of Mankind.

By whom this Doctrine came at first to be broach'd and brought in fashion amongst us, and what sad Effects it gave rise to, I leave to Historians to relate or the Memory of those who were Contemporaries with Sibthorp and Manwering to [5] recolect my business at present, being only to consider what Sr. R. F. who is allowed to have carried this Argument farthest, and is supposed to have brought it to perfection, has said in it; For from him every one who would be as fashionable as French was at Court, has learned and runs away with this short System of Politics, viz. Men are not born free, and therefore could never have the liberty to choose either Governors or Forms of Government, Princes have their Power Absolute and by Divine Right, for Slaves could never have a right to Compact or Consent; Adam was an absolute Monarch, and so are all Princes ever since.





Of Paternal and Regal Power.

6. SIR R. F's great Position is, that Men are not naturally free, this is the Foundation on which his absolute Monarchy stands, and from which it erects it self to an height that it's Power is above every Power, Caput inter nubila, so high above all earthly and human Things, that thought can scarce reach it, that Promises and Oaths which tye the infinite Deity, cannot confine it. But if this Foundation fails, all his Fabric falls with it, and Governments must be left again to the old way of being made by contrivance and the consent of Men making use of their reason to unite together into Society. To prove this grand Position of his, he tells us, p. 12. Men are born in subjection to their Parents, and therefore cannot be free. And this Authority of Parents, he calls Royal Authority, p. 12, 14. Fatherly Authority, Right of Fatherhood, p. 12, 20. one would have thought he would in the beginning of such a Work as this, on which was to depend the Authority of Princes and the Obedience of Subjects, have told us expresly what that Fatherly Authority is, have defined it, though not [7] limited it, because in some other Treatises of his, he tells us 'tis unlimited, and unlimitable, he should at least have given us such an account of it, [1] that we might have had an entire Notion of this Fatherhood or Fatherly Authority when ever it came in our way in his Writings; This I expected to have found in the first Chapter of his Patriarcha. But [2] instead there of having, 1. en Passant made his Obeysance to the Arcana imperii, p. 5. 2o made his Complement to the Rights and Liberties of this or any other Nation, p. 6. which he is going presently to null and destroy; And 3o made his Leg to those Learned Men who did not see so far into the Matter as himself, p. 7. he comes to fall on Bellarmine, p. 8. and by a Victory over him, Establishes his Fatherly Authority beyond any question; Bellarmine being routed by his own Confession, p. 11. the day is clear got, and there is no more need of any Forces: For having done that, I observe not that he states the Question or rallies up any Arguments to make good his Opinion, but rather tells [8] us the Story as he thinks fit of this strange kind of domineering Phantom, called the Fatherhood, which whoever could catch presently got Empire and unlimited absolute Power. He assures us how this Fatherhood began in Adam, continued it's course, and kept the World in order all the time of the Patriarchs till the Flood, got out of the Arch with Noah and his Sons, made and supported all the Kings of the Earth till the Captivity of the Israelites in Egypt, and then the poor Fatherhood was under hatches till God by giving the Israelites Kings, Re-established the Ancient and prime Right of the lineal Succession in paternal Government. This is his business from p. 12 to 19. And then obviating an Objection, and clearing a Difficulty or two with one half reason, p. 23. to confirm the Natural Right of Regal Power, he ends the first Chapter. I hope 'tis no Injury to call an half Quotation an half Reason, for God says, Honour thy Father and Mother, but our Author contents himself with half, leaves out thy Mother quite, as little serviceable to his purpose, but of that more in an other place.

7 I do not think our Author so little skill'd in the way of Writing Discourses of this Nature, nor so careless of the Point in hand, that he by oversight commits the fault that [9] he himself in his Anarchy of a mix'd Monarchy, p. 239. Objects to Mr. Hunton in these words. Where first I charge the A that he hath not given us any Definition or Discription of Monarchy in general, for by the Rules of Method, he should have first defin'd. And by the like Rule of Method Sr. Rob. should have told us, what his Fatherhood or Fatherly Authority is before he had told us, in whom it was to be found and talked so much of it. But perhaps Sr. Rob. found that this Fatherly Authority, this Power of Fathers and of Kings, for he makes them both the same, p. 24. would make a very odd and frightful Figure, and very disagreeing, with what either Children imagin of their Parents, or Subjects of their Kings, if he should have given us the whole draught together in that Gigantic Form, he had Painted it in his own Phancy, and therefore like a wary Physician, when he would have his Patient swallow some harsh or Corrosive Liquor, he mingles it with a large quantity of that, which may delute it; that the scatter'd Parts may go down with less feeling and cause less Aversion.

8. Let us then endeavour to find what account he gives us of this Fatherly Authority, as it lies scatter'd in the several Parts of his Writings. And first as it was [10] vested in Adam, he says not only Adam, but the succeeding Patriarchs, had by Right of Fatherhood, Royal Authority over their Children, p. 12. This Lordship which Adam by Command had over the whole World, and by right descending from him, the Patriarchs did injoy; was as large and ample as the Absolute Dominion of any Monarch, which hath been since the Creation. p. 13. Dominion of Life and Death; making War and concluding Peace, p. 13. Adam and the Patriarchs had Absolute Power of Life and Death, p. 35. Kings in the right of Parents, succeed to the Exercise of supream jurisdiction. p. 19. As Kingly Power is by the Law of God, so it hath no inferior Law to Limit it, Adam was Lord of all, p. 40. The Father of a Family governs by no other Law, then by his own will, p. 78. The Superiority of Princes is above Laws, p. 79. The unlimited jurisdiction of Kings, is so amply described by Samuel. p. 80. Kings are above the Laws. p. 93. And to this purpose see a great deal more which our A—delivers in Bodins's words. It is certain that all Laws, Priviledges and Grants of Princes have no Force, but during their Life; if they be not ratified by the express Consent or by sufferance of the Prince following especially Priviledges. O. p. 279. The reason why Laws have been also made by Kings, was this; [11] when Kings were either busied with Wars, or distracted with Public Cares, so that every private Man, could not have Access to their Persons, to learn their Wills and Pleasure, then were Laws of necessity invented, that so every particular Subject, might find his Princes Pleasure Decypher'd unto him in the Tables of his Laws. p. 92. In a Monarchy, the King must by necessity be above the Laws, p. 100. A perfect Kingdom is that, wherein the King Rules all things according to his own Will, p. 100. Neither Common nor Statute Laws, are or can be any Diminution of that General Power, which Kings have over their People by right of Fatherhood, p. 115. Adam was the Father, King and Lord over his Family, a Son, a Subject and a Servant or Slave, were one and the same thing at first. The Father had Power to dispose or sell his Children or Servants, whence we find that at the first reckoning up of Goods in Scripture, the Man-servant and the Maid-servant, are numbred among the Possessions, and substance of the Owner, as other Goods were. O pref. God also hath given to the Father a Right or Liberty, to alien his Power over his Children; to any other whence we find the Sale and Gift of Children, to have been much in use, in in the Beginning of the World, when Men had their Servants for a Possession and an Inheritance, as well as other Goods, whereupon [12] we find the Power of Castrating and making Eunuchs, much in use in Old times. O. p. 155. Law is nothing else but the will of him, that hath the Power of the Supream Father, O. p. 223. It was Gods Ordinance, that Supremacy should be unlimited in Adam, and as large as all the Acts of his Will, and as in him, so in all others that have Supream Power. O. p. 245.

9. I have been fain to trouble by Reader, with these several Quotations in our A—s own words, that in them might be seen his own Discription, of his Fatherly Authority, as it lies scatter'd up and down in his Writings, which he supposes was first vested in Adam, and by Right, belongs to all Princes ever since. This Fatherly Authority then or Right of Fatherhood, in our A—s sence is a Divine unalterable Right of Sovereignty, whereby a Father or a Prince, hath an Absolute Arbitrary unlimited and unlimitable Power, over the Lives, Libertys, and Estates of his Children or Subjects, so that he may take or alienate their Estates, sell, castrate, or use their Persons as he pleases, they being all his slaves, and he Lord and Proprietor of every thing, and his unbounded Will their Law.

10. Our A— having placed such a mighty Power in Adam, and upon that [13] supposition, founded all Government, and all Power of Princes, it is reasonable to expect, that he should have proved this with Arguments clear and evident, suitable to the weightiness of the Cause. That since Men had nothing else left them; they might in slavery had such undeniable Proofs of its necessity, that heir consciences might be convinced, and oblige them to submit peaceably to that Absolute Dominion, which their Governors had a Right to Exercise over them, without this; what good could our A— do, or pretend to do, by erecting such an unlimited Power, but flatter the Natural Vanity and Ambition of Men, too apt of its self to grow and increase, with the Possession of any Power? And by perswading those, who by the consent of their fellow Men are advanced to great, but limited degrees of it, that by that Part which is given them, they have a Right to all that was not so, and therefore may do what they please, because they have Authority to do more then others, and so tempt them to do what is neither for their own, nor the good of those under their Care, whereby great mischeifs cannot but follow.

11. The Sovereignty of Adam, being that on which as a sure basis, our A—builds [14] his Mighty Absolute Monarchy, I expected that in his Patriarcha, this his main supposition would have been proved and established, with all that evidence of Arguments, that such a Fundamental Tenet required, and that this on which the great stress of the business depends, would have been made out with reasons sufficient to justifie the confidence, with which it was assumed. But in all that Treatise, I could find very little tending that way; the thing is there so taken for granted without Proof, that I could scarce believe my self, when upon attentive Reading that Treatise, I found there so mighty a Structure, rais'd upon the bare supposition of this Foundation; for it is scarce credible, that in a Discourse where he pretends to confute, the Erroneous Principle of Mans Natural Freedom, he does it by a bare supposition of Adams Authority, without offering any Proof for that Authority. Indeed he confidently says, that Adam had Royal Authority. p. 12, and 13. Absolute Lordship and Dominion of life and death, p. 13. An Vniversal Monarchy, p. 33. Absolute Power of life and death, p. 35. He is very frequent in such Assertions, but what is strange in all his whole Patriarcha, I find not one pretence of a reason, to Establish this his great Foundation of Government; not [15] any thing that looks like an Argument, but these words; To confirm this Natural Right of Regal Power, we find in the Decalogue, that the Law which injoyns Obedience to Kings, is delivered in the Terms, Honour thy Father, as if all Power were Originally in the Father. And why may I not add as well, that in the Decalogue, the Law that injoyns obedience to Queens, is delivered in the Terms of Honour thy Mother, as if all Power were Originally in the Mother? The Argument as Sr. Rob. puts it, will hold as well for one as tother, but of this more in its due place.

12. All that I take notice of here, is that this is all our A— says in this first, or any of the following Chapters, to prove the Absolute Power of Adam, which is his great Principle, and yet as if he had there settled it upon sure Demonstration, he begins his 2d. Chapter with these words, by Confering these Proofs and Reasons, drawn from the Authority of the Scripture. Where those Proofs and Reasons for Adams Sovereignty, are, bateing that of Honour thy Father above mentioned, I confess, I cannot find unless what he says, p. 11. In these words we have an evident Confession, viz. of Belarmin, that Creation made Man Prince of his Posterity, must be taken for Proofs and Reasons drawn from Scripture, or for [16] any sort of Proofs at all: though from thence by a new way of inference in the words, immediately following. And indeed he concludes) the Royal Authority of Adam, sufficiently settled in him.

13. If he has in that Chapter, or any where in the whole Treatise, given any other Proofs of Adams Royal Authority, other then by often repeating it, which among some Men goes for Argument, I desire any body for him to shew me the Place and Page, that I may be convinced of my mistake, and acknowledge my oversight. If no such Arguments are to be found, I beseech those Men, who have so much cryed up this Book, to consider whether they do not give the World cause to suspect, that 'tis not the Force of Reason and Argument, that makes them for Absolute Monarchy, but some other by interest, and therefore are resolved to applaud any Author, that writes in Favour of this Doctrin, whether he support it with reason or no. But I hope they do not expect that rational and indifferent Men should be brought over to their Opinion, because this their great Dr. of it, in a Discourse made on purpose, to set up the Absolute Monarchical Power of Adam, in opposition to the Natural Freedom of Mankind, has said so little to prove it, from [17] whence it is rather naturally to be concluded that there is little to be said.

14. But that I might omit no care to inform my self in our A—s full Sense, I consulted his Observations on Aristotle, Hobs, &c. To see whether in disputing with others he made use of any Arguments, for this his Darling Tenet of Adam's Sovereignty, since in his Treatise of the Natural Power of Kings, he had been so sparing of them: And in his Observations on Mr. Hobs's Leviathan I think he has put in short, all those Arguments for it together, which in his Writings I find him any where to make use of, his Words are these. If God Created only Adam, and of a piece of him made the Woman, and if by Generation from them two, as parts of them all Mankind be propagated: If also God gave to Adam not only the Dominion over the Woman and the Children that should Issue from them, but also over the whole Earth to subdue it, and over all the Creatures on it, so that as long as Adam lived, no Man could claim or enjoy any thing but by Donation, Assignation or Permission from him, I wonder, &c. O. 165. Here we have the Sum of all his Arguments, for Adams Sovereignty and against Natural Freedom, which I find up and down in his other Treatises, which are these following, Gods [18] Creation of Adam, the Dominion he gave him over Eve: And the Dominion he had as Father over his Children, all which I shall particularly consider.




Of Adams Title to Sovereignty by Creation.

15. SIR Rob. in his Preface to his Observations on Aristotle's Politics tells us, A Natural Freedom of Mankind cannot be supposed without the denial of the Creation of Adam; but how Adams being Created, which was nothing but his receiving a Being immediately from Omnipotency, and the hand of God, gave Adam a Sovereignty over any thing, I cannot see, nor consequently understand how a Supposition of natural Freedom is a denial of Adams Creation, and would be glad any body else (since our A— did not vouchsafe us the favour) would make it out for him: for I find no difficulty to suppose the Freedom of Mankind, though I have always believed the Creation of Adam; He was Created or began to exist by Gods immediate [19] Power, without the Intervention of Parents or the pre existence of any of the same Species to beget him, when it pleased God he should, and so did the Lyon, the King of Beasts before him, by the same Creating Power of God, and if bare existence by that Power, and in that way, will give Dominion without any more adoe, our A— by this Argument will make the Lion have as good a Title to it as he, and certainly the Ancienter. No! for Adam had his Title by the appointment of God, says our A— in another place. Then bare Creation gave him not Dominion, and one might have supposed Mankind Free without denying the Creation of Adam, since 'twas Gods Appointment made him Monarch.

16. But let us see how he puts his Creation and this Appointment together. By the appointment of God, says Sir Rbt. as soon as Adam was Created he was Monarch of the World, though he had no Subjects, for though there could not be actual Government till there were Subjects, yet by the Right of Nature it was due to Adam to be Governour of his Posterity, though not in act, yet at least in habit, Adam was a King from his Creation, I wish he had told us here what he meant by Gods appointment. For whatsoever Providence orders, or the Law of [20] Nature directs, or positive Revelation declares, may be said to be by Gods appointment, but I suppose it cannot be meant here in the first Sense, i. e. by providence; because that would be to say no more, but that as soon as Adam was Created he was de facto Monarch, because by Right of Nature it was due to Adam, to be Governour of his Posterity. But he could not de facto be by providence Constituted the Governour of the World at a time, when there was actually no Government, no Subjects to be governed, which our A— here confesses. Monarch of the World is also differently used by our Author, for sometimes he means by it a Proprietor of all the World exclusive of the rest of Mankind, and thus he does in the same page of his Preface before cited, Adam says he being Commanded to Multiply and People the Earth and to subdue it, and having Dominion given him over all Creatures, was thereby the Monarch of the whole World, none of his Posterity had any Right to possess any thing but by his Grant or Permission or by Succession from him, 2o Let us understand then by Monarch Proprietor of the World, and by Appointment Gods actual Donation, and revealed positive Grant made to Adam, 1 Gen. 28. as we see Sir Robt. himself does in this parallel place, and then his Argument [21] will stand thus, by the positive Grant of God; As soon as Adam was Created, he was Proprietor of the World, because by the Right of Nature it was due to Adam to be Governour of his Posterity, in which way of arguing there are two manifest Falsehoods. First, it is false that God made that Grant to Adam, as soon as he was Created, since though it stands in the Text immediately after his Creation, yet it is plain it could not be spoken to Adam till after Eve was made and brought to him, and how then could he be Monarch by appointment as soon as Created, especially since he calls, if I mistake not, that which Gods says to Eve, 3 Gen. 16. The original Grant of Government, which not being till after the fall, when Adam was somewhat, at least in time and very much, distant in condition, from his Creation, I cannot see, how our A can say in this Sense, that by Gods appointment as soon as Adam was Created he was Monarch of the World. Secondly, were it true that Gods actual Donation appointed Adam Monarch of the World as soon as he was Created, yet the Reason here given for it would not prove it, but it would always be a false Inference that God by a positive Donation appointed Adam Monarch of the World, because by Right of Nature it was due to Adam to [22] be Governour of his Posterity; for having given him the Right of Government by Nature, there was no need of a positive Donation, at least it will never be a proof of such a Donation.

17. On the other side the Matter will not be much mended, if we understand by Gods appointment the Law of Nature (though it be a pretty harsh Expression for it, in this place) and by Monarch of the World, Sovereign Ruler of Mankind; for then the Sentence under consideration must run thus. By the Law of Nature, as soon as Adam was Created he was Governour of Mankind, for by Right of Nature it was due to Adam to be Governour of his Posterity, which amounts to this, he was Governour by Right of Nature, because he was Governour by Right of Nature; But supposing we should grant that a Man is by Nature Governour of his Children, Adam could not hereby be Monarch as soon as Created, for this Right of Nature being founded in his being their Father, how Adam could have a Natural Right to be Governour before he was a Father, by which only he had that Right, is, methinks, hard to conceive unless he will have him to be a Father before he was a Father, and to have a Title before he had it.


18. To this foreseen Objection, our A— answers very logically, he was Governour in Habit and not in Act: A very pretty way of being a Governour without Government, a Father without Children, and a King without Subjects. And thus Sir Robt. was an Author before he writ his Book, not in Act 'tis true, but in Habit, for when he had once Publish'd, it was due to him by the Right of Nature, to be an Author as much as it was to Adam to be Governour of his Children when he had begot them; And if to be such a Monarch of the World, an absolute Monarch in Habit but not in Act will serve the turn: I should not much envy it to any of Sir Robts. Friends that he thought fit graciously to bestow it upon, though even this of Act and Habit, if it signified any thing but our A—'s skill in destinctions, be not to his purpose in this place; for the question is not here about Adams actual Exercise of Government, but actually having a Title to be Governour, Government says our A— was due to Adam by the Right of Nature, what is this Right of Nature, a Right Fathers have over their Children by begetting them, Generatione jus acquiritur parentibus in liberos, says our A— out of Grotius, O. 223. The right then follows the begetting as arising from it, so that according to this way of [24] reasoning or distinguishing of our A—, Adam as soon as he was Created, had a Title only in Habit and not in Act, which in plain English is he had actually no Title at all.

19. To speak less Learnedly and more Intelligibly, one may say of Adam he was in a possibility of being Governour, since it was possible he might beget Children and thereby acquire that Right of Nature, be it what it will to govern them that accrues from thence, but what Connection this has with Adams Creation to make him say, that as soon as he was Created he was Monarch of the World; for it may be as well said of Noah, that as soon as he was born he was Monarch of the World, since he was in possibility; which in our A—s Sense is enough to make a Monarch, a Monarch in Habit, to out live all Mankind but his own Posterity, I say what such necessary Connection there is betwixt Adams Creation and his Right to Government; so that a Natural Freedom of Mankind cannot be suppos'd without the denial of the Creation of Adam, I confess for my part I do not see. Nor how those words by the appointment, &c. O. 254. however explain'd, can be put together to make any tollerable Sense at least to Establish this Position, with which they end, viz. Adam was a King from his Creation, a King says [25] our A— not in Act but in Habit, i. e. actually no King at all.

20. I fear I have tired my Readers Patience by dwelling longer on this passage then the weightiness of any Argument in it, seems to require: but I have unavoidably been ingag'd in it by our A—s way of Writing, who hudling several Suppositions together, and that in doubtful and general terms makes such a medly and confusion, that it is impossible to shew his Mistakes without examining the several Senses, wherein his Words may be taken, and without seeing how in any of these various Meanings, they will consist together, and have any Truth in them; for in this present passage before us, how can any one argue against this Position of his, that Adam was a King from his Creation, unless one examin whether the Words from his Creation, be to be taken as they may for the time of the Commencement of his Government as the foregoing words import, as soon as he was Created he was Monarch, or for the cause of it, as he says, p. 11. Creation made Man Prince of his Posterity. How farther can one judge of the truth of his being thus King, till one has examined whether King be to be taken, as the words in the beginning of this passage would perswade, on supposition of his Private [26] Dominion, which was by Gods positive Grant, Monarch of the World by Appointment; or King on Supposition of his Fatherly Power over his Off spring which was by Nature, due by the Right of Nature, whether I say King be to be taken in both, or one only of these two Senses or in neither of them, but only this, that Creation made him Prince in a way different from both the other; for though this assertion, that Adam was King from his Creation be true, in no Sense yet it stands here as an evident conclusion drawn from the preceding words, though in truth it be but a bare assertion joyn'd to other assertions of the same kind, which confidently put together in words of undetermined and dubious meaning, look like a sort of arguing, when there is indeed neither Proof nor Connection: A way very familiar with our A— of which having given the Reader a taste, here, I shall as much as the Argument will permit me, avoid touching on hereafter, and should not have done it here, were it not to let the World see how Incoherences in Matter and Suppositions, without Proofs put handsomly together in good Words and a plausible Stile, are apt to pass for strong Reason and good Sense, till they come to be look'd into with Attention.





Of Adams Title to Sovereignty by Donation, 1 Gen. 28.

21. HAving at last got through the foregoing Passage, where we have been so long detain'd, not by the Force of Arguments and Opposition, but the intricacy of the words, and the doubtfulness of the meaning; let us go on to his next Argument, for Adams Sovereignty our A— tells us in the words of Mr. Selden, that Adam by Donation from God, 1 Gen. 28. was made the General Lord of all things, not without such a private Dominion to himself, as without his Grant did exclude his Children. This Determination of Mr. Selden, says our A—, is Consonant to the History of the Bible, and natural reason. O. 210. And in his Pref. to his Ob. on Arist. he says thus; The first Government in the World was Monarchical in the Father of all flesh, Adam being Commanded to Multiply and People the Earth, and to Subdue it, and having Dominion given him over all Creatures, was thereby the Monarch of the whole World, none of his Posterity had any right to Possess any thing, but by his [28] Grant or Permission, or by Succession from him, the Earth, saith the Psalmist, hath he given to the Children of Men, which shew the Title comes from Fatherhood.

22. Before I examin this Argument, and the Text on which it is founded, it is necessary to desire the Reader to observe, that our A— according to his usual Method, begins in one Sense, and concludes in another, he begins here with Adams Propriety, or Private Dominion, by Donation, and his conclusion is, which shew the Title comes from Fatherhood.

23. But let us see the Argument, the words of the Text are these; And God Blessed them, and God said unto them, be Fruitful and Multiply and Replenish the Earth end Subdue it, and have Dominion over the Fish of the Sea, and over the Fowl of the Air, and over every Living thing that moveth upon the Earth, 1 Gen. 28. from whence our A— concludes, that Adam having here Dominion given him over all Creatures, was thereby the Monarch of the whole World; whereby must be meant, that either this Grant of God, gave Adam Property, or as our A— calls it, Private Dominion over the Earth, and all inferior or irrational Creatures, and so consequently, that he was thereby Monarch, or 2o that it gave him Rule and Dominion over all Earthly [29] Creatures whatsoever, and thereby over his Children, and so he was Monarch; for as Mr. Selden has properly worded it, Adam was made General Lord of all things, one may very clearly understand him, that he means nothing to be granted to Adam, here but Property, and therefore he says not one word of Adams Monarchy. But our A— says, Adam was hereby Monarch of the World, which properly speaking, signifies Sovereign Ruler of all the Men in the World, and so Adam by this Grant, must be constituted such a Ruler. If our A— means otherwise, he might with much clearness, have said, that Adam was hereby Proprietor of the whole World. But he begs your Pardon in that Point, clear, destinct Speaking, not serving every where to his purpose, you must not expect it in him, as in Mr. Selden, or other such Writers.

24. In opposition therefore to our A—s Doctrin, that Adam was Monarch of the whole World, founded on this Place, I shall shew.

1o. That by this Grant, 1 Gen. 28. God gave no immediate Power to Adam over men, over his Children, over those of his own Species, and so he was not made Ruler, or Monarch by this Charter.


2o. That by this Grant, God gave him not Private Dominion, over the inferior Creatures, but right in common with all Mankind, so neither was he Monarch, upon the account of the Property here given him.

25. 1o. That this Donation, 1 Gen. 28. gave Adam no Power over Men, will appear if we consider the words of it. For since all Positive Grants, convey no more then the Express words, they are made in, will carry, let us see which of them here will comprehend Mankind, or Adams Posterity, and those I imagin, if any, must be these, every living thing that moveth, the words in the Hebrew are, i. e. Bestiam Reptantem, of which words, the Scripture it self, is the best Interpreter, God having Created the Fishes and Fowls the 5th day, the beginning of the 6th, he creates the Irrational Inhabitants of the dry Land, which Ver. 24th are described in these words, let the Earth bring forth the living Creature after his kind; Cattel and Creeping things, and Beasts of the Earth, after his kind, and ver. 2. and God made the Beasts of the Earth after his kind, and Cattel after their kind, and every thing that Creepeth on the Earth, after his kind; Here in the Creation of the Brute Inhabitants of the Earth, he first speaks of them [31] all under one general Name, of Living Creatures, and then afterwards, divides them into three Ranks, 1o. Cattel, or such Creatures as were or might be tame, and so be the Private Possession of Particular Men 2o. which ver. 24 and 25 in our Bible, is Translated Beasts, and by the Septuagint , Wild Beasts, and is the same word, that here in our Text, ver. 28. where we have this Great Charter to Adam, is Translated Living thing, and is also the same Word used, Gen. 9. 2. where this Grant is renew'd to Noah, and there likewise Translated Beast, 3o. The third Rank were the Creeping Animals, which ver. 24 and 25 are comprised under the word, , the same that is used here ver. 28. and is Translated, moving but in the former Verses Creeping, and by the Septuagint in all these places, , or Reptils; from whence it appears that the words, which we Translate here in Gods Donation, ver. 28. Living Creatures moving, are the same which in the History of the Creation, ver. 24, 25. signifie two Ranks of Terrestrial Creatures, viz. Wild Beasts and Reptils, and are so understood by the Septuagint.

26. When God had made the Irrational Animals of the World, divided into three kinds, from the places of their Habitation, [32] viz. Fishes of the Sea, Fowls of the Air, and Living Creatures of the Earth, and these again into Cattel, Wild Beasts and Reptils, he considers of making Man, and the Dominion he should have over the Terrestrial World, ver. 26. and then he reckons up the Inhabitants of these three Kingdoms; but in the Terrestrial, leaves out the second Rank , or Wild Beasts, but here ver. 28. where he actually executes this design, and gives him this Dominion the Text mentions; the Fishes of the Sea, and Fowls of the Air, and the Terrestial Creatures in the words that signifie the Wild Beasts and Reptils, though Translated Living thing, that moveth, leaving out Cattel. In both which places though the word that signifies Wild Beasts, be omitted in one, and that which signifies Cattel in the other, yet since God certainly executed in one place what he declares he designed in the other, we cannot but understand the same in both places, and have here only an account, how the Terrestrial irrational Animals, which were already created and reckon'd up at their Creation, in three distinct Ranks of Cattel, Wild Beasts and Reptils were here, ver. 28. actually put under the Dominion of Man, as they were designed O. 26. nor do these words contain in them, the [33] least appearance of any thing that can be wrested, to signifie God's giving one Man Dominion over another, Adam over his Posterity.

And this further appears from Gen. 9. 2. where God renewing this Charter to Noah and his Sons, he gives them Dominion over the Fowls of the Air, and the Fishes of the Sea, and the Terrestrial Creatures, expressed by and Wild Beasts and Reptils, the same words that in the Text before us 1 Gen. 28. are Translated every moving thing, that moveth on the Earth, which by no means can comprehend Man, the Grant being made to Noah and his Sons, all the Men then living, and not to one part of Men over another, which is yet more evident from the very next words ver. 3. where God gives every , every moving thing, the very words used Ch. 1. 28. to them for Food. By all which it is plain, that Gods Donation to Adam, Cha. 1. 28. and his designation, v. 26. and his Grant again to Noah and his Sons, refer to, and contain in them, neither more nor less, then the works of the Creation the 5th day, and the Beginning of the 6th, as they are set down from 20th, to 26th, ver. inclusively of the 1st. Ch. and so comprehend all the Species of irrational Animals of the Teraqueous [34] Globe, though all the words whereby they are expressed in the History of their Creation, are no where used in any of the following Grants, but some of them omitted in one, and some in another, from whence I think it is past all doubt, that Man cannot be comprehended in this Grant, nor any Dominion over those of his own Species be convey'd to Adam. All the Terrestrial irrational Creatures are enumerated at their Creation, ver. 25. under the Names, Beasts of the Earth, Cattel and Creeping things, but Man being not then Created, was not contain'd under any of those Names, and therefore whether we understand the Hebrew words right or no, they cannot be supposed to comprehend Man in the very same History, and the very next Verses following, especially since that Hebrew word, which if any in this Donation to Adam, Cha. 1. 28. must comprehend Man, is so plainly used in contradistinction to him, as Gen. 6. 20. 7. 14. 21. 23. Gen. 8. 17, 19. And if God made all Mankind slaves to Adam and his Heirs, by giving Adam Dominion over every Living thing, that moveth on the Earth, Chap. 1. 28. as our A— would have it, me thinks Sr. Rob. should have carried his Monarchical Power one step higher, and [35] satisfied the World, that Princes might have eat their Subjects too, since God gave as full Power to Noah and his Heirs, Cha. 9. 2. to eat every Living thing that moveth, as he did to Adam, to have Dominion over them, the Hebrew words in both place being the same.

28. David, who might be supposed to understand the Donation of God in this Text, and the right of Kings too, as well as our A— in his Comment on this place, as the Learned and Judicious Ainsworth calls it, in the 8th Psalm, finds here no such Charter of Monarchical Power, his words are, Thou hast made him, i. e. Man the Son of Man, a little lower then the Angels, thou madest him to have Dominion over the works of thy hands, thou hast put all things under his Feet, all Sheep and Oxen and the Beasts of the Field, and the Fowl of the Air, and Fish of the Sea, and whatsoever passeth through the Paths of the Sea. In which words, if any one can find out that there is meant any Monarchical Power of one Man over another, but only the Dominion of the whole Species of Mankind, over the inferior Species of Creatures, he may for ought I know, deserve to be one of Sr. Rob. Monarchs in habit, for the rareness of the discovery. And by this time, I hope it is evident, that he that gave Dominion over every Living [36] thing, that moveth on the Earth, gave Adam no Monarchical Power over those of his own Species, which will yet appear more fully in the next thing I am to shew.

29. 2o. Whatever God gave by the words of this Grant, 1 Gen. 28. It was not to Adam in particular, exclusive of all other Men, whatever Dominion he had thereby, it was not a Private Dominion, but a Dominion in common, with the rest of Mankind. That this Donation was not made in particular to Adam, appears evidently from the words of the Text, it being made to more then one, for it was spoken in the Plural Number, God blessed them, and said unto them, have Dominion, God says unto Adam and Eve, have Dominion, thereby says our A— Adam was Monarch of the World, but the Grant being to them, i. e. spoke to Eve also, as many interpreters think with reason, that these words were not spoken till Adam had his Wife, must not she thereby be Lady, as well as he Lord of the World? If it be said that Eve was subjected to Adam, it seems she was not so to him, as to hinder her Dominion over the Creatures, or Property in them, for shall we say that God ever made a joynt Grant to two, and one only was to have the benefit of it.


30. But perhaps 'twill be said Eve was not made till afterward; grant it so, what advantage will our A— get by it the Text will be only the more directly against him, and shew that God in this Donation, gave the World to Mankind in common, and not to Adam in particular. The word Them in the Text must include the Species of Man, for 'tis certain Them can by no means signify Adam alone. In the 26th Verse where God declares his intention to give this Dominion, it is plain he meant, that he would make a Species of Creatures, that should have Dominion over the other Species of this Terrestrial Globe, the words are, and God said let us make Man in our Image after our Likeness, and let them have Dominion over the Fish, &c. They then were to have Dominion. Who? even those who were to have the Image of God, the Individuals of that Species of Man that he was going to make, for that Them should signifie Adam singly, exclusive of the rest, that should be in the World with him, is against both Scripture and all Reason: And it cannot possibly be made Sense, if Man in the former part of the Verse do not signifie the same with Them in the latter, only Man there, as is usual, is taken for the Species, and them the individuals of that Spceies, and we have a Reason in [38] the very Text; for God makes him in his own Image after his own Likeness, makes him an intellectual Creature and so capable of Dominion; for wherein soever else the Image of God consisted, the Intellectual Nature was certainly a part of it, and belong'd to the whole Species, and enabled them to have Dominion over the Inferior Creatures, and therefore David says in the 8th Psalm above cited, thou hast made him little lower then the Angels, thou hast made him to have Dominion, 'tis not of Adam King David speaks here, for Verse 4. 'tis plain, 'tis of Man and the Son of Man, of the Species of Mankind.

31. And that this Grant spoken to Adam was made to him, and the whole Species of Man, is clear from our A-s own Proof out of the Psalmist. The Earth, saith the Psalmist, hath he given to the Children of Men, which shews the Title comes from Fatherhood, these are Sir Robts. words in the Preface before cited, and a strange Inference it is he makes, God hath given the Earth to the Children of Men, ergo the Title comes from Fatherhood. 'Tis pitty the Propriety of the Hebrew Tongue had not used Fathers of Men instead of Children of Men, to express Mankind, then indeed our A— might have had the Countenance of the Sound of the words, to have placed the Title [39] in the Fatherhood; but to conclude that the Fatherhood had the Right to the Earth, because God gave it to the Children of Men is a way of arguing peculiar to our A— and a Man must have a great mind to go contrary to the Sound as well as Sense of the Words, before he could light on it; But the Sense is yet harder and more remote from our A—s purpose: for as it stands in his Preface, it is to prove Adams being Monarch, and his reasoning is thus, God gave the Earth to the Children of Men, ergo Adam was Monarch of the World, I defie any Man to make a more pleasant Conclusion then this, which cannot be excused from the most obvious Absurdity, till it can be shewn that by Children of Men, he who had no Father Adam alone is signified, but whatever our A— does the Scripture speaks not Nonsense.

32. To maintain this Property and Private Dominion of Adam, our A— labours in the following page to destroy the Community granted to Noah and his Sons, in that parallel place, 9 Gen. 1, 2, 3. and he endeavours to do it two ways.

1o. Sir Robt. would perswade us against the express words of the Scripture, that what was here granted to Noah was not granted to his Sons in Common with him; His words are. As for the general Community [40] between Noah and his Sons, which Mr. Selden will have to be granted to them, 9 Gen. 2. the Text doth not warrant it, what warrant our A— would have when the plain express words of Scripture, not capable of another meaning, will not satisfie him, who pretends to build wholly on Scripture is not easy to imagine. The Text says, God Blessed Noah and his Sons, & said unto them, i e. as our A— would have it unto him, for saith he, although the Sons are there mentioned with Noah in the Blessing, yet it may best be understood, with a Subordination or Benediction in Succession, O. 211. That indeed is best, for our A— to be understood, which best serves to his purpose, but that truly may best be understood by any body else, which best agrees with the plain construction of the words, and arises from the obvious meaning of the place, and then with Subordination and in Succession, will not be best understood, in a Grant of God, where he himself put them not, nor mentions any such Limitation. But yet, our A— has reasons, why it may best be understood so. The Blessing, says he, in the following words, might truly be fulfilled, if the Sons either under or after their Father, enjoy'd a Private Dominion, O. 211. which is to say, that a Grant whose express words give a joynt Title in present; for the Text says into your hands they are delivered, [41] may best be understood with a Subordination or in Succession, because 'tis possible, that in Subordination, or Succession it may be enjoy'd, which is all one as to say, that a Grant of any thing in present possession, may best be understood of reversion; because 'tis possible one may live to enjoy it in reversion. If the Grant be indeed to a Father and his Sons, who is so kind as to let his Children enjoy it presently in common with him, one may truly say as to the event, one will be as good as the other; but it can never be true, that what the express Words grants in possession and in common, may best be understood, to be in reversion. The summ of all his reasoning amounts to this. God did not give to the Sons of Noah, the World in common with their Father, because 'twas possible they might enjoy it under, or after him, a very good sort of Argument, against an express Text of Scripture; But God must not be believed, though he speaks it himself, when he says he does any thing, which will not confist with Sr. Robt's. Hypothesis.

33. For 'tis plain, however he would exclude them, That part of this Benediction, as he would have it in Succession, must needs be meant to the Sons, and not to Noah himself at all, Be Fruitful and Multiply and [42] Replenish the Earth, says God, in this Blessing, this part of the Benediction as appears by the sequel concerned not Noah himself at all; for we read not of any Children he had after the Flood, and in the following Chapter, where his Posterity is reckon'd up, there is no mention of any, and so this Benediction in Succession, was not to take place, till 350 Years after, and to save our A—s imaginary Monarchy, the Peopleing of the World, must be defer'd 350 Years; for this part of the Benediction cannot be understood with Subordination, unless our A— will say, that they must ask leave of their Father Noah, to lye with their Wives. But in this one point our A— is constant to himself in all his Discourses, he takes only care there should be Monarchs in the World, but very little that there should be People, and indeed his way of Government is not the way to People the World; For how much Absolute Monarchy helps to fulfil this great and primary Blessing of God Almighty, be Fruitful and Multiply and Replenish the Earth, which contains in it the improvement too of Arts and Siences, and the conveniences of Life, may be seen in those large and rich Countries, which are happy under the Turkish Govermnent, where are not now to be found 1/3, nay in many, [43] if not most parts of them 1/30, perhaps I might say not 1/100 of the People, that were formerly, as will easily appear to any one, who will compare the Accounts we have of it at this time, with Ancient History, but this by the by.

34. The other Parts of this Benediction of Grant, are so expressed that they must needs be understood, to belong to Noahs Sons, not with a Subordination or in Succession, but as far forth and equally as to Noah himself. The fear of you, and the dread of you, says God, shall be upon every Beast, &c. Will any Body, but our A— say, that the Creatures feared and stood in awe of Noah only, and not of his Sons without his leave, or till after his death; And the following words into your hands they are delivered, are they to be understood as our A— says, if your Father please, or they shall be deliver'd into your hands hereafter. If this be to argue from Scripture, I know not what may not be proved by it, and I can scarce see how much this differs from that Fiction and Phansy, or how much a surer Foundation it will prove then the Opinions of Philosophers and Poets, which our A— so much condemns in his Preface.


35. But our A— goes on to prove that it may best be understood with a Subordination or a Benediction in Succession, for, says he, it is not probable that the private Dominion' which God gave to Adam, and by his Donation, Assignation or Cession to his Children, was Abrogated, and a Community of all things instituted between Noah and his Sons. — Noah was left the sole Heir of the World, why should it be thought that God would disinherit him of his Birth-right, and make him of all Men in the World the only Tenant in Common with his Children, O. 2. 11.

36. The Prejudices of our own ill grounded Opinions, however by us called Probable, cannot Authorize us to understand Scripture contrary to the direct and plain meaning of the Words; I grant, 'tis not probable that Adams private Dominion was here Abrogated, because it is more then improbable, for it will ever be proved that ever Adam had any such Private Dominion: and since parallel places of Scripture are most probable to make us know, how they may be best understood, there needs but the comparing this Blessing here to Noah and his Sons after the Floud, with that to Adam after the Creation, 1 Gen. 28. to assure any one that God gave Adam no such Private Dominion. 'Tis Probable, I confess, that Noah should have [45] the same Title, the same Property and Dominion after the Floud, that Adam had before it. But since Private Dominion cannot consist with the Blessing and Grant God gave to him and his Sons in Common, 'tis a sufficient Reason to conclude that Adam had none, especially since in the Donation made to him, there is no words that express it, or do in the least favour it; And then let my Reader Judge whether it may best be understood, when in the one place there is not one word for it, not to say, what has been above proved, that the Text it self proves the contrary, and in the other, the Words and Sense are directly against it.

37. But our A— says, Noah was the sole Heir of the World, why should it be thought that God would disinherit him of his Birth-right-Heir, indeed in England signifies the Eldest Son, who is by the Law of England to have all his Fathers Land, but where God ever appointed any such Heir of the World, our A— would have done well to have shewed us, and how God disinherited him of his Birth-right, or what harm was done him if God gave his Sons a Right to make use of a part of the Earth for the support of themselves and Families, when the whole was not only more then Noah himself, but infinitely more then they all [46] could make use of, and the Possessions of one could not at all Prejudice, or as to any use straighten that of the other.

38. Our A— probably foreseeing he might not be very successful in perswading People out of their Senses, and say what he could, Men would be apt to believe the plain words of Scripture, and think as they saw, that the Grant was spoken to Noah and his Sons joyntly. He comes, 2o to insinuate as if this grant to Noah, conveyed no Property, no Dominion; because Subduing the Earth and Dominion over the Creatures are therein omitted, nor the Earth once named. And therefore, says he, there is a considerable difference between these two Texts, the first blessing gave Adam a Dominion over the Earth and all Creatures, the latter allows Noah Liberty to use the Living Creatures for Food, here is no alteration or diminishing of his Title, to a Property of all things, but an Enlargment only of his Commons, O. 211. so that in our A—s Sense, all that was said here to Noah and his Sons, gave them no Dominion, no Property, but only Enlarged the Commons; their Commons, I should say since, God says, to you are they given, though our A— says his, for as for Noahs Sons, they it seems by Sr. Robt's. appointment during their Fathers Life time, were to keep Fasting days.

39. Any one but our A— would be mightily suspected, to be blinded with Prejudice, [47] that in all this Blessing to Noah and his Sons, could see nothing but only an Enlargment of Commons. For as to Dominion which our A— thinks omitted, the fear of you and the dread of you, says God, shall be upon every Beast, which I suppose, expresses the Dominion, or Superiority was designed Man over the living Creatures, as fully as may be, for in that fear and dread, seems cheifly to consist what was given to Adam, over the inferior Animals, who as Absolute a Monarch as he was, could not make bold with a Lark or a Rabbit to satisfie his hunger, and had the Herbs but in common with the Beasts, as is plain from 1 Gen. 2. 9. and 30. In the next place, 'tis manifest that in this Blessing to Noah and his Sons, Property is not only given in clear words, but in a larger extent then it was to Adam. Into your hands they are given, says God, to Noah and his Sons, which words if they give not Property, nay Property in Possession, 'twill be hard to find words that can, since there is not a way to express a Mans being possessed of any thing more Natural, nor more certain then to say, it is delivered into his hands. And verse 3d to shew that they had then given them the utmost Property Man is capable of, which is to have a right to destroy any thing by using it, every moving thing [48] that Liveth, saith God, shall be Meat for you, which was not allowed to Adam in his Charter. This our A— calls a Liberty of using them for Food, and only an Enlargment of Commons, but no alteration of Property, O. 211. What other Property Man can have in the Creatures, but the Liberty of using them, is hard to be understood. So that if the first Blessing as our A— says, gave Adam Dominion over the Creatures, and the Blessing to Noah and his Sons gave them such a Liberty to use them, as Adam had not; it must needs give them something that Adam with all his Sovereignty, wanted something that one would be apt to take for a greater Property; for certainly he has no Absolute Dominion over even the Brutal Part of the Creatures, and the Property he has in them, is very narrow and scanty, who cannot make that use of them, which is permitted to another; should any one, who is Absolute Lord of a Country, have bidden our A— Subdue the Earth, and given him Dominion over the Creatures in it, but not have permitted him to have taken a Kid or a Lamb out of the flock, to satisfie his hunger, I guess, he would scarce have thought himself Lord or Proprietor of that Land, or the Cattel on it, but would have found the difference between having Dominion, which a Shepherd may have, [49] and having full Property as an owner, so that had it been his own Case, Sr. Rob. I believe would have thought here was an Alteration, nay an Enlarging of Property, and that Noah and his Children had by this Grant, not only Property given them, but such a Property given them in the Creatures, as Adam had not, for however in respect of one another, Men may be allowed to have Propriety in their distinct portions of the Creatures, yet in respect of God the maker of Heaven and Earth, who is sole Lord and Proprietor of the whole World, Mans Propriety in the Creatures, is nothing but that Liberty to use them, which God has permitted, and so mans Property may be altered and Enlarged as we see it was here, after the Flood, when other uses of them are allowed, which before were not; from all which I suppose, it is clear that neither Adam nor Noah, had any Private Dominion, any Property in the Creatures, exclusive of his posterity, as they should successively grow up into need of them, and come to be able to make use of them.

40. Thus we have examined our A—s Argument for Adams Monarchy, founded on the Blessing Pronounced, 1 Gen. 28. Wherein I think 'tis impossible for any sober Reader, to find any else but the setting of Mankind [50] above the other kinds of Creatures, in this habitable Earth of ours. 'Tis nothing but the giving to man, the whole Species of man, as the chief inhabitant, who is the Image of his Maker, the Dominion over the other Creatures. This lies so obvious in the plain words, that any one but our A—, would have thought it necessary to have shewn, how these words that seem'd to say the quite contrary, gave Adam Monarchical Absolute Power over other Men, or the Sole Propriety in all the Creatures, and me thinks in a business of this moment, and that whereon he Builds all that follows, he should have done something more then barely cite words which apparently make against him, For, I confess, I cannot see any thing in them, tending to Adams Monarchy, or Private Dominion, but quite the contrary. And I the less deplore the dulness of my apprehension herein, since I find the Apostle seems to have as little notion of any such Private Dominion of Adam as I, when he says, God gives us all things richly to enjoy, which he could not do, if it were all given away already, to Monarch Adam, and the Monarchs his Heirs and Successors. To conclude, this Text is so far from proving Adam Sole Proprietor, that on the contrary, it is a confirmation [51] of the Original Community of all things amongst the Sons of Men, which appearing from this Donation of God, as well as other places of Scripture, the Sovereignty of Adam, built upon his Private Dominion, must fall, not having any Foundation to support it.

41. But yet if after all, any one will needs have it so, that by this Donation of God Adam was made sole Proprietor of the whole Earth, what will this be to his Sovereignty, and how will it appear that Propriety in Land gives a Man Power over the Life of another, or how will the Poffession even of the whole Earth give any one a Sovereign Arbitrary Authority over the Persons of Men; The most specious thing to be said, is, that he that is Proprietor of the whole World may deny all the rest of Mankind Food, and so at his Pleasure starve them, if they will not acknowledge his Sovereignty and obey his Will. If this were true, it would be a good Argument to prove that there was never any such Property, that God never gave any such Private Dominion, since it is more reasonable to think that God who bid Mankind increase and multiply, should rather himself give them all a Right to make use of the Food and Raiment and other Conveniences of Life, the Materials [52] whereof he had so plentifully provided for them, then to make them depend upon the Will of a Man for their Subsistance, who should have Power to destroy them all when he pleased, and who being no better then other Men, was in Succession likelyer by want and the dependance of a scanty Fortune, to tye them to hard Service then by liberal Allowance of the Conveniences of Life promote the great Design of God, Increase and Multiply, he that doubts this, let him look into the Absolute Monarchies of the World, and see what becomes of the Conveniences of Life and the Multitudes of People.

42. But we know God hath not left one Man so to the Mercy of another, that he may starve him if he please, God the Lord and Father of all has given no one of his Children such a Property in his peculiar Portion of the things of this World, but that he has given his needy Brother a Right in the Surplussage of his Goods, so that it cannot justly be denyed him when his pressing wants call for it. And therefore no Man could ever have a just Power over the Life of another by Right of Property in Land or Possessions, since 'twould always be a Sin in any Man of Estate to let his Brother perish for want of affording him Relief out of his Plenty; [53] For as Iustice gives every Man a Title to the product of his honest Industry, and the fair Acquisitions of his Ancestors descended to him, so Charity gives every Man a Title to so much out of anothers Plenty as will keep him from extream want, where he has no means to subsist otherwise; And a Man can no more justly make use of anothers necessity, to force him to become his Vassal by withholding that Relief, God requires him to afford to the wants of his Brother, then he that has more strength can seize upon a weaker, master him to his Obedience, and with a Dagger at his Throat offer him Death or Slavery.

43. Should any one make so perverse an use of Gods Blessings powred on him with a liberal Hand, should any one be Cruel and Uncharitable to that extremity, yet all this would not prove that Propriety in Land, even in this Case, gave any Authority over the Persons of Men, but only that Compact might; since the Authority of the Rich Proprietor and the Subjection of the Needy Beggar began not from the Possession of the Lord, but the Consent of the poor Man who prefer'd being his Subject to starving. And the Man he thus submits to, can pretend to no more Power over him then he has consented to, upon [54] Compact, upon this ground a Mans having his Stores filled in a time of Scarcity, having Money in his Pocket, being in a Vessel at Sea, being able to Swim, &c. may as well be the Foundation of Rule and Dominion, as being Possessor of all the Land in the World, any of these being sufficient to enable me to save a Mans Life who would perish if such Assistance were denyed him; And any thing by this Rule that may be an occasion of working upon anothers necessity to save his Life or any thing dear to him, at the rate of his Freedom may be made a Foundation of Sovereignty as well as Property; From all which it is clear that tho God should have given Adam Private Dominion, yet that Private Dominion could give him no Sovereignty; But we have already sufficiently proved that God gave him no Private Dominion.





Of Adams Title to Sovereignty by the Subjection of Eve.

44. THE next place of Scripture we find our A— Build his Monarchy of Adam on is 3. Gen. 26. And thy desire shall be to thy Husband, and he shall rule over thee. Here we have (says he) the Original Grant of Government, from whence he concludes, in the following part of the Page O. 244. that the Supream Power is setled in the Fatherhood, and limited to one kind of Government, that is to Monarchy; For let his premises be what they will, this is always the conclusion, let but Rule in any Text, be but once named, and presently Absolute Monarchy is by Divine Right Establish'd, if any one will but carefully Read our A—s own reasoning from these Words, O. 244. and consider among other things, the Line and Posterity of Adam, as he there brings them in, he will find some difficulty, to make Sense of what he says; But we will allow this at present, to his peculiar way of Writing, and consider the [56] Force of the Text in hand. The words are the Curse of God upon the Woman, for having been the first and forwardest in the Disobedience, and if we will consider the occasion of what God says here to our first Parents, that he was Denouncing Judgment, and declaring his Wrath against them both, for their Disobedience, we cannot suppose that this was the time, wherein God was granting Adam Prerogatives and Priviledges, investing him with Dignity and Authority, Elevating him to Dominion and Monarchy; For though as a helper in the Temptation, as well as a Partner in the Transgression, Eve was laid below him, and so he had accidentally a Superiority over her, for her greater Punishment, yet he too had his share in the fall, as well as the sin, and was laid lower, as may be seen in the following Verses, and 'twould be hard to imagin that God in the same Breath, should make him Universal Monarch over all Mankind, and a day labourer for his Life. Turn him out of Paradice, to till the Ground ver. 23. and at the same time, advance him to a Throne, and all the Priviledges and Ease of Absolute Power.

45. This was not a time, when Adam could expect any Favours, any Grant of Priviledges from his offended Maker. If [57] this be the Original Grant of Government, as our A— tells us, and Adam was now made Monarch, whatever Sr. Rob. would have him, 'tis plain, God made him but a very poor Monarch, such an one, as our A— himself would have counted it no great Priviledge to be, God sets him to work for his living, and seems rather to give him a Spade into his hand, to Subdue the Earth, then a Scepter to Rule over its Inhabitants. In the Sweat of thy Face, thou shalt eat thy Bread, says God to him ver. 19. This was unavoidable, may it perhaps be answered, because he was yet without Subjects, and had no Body to work for him, but afterwards living as he did above 900 Years, he might have People enough, whom he might command to work for him; no says God, not only whilst thou art without other help, save thy Wife, but as long as thou livest, shalt thou live by thy Labour. In the Sweat of thy Face, shalt thou eat thy Bread, till thou return unto the Ground, for out of it wast thou taken, for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return, v. 19. It will perhaps be answered again, in Favour of our A—, that these Words are not spoken Personally to Adam, but in him, as their Representative to all Mankind, this being a Curse upon Mankind, because of the fall.


46. God, I believe, speaks differently from Men, because he speaks with more Truth, more Certainty, but when he vouchsafes, to speak to Men; I do not think, he speaks differently from them, in crossing the Rules of Language, in use amongst them, this would not be to condescend to their Capacities, when he humbles himself to speak to them, but to loose his design in speaking, what thus spoken, they could not understand. And yet thus must we think of God, if the Interpretations of Scripture, necessary to maintain our A—s Doctrin, must be received for good; For by the ordinary Rules of Language, it will be very hard to understand what God says; if what he speaks here, in the Singular Number to Adam must be understood to be spoken to all Mankind, and what he says in the Plural Number, 1 Gen. 26. and 28. must be understood of Adam alone, exclusive of all others, and what he says to Noah and his Sons Joyntly, must be understood to be meant to Noah alone, Gen 9.

47. Farther it is to be noted, that these words here of 3 Gen. 16. which our A— calls the Original Grant of Government were not spoken to Adam, neither indeed was there any Grant in them made to Adam, but a punishment laid upon Eve, and if [59] we will take them as they were directed in particular to her, or in her, as a representative to all other Women, they will at most concern the Female Sex only, and import no more but that subjection they should ordinarily be in to their Husbands, but there is here no more Law to oblige a Woman to such a Subjection, if the Circumstances either of her Condition or Contract with her Husband should exempt her from it, then there is that she should bring forth her Children in Sorrow and Pain, if there could be found a Remedy for it, which is also a part of the same Curse upon her, for the whole Verse runs thus, unto the Woman he said, I will greatly Multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; In sorrow thou shall bring forth Children, and thy desire shall be to thy Husband, and he shall rule over thee. 'Twould I think have been a hard matter for any Body, but our A— to have found out a Grant of Monarchical Government to Adam in these Words, which were neither spoke to, nor of him, neither will any one, I suppose, by these Words, think the weaker Sex, as by a Law so Subjected to the Curse contained in them, that 'tis their duty, not to endeavour to avoid it. And will any one say that Eve, or any other Woman, sin'd, if she were brought to Bed, without those Multiplyed [60] Pains, God threatens her here with, or that either of our Queens Mary or Elizabeth, had they Married any of their Subjects had been by this Text, put into a Political Subjection to him, or that he thereby should have had Monarchical Rule over her, God in this Text, gives not that I see any Authority to Adam over Eve, or Men over their Wives, but only foretels what should be the Womans Lot, how by his Providence he would order it so, that she should be Subject to her Husband, as we see that generally the Laws of Mankind and Customs of Nations, have ordered it so, and there is, I grant, a Foundation in Nature for it.

48. Thus when God says of Iacob and Esau that the Elder should serve the Younger, 25 Gen. 23. no body supposes that God hereby made Iacob Essaus Sovereign, but foretold what should de facto come to pass.

But if these words here spoke to Eve must needs be understood as a Law to bind her and all other Women to Subjection, it can be no other Subjection then what every Wife owes her Husband, and then if this be the Original Grant of Government and the Foundation of Monarchial Power, there will be as many Monarchs as there are Husbands: If therefore these words give any Power to Adam, [61] it can be only a Conjugal Power, not Political, the Power that every Husband hath to order the things of private Concernment in his Family, as Proprietor of the Goods and Land there, and to have his Will take place in all things of their Common Concernment before that of his Wife; But not a Political Power of Life and Death over her, much less over any body else.

49. This I am sure: If our A— will have this Text to be a Grant, the Original Grant of Government, political Government, he ought to have proved it by some better Arguments then by barely Saying, that thy desire shall be unto thy Husband, was a Law whereby Eve and all that should come of her, were subjected to the Absolute Monarchical Power of Adam and his Heirs. Thy desire shall be to thy Husband, is too doubtful an Expression, of whose signification Interpreters are not agreed, to build so confidently on, and in a Matter of such moment and so great and general Concernment; But our A— according to his way of Writing, having once named the Text, concludes presently without any more ado, that the meaning is, as he would have it, let the Words Rule and Subject be but found in the Text or Margent, and it immediately signifies the [62] Duty of a Subject to his Prince, and the Relation is changed, and though God says Husband, Sr. Robt. will have it King, Adam has presently Absolute Monarchial Power over Eve, and not only Eve but all that should come of her, though the Scripture says not a word of it, nor our A— a word to prove it. But Adam must for all that be an Absolute Monarch, and so to the end of the Chapter quite down to Ch. 1. And here I leave my Reader to consider whether my bare Saying, without offering any Reasons to evince it, that this Text gave not Adam that Absolute Monarchial Power, our A— supposes, be not as sufficient to destroy that Power as his bare Assertion is to Establish it, since the Text mentions neither Prince nor People, speaks nothing of Absolute or Monarchial Power, but the Subjection of Eve, a Wife to her Husband. And he that would treat our A— so, although he would make a short and sufficient answer to the greatest part of the Grounds he proceeds on, and abundantly confute them by barely denying; It being a sufficient answer to Assertions without proof to deny them without giving a Reason, and therefore should I have said nothing but barely deny'd that by this Text the Supream Power was setled and founded by God himself, in [63] the Fatherhood, Limited to Monarchy, and that to Adams Person and Heirs, all which our A— notably concludes from these Words, as may be seen in the same Page O. 244. and desired any sober Man, to have read the Text, and considered to whom and on what occasion it was spoken, he would no doubt have wondered how our A—found out Monarchical Absolute Power in it, had he not had an exceeding good Faculty to find it himself, where he could not shew it others; And thus we have examined the two places of Scripture, all that I remember our A— brings to prove Adams Sovereignty, that Supremacy, which he says, it was Gods Ordinance should be unlimitted in Adam, and as large as all the Acts of his Will. O. 254, viz. 1 Gen. 28. and 3. Gen. 16. one whereof signifies only the Subjection of the inferior Ranks of Creatures to Mankind, and the other the Subjection that is due from a Wife to her Husband, both far enough from that which Subjects owe the Governors of Political Societies.





Of Adams Title to Sovereignty by Fatherhood.

50. THere is one thing more and then I think I have given you all that our A— brings for proof of Adams Sovereignty, and that is a Supposition of a natural Right of Dominion over his Children, by being their Father, and this Title of Fatherhood he is pleased with, that you will find it brought in almost in every Page, particularly, he says, not only Adam but the succeeding Patriarchs had by Right of Fatherhood Royal Authority over their Children, p. 12. And in the same page. This Subjection of Children being the Fountain of all Regal Authority, &c. This being as one would think by his so frequent mentioning it the main basis of all his Frame, we may well expect clear and evident Reason for it, since he lays it down as a position necessary to his purpose, that every Man that is born is so far from being Free, that by his very Birth he becomes a Subject of him that begets him, O. 156. So that Adam being the only Man Created, and all ever since being begotten, [65] no body has been born free: If we ask how Adam comes by this Power over his Children, he tells us here 'tis by begetting them: And so again, O. 223. This natural Dominion of Adam, says he, may be proved out of Grotius himself, who teacheth that generatione jus acquiritur parentibus in liberos. And indeed the act of begetting being that which makes a Man a Father, his Right of Father over his Children can naturally arise from nothing else.

51. Grotius tells us not here how far this jus in liberos, this Power of Parents over their Children extends, but our A— always very clear in the point assures us, 'tis Supreme Power, and like that of Absolute Monarchs over their Slaves, Absolute Power of Life and Death: He that should demand of him how, or for what Reason, it is, that begetting a Child gives the Father such an Absolute Power over him, will find him answer nothing, we are to take his word for this as well as several other things, and by that the Laws of Nature and the Constitutions of Government must stand and fall; Had he been an Absolute Monarch, this way of talking might have suited well enough, pro ratione voluntas, may there be allowed: But 'tis but an ill way of pleading for [66] Absolute Monarchy, and Sr. Robts. bare Sayings will scarce Establish it, one slaves Opinion without proof is not of weight enough to dispose of the Liberty and Fortunes of all Mankind; If all Men are not as I think they are naturally equal, I'm sure all Slaves are, and then I may without presumption oppose my single Opinion to his, and be as confident that my Saying, that begetting of Children makes them not Slaves to their Fathers, sets all Mankind Free, as his affirming the contrary makes them all Slaves. But that this position, which is the Foundation of all their Doctrin, who would have Monarchy to be Iure divino, may have all fair play, let us hear what reasons others give for it, since our A— offers none.

52. The Argument, I have heard others make use of, to prove that Fathers by begetting them, come by an Absolute Power over their Children is this; That Fathers have a Power over the Lives of their Children, because they give them Life and Being, which is the only proof it is capable of, since there can be no reason, why naturally one Man should have any claim or pretence of Right over that in another, which was never his, which he bestowed not, but was received from the bounty of another. 1o. I answer that every one [67] who gives an other any thing, has not always thereby a Right to take it away again; But 2o. they who say the Father gives Life to his Children, are so dazled with the thoughts of Monarchy that they do not, as they ought, remember God who is the Author and giver of Life, 'tis in him alone we live, move and have our Being. How can he be thought to give Life to another that knows not wherein his own Life consists, Philosophers are at a loss about it after their most diligent enquiries; And Anatomists after their whole Lives and Studies spent in dissections and diligent examining the Bodies of Men, confess their Ignorance in the Structure and Use of Many parts of Mans Body, and in that Operation wherein Life consists in the whole; And doth the rude Plough Man or the more Ignorant Voluptuary Frame or Fashion such an admirable Engine as this is, and then put Life and Sense into it; can any Mansay, he formed the parts that are necessary to the Life of his Child, or can he suppose himself to give the Life, and yet not know what Subject is fit to receive it, nor what Actions or Organs are necessary for its Reception or Preservation?

53. To give Life to that which has yet no being is to Frame and make a living [68] Creature, fashion the parts and mould and suit them to their uses, and having proportion'd and fitted them together to put into them a living Soul. He that could do this might indeed have some pretence to destroy his own Workmanship. But is there any one so bold, that dares thus far Arrogate to himself the Incomprehensible Works of the Almighty? who alone did at first and continues still to make a live Soul, he alone can breath in the Breath of Life. If any one thinks himself an Artist at this, let him number up the parts of his Childs Body which he hath made, tell me their Uses and Operations, and when the living and rational Soul began to Inhabit, this curious Structure when Sense began, and how this Engine he has framed Thinks and Reasons; If he made it, let him when it is out of order mend it, at least tell wherein the defects lie? shall he that made the Eye not see, says the Psalmist, Psalm. 94. 9. See these Mens Vanities: The structure of one part is sufficient to convince us of an All wise Contriver, and he has so visible a claim to us as his Workmanship, that one of the ordinary Apellations of God in Scripture is, God our Maker and the Lord our Maker. And therefore though our A— for the magnifying his Fatherhood be [69] pleased to say, O. 159. That even the Power which God himself exerciseth over Mankind is by Right of Fatherhood, yet this Fatherhood is such an one as utterly excludes all pretence of Title in earthly Parents; for he is King because he is indeed Maker of us all, which no Parents can pretend to be of their Children.

54. But had Men Skill and Power to make their Children, 'tis not so slight a piece of Wormanship, that it can be imagined they could make them without designing it, what Father of a thousand when he begets a Child thinks farther then the satisfying his present Appetite, God in his infinite Wisdom has put strong desires of Copulation into the Constitution of Men, thereby to continue the race of Mankind, which he doth most commonly without the intention, and often against the Consent and Will of the Begetter. And indeed those who desire and design Children, are but the occasions of their being, and when they design and wish to beget them, do little more towards their making then Deucalion and his Wife in the Fable did towards the making of Mankind, by throwing Pebles over their Heads.


55. But grant that the Parents made their Children, gave them Life and Being, and that hence there followed an Absolute Power. This would give the Father but a joynt Dominion with the Mother over them; for no body can deny but that the Woman hath an equal share, if not the greater, as nourishing the Child a long time in her own Body out of her own substance. There it is fashion'd, and from her it receives the Materials and Principles of its Constitution; And it is so hard to imagin the rational Soul should presently Inhabit the yet unformed Embrio, as soon as the Father has done his part in the Act of Generation, that if it must be supposed to derive any thing from the Parents, it must certainly owe most to the Mother: But be that as it will, the Mother cannot be denied an equal share in begetting of the Child, and so the Absolute Authority of the Father will not arise from hence, our A— indeed is of another mind; for he says, We know that God at the Creation gave the Sovereignty to the Man over the Woman, as being the Nobler and Principal Agent in Generation, O. 172. I remember not this in my Bible, and when the place is brought where God at the Creation gave the Sovereignty to Man over the Woman, and that for this Reason, because [71] he is the Nobler and Principal Agent in Generation, it will be time enough to consider and answer it: But it is no new thing for our A— to tell us his own Phancies for certain and divine Truths, though there be often a great deal of difference between his and divine Revelations; for God in the Scripture says, his Father and his Mother that begot him.

56. They who alledge the Practice of Mankind, for exposing or selling their Children, as a Proof of their Power over them, are with Sr. Robt. happy Arguers and cannot but recommend their Opinion by founding it on the most shameful Action and most unnatural Murder, humane Nature is capable of. The dens of Lions and Nurseries of Wolves know no such Cruelty as this; These Savage Inhabitants of the Desart obey God and Nature, in being tender and careful of their Off-spring; They will Hunt, Watch, Fight and almost Starve for the Preservation of their Young, never part with them, never forsake them till they are able to shift for themselves; And is it the priviledge of Man alone to act more contrary to Nature then the Wild and most Untamed Part of the Creation? Doth God forbid us under the severest Penalty, that of Death, to take away the Life of any Man, [72] a Stranger, and upon Provocation? and does he permit us to destroy those he has given us the Charge and Care of, and by the dictates of Nature and Reason as well as his reveal'd Command, requires us to preserve? He has in all the parts of the Creation taken a peculiar care to propagate and continue the several Species of Creatures, and makes the Individuals act so strongly to this end, that they sometimes neglect their own private good for it, and seem to forget that general Rule which Nature teaches all things of self Preservation and the Preservation of their Young, as the strongest Principle in them over rules the Constitution of their particular Natures; Thus we see when their Young stand in need of it, the timerous come Valiant, the Feirce and Savage Kind, and the Ravenous Tender and Liberal.

57. But if the Examples of what hath been done, be the Rule of what ought to be, History would have furnish'd our A— with instances, of this Absolute Fatherly Power in its heigth and perfection, and he might have shew'd us in Peru, People that begot Children on purpose to Fatten and Eat them. The Story is so remarkable, that I cannot but set it down in the A—s Words. ‘In some Provinces, says he, they were so liquorish after Mans [73] Flesh, that they would not have the patience to stay still the Breath was out of the Body, but would suck the Blood as it ran from the Wounds of the dying Man; They had public Shambles of Mans Flesh, and their Madness herein was to that degree that they spared not their own Children which they had begot on Strangers, taken in War: For they made their Captives their Mistrisses and choisly nourished the Children they had by them, till about thirteen Years Old they Butcher'd and Eat them, and they served the Mothers after the same fashion, when they grew past Child-bearing and ceased to bring them any more Roasters,’ Garcilasso de la vega hist. des yncas de Peru, l. 1. c. 12.

58. Thus far can the busie mind of Man, carry him to a Brutality below the level of Beasts; when he quits his reason, which places him almost equal to Angels, nor can it be otherwise in a Creature, whose thoughts are more then the Sands, and wider then the Ocean, where fancy and passion must needs run him into strange courses, if reason, which is the only Star and Compass, be not that he Steers by; the imagination is always restless and suggests variety of thoughts, and the will, reason being laid aside, is ready for every [74] extravagant project; And in this State, he that goes farthest out of the way, is thought fittest to lead, and is sure of most followers; And when Fashion hath once Established, what Folly or Craft began, Custom makes it Sacred, and 'twill be thought impudence or madness, to contradict or question it. He that will impartially survey the World, will find so much of the Religion, Government and Manners of the Nations of the World, brought in, and continued by these means, that he will have but little Reverence for the Practices, which are in Fashion amongst Men, and will have reason to think, that the Woods and Forests, where the irrational untaught Inhabitants keep right by following nature, are fitter to give us Rules, then Cities and Palaces, where those that call themselves civil and rational, go out of their way, by the Authority of Example.

59. Be it then as Sr. Rob. says, that Anciently, it was usual for Men, to sell and castrate their Children, O. 155. Let it be, that they expose them, add to it, if you please, for this is still greater Power, that they begat them for their Tables to fat and eat them, if this proves a right to do so, we may by the same Argument, justifie Adultery, Incest and Sodomy, for there are examples [75] of these too, both Ancient and Modern; Sins, which I suppose, have their Principal Aggravation from this, that they cross the main intention of nature, which willeth the increase of Mankind, and the continuation of the Species in the highest perfection and the distinction of Families, with the security of the Marriage Bed, as necessary thereunto.

60. In confirmation of this Natural Authority of the Father, our A— brings a Lame Proof, from the positive command of God in Scripture; His Words are, to confirm the natural Right of Regal Power, we find in the Decalogue, that the Law which injoyns Obedience to Kings, is delivered in the Term, Honour thy Father, p. 23. whereas many confefs, that Government only in the Abstract, is the Ordinance of God, they are not able to prove any such Ordinance in the Scripture, but only in the Fatherly Power, and therefore we find the Commandment that injoyns Obedience, to Superiors, given in the Terms, Honour thy Father; so that not only the Power and Right of Government, but the Form of the Power Governing, and the Person having the Power, are all the Ordinances of God. The first Father had not only simply Power, but Power Monarchical, as he was Father immediately from God, O. 254. To the same purpose, the same Law is [76] cited by our A— in several other places, and just after the same Fashion, that is, and Mother, as Apocriphal Words, are always left out; a great Argument of our A—s ingenuity, and the goodness of his Cause, which required in its Defender, Zeal to a degree of warmth, able to warp the Sacred Rule of the Word of God, to make it comply with his present occasion, a way of proceeding, not unusual to those, who imbrace not truths, because Reason and Revelation offers them, but espouse Tenets and Parties, for ends different from Truth, and then resolve at any rate to defend them; And so do with the Words and Sense of Authors, they would fit to their purpose, just as Procustes did with his guests, top or stretch them, as may best fit them to the size of their Notions, and they always prove like those, so served, deformed and useless.

61. For had our A— set down this command without Garbling, as God gave it, and joyned Mother to Father, every Reader would have seen, that it had made directly against him, and that it was so far from Establishing the Monarchical Power of the Father, that it set up the Mother equal with him, and injoyn'd nothing but what was due in common, to both Father and Mother; for that is the [77] constant Tenor of the Scripture, Honour thy Father and thy Mother, Exod. 20. He that smiteth his Father or Mother, shall surely be put to death, 21. 15. He that Curseth his Father or his Mother, shall surely be put to death, ver. 17. Repeated Lev. 20.9. and by our Saviour, Math. 15. 4. ye shall fear every Man his Mother and his Father, Lev. 19. 3. If a Man have a Rebellious Son, which will not obey the voice of his Father or the voice of his Mother, then shall his Father and his Mother lay hold on him, and say this our Son is Stuborn and Rebellious, he will not obey our voice, Deut. 21. 18, 19, 20, 21. Cursed be he that setteth light by his Father or his Mother, 28. 16. my Son, hear the instructions of thy Eather, and forsake not the Law of thy Mother, are the Words of Solomon a King, who was not ignorant of what belonged to him, as a Father or a King, and yet he joyns Father and Mother together, in all the Instructions he gives Children quite through his Book of Proverbs, woe unto him, that sayeth unto his Father, what begettest thou, or to the Woman, what hast thou brought forth, Isa. 11. v. 10. In thee have they set light by Father or Mother, Ezek. 28. 2. And it shall come to pass, that when any shall yet Prophesy, then his Father and his Mother that begat him, shall say unto him, thou shalt not live, and his Father and his [78] Mother that begat him shall thrust him through when he Prophesieth, Zech. 13. 3. Here not the Father only, but Father and Mother joyntly, had Power in this Case of Life and Death. Thus ran the Law of the Old Testament, and in the New they are likewise joyn'd, in the Obedience of their Children, Eph. 6. 1. The rule is, Children obey your Parents, and I do not remember, that I any where read, Children obey your Father and no more, the Scripture joyns Mother too in that homage, which is due from Children, and had there been any Text, where the honour or obedience of Children, had been directed to the Father alone, 'tis not likely that our A—, who pretends to Build all upon Scripture, would have omitted it, nay the Scripture makes the Authority of Father and Mother, in respect of those they have begot, so equal that in some places it neglects, even the Priority of Order, which is thought due to the Father, and the Mother is put first, as Lev. 19. 3. from which so constantly joyning Father and Mother together, as is found quite through the Scripture, we may conclude that the honour they have a Title to from their Children, is one common right belonging so equally to them both, that neither can claim it wholly, neither can be excluded.


62. One would wonder then how our A— infers from the 5th Commandment, that all Power was Originally in the Father. How he finds Monarchical Power of Government, settled and fixed by the Commandment, Honour thy Father and thy Mother; If all the honour due by the Commandments, be it what it will, be the only right of the Father, because he, as our A— says, has the Sovereignty over the Woman, as being the Nobler and Principal Agent in Generation, why did God afterwards all along joyn the Mother with him, to share in this honour, can the Father by this Sovereignty of his discharge the Child from Paying this Honour to his Mother. The Scripture gave no such License to the Jews, and yet there were often Breaches wide enough betwixt Husband and Wife, even to divorce and seperation, and I think no Body will say, a Child may withhold honour from his Mother, or as the Scripture Terms it, set light by her, though his Father should command him to do so, no more then the Mother could dispense with him, for neglecting to Honour his Father, whereby 'tis plain, that this command of God, gives the Father no Sovereignty, no Supremacy.

63. I agree with our A—, that the Title to this Honour, is vested in the Parents [80] by nature, and is a right which accrews to them, by their having begotten their Children, and God by many positive Declarations has confirm'd it to them, I also allow our A—s Rule, that in Grants and Gifts, that have their Original from God and Nature, as the Power of the Father, let me add and Mother, for whom God hath joyned together, let no Man put a sunder, no inferior Power of Men can limit, nor make any Law of Prescription against them, O. 158. So that the Mother having by this Law of God, a right to Honour from her Children, which is not Subject to the Will of her Husband, we see this Absolute Monarchical Power of the Father, can neither be founded on it, nor consist with it; And he has a Power very far from Monarchical, very far from that Absoluteness our A— contends for, when another has over his Subjects the same Power he hath, and by the same Title, and therefore he cannot forebear saying himself, that he cannot see how any Mans Children can be free from Subjection to their Parents, p. 12. which in common Speech, I think signifies Mother as well as Father, or if Parents here signifies only Father, 'tis the first time I ever yet knew it to do so, and by such an use of Words, one may say any thing.


64. By our A—s Doctrin, the Father having Absolute jurisdiction over his Children, has also the same over their Issue, and the consequence is good, were it true, that the Father had such a Power, and yet I ask our A— whether the Grand-father by his Sovereignty, could discharge the Grand-Child from Paying to his Father, the honour due to him by the 5th Commandment; If the Grand-Father, hath by right of Fatherhood, Sole Sovereign Power in him, and by Honour thy Father be commanded, that Obedience which is due to the Sovereign, 'tis certain the Grand-Father might dispence with the Grand-Sons Honouring his Father, which since 'tis evident in common Sense, he cannot 'tis evident Honour thy Father and Mother, cannot mean an Absolute Subjection to a Sovereign Power, but something else. The right therefore which Parents have by nature, and which is confirmed to them by the 5th Commandment, cannot be that Political Dominion, which our A— would derive from it, for that being in every civil Society, Supream somewhere, can discharge any Subject, from any Political Obedience, to any one of his fellow Subjects. But what Law of the Magistrate, can give a Child liberty, not to Honour his Father and Mother; 'tis an eternal Law, annex'd purely to [82] the relation of Parents and Children, and so contains nothing of the Magistrates Power in it, nor is Subjected to it.

65. Our A— says, God hath given to a Father, a right or liberty to Alien his Power over his Children to any other, O: 155. I doubt whether he can Alien, wholly the right of Honour that is due from them; But be that as it will, this I am sure, he cannot Alien, and retain the same Power, if therefore the Magistrates Sovereignty, be as our A— would have it, nothing but the Authority of a Supream Father, p. 23. 'tis unavoidable, that if the Magistrate hath all this Paternal Right as he must have, if Fatherhood be the Fountain of all Authority, then the Subjects though Fathers, can have no Power over their Children, no right to honour from them; for it cannot be all in anothers hands, and a part remain with them, so that according to our A—s own Doctrin, Honour thy Father and Mother, cannot possibly be understood of Political Subjection and Obedience, since the Laws both in the Old and New Testament, that commanded Children to Honour and obey their Parents, were given to such, whose Fathers were under such Government, and fellow Subjects with them in Political Societies, and to have bid them Honour and obey their Parents in our A—s Sense, had been to bid them be [83] Subjects to those, who had no Title to it, the right to Obedience from Subjects, being all vested in another, and instead of teaching Obedience, this had been to foment Sedition, by setting up Powers that were not; If therefore this command, Honour thy Father and Mother, concern Political Dominion, it directly overthrows our A—s Monarchy, since it being to be paid by every Child to his Father, even in Society, every Father must necessarily have Political Dominion, and there will be as many Sovereigns, as there are Fathers, besides that the Mother too hath her Title, which destroys the Sovereignty of one Supream Monarch. But if Honour thy Father and Mother, mean something distinct from Political Power, as necessarily it must, it is besides our A—s business, and serves nothing to his purpose.

66. The Law that enjoyns Obedience to Kings is delivered, says our A—, in the Terms, Honour thy Father, as if all Power were Originally in the Father, O. 254. And that Law is also delivered, say I, in the Terms, Honour thy Mother, as if all Power were Originally in the Mother, I appeal whether the Argument be not as good on one side as the other, Father and Mother being joyned all along in the Old and New Testament, where Honour or Obedience is injoyn'd Children, again [84] our A— tell us, O. 254. that this command Honour thy Father gives the right to govern, and makes the Form of Government Monarchical. To which I answer, that, if by Honour thy Father, be meant Obedience to the Political Power of the Magistrate, it concerns not any duty we owe to our Natural Fathers who are Subjects, because they by our A—s Doctrin, are divested of all that Power, it being placed wholly in the Prince, and so being equally Subjects and Slaves with their Children, can have no right by that Title, to any such Honour or Obedience as contains in it Political Subjection; If Honour thy Father and Mother signifies the duty we owe our Natural Parents, as by our Saviours Interpretation, Math. 15. 4. and all the other mention'd places, 'tis plain it does, then it cannot concern Political Obedience, but a duty that is owing to Persons, who have no Title to Sovereignty, nor any Political Authority, as Magistrates over Subjects, for the Person of a private Father, and a Title to Obedience, due to the Supream Magistrate, are things inconsistent, and therefore this command, which must necessarily comprehend the Persons of our Natural Fathers, must mean a duty we owe them distinct from our Obedience to the Magistrate, [85] and from which the most Absolute Power of Princes cannot absolve us, what this duty is, we shall in its due place examin.

67. And thus we have at last got through all that in our A— looks like an Argument for that Absolute unlimited Sovereginty described, Sect. 8. which he supposes in Adam so that Mankind ever since have all been born slaves, without any Title to Freedom; But if Creation which gave nothing but a Being, made not Adam Prince of his Posterity; If Adam, Gen. 1. 28. was not constituted Lord of Mankind, nor had a Private Dominion given him exclusive of his Children, but only a Right and Power over the Earth, and inferiour Creatures in common with the Children of Men; If also Gen. 3. 16. God gave not any Political Power to Adam over his Wife and Children, but only Subjected Eve to Adam, as a punishment, or foretold the Subjection of the weaker Sex, in the ordering the common concernments of their Families, but gave not thereby to Adam, as to the Husband Power of Life and Death, which necessarily belongs to the Magistrate; if Fathers by begetting their Children acquire no such Power over them, and if the command Honour thy Father and Mother, give it not [86] but only enjoyns a duty owing to Parents equally, whether Subjects or not, and to the Mother as well as the Father; If all this be so as I think, by what has been said, is very evident, then Man hás a Natural Freedom, notwithstanding all our A— confidently says to the contrary, since all that share in the same common Nature, Faculties and Powers are in Nature equal, and ought to partake in the same common Rights and Priviledges, till the manifest appointment of God, who is Lord over all Blessed for ever, can be produced to shew any Particular Persons Supremacy, or a Mans own Consent Subjects him to a Superior. This is so plain that our A— confesses, that Sr. Iohn Heyward, Blacwood and Barclay the great vindicators of the Right of Kings, could not deny it, but admit with one consent the Natural Liberty and Equality of Mankind, for a Truth unquestionable. And our A— hath been so far from producing any thing, that may make good his great Position, that Adam was Absolute Monarch, and so Men are not Naturally free, that even his own Proofs make against him, so that to use is own way of Arguing. This first erroneous Principle failing, the whole Fabrick of this vast engine of Absolute Power and Tyranny, drops down of it self, and there [87] needs no more to be said in answer to all that he builds upon, so false and frail a Foundation.

68. But to save others the pains, were there any need, he is not sparing himself to shew by his own contradictions, the weakness of his own Doctrins, Adams Absolute and Sole Dominion is that which he is every where full of, and all along builds on, and yet he tells us, p. 12. that as Adam was Lord of his Children, so his Children under him had a Command and Power over their own Children. The unlimited and undivided Sovereginty of Adams Fatherhood, by our A—s computation, stood but a little while, only during the first Generation, but as soon as he had Grand-Children, Sr. Rob. could give but a very ill account of it, Adam as Father of his Children saith he, hath an Absolute, Unlimited Royal Power over them, and by vertue thereof over those that they begot, and so to all Generations, and yet his Children, viz. Cain and Seth have a Paternal Power over their Children at the same time, so that they are at the same time Absolute Lords, and yet Subjects and Slaves; Adam has all the Authority, as Grand-Father of his People, and they have a part as Fathers; He is Absolute over them and their Posterity, by having begotten them, and [88] yet they are Absolute over their Children by the same Title, no says our A—, Adams Children under him, had Power over their own Children, but still with Subordination to the the first Parent. A good distinction that sounds well, and 'tis pitty it signifies nothing, nor can be reconciled with our A—s Words, I readily grant that supposing Adams Absolute Power over his Posterity, any of his Children might have from him a delegated, and so a Subordinate Power, over a part or all the rest; But that cannot be the Power our A— speaks of here, it is not a Power by Grant and Commission, but the Natural Paternal Power, he supposes a Father to have over his Children; for 1o, he says as Adam was Lord of his Children, so his Children under him, had a Power over their own Children; They were then Lords over their own Children after the same manner, and by the same Title that Adam was, i. e. by right of Generation, by right of Fatherhood; 2o, 'tis plain he means the Natural Power of Fathers, because he limits it to be only over their own Children, a delegated Power, has no such limitation, as only over their own Children, it might be over others, as well as their own Children; 3o, If it were a delegated Power, it must appear in Scripture, but there is no [89] ground in Scripture to affirm that Adam's Children, had any other Power over theirs, then what they naturally had as Fathers.

69. But that he means here Paternal Power, and no other, is past doubt from the Inference he makes in those words immediately following, I see not then how the Children of Adam or of any Man else can be free from Subjection to their Parents, whereby it appears that the Power on one side and the Subjection on the other, our A— here speaks of, is that Natural Power and Subjection between Parents and Children; for that which every Mans Children owed could be no other, and that our A— always affirms to be absolute and unlimited. This natural Power of Parents over their Children, Adam had over his Posterity, says our A—, and this Power of Parents over their Children, his Children had over theirs in his Life time, says our A— also; so that Adam by a natural Right of Father, had an absolute, unlimited Power over all his Posterity, and at the same time his Children had by the same Right absolute unlimited Power over theirs, here then are two absolute unlimited Powers existing together, which I would have any body reconcile one to another, or to common Sense; for the Salvo, [90] he has put in of Subordination, makes it more absurd: To have one Absolute, Vnlimited, nay Vnlimitable Power in Subordination to another, is so manifest a Contradiction, that nothing can be more, Adam is Absolute Prince with the Vnlimited Authority of Fatherhood over all his Posterity; All his Posterity are then absolutely his Subjects, and, as our A— says, his Slaves, Children and Grand Children are equally in this State of Subjection and Slavery, and yet says our A—, the Children of Adam have paternal, i. e. Absolute, Unlimited Power over their own Children, which in plain English is, they are Slaves and Absolute Princes at the same time, and in the same Government, and one part of the Subjects have an Absolute Unlimited Power over the other by the natural Right of Parentage.

70. If any one will suppose in favour of our A— that he here meant that Parents who are in Subjection themselves to the Absolute Authority of their Father, have yet some Power over their Children: I confess he is something nearer the truth, but he will not at all hereby help our A—; for he no where speaking of the Paternal Power, but as an Absolute Unlimited Authority, cannot be suppos'd to understand any thing else [91] here, unless he himself had limited it and shewed how far it reach'd: And that he means here paternal Authority in that large Extent is plain from the immediate following words; This Subjection of Children being, says he, the Fountain of all Regal Authority, p. 12. The Subjection, then that in the former Line, he says, every Man is in to his Parents, and consequently what Adam's Grand Children were in to their Parents, was that which was the Fountain of all Regal Authority, i. e. According to our A—s Absolute, Vnlimitable Authority, and thus Adams Children had Regal Authority over their Children, whilst they themselves were Subjects to their Father, and Fellow Subjects with their Children; But let him mean as he pleases, 'tis plain he allows Adams Children to have Paternal Power, p. 12. as all other Fathers to have Paternal Power over their Children, O. 156. From whence one of these two things will necessarily follow, that, either Adams Children even in his life time, had, and so all other Fathers have, as he Phrases it, p. 12. By Right of Fatherhood Royal Authority over their Children, or else, that Adam by Right of Fatherhood had not Royal Authority: For it must be that Paternal Power does, or does not, give Royal Authority to them that have it: If it does [92] not, then Adam could not be Sovereign by this Title, nor any body else, and then there is an end of all our A's Politics at once; If it does give Royal Authority, then every one that has Paternal Power has Royal Authority, and then by our A—s Patriarchal Government, there will be as many Kings as there are Fathers.

71. And thus what a Monarchy he hath set up, let him and his Disciples consider, Princes certainly will have great Reason to thank him for these new Politics, which set up as many Absolute Kings in every Country as there are Fathers of Children, and yet who can blame our A— for it, it lying unavoidably in the way of one discoursing upon our A—s Principles; For having placed an Absolute Power in Fathers by Right of Begetting, he could not easily resolve how much of this Power belong'd to a Son over the Children he had begotten; And so it fell out to be a very hard matter to give all the Power, as he does, to Adam, and yet allow a part in his Life time to his Children, when they were Parents, and which he knew not well how to deny them, this makes him so doubtful in his Expressions, and so uncertain where to place this Absolute Natural Power, which he calls Fatherhood; sometimes, Adam alone has it all, as p. 13. O. 244, 245. & pref.


Sometimes Parents have it, which word scarce signifies the Father alone, p. 12, 19.

Sometimes Children during their Fathers life time, as p. 12.

Sometimes Fathers of Families, as p. 78, and 79.

Sometimes Fathers indefinitely, O. 155.

Sometimes the Heir to Adam, O. 253.

Sometimes the Posterity of Adam, 244. 246.

Sometimes prime Fathers, all Sons or Grand Children of Noah, O. 244.

Sometimes the Eldest Parents, p. 12.

Sometimes all Kings, p. 19.

Sometimes all that have Supream Power, O. 245.

Sometimes Heirs to those first Progenitors, who were at first the natural Parents of the whole People, p. 19.

Sometimes an Elective King, p. 23.

Sometimes those whether a few or a Multitude that govern the Commonwealth, p. 23.

Sometimes he that can catch it, an Vsurper, p. 23. O. 155.

72. Thus this new nothing, that is to carry with it all Power, Authority and Government; This Fatherhood which is to design the Person and Establish the Throne of Monarchs, whom the People are to obey, may, according to Sir Robt. come [94] into any hands, any how, and so by his Politics give to Democracy Royal Authority, and make an Usurper a lawful Prince. And if it will do all these fine Feats, much good do our Author and all his Followers with their omnipotent Fatherhood, which can serve for nothing but to unsettle and destroy all the lawful Governments in the World, and to Establish in their room Disorder, Tyranny and Usurpation.




Of Fatherhood and Propriety Considered together as Fountains of Sovereignty.

73. IN the foregoing Chapters we have seen what Adams Monarchy was, in our A—s Opinion, and upon what Titles he founded it: And the Foundations which he lays the chief stress on, as those from which he thinks he may best derive Monarchical Power to future Princes, are two, viz. Fatherhood and Property, and therefore the way he proposes to remove the Absurdities and Inconveniences of the [95] Doctrine of Natural Freedom, is, to maintain the Natural and Private Dominion of Adam, O. 222. Conformable hereunto he tells us the Grounds and Principles of Government, necessarily depend upon the Original of Property, O. 108. The Subjection of Children to their Parents is the Fountain of all Regal Authority, p. 12. And all Power on Earth is either derived or usurped from the Fatherly Power, there being no other Original to be found of any Power whatsoever, O. 158. I will not stand here to examine how it can be said without a contradiction, that the first Ground and Principles of Government necessarily depend upon the Original of Property, and yet, that there is no other Original of any Power whatsoever, but that of the Father: It being hard to understand how there can be no other Original but Fatherhood, and yet that the Grounds and Principles of Government depend upon the Original of Property; Property and Fatherhood being as far different as Lord of a Mannor and Father of Children, nor do I see how they will either of them agree with what our A— says, O. 244. of Gods Sentence against Eve, Gen. 111. 16. That it is the Original Grant of Government, so that if that were the Original, Government had not its Orignal by our A—s own Confession, either from Property [96] or Fatherhood, and this Text which he brings as a proof of Adam's Power over Eve necessarily Contradicts what he says of the Fatherhood, that it is the Sole Fountain of all Power; for if Adam had any such Regal Power over Eve, as our A— contends for; it must be by some other Title then that of begetting.

74. But I leave him to reconcile these Contradictions as well as many others, which may plentifully be found in him by any one, who will but read him with a little Attention, and shall come now to consider how these two Originals of Government, Adam's Natural and Private Dominion will consist and serve to make out and Establish the Titles of Succeeding Monarchs, who, as our A— obliges them, must all derive their Power from these Fountains. Let us then suppose Adam made by Gods Donation Lord and sole Proprietor of the whole Earth, in as large and ample a manner, as Sir Robt. could wish, let us suppose him also by Right of Fatherhood Absolute Ruler over his Children with an unlimited Supremacy, I ask them upon Adam's Death what becomes of his Natural and Private Dominion, and I doubt not, 'twill be answered, that they descended to his next Heir, as our A— tells us in several places, but that [97] cannot possibly convey both his Natural and Private Dominion to the same Person; for should we allow that all the Propriety, all the Estate of the Father ought to descend to the Eldest Son, which will need some proof to Establish it, and so he have by that Title all the Private Dominion of the Father, yet the Fathers Natural Dominion, the paternal Power cannot descend to him by Inheritance; for being a Right that accrews to a Man only by begetting, no Man can have this natural Dominion over any one, he does not beget, unless it can be suppos'd that a Man can have a Right to any thing, without doing that upon which that Right is solely founded. For if a Father by begetting, and no other Title has Natural Dominion over his Children, he that does not beget them cannot have this Natural Dominion over them, and therefore be it true or false, that our A— says, O. 156. That every Man that is born by his very Birth becomes a Subject to him that begets him, this necessarily follows, viz. That a Man by his Birth cannot become a Subject to his Brother who did not beget him, unless it can be suppos'd that a Man by the very same Title can come to be under the Natural and Absolute Dominion of two different Men at once, or it be Sense to say, that a [98] Man by Birth is under the Natural Dominion of his Father only, because he begat him, and a Man by Birth also is under the Natural Dominion of his Eldest Brother, though he did not beget him.

75. If then the Private Dominion of Adam, his Property in the Creatures descended at his Death all entirely to his Eldest Son, his Heir; (for if it did not there is presently an end of all Sir Robt's. Monarchy and his Natural Dominion) the Dominion a Father has over his Children by begetting them, belong'd equally to all his Sons who had Children by the same Title their Father had, it immediately upon Adams Decease; the Sovereignty founded upon Property, and the Sovereignty founded upon Fatherhood, come to be divided, since Cain as Heir had that of Property alone, Seth and the other Sons that of Fatherhood equally with him. This is the best can be made of our A—s Doctrine and of the two Titles of Sovereignty he sets up in Adam, one of them will either signifie nothing, or if they both must stand they can serve only to confound the Rights of Princes, and disorder Government in his Posterity; for by building upon two Titles to Dominion, which cannot descend together, and which he allows may be separated, for he yields that [99] Adams Children had their destinct Territories by Right of Private Dominion, O 210. p. 40. He makes it perpetually a doubt upon his Principles where the Sovereignty is, or to whom we owe our Obedience, since Fatherhood and Property are distinct Titles, and began presently upon Adams Death to be in distinct Persons, And which then was to give way to the other?

76. Let us take the account of it, as he himself gives it us. He tells us out of Grotius, that Adams Children by Donation, Assignation or some kind of Cession before he was dead had their distinct Territories by Right of private Dominion, Abel had his Flocks and Pastures for them, Cain had his Fields for Corn and the Land of Nod where he Built him a City, O. 210. Here 'tis obvious to demand which of these two after Adams Death was Sovereign, Cain says our A—, p. 19. By what Title? As Heir for Heirs to Progenitors, who were natural Parents of their People, are not only Lords of their own Children, but also of their Brethren, says our A—, p. 19. What was Cain Heir to? not the entire Possessions, not all that which Adam had Private Dominion in, for our A— allows that Abel by a Title derived from his Father, had his distinct Territory for Pasture by Right of Private Dominion, what then Abel had by Private Dominion, was exempt from [100] Cains Dominion, for he could not have Private Dominion over that, which was under the Private Dominion of another, and therefore his Sovereignty over his Brother is gone with this Private Dominion, and so there are presently two Sovereigns and his imaginary Title of Fatherhood is out of doors, and Cain is no Prince over his Brother, or else if Cain retain his Sovereignty over Abel notwithstanding his Private Dominion, it will follow that the first Grounds and Principles of Government have nothing to do with Property whatever our A— says to the contrary; 'Tis true, Abel did not out-live his Father Adam, but that makes nothing to the Argument which will hold good against Sir Robt. in Abels Issue, or in Seth, or any of the Posterity of Adam, not descended from Cain.

77. The same inconvenience he runs into about the three Sons of Noah, who as he says, p. 13. had the whole World divided amongst them by their Father, I ask then in which of the three shall we find the Establishment of Regal Power after Noahs Death; If in all three as our A— there seems to say: Then it will follow that Regal Power is founded in Property of Land and follows Private Dominion, and not in paternal Power or natural Dominion, and so there is an end of paternal Power as the [101] Fountain of Regal Authority, and the so much magnified Fatherhood quite vanishes. If the Regal Power descended to Shem as Eldest and Heir to his Father, then Noahs Division of the World by Lot to his Sons or his 10 Years sayling about the mediterranean to appoint each Son his part, which our A— tells of, p. 15. was labour lost, his Division of the World to them, was to ill or to no purpose, for his Grant to Cham and Iaphet was little worth if Shem notwithstanding this Grant, as soon as Noah was dead, was to be Lord over them. Or, if this Grant of Private Dominion to them over their assigned Territories were good, here were set up two distinct sorts of Power, not Subordinate one to the other with all those inconveniences which he musters up against the Power of the People. O. 158. and which I shall set down in his own words only changing Property for People. All Power on Earth is either derived or usurped from the Fatherly Power, there being no other Original to be found of any Power whatsoever, for if there should be granted two sorts of Power without any Subordination of one to the other, they would be in perpetual strife, which should be Supream, for two Supreams cannot agree: If the Fatherly Power be Supream, then the Power grounded on Private Dominion must be subordinate and depend on it, [102] and if the Power grounded on Property be Supream, then the Fatherly Power must submit to it, and cannot be exercised without the Licence of the Proprietors, which must quite destroy the Frame and Course of Nature. This is his own arguing against two distinct Independent Powers, which I have set down in his own words, only putting Power rising from Property, for Power of the People, and when he has answered what he himself has urged here against two distinct Powers, we shall be better able to see how with any tolerable Sense, he can derive all Regal Authority from the natural and Private Dominion of Adam, from Fatherhood and Property together, which are distinct Titles that do not always meet in the same Person, and 'tis plain by his own Confession, presently seperated as soon both as Adams and Noahs Death made way for Succession; Though our A— frequently in his Writings jumbles them together, and omits not to make use of either, where he thinks it will sound best to his purpose, but the Absurdities of this will more fully appear in the next Chapter, where we shall examine the ways of conveyance of the Soveriegnty of Adam, to Princes that were to Reign after him.





Of the Conveyance of Adams Sovereign Monarchical Power.

78. SR. Rob. having not been very happy in any Proofs, he brings for the Sovereignty of Adam, is not much more fortunate in conveying it to future Princes, who if his Politics be true, must all derive their Titles from him; The ways he has assigned, as they lye scatter'd up and down in his Writings, I will set down in his own Words; In his Preface he tells us, that Adam being Monarch of the whole World, none of his Posterity had any right to possess any thing, but by his Grant or Permission, or by Succession from him, here he makes two ways of conveyance of any thing, Adam stood possessed of, and those are Grant or Succession. All Kings either are, or are to be, reputed the next Heirs to those first Proginetors, who were at first the natural Parents of the whole People, p. 19. There cannot be any multitude of Men whatsoever, but that in it, consider'd by it self, there is one Man amongst them, that in nature hath a right to be the King of all the rest, as being the next Heir to Adam, O. 253. Here in these places Inheritance [104] is the only way he allows of, conveying Monarchical Power to Princes, O. 155. All Power on Earth is either derived or usurped from the Fatherly Power, O. 158. All Kings that now are, or ever were, are or were either Fathers of their People, or the Heirs of such Fathers or Usurpers of the right of such Fathers, O. 253. And here he makes Inheritance or Vsurpation, the only ways whereby Kings come by this Original Power; But yet he tells us, this Fatherly Empire, as it was of its self Hereditary, so it was alienable by Patent, and seizable by an Vsurper, O. 190. So then here Inheritance, Grant or Usurpation will convey it; And last of all, which is most admirable he he tells us, p. 100. It skils not which way Kings come by their Power, whether by Election, Donation, Succession, or by any other means, for it is still the manner of the Government by Supream Power, that makes them properly Kings, and not the means of obtaining their Crowns, which I think is a full answer to all his whole Hypothesis, and Discourse about Adams Royal Authority, as the Fountain from which all Princes were to derive theirs; And he might have spared the trouble of speaking so much, as he does, up and down of Heirs and Inheritance, if to make any one Properly a King, needs no more but [105] Governing by Supream Power, and it matters not by what means he came by it.

79. By this notable way, our A— may make Oliver as Properly King, as any one else he could think of; And had he had the Happiness, to live under Massanellos Government, he could not by this his own Rule, have forborn to have done Homage to him, with O King live for ever, since the manner of his Government by Supream Power, made him Properly King, who was but the day before, Properly a Fisher-man; And if Don Quixot, had taught his Squire to govern with Supream Authority, our A— no doubt could have made a most Loyal Subject, in Sancho Pancha's Island, and he must have deserved some Preferment in such Governments, since I think he is the first Politician, who pretending to settle Government upon its true Basis, and to establish the Thrones of lawful Princes ever tould the World, that he was Properly a King, whose manner of Government was by Sapream Power, by what means soever he obtained it, which in plain English, is to say, that Regal and Supream Power, is properly and truly his, who can by any means seize upon it, and if this be, to be Properly a King, I wonder how he came to think of, or where he will find, an Vsurper.


80. This is so strange a Doctrin, that the surpize of it, hath made me pass by, without their due reflection, the contradictions he runs into, by making sometimes Inheritance alone, sometimes only Grant or Inheritance, sometimes only Inheritance or Vsurpation, sometimes all these three, and at last Election or any other means, added to them, the ways whereby Adams Royal Authority, that is, his right to Supream Rule, could be convey'd down to future Kings and Governors, so as to give them a Title to the Obedience and Subjection of the People, but these contradictions lye so open, that the very reading of our A—s own words, will discover them to any ordinary understanding; and though what I have quoted out of him, with abundance more of the same Strain and Coherence which might be found in him, might well excuse me from any farther trouble in this Argument, yet having proposed to my self, to examin the main parts of his Doctrin, I shall a little more particularly consider how Inheritanee, Grant, Vsurpation, or Election, can any way make out Government in the World upon his Principles, or derive any lawful Title to any ones Obedience, from this Regal Authority of Adam, had it been never so well [107] proved, that he had been Absolute Monarch, and Lord of the whole World.




Of Monarchy, by Inheritance from Adam.

81. THough it be never so plain, that there ought to be Government in the World, nay should all Men be of our A—s mind, that divine appointment had ordained it to be Monarchical, yet since Men cannot obey any thing, that cannot command, and Ideas of Government in the Phansy, though never so perfect, never so right, cannot give Laws, nor prescribe Rules to the Actions of Men; It would be of no behoof for the setling of Order, and Establishment of Government in its Exercise and Use amongst Men, unless there were a way also taught how to know the Person, to whom it belonged to have this Power, and Exercise this Dominion over others. 'Tis in vain then to talk of Subjection and Obedience, without telling us whom we are to obey; For were I never so fully perswaded, that there ought to be Magistracy and Rule in the World, yet I am never the less at Liberty still, till it appears [108] who is the Person, that hath Right to my Obedience, since if there be no marks to know him by, and distinguish him, that hath Right to Rule from other Men, it may be my self, as well as any other; And therefore though Submission to Government be every ones duty, yet since that signifies nothing, but submitting to the Direction and Laws of such Men, as have Authority to command, 'tis not enough to make a Man a Subject, to convince him that there is Regal Power in the World, but there must be ways of designing, and knowing the Person to whom this Regal Power of Right belongs, and a Man can never be obliged in conscience to submit to any Power, unless he can be satisfied who is the Person, who has a Right to Exercise that Power over him. If this were not so, there would be no distinction between Pirates and Lawful Princes, he that has Force is without any more ado to be obey'd, and Crowns and Scepters would become the Inheritance only of Violence and Rapin, Men too might as often and as innocently change their Governors, as they do their Physitians, if the Person cannot be known, who has a right to direct me, and whose Prescriptions, I am bound to follow; To settle therefore Mens Consciences under [109] an Obligation to Obedience, 'tis necessary that they know not only that there is a Power somewhere in the World, but the Person who by Right is vested with this Power over them.

82. How Successful our A— has been in his attempts, to set up a Monarchical Absolute Power in Adam, the Reader may Judge by what has been already said, but were that Absolute Monarchy as clear as our A— would desire it, as I presume it is the contrary, yet it could be of no use to the Govrenment of Mankind now in the World, unless he also make out these two things.

First, That this Power of Adam was not to end with him, but was upon his Decease conveyed entire to some other Person, and so on to Posterity.

Secondly, That the Princes and Rulers now on Earth, are possessed of this Power of Adam, by a right way of conveyance derived to them.

83. If the first of these fail, the Power of Adam, were it never so great, never so certain, will signifie nothing to the present Government and Societies in the World, but we must seek out some other Original of Power for the Government of Polity's then this of Adam, or else there will be none at all in the World. If the latter [110] fail, it will destroy the Authority of the present Governors, and absolve the People from Subjection to them, since they having no better a Claim then others to that Power, which is alone the Fountain of all Authority, can have no Title to Rule over them.

84. Our A— having Phansied an Absolute Sovereignty in Adam, mentions several ways of its conveyance to Princes, that were to be his Successors, but that which he cheifly insists on, is, that of Inheritance, which occurs so often in his several Discourses, and I having in the foregoing Chapter quoted several of these passages, I shall not need here again to repeat them, this Sovereignty he erects, as had been said upon a double Foundation, viz. that of Property, and that of Fatherhood, one was the right he was supposed to have in all Creatures, a right to possess the Earth with the Beasts, and other inferior Ranks of things in it for his Private use, exclusive of all other Men. The other was the Right he was supposed to have, to Rule and Govern Men, all the rest of Mankind.

85. In both these Rights, there being supposed an exclusion of all other Men, it must be upon some reason peculiar to Adam, that they must both be founded.


That of his Property our A— supposes, to arise from Gods immediate Donation, Gen. 1. 28. and that of Fatherhood, from the Act of Begetting now in all Inheritance, if the Heir succeed not to the reason, upon which his Fathers Right was founded, he cannot succeed to the Right which followed from it; For Example, Adam had a Right of Property in the Creatures, upon the Donation and Grant of God Almighty, who was Lord and Proprietor of them all, let this be so as our A— tells us, yet upon his death, his Heir can have no Title to them, no such right of Property in them, unless the same reason, viz. Gods Donation, vested a right in the Heir too; for if Adam could have had no Property in, nor use of, the Creatures without this positive Donation from God, and this Donation, were only Personally to Adam, his Heir could have no right by it, but upon his death, it must revert to God the Lord and Owner again; for positive Grants give no Title farther then the express words convey it, and by which only it is held, and thus, if as our A— himself contends, that Donation, Gen. 1. 28. were made only to Adam, personally his Heir could not succeed to his Property in the Creatures, and if it were a Donation to any but Adam, let it be shewn, that it [112] was to his Heir in our A—s Sense, i.e. to one of his Children exclusive of all the rest.

86. But not to follow our A— too far out of the way, the plain of the Case is this, God having made Man, and Planted in him, as in all other Animals, a strong desire of self Preservation, and furnished the World with things fit for Food and Rayment, and other necessaries of Life, Subservient to his design, that Man should live and abide for some time upon the the Face of the Earth, and not that so curious and wonderful a piece of Workmanship by its own negligence, or want of necessaries, should perish again, presently after a few moments continuance: God, I say, having made Man and the World, thus spoke to him, (that is) directed him by his Senses and Reason, as he did the inferior Animals by their Sense, and Instinct which he had placed in them to that purpose, to the use of those things, which were serviceable for his subsistence, and gave him the means of his Preservation, and therefore I doubt not, but before these words were pronounced, 1 Gen. 28. 29. If they must be understood Litterally to have been spoken, or without any such Verbal Donation, Man had a right to a Use of the Creatures, by the Will and Grant of God, for the desire, strong [113] desire of Preserving his Life and Being, having been Planted in him, as a Principle of Action by God himself, Reason, which was the voice of God in him, could not but teach him and assure him, that pursuing that natural Inclination he had to preserve his Being, he followed the Will of his Maker, and therefore had a right to make use of those Creatures, which by his Reason or Senses he could discover, would be serviceable thereunto, and thus Mans Property in the Creatures, was founded upon the right he had, to make use of those things that were necessary, or useful to his being.

87. This being the Reason and Foundation of Adams Property, gave the same Title, on the same Ground, to all his Children, not only after his death, but in his life time, so that here was no Priviledge of his Heir above his other Children, which could exclude them from an equal right, to the use of the inferior Creatures, for the comfortable Preservation of their Beings. Which is all the Property Man hath in them, and so Adams Sovereignty built on Property, or as our A— calls it, Private Dominion comes to nothing. Every Man had a right to the Creatures, by the same Title Adam had, viz. by the right every one had to take [114] care of, and provide for, their Subsistance, and thus Men had a right in common, Adams Children in common with him. But if any one had began, and made himself a Property in any particular thing, (which how he, or any one else, could do, shall be shewn in another place) that thing, that possession, if he dispos'd not otherwise of it by his positive Grant, descended Naturally to his Children, and they had a right to succeed to it, and possess it.

88. It might reasonably be asked here, how come Children by this right of possessing, before any other, the Properties of their Parents upon their Decease, for it being Personally the Parents, when they dye, without actually Transferring their Right to another, why does it not return again to the commmon Stock of Mankind? 'Twill perhaps be answered, that common consent hath disposed of it to the Children Common Practice, we see indeed does so dispose of it, but we cannot say, that it is the common consent of Mankind; for that hath never been asked, nor Actually given, and if common tacit Consent had Establish'd it, it would make but a positive and not natural Right of Children, to Inherit the Goods of their Parents: But where the Practice is Universal, [115] 'tis reasonable to think the Cause is natural. The ground then I think to be this; The first and strongest desire God Planted in Men, and wrought into the very Principle of their nature, being that of self Preservation, is the Foundation of a right to the Creatures for their particular support, and use of each individual Person himself. But next to this, God Planted in Men a strong desire also of Propagating their Kind, and continuing themselves in their posterity, and this gives Children a Title, to share in the Property of their Parents, and a Right to Inherit their Possessions, Men are not Proprietors of what they have meerly for themselves, their Children have a Title to part of it, and have their Kind of Right joyn'd with their Parent's, in the Possession which comes to be wholly theirs, when death having put an end to their Parents use of it, hath taken them from their Possessions, and this we call Inheritance: Men being by a like Obligation, bound to preserve what they have begotten, as to preserve themselves, their issue come to have a Right in the Goods they are possessed of. And that Children have such a Right is plain from the Laws of God, and that Men are convinced, that Children have such a Right, is Evident from [116] the Law of the Land, both which Laws require Parents to provide for their Children.

89. For Children being by the course of nature, born weak, and unable to provide for themselves, they have by the appointment of God himself, who hath thus ordered the course of nature, a right to be nourish'd and maintained by their Parents, nay a right not only to a bare Subsistance, but to the conveniences and comforts of Life, as far as the conditions of their Parents can afford it; And hence it comes, that when their Parents leave the World, and so the care due to their Children ceases, the effects of it are to extend as far as possibly they can, and the Provisions they have made in their Life time, are understood to be intended as nature requires they should, for their Children, whom after themselves, they are bound to provide for, though the dying Parents, by express Words, declare nothing about them, nature appoints the the descent of their Property to their Children, who thus come to have a Title, and natural Right of Inheritance to their Fathers Goods, which the rest of Mankind cannot pretend to.

90. Were it not for this right of being nourished, and maintained by their Parents, which God and nature has given to [117] Children and obliged Parents to, as a duty, it would, be reasonable, that the Father should Inherit the Estate of his Son, and be prefer'd in the Inheritance before his Grand Child, for to the Grand Father, there is due a long Score of care and expences laid out upon the Breeding and Education of his Son, which one would think in Justice ought to be paid, but that having been done in Obedience to the same Law, whereby he received Nourishment and Education from his own Parents, this Score of Education received from a Mans Father, is paid by taking care and providing for his own Children (is paid I say, as much as is requir'd of payment by alteration of Property, unless present necessity of the Parents require a return of Goods for their necessary Support and Subsistance, for we are not now speaking of that reverence, acknowledgment, respect and honour that is always due from Children to their Parents, but of possessions and commodities of Life valuable by Money;) But yet this debt to the Children, does not quite cancel the Score due to the Father, but only is made by nature preferable to it; For the debt a Man owes his Father, takes place and gives the Father a Right to Inherit the Sons Goods, where for want of [118] Issue, the Right of Children doth not exclude that Title. And therefore a Man having a Right to be maintain'd by his Children where he needs it, and to injoy also the comforts of Life from them, when the necessary provision due to them and their Children will afford it, if his Son dye without Issue, the Father has a right in nature to possess his Goods, and Inherit his Estate (whatever the Municipal Laws of some Countries may absurdly direct otherwise,) and so again his Children and their Issue from him, or for want of such his Father and his Issue; But where no such are to be found, i. e. no Kindred there we see the possessions of a Private Man, revert to the community, and so in Politic Societies come into the hands of the public Magistrate, but in the State of nature become again perfectly common, no body having a right to Inherit them, nor can any one have a Property in them, otherwise then in other things common by nature, of which I shall speak in its due place.

91. I have been the larger, in shewing upon what ground Children have a Right to succeed to the Possession of their Fathers Properties, not only because by it, it will appear, that if Adam had a Property (a Titular insignificant useless Property; [119] for it could be no better, for he was bound to nourish and maintain his Children and Posterity out of it) in the whole Earth and its Product, yet all his Children coming to have by the Law of nature and Right of Inheritance a joynt Title, and Right of Property in it after his death, it could convey no right of Sovereignty to any one of his Posterity over the rest, since every one having a right of Inheritance to his portion, they might enjoy their Inheritance, or any part of it in common, or share it, or some parts of it, by Division, as it best liked them, but no one could pretend to the whole Inheritance, or any Sovereignty supposed to accompany it, since a right of Inheritance gave every one of the rest, as well as any one, a Title to share in the Goods of his Father. Not only upon this account, I say, have I been so particular in examining the reason of Childrens Inheriting the Property of their Fathers, but also because it will give us farther Light in the Inheritance of Rule and Power, which in Countries where their particular Municipal Laws give the whole Possession of Land entirely to the first Born, and Descent of Power has gone so to Men by this Custom, some have been apt to be deceived into an Opinion, that there [120] was a Natural or Divine Right of Primogeniture to both Estate and Power, and that the Inheritance of both Rule over Men and Property in things, sprang from the same Original, and were to descend by the same Rules.

92. Property, whose Original is from the Right a Man has to use any of the inferior Creatures, for the subsistance and comfort of his Life, is for the benefit and sole advantage of the Proprietor, so that he may even destroy the thing, that he has Property in by his use of it, where need requires; But Government being for the Preservation of every Mans Right and Property, by Preserving him from the Violence or Injury of others, is for the good of the Governed; For the Magistrate Sword, being for a Terror to evil Doers, and by that Terror to inforce Men to observe the positive Laws of the Society, made conformable to the Laws of Nature, for the Public good, i. e. the good of every particular Member of that Society, as far as by common Rules, it can be provided for; the Sword is not given the Magistrate for his own good alone.

93. Children therefore, as has been shew'd, by the dependance they have on their Parents for Subsistance, have a [121] Right of Inheritance to their Fathers Property, as that which belongs to them for their Proper good and behoof, and therefore are fitly termed Goods, wherein the first Born has not a sole or peculiar Right by any Law of God and Nature. His, and his Brethrens, being equally founded on that Right they had to maintenance, support and comfort from their Parents, and on nothing else; But Government being for the benefit of the Governed, and not the sole advantage of the Governors (but only for theirs with the rest, as they make a part of that Politic Body, each of whose Parts and Members are taken care of, and directed in their peculiar Function for the good of the whole, by the Laws of the Society,) cannot be Inherited by the same Title, that Children have to the Goods of their Fathers. The Right a Son has to be maintained and provided with the necessaries and conveniences of Life out of his Fathers Stock, gives him a Right to succeed to his Fathers Property for his own good, but this can give him no Right to succeed also to the Rule, which his Father had over other Men; all that a Child has Right to claim from his Fathers is Nourishment and Education, and the things nature furnishes for the support of [122] Life, but he has no Right to demand Rule or Dominion from him: He can subsist and receive from him the Portion of good things, aud advantages of Education naturally due to him, without Empire and Dominion; That (if his Father hath any) was vested in him, for the good and behoof of others, and therefore the Son cannot Claim or Inherit it by a Title, which is founded wholy on his own private good and advantage.

94. We must know how the first Ruler, from whom any one claims came by his Authority, upon what ground any one has Empire, what his Title is to it, before we can know who has a right to succeed him in it, and inherit it from him; If the Agreement and Consent of Men first gave a Scepter into any ones hand, or put a Crown on his Head, that also must direct its descent and conveyance; for the same Authority, that made the first a Lawful Ruler, must make the Second too, and so give Right of Succession; And in this Case Inheritance or Primogeniture, can in its self have no Right, no pretence, to it, any farther then that Consent, which Established the Form of the Government, hath so settled the Succession; and thus we see the Succession of Crowns, in several Countries places it on different Heads, [123] and he comes by right of Succession, to be a Prince in one place, who would be a Subject in another.

95. If God, by his positive Grant and revealed Declaration, first gave Rule and Dominion to any Man, he that will Claim by that Title, must have the same positive Grant of God for his Succession; for if that has not directed the Course of its descent and conveyance down to others, no body can succeed to this Title of the first Ruler, and hereto Children have no right of Inheritance; and Primogeniture can lay no Claim, unless God the Author of this Constitution hath so ordained it. Thus we see the pretensions of Sauls Family, who received his Crown from the immediate Appointment of God, ended with his Reign; And David by the same Title that Saul Reignd, viz. Gods appointment, succeeded in his Throne, to the exclusion of Ionathan, and all pretensions of Paternal Inheritance. And if Solomon had a right to succeed his Father, it must be by some other Title, then that of Primogeniture. A Cadet or Sisters Son, must have the Preference in Succession, if he has the same Title the first Lawful Prince had. And in Dominion that has its Foundation only in the positive appointment of God himself, [124] Benjamin the youngest, must have the Inheritance of the Crown, if God so direct as well as one of that Tribe had the first Possession.

96. If Paternal Right, the Act of Begetting, give a Man Rule and Dominion, Inheritance or Primogeniture can give no Title; for he that cannot succeed to his Fathers Title, which was Begetting, cannot succeed to that Power over his Brethren, which his Father had by Paternal Right over them, but I shall have more to say on this by and by. This is plain in the mean time, that any Government whether supposed to be, at first founded in Paternal Right, Consent of the People, or the Positive Appointment of God himself, which can supersede either of the other, and so begin a new Government upon a new Foundation, I say, any Government began upon either of these, can by Right of Succession come to those only, who have the Title of him, they succeed to. Power founded on Contract, can descend only to him, who has Right by that Contract, Power founded on Begetting, he only can have that Begets, and Power founded on the positive Grant or Donation of God, he only can have by Right of Succession, to whom that Grant directs it.


97. From what I have said, I think this is clear, that a Right to the use of the Creatures, being founded Originally in the Right a Man has to subsist and enjoy the conveniences of Life, and the natural Right Children have to Inherit the goods of their Parents, being founded in the Right they have to the same Subsistance and Commodities of Life, out of the Stock of their Parents, who are therefore taught by natural Love and Tenderness to provide for them, as a part of themselves, and all this being only for the good of the Proprietor or Heir; It can be no reason for Childrens Inheriting of Rule and Dominion, which has another Original and a different end, nor can Primogeniture have any Pretence to a Right of solely Inheriting either Property or Power, as we shall in, its due place, see more fully, 'tis enough to have shew'd here, that Adams Property or Private Dominion, could not convey any Sovereignty or Rule to his Heir, who not having a Right to Inherit all his Fathers Possessions, could not thereby come to have any Sovereignty over his Brethren, and therefore if any Sovereignty, on account of his Property, had been vested in Adam, which in Truth there was not; yet it would have died with him.


98. As Adam's Sovereignty, if he had by vertue of being Proprietor of the whole World, had any Authority over Men, could not have been Inherited by any of his Children over the rest, because they had all Title to divide the Inheritance, and every one had a Right to a Portion of his Fathers Possessions, so neither could Adam's Sovereignty by Right of Fatherhood, if any such he had, descend to any one of his Children; for it being, in our A—s account, a Right acquired by Begetting to Rule over those he had begotten, it was not a Power possible to be Inherited, because the Right being consequent to, and built on, an Act perfectly Personal, made that Power so too, and impossible to be Inherited for Paternal Power, being a natural Right, arising only from the relation of Father and Son, is as impossible to be Inherited as the relation it self, and a Man may pretend as well to Inherit the conjugal Power, the Husband, whose Heir he is, had over his Wife, as he can to Inherit the Paternal Power of a Father over his Children; For the Power of the Husband being founded on Contract, and the Power of the Father on Begetting, he may as well Inherit the Power obtained by the conjugal Contract, [127] which was only Personal, as he may the Power obtained by Begetting, which could reach no farther then the Person of the Begetter, unless begetting can be a Title to Power in him, that does not beget.

99. Which makes it a reasonable question to ask, whether Adam dying before Eve his Heir, suppose Cain or Seth should have had by Right of Inheriting Adam's Fatherhood, Sovereign Power over Eve his Mother; for Adams Fatherhood, being nothing but a Right he had to Govern his Children, because he begot them, he that Inherits Adam's Fatherhood, inherits nothing even in our A—s sense, but the the Right Adam had to Govern his Children, because he begot them, so that the Monarchy of the Heir would not have taken in Eve, or if it did, it being nothing but the Fatherhood of Adam, descended by Inheritance, the Heir must have Right to Govern Eve, because Adam begot her; For Fatherhood is nothing else.

100. Perhaps it will be said with our A—, that a Man can alien his Power over his Child, and what may be transfer'd by compact, may be possessed by Inheritance, I answer, a Father cannot Alien the Power he has over his Child, he may perhaps [128] to some degrees forfeit it, but cannot transfer it, and if any other Man acquire it, 'tis not by the Fathers Grant, but some Act of his own; For example, a Father, unnaturally careless of his Child, sells or gives him to another Man; and he again exposes him; a third Man finding him, breeds up cherishes and provides for him as his own: I think in this Case, no body will doubt but that the greatest part of filial Duty and Subjection was here owing, and to be paid to, this Foster Father, and if any thing could be demanded from him, by either of the other, it could be only due to his natural Father, who perhaps might have forfeited his Right to much of that Duty comprehended in the command, Honour your Parents, but could transfer none of it to another, he that purchased, and neglected the Child got by his Purchase and Grant of the Father, no Title to Duty or Honour from the Child, but only he acquired it, who by his own Authority, performing the Office and Care of a Father, to the Forlorn and Perishing Infant, made himself by Paternal Care, a Title to proportionable Degrees of Paternal Power. This will be more easily admitted upon consideration of the nature of Paternal Power, for which I refer my Reader to the 2d Book.


101. To return to the Argument in hand, this is evident; That Paternal Power arising only from Begetting, for in that our A— places it alone, can neither be transfer'd, nor inherited; And he that does not beget, can no more have Paternal Power which arises from thence, then he can have a Right to any thing who performs not the condition, to which only it is annexed; If one should ask by what Law, has a Father Power over his Children, it will be answered no doubt by the Law of nature, which gives such a Power over them, to him that begets them; If one should ask likewise by what Law does our A—s Heir come by a Right to Inherit, I think it would be answer'd by the Law of nature too, for I find not that our A— brings one word of Scripture to prove the Right of such an Heir he speaks of, why then the Law of nature, gives Fathers Paternal Power over their Children, because they did beget them, and the same Law of nature gives the same Paternal Power to the Heir over his Brethren, who did not beget them whence it follows, that either the Father has not his Paternal Power by begetting, or else that the Heir has it not at all; For 'tis hard to understand how the Law [130] of nature which is the Law of reason, can give the Paternal Power to the Father over his Children, for the only reason of Begetting, and to the first born over his Brethren without this only reason, i. e. for no reason at all, and if the Eldest by the Law of nature can inherit this Paternal Power, without the only reason that gives a Title to it, so may the Youngest as well as he, and a stranger as well as either, for where there is no reason for any one, as there is not, but for him that begets, all have an equal Title am sure our A— offers no reason, and when any body does, we shall see whether it will hold or no.

102. In the mean time 'tis as good Sense to say, that by the Law of nature, a Man has Right to inherit the Property of another, because he is of Kin to him, and is known to be of his Blood, and therefore by the same Law of nature, an utter Stranger to his Blood, has Right to inherit his Estate; As to say that by the Law of nature he that begets them, has Paternal Power over his Children, and therefore by the Law of nature, the Heir that begets them not, has this Paternal Power over them; or supposing the Law of the Land gave Absolute Power [131] over their Children, to such only who nursed them, and fed their Children themselves, could any body pretend, that this Law gave any one who did no such thing, Absolute Power over those, who were not his Children.

103. When therefore it can be shew'd, that conjugal Power can belong to him that is not an Husband, it will also I believe be proved, that our A—s Paternal Power acquired by begetting, may be inherited by a Son, and that a Brother as Heir to his Fathers Power, may have Paternal Power over his Brethren, and by the same Rule conjugal Power to, but till then, I think we may rest satisfied, that the Paternal Power of Adam, this Sovereign Authority of Fatherhood, were there any such, could not descend to, nor be inherited by, his next Heir. Fatherly Power I easily grant our A— if it will do him any good, can never be lost, because it will be as long in the World as there are Fathers, but none of them will have Adams Paternal Power, or derive theirs from him, but every one will have his own, by the same Title Adam had his, viz. by Begetting, but not by Inheritance or Succession, no more then Husbands have their conjugal Power by Inheritance from Adam; And thus we see as Adam had no [132] such Property, no such Paternal Power as gave him Sovereign Jurisdiction over Mankind; so likewise his Sovereignty built upon either of these Titles, if he had any such, could not have descended to his Heir, but must have ended with him, Adam therefore, as has been proved, being neither Monarch, nor his imaginary Monarchy, hereditable, the Power which is now in the World, is not that which was Adams, since all that Adam could have upon our A—s grounds, either of Property or Fatherhood, necessarily dyed with him, and could not be convey'd to Posterity by Inheritance; In the next place, we will consider whether Adam had any such Heir, to inherit his Power as our A— talks of.




Of the Heir to Monarchical Power of Adam.

104. OUR A— tells us, O. 253. That it is a truth undeniable, that there cannot be any multitude of Men whatsoever, either great or small, though gathered together from the several corners and remotest Regions of the World, but that in the same Multitude [133] considered by its self, there is one Man amongst them, that in nature hath a Right to be King of all the rest, as being the next Heir to Adam and all the other Subject to him, every Man by nature is a King or a Subject, and again, p. 20. If Adam himself were still living, and now ready to dye, it is certain that there is one Man, and but one in the World who is next Heir, let this Multitude of Men be, if our A— pleases, all the Princes upon the Earth, there will then be by our A—s Rule, one amongst them, that in nature hath a Right to be King of all the rest, as being the right Heir to Adam; An excellent way to Establish the Titles of Princes, and settle the Obedience of their Subjects, by setting up an Hundred or perhaps, a Thousand Titles, if there be so many Princes in the World, against any King now Reigning upon our A—s grounds, as good as his own. If this Right of Heir carry any weight with it, if it be the Ordinance of God as our A— seems to tell us, O. 244. must not all be Subject to it, from the highest to the lowest, can those who wear the name of Princes, without having the Right of being Heirs to Adam, demand Obedience from their Subjects by this Title, and not be bound to pay it by the same Law? either Governments in the World are not to be [134] claim'd and held by this Title of Adams Heir, and then the starting of it is to no purpose, the being or not being Adams. Heir signifies nothing as to the Title of Dominion; Or if it really be, as our A— says, the true Title to Government and Sovereignty, the first thing to be done, is to find out this true Heir of Adam, seat him in his Throne, and then all the Kings and Princes of the World come and resign up their Crowns and Scepters to him, as things that belong no more to them, then to any of their Subjects.

105. For either this Right in nature, of Adams Heir, to be King over all the Race of Men, (for altogether they make one Multitude) is a right not necessary to the making of a Lawful King, and so there may be Lawful Kings without it, and then Kings Titles and Power depend not on it, or else all the Kings in the World but one are not Lawful Kings, and so have no Right to Obedience, either this Title of Heir to Adam is that whereby Kings hold their Crown, and have a Right to Subjection from their Subjects, and then one only can have it, and the rest being Subjects can require no Obedience from other Men, who are but their fellow Subjects, or else it is not the [135] Title whereby Kings Rule, and have a Right to Obedience from their Subjects, and then Kings are Kings without it. And this Dream of the natural Sovereignty of Adams Heir is of no use to Obedience and Government; For if Kings have a Right to Dominion, and the Obedience of their Subjects who are not, nor can possibly be, Heirs to Adam, what use is there of such a Title, when we are obliged to obey without it? If they have not, we are discharged of our Obedience to them, for he that has no Right to command, I am under no Obligation to obey, and we are all free till our A— or any body for him, will shew us Adams right Heir; If there be but one Heir of Adam, there can be but one Lawful King in the World, and no body in conscience can be obliged to Obedience, till it be resolved who that is; for it may be any one who is not known to be of a Younger House, and all others have equal Titles. If there be more then one Heir of Adam, every one is his Heir, and so every one has Regal Power; for if two Sons can be Heirs together, then all the Sons are equally Heirs, and so all are Heirs, being all Sons, or Sons Sons of Adam, betwixt these two the Right of Heir cannot stand; for by it either but one only Man, or all Men [136] are Kings, and take which you please, it dissolves the Bonds of Government and Obedience, since if all Men are Heirs, they can owe Obedience to no body; if only one, no body can be obliged to pay Obedience to him, till he be known and his Title made out.




Who Heir?

106. THE great question which in all Ages has disturbed Mankind, and brought on them the greatest part of those Mischiefs which have ruin'd Cities, depopulated Countries, and disordered the Peace of the World, has been not whether there be Power in the World, nor whence it came, but who should have it; The settling of this therefore being of no smaller moment then the security of Princes, and the peace and welfare of their Estates and Kingdoms, a writer of Politics, one would think, should take great care in setling this point, and be very clear in it; For if this remain disputable, all the rest will be to very little purpose. And by dressing up Power with all the Splendor and Temptation [137] Absoluteness can add to it, without shewing who has a right to have it, is only to give a greater edg to Mans natural Ambition, which of it self, is but too apt to be intemperate, and to set Men on the more eagerly to Scramble, and so lay a sure and lasting Foundation of endless contention and disorder instead of that Peace and Tranquillity, which is the business of Government, and the end of Human Society.

107. This our A— is more then ordinarily obliged to do, because he affirming that the Assignment of Civil Power, is by Divine institution, hath made the conveyance as well as the Power it self Sacred, so that no Power, no consideration can divert it from that Person, to whom by this Divine Right, it is assigned, no necessity or contrivance can substitute another Person in his room. For if the Assignment of Civil Power be by Divine Institution and Adams Heir, he to whom it is thus Assigned, as we see in the foregoing Chapter, our A— tells us, it would be as much Sacriledge for any one to be King, who was not Adams Heir, as it would have been amongst the Iews, for any one to have been Priest, who had not been of Aarons posterity; For not only the Priesthood in general being by Divine [138] Institution, but the Assignment of it to the Sole Line and Posterity of Aaron, made it impossible to be injoy'd or exercised by any one, but those Persons who are the Off-spring of Aaron, whose succession therefore was carefully observed, and by that the Persons who had a Right to the Priesthood certainly known.

108. Let us see then what care our A— has taken, to make us know who is this Heir, who by Divine Institution, has a Right to be King over all Men. The first account of him we meet with is, p. 12. in these words; This Subjection of Children, being the Fountain of all Regal Authority, by the Ordination of God himself; it follows, that Civil Power not only in general, is by Divine Institution, but even the Assignment of it specifically to the Eldest Parents: Matters of such consequence as this is, should be in plain words, as little liable as might be, to Doubt or Equivocation, and I think if Language be capable of expressing any thing destinctly and clearly, that of Kindred, and the several Degrees of nearness of Blood, is one; It were therefore to be wish'd, that our A— had used a little more intelligible expressions here, that we might have better known who it is, to whom the Assignment of Civil Power, is made by Divine Institution, or at [139] least would have told us what he meant by Eldest Parent; for I believe if Land had been Assigned or Granted to him, and the Eldest Parents of his Family, he would have thought it had needed an Interpreter, and 'twould scarce have been known to whom next it belong'd.

109. In Propriety of Speech, and certainly Propriety of Speech is necessary in a discourse of this nature, Eldest Parents signifies either the Eldest Men and Women that have had Children, or those who have longest had Issue, and then our A—s assertion will be, that those Fathers and Mothers who have been longest in the World, or longest Fruitful, have by Divine Institution, a Right to Civil Power; If there be any absurdity in this, our A— must answer for it, and if his meaning be different from my explication be is to be blam'd. that he would not speak it plainly; This I am sure, Parents cannot signify Heirs Male nor Eldest Parents, an Infant Child, who yet may sometimes be the true Heir; if there can be but one. And we are hereby still as much at a loss, who Civil Power belongs to, notwithstanding this Assignment by Divine Institution, as if there had been no such Assignment at all, or our A— had said nothing of it. This of Eldest Parents [140] leaving us more in the dark, who by Divine Institution, has a Right to Civil Power, then those who never heard any thing at all of Heir, or descent, of which our A— is so full, and though the cheif matter of his Writings be to teach Obedience to those who have a Right to it, which he tells us is conveyed by descent, yet who those are to whom this Right by descent belongs, he leaves like the Philosophers Stone in Politics, out of the reach of any one to discover from his Writings.

110. This obscurity cannot be imputed to want of Language in so great a Master of Stile as Sr. Robt. is, when he is resolved with himself what he would say, and therefore I fear finding how hard it would be to settle Rules of descent by divine Institution, and how little it would be to his purpose, or conduce to the clearing and establishing the Titles of Princes, if such Rules of descent were settled, he chose rather to content himself with doubtful and general terms, which might make no ill sound in Mens Ears, who were willing to be pleas'd with them, rather then offer any clear Rules of descent of this Fatherhood of Adam, by which Mens Consciences might be satisfyed to whom it descended and know [141] the Persons who had a Right to Regal Power and with it to their Obedience.

111. How else is it possible that laying so much stress as he does upon descent, and Adams Heir, next Heir, true Heir, he should never tell us what Heir means, nor the way to know who the next or true Heir is: This I do not remember he does any where expresly handle, but where it comes in his way very warily and doubtfully touch, though it be so necessary that without it all discourses of Government and Obedience upon his Principles would be to no purpose, and Fatherly Power, never so well made out, will be of no use to any body; hence, he tells us, O. 244. That not only the Constitution of Power in general, but the limitation of it to one kind (i. e.) Monarchy and the determination of it to the individual Person and Line of Adam are all three Ordinances of God, neither Eve, nor her Children could either limit Adams Power or joyn others with him, and what was given unto Adam was given in his Person to his Posterity; Here again our A— informs us, that the Divine Ordinance hath limited the descent of Adams Monarchical Power, to whom? To Adams Line and Posterity, says our A—, a notable Limitation, a Limitation to all Mankind; for if our A— can find any one amongst [142] Mankind that is not of the Line and Posterity of Adam, he may perhaps tell him who this next Heir of Adam is, but for us I despair, how this Limitation of Adams Empire to his Line and Posterity will help us to sind out one Heir; This Limitation indeed of our A— will save those the labour who would look for him amongst the Race of Bruits, if any such there were: but will very little contribute to the discovery of one next Heir amongst Men, though it make a short and easy determination of the question about the descent of Adams Regal Power, by telling us, that the Line and Posterity of Adam is to have it, that is in plain English, any one may have it, since there is no Person living that hath not the Title of being of the Line and Posterity of Adam, and while it keeps there, it keeps within our A—s limitation by Gods Ordinance. Indeed, p. 19. he tells us that such Heirs are not only Lords of their own Children, but of their Brethren, whereby, and by the words following, which we shall consider anon, he seems to insinuate that the Eldest Son is Heir, but he no where, that I know, says it in direct words, but by the instances of Cain and Iacob that there follow, we may allow this to be so far his Opinion concerning Heirs, that where [143] there are diverse Children, the Eldest Son has the Right to be Heir; That Primogeniture cannot give any Title to Paternal Power we have already shew'd; That a Father may have a natural Right to some kind of Power over his Children, is easily granted, but that an Elder Brother has so over his Brethren remains to be proved, God or Nature has not any where, that; I know, placed such jurisdiction in the first Born, nor can Reason find any such natural Superiority amongst Brethren. The Law of Moses gave a double Portion of the Goods and Possessions to the Eldest, but we find not any where that naturally, or by Gods Institution, Superiority or Dominion belong'd to him, and the instances there brought by our A—, are but slender Proofs of a Right to Civil Power and Dominion in the first born, and do rather shew the contrary.

112. His words are in the forecited place: And therefore we find God told Cain of his Brother Abel; His desire shall be Subject unto thee, and thou shalt Rule over him. To which I answer 1o These words of God to Cain, are by many Interpreters with great Reason understood in a quite different Sense then what our A— uses them in; 2o, Whatever was meant by them it could not be, that Cain, as [144] Elder, had a natural Dominion over Abel; for the words are conditional: If thou doest well and so personal to Cain, and whatever was signified by them, did depend on his Carriage and not follow his Birth-right, and therefore could by no means be an Establishment of Dominion in the first born in general; for before this Abel had his distinct Territories by Right of Private Dominion, as our A— himself confesses, O. 210. which he could not have had to the prejudice of the Heirs Title, if by divine Institution, Cain as Heir were to inherit all his Fathers Dominion. 3o If this were intended by God as the Charter of Primogeniture, and the Grant of Dominion to Elder Brothers in general, as such by Right of Inheritance, we might expect it should have included all his Brethren; for we may well suppose, Adam from whom the World was to be peopled by this time, that these were grown up to be Men, had more Sons, then these two, whereas Abel himself is not so much as named, and the words in the Original, can scarce with any good construction, be apply'd to him; 4o, It is too much to build a Doctrin of so mighty consequence upon so doubtful and obscure a place of Scripture, which may be well, nay better, understood in a quite different Sense, and [145] so can be but an ill Proof, being as doubtful as the thing to be proved by it, especially when there is nothing else in Scripture or Reason, to be found that favours or supports it.

113. It follows, p. 19. Accordingly when Iacob bought his Brothers Birth-right, Isaac Blessed him thus; be Lord over thy Brethren, and let the Sons of thy Mother bow before thee, another instance I take it, brought by our. A— to evince Dominion due to Birth-right, and an admirable one it is; for it must be no ordinary way of reasoning in a Man, that is pleading for the natural Power of Kings, and against all compact to bring for Proof of it, an example where his own account of it, founds all the right upon compact, and settles Empire in the Younger Brother, unless buying and selling be no compact; for he tells us, when Iacob bought his Brothers Birth-right; But passing by that, let us consider the History it self, with what ufe our A— makes of it, and we shall find these following mistakes about it.

1o. That our A— reports this, as if Isaac had given Iacob this Blessing, immediately upon his Purchasing the Birth-right; for he says, when Iacob bought, Isaac Blessed him, which is plainly otherwise [146] in the Scripture, for it appears there was a distance of time between, and if we will take the Story in the order it lies, it must be no small distance; All Isaacs Sojourning in Gerar, and Transactions with Abimelech, Gen. 26. coming between, Rebeka being then Beautiful and consequently young, but Isaac when he Blessed Iacob, was old and decrepit; And Esau also complains of Iacob, Gen. 27. 36. that two times he had Supplanted him, he took away my Birth-right, says he, and behold now he hath taken away my Blessing; words, that I think, signifies distance of time, and difference of Action.

2o. Another mistake of our A—s, is, that he supposes Isaac gave Iacob the Blessing, and bid him be Lord over his Brethren, because he had the Birth right, for our A— brings this example to prove, that he that has the Birth-right, has thereby a right to be Lord over his Brethren; But it is also manifest by the Text, that Isaac had no consideration of Iacobs having bought the Birth right, for when he Blessed him, he considered him not as Iacob, but took him for Esau, nor did Esau understand any such connexion between Birth-right and the Blessing, for he says, he hath Supplanted me these two times, he took away my Birth-right, and behold now he [147] hath taken away my Blessing, whereas had the Blessing, which was to be Lord over his Brethren, belong'd to the Birth-right, Esau could not have complain'd of this second as a Cheat, Iacob having got nothing but what Esau had sould him, when he sould him his Birth-right, so that it is plain, Dominion if these words signifie it, was not understood to belong to the Birth-right.

114. And that in those days of the Patriarchs Dominion was not understood to be the Right of the Heir, but only a greater Portion of goods, is plain from Gen. 21. 10. for Sarah taking Isaac to be Heir, says, cast out this Bond-woman and her Son, for the Son of this Bond-woman, shall not be Heir with my Son, whereby could be meant nothing, but that he should not have a pretence to an equal share of his Fathers Estate after his death, but should have his Portion presently, and be gone. Accordingly, we read, Gen. 25. 5, 6. That Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac, but unto the Sons of the Concubines which Abraham had, Abraham gave Gifts, and sent them away from Isaac his Son, while he yet lived; That is, Abraham having given Portions to all his other Sons and sent them away, that which he had reserved, being the greatest part of [148] his substance, Isaac as Heir Possessed after his death, but by being Heir, he had no Right to be Lord over his Brethren; For if he had, why should Sarah desire to rob him of one of his Subjects, his Slaves, by desiring to have him sent away.

115. Thus as under the Law, the Priviledge of Birth-right, was nothing but a double Portion, so we see that before Moses in the Patriarchs time, from whence our A— pretends to take his model, there was no knowledge, no thought that Birth-right gave Rule or Empire, Paternal or Kingly Authority, to any one over his Brethren, which if it be not plain enough in the Story of Isaac and Ishmael, let them look into 1 Chron. 5. 12. and there he may read these words, Ruben was the first Born, but for as much as he desiled his Fathers Bed, his Birth-right was given unto the Sons of Ioseph, the Son of Israeel, and the Geneology is not to be reckon'd after the Birth-right; For Iudah, prevailed above his Brethren, and of him came the cheif Ruler, but the Birth-right was Iosephs, and what this Birth-right was, Iacob Blessing Ioseph, Gen. 58. 22. telleth us in these words, Moreover I have given thee one Portion above thy Brethren, which I took out of the hand of the Amorite, with [149] my Sword and with my Bow, whereby it is not only plain, that the Birth-right was nothing but a double Portion, but the Text in Chron. is express against our A—s Doctrin, shews that Dominion was no part of the Birth-right; for it tells us that Ioseph had the Birth-right, but Iudah the Dominion; But one would think our A— were very fond of the very name of Birth-right, when he brings this instance of Iacob and Esau, to prove that Dominion belongs to the Heir over his Brethren.

116. 1o. Because it will be but an ill example to prove, that Dominion by Gods Ordination, belonged to the Eldest Son, because Iacob the Youngest here had it, let him come by it how he would; For if it prove any thing, it can only prove against our A—, that the Assignment of Dominion to the Eldest, is not by Divine Institution, which would then be unalterable; For if by the Law of God, or Nature, Absolute Power and Empire belongs to the Eldest Son and his Heirs, so that they are Supream Monarchs, and all the rest of their Brethren Slaves, our A— gives us reason to doubt, whether the Eldest Son has a Power to part with it, to the prejudice of his Posterity, since he tells us, O. 158. that in Grants and Gifts [150] that have their Original from God or nature, no inferior Power of Man can limit, or make any Law of Prescription against them.

117. 2o. Because this place, Gen. 27. 29. brought by our A— concerns not at all, the Dominion of one Brother over the other, nor the Subjection of Esau to Iacob; for 'tis plain in the History, that Esau was never Subject to Iacob, but lived a part in Mount Seir, where he founded a distinct People and Government, and was himself Prince over them, as much as Iacob was in his own Family. The words if one consider thy Brethren, and thy Mothers Sons in them, can never be understood literally of Esau, or the Personal Dominion of Iacob over him; for the words, Sons and Brethren, could not be used litterally by Isaac, who knew Iacob had only one Brother; And these words are so far from being true in a litteral Sense, or Establishing any Dominion in Iacob over Esau, that in the Story we find the quite contrary, for Gen. 32. Iacob several times calls Esau Lord, and himself his Servant, and Gen. 33. he bowed himself seven times to the ground to Esau, whether Esau then were a Subject and Vassal, (nay as our A— tells us, all Subjects are Slaves) to Iacob, and Iacob his Sovereign Prince by Birth right; I leave [151] the Reader to judge and believe if he can, that these words of Isaac be Lord over thy Brethren, and let thy Mothers Sons bow down to thee, confirm'd Iacob in a Sovereignty over Esau, upon the account of the Birth-right he had got from him.

118. He that reads the Story of Iacob and Esau, will find there was never any Jurisdicton or Authority, that either of them had over the other after their Fathers death, they lived with the Friendship and Equallity of Brethren, neither Lord, neither Slave to his Brother, but Independent each of other, were both heads of their distinct Families, where they received no Laws from one another, but lived seperately, and were the Roots out of which sprang two distinct People, under two distinct Governments. This Blessing then of Isaac, whereon our A— would build the Dominion of the Elder Brother, signifies no more but what Rebeca had been told from God, Gen. 25. 23. Two Nations are in thy Womb, and two manner of People, shall be seperated from thy Bowels, and the one People shall be stronger then the other People, and the Elder shall serve the Younger; And so Iacob Blessed Iudah, Gen. 49. and gave him the Scepter and Dominion, from whence our A— [152] might have argued as well, that Jurisdiction and Dominion belongs to the third Son over his Brethren, as well as from this Blessing of Isaac, that it belonged to Iacob; They being both Predictions of what should long after happen to their Posterities, and not the declaring the Right of Inheritance to Dominion in either; And thus we have our A—s two great and only Arguments to prove, that Heirs are Lords of their Brethren, 1o. Because God tells Cain, Gen. 4. That however sin might set upon him, he ought or might be master of it; For the most Learned interpreters understand the words of sin, and not of Abel, and give so strong reasons for it, that nothing can convincingly be infer'd from so doubtful a Text to our A—s purpose, 2o. Because in this of Gen. 27. Isaac foretells that the Israelites, the Posterity of Iacob, should have Dominion over the Edomites, the Posterity of Esau; therefore says our A— Heirs are Lords of their Brethren, I leave any one to judge of the conclusion.

119. And now we see how our A— has provided for the descending, and conveyance down of Adams Monarchical Power, or Paternal Dominion to Posterity, by the Inheritance of his Heir, Succeeding to all his Fathers Authority, and becoming [153] upon his death as much Lord as his Father was, not only over his own Children, but over his Brethren, and all descended from his Father, and so in infinitum; But yet who this Heir is, he does not once tell us, and all the light we have from him in this so Fundamental a Point, is only that in his instance of Iacob, by using the word Birth-right, as that which passed from Esau to Iacob, he leaves us to guess that by Heir, he means the Eldest Son, though I do not remember he any where mentions expresly the Title of the first Born, but all along keeps himself under the shelter of the indefinite Term Heir; But taking it to be his meaning, that the Eldest Son is Heir (for if the Eldest be not, there will be no pretence, why the Sons should not be all Heirs alike) and so by Right of Pimogeniture has Dominion over his Brethren, this is but one step towards the Settelment of Succession, and the difficulties remain still as much as ever, till he can shew us who is meant by Right Heir, in all those cases which may happen where the present Possessor hath no Son; But this he silently passes over, and perhaps wisely too; For what can be wiser after one has affirm'd, that the Person having that Power, as well as the Power and Form of Government [154] is the Ordinance of God, and by Divine Institution, vid. O. 254. p. 12. then to be careful, not to start any question concerning the Person, the resolution whereof will certainly lead him into a a confession, that God and Nature hath determined nothing about him; And if our A— cannot shew who by Right of nature, or a clear positive Law of God, has the next right to inherit the Dominion of this natural Monarch, he has been at such pains about, when he dyed without a Son, he might have spared his pains in all the rest, it being more necessary to settle Mens consciences, and determin their Subjection and Allegiance, to shew them who by Original Right, Superior and Antecedent to the Will, or any Act of Men, hath a Title to this Paternal Iurisdiction, than it is to shew that by Nature, there was such a Iurisdiction; It being to no purpose for me to know, there is such a Paternal Power, which I ought, and am, disposed to obey, unless where there are many pretenders, I also know the Person that is rightfully invested and endow'd with it.

120. For the main matter in question being concerning the Duty of my Obedience, and the Obligation of Conscience I am under to pay it to him that is of [155] Right, my Lord and Ruler, I must know the Person, that this Right of Paternal Power resides in, and so impowers him to claim Obedience from me; For let it be true, what he says, p. 12. That Civil Power not only in general is by divine Institution, but even the Assignment of it specifically to the Eldest Parents, O. 254. That not only the Power or Right of Government, but the Form of the Power of governing, and the Person having that Power, are all the Ordinance of God, yet unless he shews us in all Cases who is this Person, Ordain'd by God, who is this Eldest Parent, all his abstract Notions of Monarchical Power will signifie just nothing, when they are to be reduced to Practice, and Men are conscientiously to pay their Obedience; For Paternal Iurisdiction being not the thing to be obeyed, because it cannot command, but is only that which gives one Man a Right, which another hath not, and if it come by Inheritance, another Man cannot have, to command and be obey'd: It is ridiculous to say, I pay Obedience to the paternal Power, when I obey him, to whom paternal Power gives no Right to my Obedience; For he can have no Divine Right to my Obedience, who cannot shew his Divine Right to the Power of ruling over me, as well as that by [156] Divine Right, there is such a Power in the World.

121. And hence not being able to make out any Princes Title to Government, as Heir to Adam, which therefore is of no use, and had been better let alone, he is fain to resolve all into present Possession, and makes Civil Obedience as due to an Vsurper as to a lawful King, and thereby the Vsurpers Title as good; His words are, O. 253. And they deserve to be remembred: If an Vsurper dispossess the true Heir, the Subjects Obedience to the Fatherly Power must go along and wait upon Gods Providence. But I shall leave his Title of Usurpers to be examin'd in its due place, and desire my sober Reader to consider what thanks Princes owe such Politics as this, which can suppose Paternal Power (i. e.) a Right to Government into the hands of a Cade, or a Cromwell, and so all Obedience being due to paternal Power, the Obedience of Subjects will be due to them by the same Right, and upon as good Grounds as it is to lawful Princes, and yet this, as dangerous a Doctrine as it is, must necessarily follow from making all Political Power to be nothing else but Adams Paternal Power by Right and Divine Institution, descending from him without being able [157] to shew to whom it descended, or who is Heir to it.

122. For, I say, to settle Government in the World, and to lay Obligations to Obedience on any Mans Conscience, it is as necessary (supposing with our A— that all Power be nothing but the being possessed of Adams Fatherhood) to satisfie him who has a Right to this Power, this Fatherhood when the possessor dyes without Sons to succeed immediately to it, as it was to tell him that upon the death of the Father, the Eldest Son had a right to it; For it is still to be remembr'd, that the great question is, and that which our A— would be thought to contend for, if he did not sometimes forget it, what Persons have a Right to be obeyed, and not whether there be a Power in the World, which is to be called Paternal, without knowing in whom it resides, for so it be a Power, i. e. Right to govern, it matters not whether it be called Paternal, Regal, Natural or acquired Supream Fatherhood, or Supream Brotherhood, provided we know who has it.

123. I go on then to ask whether in the inheriting of this Paternal Power, this Supream Fatherhood; The Grand-Son by a Daughter, hath a Right before a Nephew by a Brother? whether the Grand-Son [158] by the Eldest Son, being an Infant before the Younger Son a Man and able? whether the Daughter before the Uncle? or any other Man, descended by a Male Line? whether a Grand-Son by a Younger Daughter, before a Grand-Daughter by an Elder Daughter? whether the Elder Son by a Concubine, before a Younger Son by a Wife? from whence also will arise many questions of Legitimation, and what in nature is the difference betwixt a Wife and a Concubine? for as to the municipal or positive Laws of Men, they can signifie nothing here. It may farther be asked, whether the Eldest Son being a Fool, shall inherit this Paternal Power, before the Younger a wise Man? and what Degree of Folly it must be that shall exclude him? and who shall be judge of it? whether the Son of a Fool excluded for his Folly, before the Son of his wise Brother who Reign'd? who has the Paternal Power, whilst the Widdow Queen is with Child by the deceased King, and no body knows whether it will be a Son or a Daughter? which shall be Heir of two Male twins, who by the dissection of the Mother, were laid open to the World? whether a Sister by the half Blood, before a Brothers Daughter by the whole Blood?


124. These, and many more such doubts, might be proposed about the Titles of Succession, and the Right of Inheritance, and that not as idle Speculations, but such as in History we shall find, have concerned the Inheritance of Crowns and Kingdoms, and if ours want them, we need not go farther for Famous Examples of it, then the other Kingdom in this very Island, which having been fully related by the ingenious and Learned Author of Patriarchanon Monarcha, I need say no more of; And till our A— hath resolved all the doubts, that may arise about the next Heir, and shewed that they are plainly determin'd by the Law of nature, or the revealed Law of God, all his Suppositions of a Monarchical, Absolute, Supream, Paternal Power in Adam, and the descent of that Power to his Heir, and so on; If I say, all these his suppositions were as much demonstrations, as they are the contrary, yet they would not be of the least use to Establish the Authority, or make out the Title of any one Prince now on earth, but would rather unsettle and bring all into question; For let our A— tell us as long as he please, and let all Men believe it too, that Adam had a Paternal, and thereby a Monarchical Power, That this (the only Power in the [160] World) descended to his Heirs, and that there is no other Power in the World but this; yet, if it be not past doubt, to whom this Paternal Power descends, and whose now it is, no body can be under any Obligation of Obedience, unless any one will say, that I am bound to pay Obedience to Paternal Power in a Man, who has no more Paternal Power then I my self, which is all one as to say, I obey a Man, because he has a Right to govern, and if I be asked how I know, he has a Right to govern, I should answer it cannot be known, that he has any at all; for that cannot be the reason of my Obedience, which I know not to be, so much less can that be a reason of my Obedience, which no body at all can know.

125. And therefore all this ado about Adams Fatherhood, the Greatness of its Power, and the necessity of its supposal, helps nothing to the Establishing the Power of those that govern, or determin the Obedience of Subjects, who are to obey, if they cannot tell whom they are to obey, or it cannot be known who are to govern, and who to obey; And this Fatherhood, this Monarchical Power of Adam descending to his Heirs, would be of no more Use to the Government of Mankind, then it would be to the quieting of Mens Consciences, [161] or securing their Healths, if our A— had assured them, that Adam had a Power to forgive Sins or cure! Diseases, which by Divine Institution descended to his Heir, whilst this Heir is impossible to be known. And should not be do as rationally, who upon this assurance of our A—, went and confessed his Sins, and expected a good Absolution, or took Physic with expectation of Health from any one who had taken on himself the Name of Priest or Physician, or thrist himself into those imployments, saying, I acquiess in the Absolving Power descending from Adam, or I shall be cured by the Medicinal Power descending from Adam, as he who says, I submit to, and obey the Paternal Power descending from Adam, when 'tis confessed all these Powers descend only to his single Heir, and that Heir is unknown.

126. 'Tis true, the Civil Lawyers have pretended to determine some of these Cases concerning the succession of Princes, but by our A—s, Principles, they have medled in a matter that belongs not to them; For if all Political Power he derived only from Adam, and be to descend only to his Successive Heirs, by the Ordinenee of God and Divine Institution, this is a Right Antecedent and Paramount to all Government, [162] and therefore the positive Laws of Men, cannot determine that which is it self, the Foundation of all Law and Government, and is to receive its Rule only from the Law of God and Nature. And that being silent in the Case, I am apt to think there is no such Right to be conveyed this way, I am fure it would be to no purpose if there were, and Men would be more at a loss concerning Government and Obedience to Governors, then if there were no such Right, since by positive Laws and compact, which Divine Institution (if there be any) shuts out, all these endless inextricable doubts, can be safely provided against, but it can never be understood, how a Divine natural Right, and that of such moment as is all Order and Peace in the World, should be convey'd down to Posterity, without any plain Natural or Divine Rule concerning it. And these would be an end of all Civil Government, if the Assignment of Civil Power were by Divine Institution to the Heir, and yet by that Divine Institution, the Person of the Heir, could not be known. This Paternal Regal Power, being by Divine Right only his, it leaves no room for human prudence, or confent to place it any where else; for if only one Man hath a Divine Right to the Obedience [163] of Mankind, no body can claim that Obedience, but he that can shew that Right; nor can Mens Consciences by any other pretence be obliged to it; And thus this Doctrine cuts up all Government by the Roots.

127. Thus we see how our A— laying it for a sure Foundation, that the very Person that is to Rule, is the Ordinance of God, and by Divine Institution, tells us at large, only that this Person is the Heir, but who this Heir is, he leaves us to guess; and so this Divine Institution which Assigns it to a Person, whom we have no Rule to know, is just as good as an Assignment to no body at all. But whatever our A— does, Divine Institution makes no such ridiculous Assignments, nor can God be supposed to make it a Sacred Law, that one certain Person should have a Right to something, and yet not give Rules to mark out, and know that Person by, or give an Heir a Divine Right to Power, and yet not point out who that Heir is. T'is rather to be thought, that an Heir had no such Right by Divine Institution, then that God should give such a Right to the Heir, but yet leave it doubtful, and undeterminable who such Heir is.

128. If God had given the Land of Canaan to Abraham, and in general Terms [164] to some body after him, without naming his Seed, whereby it might be known, who that some-body was, it would have been as good and useful an Assignment, to determin the Right to the Land of Canaan, as it would to the determining the Right of Crowns, to give Empire to Adam and his Successive Heirs after him, without telling who his Heir is; For the word Heir, without a Rule to know who it is, signifies no more then somebody, I know not whom. God making it a Divine Institution, that Men should not marry those who were near of Kin, thinks it not enough to say, none of you shall approach to any that is near of Kin to him, to uncover their Nakedness; But Moreover, gives Rules to know who are those near of Kin, forbiden by Divine Institution, or else that Law would have been of no use, it being to no purpose to lay restraint, or give Priviledges to Men, in such general Terms, as the Particular Person concern'd cannot be known by; But God not having any where said, the next Heir shall Inherit all his Fathers Estate or Dominion, we are not to wonder that he hath no where appointed who that Heir should be, for never having intended any such thing, never designed any Heir in that Sense, we cannot expect he should any where nominate, or [165] appoint any Person to it, as we might, had it been otherwise, and therefore in Scripture, though the word Heir occur, yet there is no such thing as Heir in our A—s Sence, one that was by Right of Nature to inherit all that his Father had, exclusive of his Brethren, hence Sarah suppose, that if Ishmael staid in the House, to share in Abrahams Estate after his death, this Son of a Bondwoman, might be Heir with Isaac and therefore say, she cast out this Bond-woman and her Son, for the Son of this Bondwoman shall not be Heir with my Son; But this cannot excuse our A—, who telling us there is in every Number of Men, one who is Right and next Heir to Adam, ought to have told us what the Laws of descent are, but having been so sparing to instruct us by Rules, how to know who is Heir, let us see in the next place, what his History out of Scripture, on which he pretends wholly to build his Government, gives us in this necessary and Fundamental point.

129. Our A— to make good the Title of his Book, p. 13. begins his History of the descent of Adams Regal Power, p. 13. In these words: This Lordship, which Adam by Command had over the whole World, and by Right descending from him, the Patriarchs did enjoy was as large, &c. How [166] does he prove that the Patriarchs by descent did enjoy it? for Dominion of Life and Death, says he, we find Judah the Father pronounced Sentence of Death against Thamer his Daughter-in Law for playing the Harlot, p. 13. How does this prove that Iudah had Absolute and Sovereign Authority, He pronounced Sentence of Death? The pronouncing of Sentence of Death is not a certain mark of Sovereignty, but usually the Office of Inferior Magistrates. The Power of making Laws of Life and Death is indeed a mark of Sovereignty, but pronouncing the Sentence according to those Laws may be done by others, and therefore this will but ill prove that he had Sovereign Authority, as if one should say, Iudge Iefferies, pronounced Sentence of Death in the late Times, therefore Iudge Iefferies, had Sovereign Authority: But it will be said, Iudah did it not by Commission from another, and therefore did it in his own Right. Who knows whether he had any Right at all, heat of Passion might carry him to do that which he had no Authority to do. Iudah had Dominion of Life and Death, how does that appear? he exercised it, he pronounced Sentence of Death against Thamer, our A— thinks it very good Proof, that because he did it, therefore he [167] had a Right to do-it; He lay with her also: By the same way of Proof, he had a Right to do that too, if the consequence be good from doing to a Right of doing, Absalon too may be reckon'd amongst our A -s Sovereigns, for he pronounced such a Sentence of Death against his Brother Amnon, and much upon a like occasion, and had it executed too; if that be sufficient to prove a Dominion of Life and Death.

But allowing this all to be clear Demonstration of Sovereign Power, who was it that had this Lordship by Right descending to him from Adam, as large and ample as the absolutest Dominion of any Monarch? Judah, says our A—, Iudah a younger Son of Iacob, his Father and Elder Brethren living, so that if our A—s own Proof be to be taken, a younger Brother may in the Life of his Father and Elder Brothers, by Right of descent, enjoy Adams Monarchical Power, and if one so qualified may be Monarch by descent, I know not why every Man may not, and if Iudah, his Father and Elder Brother living were one of Adams Heirs, I know not who can be excluded from this Inheritance, all Men by Inheritance may be Monarchs as well as Iudah.


130. Touching War, we see that Abraham Commanded an Army of 318. Souldiers of his own Family, and Esau met his Brother Iacob with 400 Men at Armes; For matter of Peace; Abraham made a League with Abinéelech, &c. p. 13. Is it not possible for a Man to have 318. Men in his Family, without being Heir to Adam? A Planter in the West-Indies has more and might if he pleased (who doubts) Muster them up and lead them out against the Indians, to seek Reparation upon any Injury received from them, and all this without the Absolute Dominion of a Monarch, descending to him from Adam. Would it not be an admirable Argument to prove, that all Power by Gods Institution descended from Adam by Inheritance, and that the very Person and Power of this Planter were the Ordinance of God, because he had Power in his Family over Servants, born in his House, and bought with his Money; For this was Just Abrahams Case: Those who were Rich in the Patriarchs Days, as in the West-Indies now, bought Men and Maid Servants, and by their increase as well as purchasing of new, came to have large and numerous Families, which though they made use of in War or Peace, can it be thought the Power they had over them was an [169] Inheritance descended from Adam, when 'twas the Purchase of their Money? A Mans Riding in an expedition against an Enemy, his Horse bought in a Fair would be as good a Proof that the owner enjoy'd the Lordship which Adam by Command had over the whole World, by Right descending to him, as Abrahams leading out the Servants of his Family, is that the Patriarchs enjoy'd this Lordship by descent from Adam since the Title to the Power, the Master had in both Cases, whether over Slaves or Horses, was only from his purchase; and the getting a Dominion over any thing by Bargain, and Money is a new way of proving one had it by Descent and Inheritance.

131. But making War and Peace are marks of Sovereignty; Let it be so in Politic Societies, may not therefore a Man in the West-Indies who hath with him Sons of his own Friends, or Companions, Souldiers under Pay, or Slaves bought with Money, or perhaps a Band made up of all these, make War and Peace, if there should be occasion, and ratifie the Articles too with an Oath, without being a Sovereign, an Absolute King over those who went with him; he that says he cannot, must then allow many Masters of Ships, many Private Planters to be Absolute Monarchs, [170] for as much as this they have done, War and Peace cannot be made for Politic Societies, but by the Supream Power of such Societies, because War or Peace, giving a different Motion to the force of such a Politic Body, none can make War or Peace, but that which has the direction of the force of the whole body, and that in Politic Societies is only the Supream Power. In voluntary Societies for the time, he that has such a Power by consent, may make War and Peace, and so may a single Man for himself, the State of War not consisting in the number of Partysans, but the enmity of the Parties where they have no Superior to Appeal to.

132. The actual making of War or Peace is no Proof of any other Power, but only of disposing those to exercise or cease Acts of enmity for whom he makes it, and this Power in many Cases any one may have without any Politic Supremacy; And therefore the making of War or Peace will not prove that every one that does so is a Politic Ruler, much less a King, for then Commonwealths must be Kings too, for they do as certainly make War and Peace as Monarchical Governments.


133. But grant this a mark of Sovereignty in Abraham, Is it a Proof of the descent to him, of Adams Sovereignty over the whole World? If it be, it will surely be as good a Proof of the descent of Adams Lordship to others too. And then Common-wealths, as well as Abraham will be Heirs to Adam, for they make War and Peace, as well as he; If you say that the Lordship of Adam, doth not by Right descend to Common-wealths, though they make War and Peace, the same say I of Abraham, and then there is an end of your Argument; if you stand to your Argument, and say those that do make War and Peace, as Common-wealths do without doubt, do inherit Adams Lordship, there is an end of your Monarchy, unless you will say, that Common-wealths by descent enjoying Adams Lordship are Monarchies, and that indeed would be a new way, of making all the Government in the World Monarchical.

134. To give our A— the Honour of this new invention, for I confess it is not I have first found it out by tracing his Principles, and so charged it on him, 'tis fit my Readers know that (as absur'd as it may seem) he teaches it himself, p. 23. where he ingeniously says, In all Kingdoms and Common-wealths in the World, [172] whether the Prince be the Supream Father of the People, or but the true Heir to such a Father, or come to the Crown by Vsurpation or Election, or whether some few or a Multitude Govern the Common-wealth, yet still the Authority that is in any one, or in many or in all these is the only Right, and natural Authority of Supream Father, which Right of Fatherhood he often tells us, is Regal and Royal Authority; as particularly, p. 12. the page immediately preceding this Instance of Abraham. This Regal Authority, he says, those that govern Common-wealths have, and if it be true, that Regal and Royal Authority be in those that govern Common-wealths it is as true, that Common-wealths are govern'd by Kings, for if Regal Authority be in him that Governs, he that Governs must needs be a King, and so all Common-wealths are nothing but down right Monarchies, and then what need any more ado about the matter, the Governments of the World, are as they should be, there is nothing but Monarchy in it. This without doubt, was the surest way our A— could have found, to turn all other Governments, but Monarchical out of the World.

135. But all this scarce proves Abraham, to have been a King as Heir to Adam; If by Inheritance he had been King, Lot, who [173] was of the same Family, must needs have been his Subject, by that Title before the Servants in his Family, but we see they lived as Friends and Equals, and when their Herds Men could not agree, there was no pretence of Jurisdiction or Superiority between them, but they parted by consent, Gen. 13. hence he is called both by Abraham, and by the Text Abrahams Brother, the Name of Friendship and Equality, and not of Jurisdiction and Authority, though he were really but his Nephew. And if our A— knows that Abraham was Adams Heir, and a King, 'twas more it seems then Abraham himself, knew, or his Servant whom he sent a woing for his Son, for when he sets out the advantages of the Match, 24. Gen. 35. thereby to prevail with the Young-woman and her Friends. He says, I am Abrahams Servant, and the Lord hath Blessed my Master greatly, and he is become great, and he hath given him Flocks and Herds and Silver and Gold, and Men-Servants and Maid-Servants, and Camels and Asses, and Sarah my Masters Wife, bare a Son to my Master all he hath. Can one think that a discreet Servant, that was thus particular to set out his Masters Greatness, would have omitted the Crown Isaac was to have, if [174] he had known of any such? Can it be imagin'd he should have neglected to have tould them on such an occasion as this, that Abraham was a King, a Name well known at that time, for he had nine of them his Neighbours, if he or his Master had thought any such thing, the likeliest matter of all the rest, to make his Errand Successful?

136. But this discovery it seems was reserved for our A— to make 2 or 3000 Years after, and let him injoy the Credit of it, only he should have taken care that some of Adams Land should have descended to this his Heir, as well as all Adams Lordship, for though this Lordship which Abraham, if we may believe our A as well as the other Patriarchs, by Right descending to him did injoy, was as large and ample as the Absolutest Dominion of any Monarch which hath been since the Creation. Yet his Estate, his Territories, his Dominions were very narrow and scanty, for he had not the Possession of a Foot of Land, till he bought a Field and a Cave of the Sons of Heth to bury Sarah in.

137. The instance of Esau joyn'd with this of Abraham, to prove that the Lordship which Adam had over the whole World by Right descending from him the Patriarchs did injoy, is yet more pleasant then the [175] former: Esau met his Brother Jacob with 400 Men at Arms; He therefore was a King by Right of Heir to Adam, 400 Arm'd Men then however got together are enough to prove him that leads them to be a King and Adams Heir. There have been Tories in Ireland, (whatever there are other in Countries) who would have thankt our A- for so honourable an Opinion of them, especially if there had been no body near with a better Title of 500 Armed Men, to question their Royal Authority of 400: 'Tis a shame for Men to trifle so, to say no worse of it, in so serious an Argument: Here Esau is brought as a Proof that Adams Lordship, Adams Absolute Dominion, as large as that of any Monarch descended by Right to the Patriarchs, and in this very Chap. p. 19. Iacob is brought as an instance of one, that by Birthright was Lord over his Brethren; so we have here two Brothers Absolute Monarchs by the same Title, and at the same time Heirs to Adam; The Eldest Heir to Adam, because he met his Brother with 400 Men, and the youngest Heir to Adam by Birthright, Esau injoy'd the Lordship which Adam had over the whole World by Right descending to him, in as large and ample manner, as the absolutest Dominion of any Monarch, and at the same time, Iacob [176] Lord over him, by the Right Heirs have to be Lords over their Brethren. Rifum teneatis, I never, I confess, met with any Man of Parts so Dexterous as Sir Robt. at this way of arguing; But 'twas his Misfortune to light upon Principles that could not be accommodated to the Nature of things and Human Affairs, nor could be made to agree with that Constitution and Order which God had settled in the World, and therefore must needs often clash with common Sense and Experience.

138. In the next Section, he tells us: This Patriarchal Power continued not only till the Flood, but after it as the name Patriarch doth in part prove. The word Patriarch doth more then in part prove, that Patriarchal Power continued in the World as long as there were Patriarchs, for 'tis necessary that Patriarchal Power should be whilst there are Patriarchs, as it is necessary there should be Paternal or Conjugal Power whilst there are Fathers or Husbands; but this is but playing with Names. That which he would fallaciously insinuate is the thing in question to be proved, and that is that the Lordship which Adam had over the World, the supposed Absolute Universal Dominion of Adam by Right deseending from him, the [177] Patriarchs did injoy: If he affirms such an Absolute Monarchy continued to the Flood, in the World, I would be glad to know what Records he has it from; for I confess I cannot find a word of it in my Bible; If by Patriarchal Power, he means any thing else, it is nothing to the matter in hand: And how the name Patriarch in some part proves, that those who are called by that name, had Absolute Monarchical Power, I confess, I do not see, and therefore I think needs no answer, till the Argument from it be made out a little clearer.

139. The three Sons of Noah had the World, says our A—, divided amongst them by their Father, for of them was the whole World overspread, p. 14. The World might be overspread by the Off spring of Noahs Sons, though he never divided the World amongst them; For the Earth might be Replenished without being divided, all our As Argument here, therefore, proves no such Division. However I allow it to him, and then ask, the World being divided amongst them, which of the three was Adams Heir? If Adams Lordship, Adams Monarchy, by Right descended only to the Eldest, then the other two could be but his Subjects, his Slaves; If by Right it descended to all three Brothers, by the same [178] Right, it will descend to all Mankind, and then it will be impossible what he says, p. 19. that Heirs are Lords of their Brethren should be true, but all Brothers, and consequently all Men will be equal and independent, all Heirs to Adams Monarchy, and consequently all Monarchs too, one as much as another. But 'twill be said Noah their Father divided the World amongst them, so that our A— will allow more to Noah, then he will to God Almighty, for O. 211. he thought it hard, that God himself should give the World to Noah and his Sons, to the prejudice of Noah's Birth-right, his words are, Noah was left Sole Heir to the World, why should it be thought that God would disinherit, him of his Birth-right, and make him of all Men in the World, the only Tenant in Common with his Children, and yet here he thinks it fit, that Noah should disinherit Shem of his Birth-right, and divide the World betwixt him and his Brethren, so that this Birth-right, when our A— pleases, must, and when he pleases must not, be sacred and inviolable.

140. If Noah did divide the World between his Sons, and his Assignment of Dominions to them were good, there is an end of Divine Institution, and all our A—s discourse of Adams Heir, with whatsoever [179] he builds on it, is quite out of doors. The natural Power of Kings falls to the ground; and then the form of the Power governing, and the Person having that Power, will be all Ordinances of Man and not of God, as our A— says, O. 254 For if the Right of the Heir be the Ordinance of God, a Divine Right, no Man, Father, or not Father, can alter it: If it be not a Divine Right, it is only Humane depending on the Will of Man, and so where Humane Institution gives it not, the first Born has no Right at all above his Brethren; and Men may put Government into what hands, and under what form, they please.

141. He goes on most of the civillest Nations of the Earth, labour to fetch their Original from some of the Sons or Nephews of Noah, p. 14. How many do most of the civillest Nations amount to, and who are they, I fear the Chineses, a very great and civil People, as well as several other People of the East, West, North and South, trouble not themselves much about this matter. All that believe the Bible, which I believe are our A—s most of the civillest Nation, must necessarily derive themselves from Noah, but for the rest of the World, they think little of his Sons or Nephews. But if the Heralds and Antiquaries [180] of all Nations; for 'tis these Men generally that Labour to find out the Originals of Nations, or all the Nations themselves should Labour to fetch their Original from some of the Sons or Nephews of Noah, what would this be to prove, that the Lordship which Adam had over the whole World, by right descended to the Patriarchs, who ever, Nations, or Races of Men, labour to fetch their Original from, may be concluded to be thought by them, Men of renown, famous to Posterity, for the greatness of their Vertues and Actions; but beyond these they look not, nor consider who they were Heirs to, but look on them as such as raised themselves by their own Vertue to a Degree, that would give a Lustre to those, who in future Ages, could pretend to derive themselves from them. But if it were Ogygis, Hercules, Brama, Tamberlain, Pharamond, nay Iupiter and Saturn be Names, from whence divers Races of Men, both ancient and modern, have labour'd to derive their Original, will that prove, that those Men enjoyed the Lordship of Adam, by right descending to them; If not, this is but a Flourish of our A—s to mislead his Reader that in it self signifies nothing.

142. And therefore to as much purpose, is, what he tells us, p. 15. concerning [181] this Division of the World, that some say it was by Lot, and others that Noah sail'd round the Mediterranean in ten years, and divided the World into Asia, Africk and Europe, Portions for his three Sons. America then, it seems, was left to be his that could catch it, why our A— takes such pains to prove the Division of the World by Noah to his Sons, and will not leave out an imagination, though no better then a Dream, that he can find any where to favour it, is hard to guess, since such a Division, if it prove any thing, must necessarily take away the Title of Adams Heir, unless three Brothers can altogether be Heirs of Adam; And therefore the following words. Howsoever the manner of this Division be uncertain, yet it is most certain the Division it self, was by Families from Noah and his Children, over which the Parents were Heads and Princes, p. 15. If allow'd him to be true, and of any force to prove, that all the Power in the World is nothing but the Lordship of Adams, descending by Right, they will only prove, that the Fathers of the Children, are all Heirs to this Lordship of Adam; for if in those days Cham and Iaphet, and other Parents besides the Eldest Son were Heads and Princes over their Families, and had a right to divide the Earth by Families, [182] what hinders Younger Brothers, being Fathers of Families from having the same Right, how Cham or Iaphet were Princes by Right descending to him, notwithstanding any Title of Heir in his Eldest Brother, Younger Brothers by the same Right descending to them are Princes now, and so all our A—s natural Power of Kings will reach no farther then their own Children, and no Kingdom by this natural right, can be bigger then a Family; For either this Lordship of Adam over the whole World, by right descends only to the Eldest Son, and then there can be but one Heir, as our A— says, p. 19. or else; it by right descends to all the Sons equally, and then every Father of a Family will have it, as well as the three Sons of Noah, take which you will, it destroys the present Governments and Kingdoms that are now in the World, since whoever has this natural Power of a King, by right descending to him, must have it either, as our A— tells us, Cain had it, and be Lord over his Brethren, and so be alone King of the whole World, or else as he tells us here, Shem, Cham and Iaphet had it, three Brothers, and so be only Prince of his own Family, and all Families independent one of another; All the World must be only one Empire by the Right of the next Heir, or else every Family be a [183] distinct Government of it self, by the Lordship of Adams descending to Parents of Families. And to this only tends all the Proofs, he here gives us of the descent of Adams Lordship; For continuing his Story of this descent he says;

143. In the dispersion of Babel, we must certainly find the Establishment of Royal Power, throughout the Kingdoms of the World, p. 14. If you must find it, pray do, and you will help us to a new piece of History; But you must shew it us before we shall be bound to believe, that Regal Power was Established in the World upon your Principles; for, that Regal Power was Established in the Kingdoms of the World, I think no body will dispute, but that there should be Kingdoms in the World, whose several Kings enjoy'd their Crowns, by right descending to them from Adam, that we think not only Apocrypha, but also utterly impossible, and if our A - has no better Foundation, for his Monarchy then a supposition of what was done at the dispersion of Babel: The Monarchy he erects thereon, whose top is to reach to Heaven to unite Mankind, will serve only to divide and scatter them as that Tower did, will produce nothing but confusion.


144. For he tells us, the Nations they were divided into, were distinct Families, which had Fathers for Rulers over them, whereby it appears that even in the confusion, God was careful to preserve the Fatherly Authority, by distributing the Diversity of Languages, according to the Diversity of Families, p. 14. it would have been a hard matter, for any one but our A - to have found out so plainly in the Text, he here brings, that all the Nations in that dispersion were governed by Fathers, and that God was careful to preserve the Fatherly Authority. The words of the Text are: These are the Sons of Shem after their Families after their Tongues in their Lands, after their Nations, and the same thing is said of Cham and Iaphet after an Enumeration of their Posterities, in all which there is not one word said of their Governors, or Forms of Government of Fathers, or Fatherly Authority. But our A- who is very quick sighted, to spye out Fatherhood, where no body else could see any the least glimpses of it, tells us positively their Rulers were Fathers, and God was careful to preserve the Fatherly Authority, and why? because those of the same Family spoke the same Language, and so of necessity in the division kept together, just as if one should argue thus, Hanibal in his Army, consisting of divers Nations, [185] kept those of the same Language togegether, therefore Fathers were Captains of each Band, and Hanibal was careful of the Fatherly Authority, or in Peopling of Carolina, the English, French, Scotch and Welsh that are there, Plant themselves together, and by them, the Country is divided in their Lands after their Tongues, after their Families, after their Nations, that therefore care was taken of the Fatherly Authority, or because in many parts of America, every little Tribe, was a distinct People, with a different Language, one should infer, that therefore God was careful to preserve the Fatherly Authority, or that therefore their Rulers enjoy'd Adams Lordship by right descending to them, though we know not who were their Governors, nor what their Form of Government, but only that they were divided into little Independent Societies, speaking different Languages.

145. The Scripture says not a word of their Rulers or Forms of Government, but only gives an account, how Mankind came to be divided into distinct Languages and Nations; and therefore 'tis not to argue from the Authority of Scripture, to tell us positively, Fathers were their Rulers, when the Scripture says no such thing, but to set up Phansies of ones own [186] Brain, when we confidently aver Matter of Fact, where records are utterly silent: and therefore the same ground has the rest that he says, that they were not confused Multitudes without Heads and Governors, and at liberty to choose what Governors or Governments they pleased.

146. For I demand when Mankind were all yet of one Language, all congregated in the plain of Shinar, were they then all under one Monarch, who enjoyed the Lordship of Adam by right descending to him? If they were not, there was then no thoughts, 'tis plain, of Adams Heir, no right to Government known then upon that Title, no care taken by God or Man, of Adams Fatherly Authority: If when Mankind were but one People, dwelt altogether, and were of one Language, and were upon Building a City together, and when 'twas plain, they could not but know the Right Heir, for Shem lived till Isaacs time, a long while after the Division at Babel; If then, I say, they were not under the Monarchical Government of Adams Fatherhood, by right descending to the Heir, 'tis plain there was no regard had to the Fatherhood, no Monarchy acknowledg'd due to Adams Heir, no Empire of Shems in Asia, and consequently no such Division of the World by Noah, [187] as our A— has talked of. And as far as we can conclude any thing from Scripture in this matter, it seems from this place, that if they had any Government, it was rather a Common wealth, then an Absolute Monarchy; For the Scripture tells us, Gen. 11. they said, 'twas not a Prince commanded, the Building of this City and Tower 'twas not by the command of one Monarch, but by the consultation of many, a Free People, let us build us a City; They built it for themselves as Free-men, not as Slaves for their Lord and Master, that we be not scattered abroad, and for having a City once built, fixed Habitations to settle their Bodies and Families. This was the consultation and design of a People, that were at liberty to part asunder, but desired to keep in one Body, and could not have been either necessary or likely in Men tyed together under the Government of one Monarch, who if they had been, as our A— tells us, all Slaves under the Absolute Dominion of a Monarch, needed not have taken such care to hinder themselves, from wandering out of the reach of his Dominion, I demand whether this be not plainer in Scripture then any thing of Adams Heir or Fatherly Authority.


147. But if being, as God says, Gen. 11. 6. one People, they had one Ruler, one King by natural Right, Absolute and Supream over them, what care had God to preserve the Paternal Authority of the Supream Fatherhood, if on a suddain, he suffers 72 (for so many, our A— talks of,) distinct Nations, to be erected out of it, under distinct Governors, and at once to withdraw themselves, from the Obedidience of their Soveriegn. This is to entitle Gods care, how, and to what, we please, can it be Sense to say, that God was careful to preserve Fatherly Authority in those who had it not? For if these were Subjects under a Supream Prince, what Authority had they, when at the same time he takes away the true Supream Fatherhood of the natural Monarch? can it be reason to say, that God for the Preservation of Fatherly Authority, lets several new Goverments with their Governors start up, who could not all have Fatherly Authority, and is it not as much reason to say, that God is careful to destroy Fatherly Authority when he suffers one who is in Possession of it, to have his Government torn in pieces, and shared by several of his Subjects? And would it not be an Argument just like this, for Monarchical Government to say, when any Monarchy [189] was shatter'd to pieces, and divided amongst revolted Subjects, that God was careful to preserve Monarchical Power, by rending a settled Empire into a multitude of little Governments? If any one will say that what happens in providence to be preserved God is careful to preserve as a thing, therefore to be esteemed by Men as necessary or ufeful, 'tis a peculiar Propriety of Speech, which every one will not think fit to imitate; but this I am sure is impossible to be either proper, or true speaking, that Shem for example (for he was then alive,) should have Fatherly Authority, or Sovereignty by right of Fatherhood over that one People at Babel, and that the next moment Shem yet living, 72 others should have Fatherly Authority, or Sovereignty by right of Fatherhood over the same People, divided into so many distinct Governments; either these 72 Fathers actually were Rulers, just before the confusion, and then they were not one People, but that God himself says, they were a Commonwealth, and then where was Monarchy? or else these 72 Fathers, had Fatherly Authority but knew it not. Strange! that Fatherly Authority should be the only Original of Government amongst Men, and yet all Mankind not know it, and Stranger [190] yet, that the confusion of Tongues should reveal it to them all of a suddain, that in an instant these 72 should know, that they had Fatherly Power, and all others know that they were to obey it in them, and every one know that particular Fatherly Authority to which he was a Subject, he that can think this Arguing from Scripture, may from thence make out what Model of an Eutopia will best suit with his Phansy or Interest, and this Fatherhood thus disposed of, will justifie both a Prince who claims an Universal Monarchy, and his Subjects, who being Fathers of Families, shall quit all Subjection to him and Canton his Empire into less Governments for themselves; for it will always remain a doubt in which of these, the Fatherly Authority resided, till our A - resolves us, whether Shem, who was then alive, or these 72 new Princes, beginning so many new Empires in his Dominions, and over his Subject, had right to govern, since our A— tells us, that both one an tother had Fatherly, which is Supream, Authority, and are brought in by him as Instances of those, who did enjoy the Lordships of Adam by right descending to them, which was as large and ample as the Absolutest Dominion of any Monarch. This at least is unavoidable, that if God was careful to preserve [191] the Fatherly Authority, in the 72 new erected Nations, it necessarily follows, that he was as careful to destroy all pretences of Adams Heir, since he took care, and therefore did preserve the Fatherly Authority in so many, at least 71, that could not possibly be Adams Heirs, when the right Heir (if God had ever ordained any such Inheritance) could not but be known, Shem then living, and they being all one People.

148. Nimrod is his next instance of enjoying this Patriarchal Power, p. 16. but I know not for what Reason our A— seems a little unkind to him, and says, that he against Right enlarged his Empire, by seizing violently on the Rights of other Lords of Families; These Lords of Families here were called Fathers of Families, in his account of the dispersion at Babel, but it matters not how they are call'd, so we know who they are; for this Fatherly Authority must be in them, either as Heirs to Adam, and so there could not be 72, nor above one at once, or else as natural Parents over their Children, and so every Father will have Paternal Authority over his Children by the same Right, and in as large extent as those 72 had, and so be Independent Princes over their own Off-spring, and his Lords of Families, thus [192] understood; he gives us a very pretty account of the Original of Monarchy, in the following words; And in this Sense he may be said to be the Author and Founder of Monarchy, viz. As against Right seizing violently on the Rights of Fathers over their Children, which Paternal Authority, if it be in them, by Right of Nature; (for else how could those 72 come by it) no body can take from them without their own consents, and then I desire our A— and his Friends to consider how far this will concern other Princes, and whether it will not according to his conclusion of that Paragraph, resolve all Regal Power of those, whose Dominions extend beyond their Families, either into Tyranny and Usurpation, or Election and Consent of Fathers of Families, which will differ very little from Consent of the People.

149. All his Instances, in the next Section, p. 17. Of the 12 Dukes of Edom, the 9 Kings in a little corner of Asia in Abrahams days, the 31 Kings in Canaan destroyed by Ioshua, and the care he takes to prove that these were all Sovereign Princes, and that every Town in those days had a King, are so many direct Proofs against him, that it was not the Lordship of Adam by Right descending [193] to them that made Kings; for if they had held their Royalties by that Title, either there must have been but one Sovereign over them all, or else every Father of a Family had been as good a Prince, and had as good a claim to Royalty as these; for if all the Sons of Esau, had each of them, the Younger as well as the Eldest, the right of Fatherhood, and so were Sovereign Princes after their Fathers Death, the same Right had their Sons after them, and so on to all Posterity, which will limit all the natural Power of Fatherhood, only to be over the Issue of their own bodies, and their descendants which Power of Fatherhood dies with the head of each Family, and makes way for the like Power of Fatherhood to take place, in each of his Sons over their respective Posterities, whereby the Power of Fatherhood will be preserv'd indeed, and is intelligible, but will not be at all to our A—s purpose, nor are any of the instances he brings Proofs of any Power they had by Title of Fatherhood as Heirs of Adam's Paternal Authority, nor by Vertue of their own: For Adams Fatherhood being over all Mankind, it could descend but to one at once, and from him to his right Heir only, and so there could by that Title be but one King in the World [194] at a time; And by Right of Fatherhood, not descending from Adam, it must be only as they themselves were Fathers, and so could be over none but their own Posterity; so that if those 12 Dukes of Edom, of Abraham; and 9 Kings his Neighbours: if Iacob and Esau and 31 Kings in Canaan, the 72 Kings mutilated by Adonibeseck, the 32 Kings that came to Benaded, the 70 Kings of Greece making War at Troy, were as our A— contends all of them Sovereign Princes. 'Tis evident that Kings derived their Power from some other Original then Fatherhood, since some of these had Power over more then their own Posterity, and 'tis Demonstration, they could not be all Heirs to Adam: For I challenge any Man to make any pretence to Power by Right of Fatherhood, either intelligible or possible in any one, otherwise, then either as Adams Heir, or as Progenitor over his own descendants, naturally sprung from him. And if our A— could shew that any one of these Princes, of which he gives us here so large a Catalogue, had his Authority by either of these Titles, I think I might yield him the Cause, though 'tis manifest they are all impertinent and directly contrary to what he brings them to prove, viz. That the Lordship which Adam [195] had over the World by Right descended to the Patriarchs.

150. Having told us, p. 16. That the Patriarchal Government continued in Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, until the Egyptian Bondage, p. 17. he tells us, By manifest Footsteps we may trace this Paternal Government unto the Israelites coming into Egypt, where the exercise of Supream Patriarchal Government was intermitted, because they were in Subjection to a stronger Prince, what these Footsteps are of paternal Government, in our A— Sense, i. e. of Absolute Monarchical Power descending from Adam, and exercised by Right of Fatherhood we have seen, that is for 2290 Years no Footsteps at all, since in all that time he cannot produce any one Example of any Person who Claim'd or Exercised Regal Authority by Right of Fatherhood, or shew any one who being a King was Adams Heir; All that his Proofs amount to, is only this, that there were Fathers, Patriarchs and Kings in that Age of the World, but that the Fathers and Patriarchs had any Asolute Arbitrary Power, or by what Titles those Kings had theirs, and of what extent it was, the Scripture is wholly silent; 'tis manifest by Right of Fatherhood they neither did, nor [196] could claim any Title to Dominion and Empire.

151. To say, that the Exercise of Supream Patriarchal Government was intermitted, because they were in Subjection to a stronger Prince, proves nothing but what I before suspected, viz. That Patriarchal Iurisdiction or Government was a fallacious expression, and does not in our A— signifie what he would yet insinuate by it, Paternal and Regal Power, such an Absolute Sovereignty as he supposes was in Adam.

152. For how can he say that Patriarchical Iurisdiction was intermitted in Egypt, where there was a King, under whose Regal Government the Israelites were? If Patriarchal were Absolute Monarchical Iurisdiction, and if it were not, but something else, why does he make such a do about a Power not in question, and nothing to the purpose? The Exercise of Patriarchal Jurisdiction, if Patriarchal be Regal, was not intermitted whilst the Israelites were in Egypt. 'Tis true, the Exercise of Regal Power was not then in the hands of any of the promised Seed of Abraham, nor before neither that I know, but what is that to the intermission of Regal Authority, as descending [197] from Adam, unless our A— will have it, that this chosen Line of Abraham, had the Right of Inheritance to Adams Lordship, and then to what purpose are his instances of the 72 Rulers, in whom the Fatherly Authority was preserved in the confusion at Babel of Esau, and the 12 Dukes of Edom, why are these brought as examples, of the exercise of true Patriarchal Government, and joyn'd with those of Abraham and Iudah? If the exercise of Patriarchical Iurisdiction were intermitted in the World, when ever the Posterity of of Iacob had not Supream Power. I imagined Monarchical Government, would have served his turn in the hands of Pharoh or any body. But one cannot easily discover in all places what his discourse tends to, as particularly in this place, it is not obvious to guess what he drives at, when he says, the exercise of Supream Patriarchal Iurisdiction in Egypt, or how this serves to make out the descent of Adams Lordship to the Patriarchs or any body else.

153. For I thought he had been giving us out of Scripture, Proofs and Examples of Monarchical Government, founded on Paternal Authority, descending from Adam, and not an History of the Iew, amongst whom yet we find no Kings, till many [198] Years after they were a People, and no mention of their being Heir to Adam, or Kings by Paternal Authority when they had them; I expected, talking so much as he does of Scripture, that he would have produced thence a Series of Monarchs, whose Titles were clear to Adams Fatherhood, and who, as Heirs to him, own'd and exercised Paternal Jurisdiction over their Subjects, and that this was the true Patriarchical Government, whereas he neither proves that the Patriarchs were Kings, nor that either Kings or Patriarchs were Heirs to Adam, or so much as pretended to it; And one may as well prove, that the Patriarchs were all Absolute Monarchs, that the Power both of Patriarchs, and Kings was only Paternal, and that this Power descended to them from Adam, I say all these Propositions may be as well proved by a confused account of a multitude of little Kings in the West-Indies, out of Ferdinando Soto, or any of our late Histories of the Northern America, or by our A—s 70 Kings of Greece, out of Homer, as by any thing he brings out of Scripture, in that Multitude of Kings he has reckon'd up.

154. And methinks he should have let Homer and his Wars of Troy alone, since his great Zeal to Truth or Monarchy carried [199] him, to such a pitch of transport against Philosophers and Poets, that he tells us in his Preface, that there are too many in these days, who please themselves in runing after the Opinions of Philosophers and Poets, to find out such an Original of Government, as might promise them some Title to Liberty, to the great Scandal of Christianity, and bringing in of Atheism. And yet these Heathen Philosophers, Aristotle and Poet Homer, are not rejected by our zealous Christian Politician when ever they offer any thing, that seems to serve his turn.

But to return to his Scripture History, our A— farther tells us, p. 18. that after the return of the Israelites out of Bondage, God out of a special care of them, chose Moses and Joshua Successively to Govern as Princes in the place and stead of the Supream Fathers. If it be true, that they returned out of Bondage, it must be into a State of Freedom and must imply, that both before and after this Bondage they were Free, unless our A— will say, that changing of Masters, is returning out of Bondage, or that a Slave returns out of Bondage, when he is removed from one Gally to another: If then they returned out of Bondage, 'tis plain that in those days, whatever our A— in his Preface says to the contrary, there was difference between a Son, a Subject and a Slave, and [200] that neither the Patriarchs before, nor their Rulers after this Egyptian Bondage, numbered their Sons or Subjects amongst their Possessions, and disposed of them with as Absolute a Dominion, as they did their other Goods.

155. This is evident in Iacob, to whom Reuben offered his two Sons as Pledges, and Iudah was at last surety for Benjamins safe return out of Egypt, which all had been vain, superfluous, and but a sort of mockery; If Iacob had had the same Power over every one of his Family as he had over his Ox or his Ass, as an Owner over his Substance, and the offers that Reuben or Iudah made, had been such a Security for returning of Benjamin, as if a Man should take two Lambs out of his Lords flock, and offer one as security, that he will safely restore the other.

156. When they were out of this Bondage, what then, God out of a Special care of them, the Israelites. 'Tis well that once in his Book, he will allow God to have any care of the People, for in other places he speaks of Mankind, as if God had no care of any part of them, but only of their Monarchs, and that the rest of the People, the Societies of Men, were made as so many Herds of Cattle, only for the Service, Use and Pleasure of their Princes.


157. Chose Moses and Ioshuah Successively to Govern as Princes, a shreud Argument our A— has found out to prove Gods care of the Fatherly Authority, and Adams Heirs, that here as an expression of his care of his own People, he chooses those for Princes over them, that had not the least pretence to either Moses of the Tribe of Levy, and Ioshuah of the Tribe of Ephraim, neither of which had any Title of Fatherhood: But says our A— they were in the place and stead of the Supream Fathers: If God had any where, as plainly declared his choise of such Fathers to be Rulers, as he did of Moses and Ioshuah, we might believe Moses and Ioshuah were in their place and stead, but that being the question in debate, till that be better proved, Moses being chosen by God to be Ruler of his People, will no more prove that Government belong'd to Adams Heir or to the Fatherhood, then Gods choosing Aaron of the tribe of Levy to be Priest, will prove that the Priesthood belonged to Adams Heir or the Prime-fathers, since God could choose Aaron to be Priest, and Moses Ruler in Israel, though neither of those Offices, were setled on Adams Heir or the Fatherhood.


158. Our A— goes on, and after them likewise for a time he raised up Iudges, to desend his People in time, of peril, p. 18. This proves Fatherly Authority to be the Original of Government, and that it descended from Adam to his Heirs, just as well as what went before, only here our A— seems to confess that these Iudges, who were all the Governors they then had, were only Men of valour, whom they made their Generals to defend them in time of peril, and cannot God raise up such Men, unless Fatherhood have a Title to Government?

159. But says our A—, when God gave the Israelites Kings, he re-established the ancient and prime Right of Lineal Succession to Paternal Government, p. 18.

160. How did God re-establish it by a Law, a positive command? we find no such thing. Our A means then, that when God gave them a King, in giving them a King, he re-established the Right, &c. To re-establish de facto the Right of Lineal Succession to Paternal Government, is to put a Man in Possession of that Government which his Fathers did enjoy, and he by Lineal Succession had a Right to; for first, if it were another Government then what his Ancestors had, it was not succeeding to an Ancient Right, but beginning a [203] new one; for if a Prince should give a Man, besides his Ancient Patrimony, which for some Ages his Family had been dis-seized of, an additional Estate, never before in the Possession of his Ancestors, he could not be said to re-establish the Right of Lineal Succession, to any more then what had been formerly enjoy'd by his Ancestors; if therefore the Power the Kings of Israel had, were any thing more then Isaac or Iacob had, it was not the re-establishing in them the Right of Succession to a Power, but giving them a new Power, however you please to call it Paternal or not, and whether Isaac and Iacob had the same Power, that the Kings of Israel had; I desire any one, by what has been above said, to consider, and I do not think they will find that either Abraham, Isaac or Iacob, had any Regal Power at all.

161. Next, there can be no Re-establishment of the Prime and Ancient Right of Lineal Succession to any thing, unless he that is put in Possession of it, has the right to succeed, and be the true and next Heir to him he succeeds to; can that be a Re-establishment, which begins in a new Family, or that the Re-establishment of an Ancient Right of Lienal Succession, when a Crown is given to one, who has no Right of Succession to it, and who if the Lineal [204] Succession had gone on, had been out of all possibility of pretence to it? Saul the first King, God gave the Israelites, was of the Tribe of Benjamin, was the Ancient and Prime Right of Lineal Succession Re-established in him? the next was David the Youngest Son of Iesse, of the Posterity of Iudah, Iacobs 3d Son, was the Ancient and Prime Right of Lineal Succession to Paternal Government Re-establish'd in him? or in Solomon his Younger Son and Successor in the Throne? or in Ieroboham over the ten Tribes? or in Athaliah? who Reigned six Years an utter Stranger to the Royal Blood. If the Ancient and Prime Right of Lineal Succession to Paternal Government, were Re-establish'd in any of these or their Posterity. The Ancient and Prime Right of Lineal Succession to Paternal Government, belongs to Younger Brothers, as well as Elder, and may be Re-establish'd in any Man living, for whatever Younger Brothers by Ancient and Prime Right of Lineal Succession, may have as well as the Elder, that every Man living may have a Right to, by Lineal Succession, and Sr. Robt. as well as any other. And so what a brave Right of Lineal Succession to his Paternal or Regal Government, our A— has Re-establish'd, for the securing the Rights and Inheritance of Crowns, where every [205] one may have it, let the World consider.

162. But says our A— however, p. 19. whensoever God made choice of any special Person to be King, he intended that the issue also should have benefit thereof, as being comprehended sufficiently in the Person of the Father, although the Father was only named in the Grant. This yet will not help out Succession, for if as our A— says, the benefit of the Grant be intended to the Issue of the Grantee, this will not direct the Succession, since, if God give any thing to a Man and his Issue in general, the Claim cannot be to any one of that Issue in particular, every one that is of his race, will have an equal Right; If it be said our A— meant Heir, I believe our A— was as willing as any Body to have used that word, if it would have served his turn, but Solomon who succeded David in the Throne, being no more his Heir then Ieroboam, who succeeded him in the Government of the ten Tribes was his issue, our A— had reason to avoid saying, that God intended it to the Heirs, when that would not hold in a Succession, which our A— could not except against, and so he has left his Succession as undetermin'd, as if he had said nothing about it, for if the Regal Power be given by God to a Man and his [206] Issue, as the Land of Canaan was to Abraham and his Seed, must they not all have a Title to it, all share in it? And one may as well say, that by Gods Grant to Abraham and his Seed, the Land of Canaan was to belong only to one of his Seed exclusive of all others, as by Gods Grant of Dominion to a Man and his Issue, this Dominion was to belong all to one of his Issue exclusive of all others.

163. But how will our A— prove that whensoever God made choice of any special Person to be a King, he intended that the (I suppose he means his) Issue, also should have benefit thereof: Has he so soon forgot Moses and Ioshua whom in this very Section, he says, God out of a special care chose to govern as Princes, and the Judges that God raised up. Had not these Princes, having the Authority of the Supream Fatherhood, the same Power that the Kings had, and being specially chosen by God himself, should not their Issue have the benefit of that choice as well as David or Solomon? If these had the Paternal Authority put into their hands immediately by God, why had not their Issue the benefit of this Grant in a Succession to this Power? Or if they had it as Adams Heirs, why did not their Heirs enjoy [207] it after them by Right descending to them, for they could not be Heirs to one another? was the Power the same, and from the same Original in Moses, Ioshua and the Iudges, as it was in David and the Kings, and was it inheritable in one and not in the other? If it was not Paternal Authority, then Gods own People were govern'd by those that had not Paternal Authority, and those Governours did well enough without it: If it were Paternal Authority and God chose the Persons that were to exercise it, our A—s Rule fails, that whensoever God makes choice of any Person to be Supream Ruler (for I suppose the name King has no Spell in it 'tis not the Title, but the Power makes the difference) he intends that the Issue also should have the benefit of it, since from their coming out of Egypt to Davids time 400 Years, the Issue was never so sufficiently comprended in the Person of the Father, as that any Son after the Death of his Father, succeeded to the Government amongst all those Judges that judged Israel; If to avoid this, it be said, God always chose the Person of the Successor, and so transferring the Fatherly Authority to him, excluded his Issue from succeeding to it, that is manifestly, not so in the Story of Iephtha, where he Articled with [208] the People, and they made him judge over them, as is plain. Iudg. 11.

164. 'Tis in vain then to say, that whensoever God chooses any special Person to have the exercise of Paternal Authority (for if that be not to be King, I desire to know the difference between a King and one having the exercise of Paternal Authority) he intends the Issue also should have the benefit of it, since we find the Authority, the Judges had, ended with them, and descended not to their Issue, and if the Judges had not Paternal Authority, I fear it will trouble our A—, or any of the Friends to his Principles, to tell who had then the Paternal Authority, that is, the Government and Supream Power amongst the Israelites, and I suspect they must confess that the chosen People of God continued a People several hundreds of Years, without any Knowledge or Thought of this Paternal Authority, or any appearance of Monarchical Government at all.

165. To be satisfied of this, he need but read the Story of the Levite, and the War thereupon with the Benjamites, in the 3. last Chap. of Iud. and when he finds that the Levite appeals to the People for Justice, that it was the Tribes and the Congregation that debated, resolved [209] and directed all that was done on that occasion: he must conclude either that God was not careful to preserve the Fatherly Authority amongst his own chosen People, or else that the Fatherly Authority may be preserved where there is no Monarchical Government; If the latter, then it will follow that though Fatherly Authority be never so well proved, yet it will not infer a necessity of Monarchical Government; If the former, it will seem very strange and improbable that God should ordain Fatherly Authority to be so Sacred amongst the Sons of Men, that there could be no Power nor Government without it, and yet that amongst his own People, even whilst he is providing a Government for them, and therein prescribes Rules to the several States and Relations of Men, this Great and Fundamental one, this most material and necessary of all the rest should be concealed, and lye neglected for 400 Years after.

166. Before I leave this, I must ask how our A— knows that whensoever God makes choice of any special Person to be King, he intends that the Issue should have the benefit thereof, does God by the Law of Nature or Revelation say so? By the same Law [210] also he must say, which of his Issue must enjoy the Crown in Succession, and so point out the Heir, or else leave his Issue to divide or scramble for the Government: both alike absurd, and such as will destroy the benefit of such Grant to the Issue. When any such Declaration of Gods Intention is produced, it will be our Duty to believe God intends it so, but till that be done, our A— must shew us some better Warrant before we shall be obliged to receive him as the Authentic Reveler of Gods Intentions.

167. The Issue, says our A—, is comprehended sufficiently in the Person of the Father, although the Father only was named in the Grant: And yet God when he gave the Land of Canaan to Abraham, Gen. 13. 15. thought fit to put his Seed into the Grant too, so the Priesthood was given to Aaron and his Seed; And the Crown God gave not only to David, but his Seed also: And however our A— assures us that God intends, that the Issue should have the benefit of it, when he chooses any Person to be King, yet we see that the Kingdom he gave to Saul, without mentioning his Seed after him never came to any of his Issue, and why when God [211] chose a Person to be King, he should intend that his Issue should have the benefit of it, more then when he chose one to be Judg in Israel; I would fain know a reason; or why does a Grant of Fatherly Authority to a King more comprehend the Issue, then when a like Grant is made to a Judge? Is Paternal Authority by Right to descend to the Issue of one and not of the other? there will need some Reason to be shewn of this difference, more then the name, when the thing given is the same Fatherly Authority, and the manner of giving it Gods choice of the Person, for I suppose our A— when he says, God raised up Iudges, will by no means allow they were chosen by the People.

168. But since our A— has so confidently assured us of the care of God to preserve the Fatherhood, and pretends to build all, he says, upon the Authority of the Scripture, we may well expect that that People whose Law, Constitution and History is chiefly contain'd in the Scripture, should furnish him with the clearest Instances of Gods care of preserving of the Fatherly Authority, in that People who 'tis agreed he had a most peculiar care of, let us see then what State this [212] Paternal Authority or Government was in amongst the Iews, from their beginning to be a People. It was omitted by our A: s confession, from their coming into Egypt, till their return out of that Bondage: above 200 Years. From thence till God gave the Israelites a King about 400 Years more, our A— gives but a very slender account of it, nor indeed all that time are there the least Footsteps of Paternal or Regal Government amongst them. But then says our A—, God Re-establish'd the Ancient and Prime Right of lineal Succession to Paternal Government.

169. What a Lineal Succession to Paternal Government was then Establish'd, we have already seen. I only now consider how long this lasted, and that was to their Captivity about 500 Years: From whence to their Destruction by the Romans, above 650 Years after, the Ancient and Prime Right of lineal Succession to Paternal Government was again lost, and they continued a People in the promised Land without it; so that of 1750 Years that they were Gods peculiar People, they had Hereditary Kingly Government amongst them, not one third of the time, and of that time there is not the leaft Footsteps [213] of one moment of Paternal Government, nor the Re-establishment of the Ancient and Prime Right of lineal Succession to it, whether we suppose it to be derived as from its Fountain, from David, Saul, Abraham, or which upon our A—s Principles is the only true; From Adam. ****



AN ESSAY Concerning the True Oringinal, Extent and End OF CIVIL GOVERNMENT.




1. IT having been shewn in the foregoing Discourse.

1o. That Adam had not either by natural Right of Fatherhood, or by positive Donation from God, any such Authority over his Children, nor Dominion over the World as is pretended.

2o. That if he had his Heirs, yet, had no Right to it.

3o. That if his Heirs had, there being no Law of Nature nor positive Law of God that determins, which is the Right Heir in all Cases that may arise, the Right of Succession, and consequently of bearing Rule, could not have been certainly determined.

4o. That if even that had been determined, yet the knowledge of which is the Eldest Line of Adams Posterity, being so long since utterly lost that in the Races of Mankind and Families of the World, there remains not to [218] one above another, the least pretence to be the Eldest House, and to have the Right of Inheritance.

All these premises having, as I think, been clearly made out, it is impossible that the Rulers now on Earth, should make any benefit, or derive any the least shadow of Authority from that, which is held to be the Fountain of all Power, Adams Private Dominion and Paternal Iurisdiction, so that, he that will not give just occasion, to think that all Government in the World, is the product only of Force and Violence, and that Men live together by no other Rules but that of Beasts, where the strongest carries it, and so lay a Foundation for perpetual Disorder and Mischeif, Tumult, Sedition and Rebellion, (things that the followers of that Hipothesis so loudly cry out against) must of necessity find out another rise of Government, another Original of Political Power, and another way of designing and knowing the Persons that have it, then what Sr. Robt. E. hath taught us.

2. To this purpose, I think it may not be amiss, to set down what I take to be Political Power. That the Power of a Magistrate over a Subject, may be distinguished from that of a Father over his [219] Children, a Master over his Servant, a Husband over his Wife, and a Lord over his Slave. All which distinct Powers happening sometimes together in the same Man, if he be considered under these different Relations, it may help us to distinguish these Powers one from another, and shew the difference betwixt a Ruler of a Common-wealth, a Father of a Family, and a Captain of a Gally.

3. Political Power, then I take to be a Right of making Laws with Penalties of death, and consequently all less Penalties, for the Regulating and Preserving of Property, and of employing the force of the Community, in the Execution of such Laws, and in the defence of the Common-wealth from Foreign Injury, and all this only for the Public Good.





Of the State of Nature.

4. TO understand Political Power a right, and derive it from its Original, we must consider what Estate all Men are naturally in, and that is, a State of perfect Freedom to order their Actions, and dispose of their Possessions, and Persons as they think fit, within the bounds of the Law of Nature, without asking leave, or depending upon the Will of any other Man.

A State also of Equality, wherein all the Power and Jurisdiction is reciprocal, no one having more then another, there being nothing more evident, then that Creatures of the same species and rank promiscuously born to all the same advantages of Nature, and the use of the same faculties, should also be equal one amongst another without Subordination or Subjection, unless the Lord and Master of [221] them all, should by any manifest Declaration of his Will set one above another, and confer on him by an evident and clear appointment an undoubted Right to Dominion and Sovereignty.

5. This equality of Men by Nature, the Judicious Hooker looks upon as so evident in it self, and beyond all question, that he makes it the Foundation of that Obligation to mutual Love amongst Men, on which he Builds the Duties they owe one another, and from whence he derives the great Maxims of Iustice and Charity. His words are; ‘The like natural inducement, hath brought Men to know that it is no less their Duty, to Love others then themselves, for seeing those things which are equal, must needs all have one measure; If I cannot but wish to receive good, even as much at every Mans hands, as any Man can wish unto his own Soul, how should I look to have any part of my desire herein satisfied, unless my self be careful to satisfie the like desire, which is undoubtedly in other Men weak, being of one and the same nature; to have any thing offered them repugnant to this desire, must needs in all respects grieve them as much as [222] me, so that if I do harm, I must look to suffer, there being no reason that others should shew greater measure of love to me, then they have, by me, shewed unto them; my desire therefore to be loved of my equals in nature, as much as possible may be, imposeth upon me a natural Duty of bearing to themward, fully the like affection; From which relation of equality between our selves and them, that are as our selves, what several Rules and Canons, natural reason hath drawn for direction of life, no Man is Ignorant. Eccl. Pol. Li. 1.

6. But though this be a State of Liberty, yet it is not a State of Licence, though Man in that State have an uncontroleable Liberty, to dispose of his Person or Possessions, yet he has not Liberty to destroy himself, or so much as any Creature in his Possession, but where some nobler use, then its bare Preservation calls for it. The State of Nature, has a Law of Nature to govern it, which obliges every one, and reason, which is that Law, teaches all Mankind, who will but consult it; That being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his Life, Health, Liberty or Possessions; for Men being all the Workmanship of one Omnipotent, [223] and infinitely wise maker: All the Servants of one Sovereign Master, sent into the World by his order and about his business. They are his Property, whose Workmanship they are made to last during his, not one anothers Pleasure. And being Furnished with like Faculties, sharing all in one Community of Nature, there cannot be supposed any such Subordination among us, that may Authorize us to destroy one another, as if we were made for one anothers uses, as the inferior ranks of Creatures are for ours, every one as he is bound to preserve himself, and not to quit his Station willfully, so by the like reason when his own Preservation comes not in competition, ought he as much as he can to preserve the rest of Mankind, and not unless it be to do Justice on an offender, take a way, or impair the the life, or what tends to the Preservation of the Life, the Liberty, Health, Limb or Goods of another.

7. And that all Men may be restrained from invading others Rights, and from doing hurt to one another, and the Law of Nature be observed, which willeth the Peace and Preservation of all [224] Mankind, the Execution of the Law of Nature is in that State, put into every Mans hands, whereby every one has a Right to punish the transgressors of that Law to such a Degree, as may hinder its Violation. For the Law of Nature would, as all other Laws that concern Men in this World, be in vain, if there were no body that in the State of Nature, had a Power to Execute that Law, and thereby preserve the innocent and restrain offenders, and if any one in the State of Nature may punish another, for any evil he has done, every one may do so. For in that State of perfect Equality, where naturally there is no superiority or jurisdiction of one over another, what any may do in Prosecution of that Law, every one must needs have a Right to do.

8. And thus in the State of Nature, one Man comes by a Power over another; but yet no Absolute or Arbitrary Power, to use a Criminal when he has got him in his hands, according to the passionate heats, or boundless extravagancy of his own Will, but only to retribute to him, so far as calm reason and conscience dictates, what is proportionate [225] to his Transgression, which is so much as may serve for Reparation and Restraint. For these two are the only reasons, why one Man may lawfully do harm to another, which is that we call punishment. In trangressing the Law of Nature, the Offender declares himself to live by another Rule, then that of reason and common equity, which is that measure God has set to the actions of Men, for their mutual security, and so he becomes dangerous to Mankind, the tye, which is to secure them from injury and violence, being slighted and broken by him, which being a trespass against the whole Species, and the Peace and Safety of it, provided for by the Law of Nature, every Man upon this score, by the Right he hath to preserve Mankind in general, may restrain, or where it is necessary, destroy things noxious to them, and so may bring such evil on any one, who hath transgressed that Law, as may make him repent the doing of it, and thereby deter him, and by his Example others, from doing the like mischief. And in this case, and upon this ground, every Man hath a Right to punish the Offender, and be Executioner of the Law of Nature.


9. I doubt not but this will seem a very strange Doctrin to some Men, but before they condemn it, I desire them to resolve me by what Right any Prince or State can put to death, or punish an Alien, for any Crime he commits in their Country. 'Tis certain their Laws by vertue of any Sanction, they receive from the promulgated Will of the Legislative, reach not a Stranger. They speak not to him, nor if they did, is he bound to hearken to them. The Legislative Authority, by which they are in Force over the Subjects of that Common-wealth, hath no Power over him. Those who have the Supream Power of making Laws in England, France or Holland, are to an Indian, but like the rest of the World, Men without Authority: And therefore if by the Law of Nature, every Man hath not a Power to punish Offences against it, as he soberly Judges the Case to require, I see not how the Magistrates of any Community, can punish an Alien of another Country, since in reference to him, they can have no more Power, then what every Man naturally may have over another.


10. Besides the Crime which consists in violating the Laws, and varying from the right Rule of reason, whereby a Man so far becomes degenerate, and declares himself to quit the Principles of Human Nature, and to be a noxious Creature, there is commonly injury done, and some Person or other, some other Man, receives damage by his transgression, in which Case he who hath received any damage, has besides the Right of punishment common to him, with other Men, a particular Right, to seek Reparation from him that has done it. And any other Person who finds it just, may also joyn with him that is injur'd, and assist him in recovering from the Offender, so much as may make satisfaction for the harm he has suffer'd.

11. From these two distinct Rights, the one of Punishing the Crime for restraint, and preventing the like Offence, which right of punishing is in every body; the other of taking reparation, which belongs only to the injured party, comes it to pass that the Magistrate, who by being Magistrate, [228] hath the common right of punishing put into his hands, can often where the public good demands not the Execution of the Law, remit the punishment of Criminal Offences by his own Authority, but yet cannot remit the satisfaction due to any Private Man, for the damage he has received. That, he who has suffered the damage has a Right to demand in his own name, and he alone can remit; The damnified Person has this Power of appropriating to himself, the Goods or Service of the Offender, by Right of self Preservation, as every Man has a Power to punish the Crime, to prevent its being committed again, by the Right he has of Preserving all Mankind, and doing all reasonable things, he can in order to that end: And thus it is, that every Man in the State of Nature, has a Power to kill a muderer, both to deter others from doing the like injury, which no reparation can compensate, by the Example of the punishment that attends it from every body, and also to secure Men from the attempts of a Criminal, who having renounced reason, the common Rule and Measure God hath given to [229] Mankind, hath by the unjust violence and slaughter, he hath committed upon one, declared War against all Mankind, and therefore may be destroyed as a Lion or a Tiger, one of those wild Savage Beasts, with whom Men can have no Society nor Security: And upon this is grounded that great Law of Nature, who so sheddeth Mans Blood, by Man shall his Blood be shed. And Cain was so fully convinced, that every one had a Right to destroy such a Criminal, that after the Murther of his Brother, he cries out, every one that findeth me, shall slay me, so plain was it writ in the Hearts of all Mankind.

12. By the same reason, may a Man in the State of Nature punish the lesser breaches of that Law; It will perhaps be demanded with death? I answer each transgression, may be punished to that Degree, and with so much Severity as will suffice to make it an ill bargain to the Offender, give him Cause to repent, and terrifie others from doing the like: Every Offence that can be committed in the State of Nature, may in the State of [230] Nature, be also punished, equally, and as far forth, as it may, in a Common-wealth; for though it would be besides my present purpose, to enter here into the particulars of the Law of Nature, or its measures of punishment; yet, it is certain there is such a Law and that too, as intelligible and plain to a rational Creature, and a Studier of that Law, as the positive Laws of Common-wealths, nay possibly plainer; As much as reason is easier to be understood, then the Phansies and intricate Contrivances of Men, following contrary and hidden interests put into Words; For truly, so are a great part of the municipal Laws of Countries, which are only so far Right, as they are founded on the Law of Nature, by which they are to be regulated and interpreted.

13. To this strange Doctrine, viz. That in the State of Nature, every one has the Executive Power of the Law of Nature, I doubt not but it will be objected; That it is unreasonable for Men to be Judges in their own Cases, that self love will make Men partial to themselves and their Friends. [231] And on the other side ill Nature, Passion and Revenge will carry them too far in punishing others. And hence nothing but confusion and disorder will follow, and that therefore God hath certainly appointed Government to restrain the partiality and violence of Men, I easily Grant, that Civil Government is the proper Remedy for the Inconveniences of the State of Nature, which must certainly be Great, where Men may be Judges in their own Case, since 'tis easiy to be imagined, that he who was so unjust as to do his Brother an Injury, will scarce be so just as to condemn himself for it: But I shall desire those who make this Objection, to remember that Absolute Monarchs are but Men, and if Government is to be the Remedy of those Evils, which necessarily follow from Mens being Judges in their own Cases, and the State of Nature is therefore not to be endured, I desire to know what kind of Government that is, and how much better it is then the State of Nature, where one Man commanding a multitude, has the Liberty to be Judge in his own Case, and may do to all his Subjects whatever he pleases, [232] without the least question or controle of those, who Execute his Pleasure? And in whatsoever he doth, whether lead by reason, mistake or passion, must be submitted to? Which Men in the State of Nature are not bound to do one to another. And if he that Judges, Judges amiss in his own, or any other Case, he is answerable for it, to the rest of Mankind.

14. 'Tis often asked as a mighty Objection, where are, or ever were, there any Men in such a State of Nature? To which it may suffice as an answer at present; That since all Princes and Rulers of Independant Governments all through the World, are in a State of Nature, 'tis plain the World never was, nor never will be, without numbers of Men in that State, I have named all Governors of Independent Communities whether they are, or are not, in League with others; For 'tis not every compact, that puts an end to the State of Nature between Men, but only this one of agreeing together mutually to enter into one Community, and make one body Politic, other promises and compacts, Men [233] may make one with another, and yet still be in the State of Nature. The promises and bargains for Truck, &c. Between the two Men, in Soldania, in or between, a Swiss and an Indian, in the Woods of America are binding to them, though they are perfectly in a State of Nature, in reference to one another for Truth, and keeping of Faith belongs to Men, as Men, and not as Members of Society.

15. To those that say, there were never any Men in the State of Nature, I will not only oppose the Authority of the Judicious Hooker, Eccl. Pol. Li. 1 Sect. 10. where he says; The Laws which have been hitherto mentioned, i. e. the Laws of Nature, do bind Men Absolutely, even as they are Men, although they have never any settled fellowship, never any Solemn Agreement amongst themselves what to do or not to do, but for as much as we are not by our selves sufficient to furnish our selves with competent store of things, needful for such a Life, as our Nature doth desire; a Life, fit for the dignity of Man, therefore to supply those defects and imperfections which are in us, as living single and solely by our selves, we are [234] naturally induced to seek Communion and Fellowship with others, this was the Cause of Mens uniting themselves, at first in Politic Societies. But I Moreover affirm, that all Men are naturally in that State, and remain so till by their own consents, they make themselves Members of some Politic Society, and I doubt not in the Sequel of this Discourse, to make it very clear.





Of the State of War.

16. THE State of War is a State of Enmity and Destruction; And therefore declaring by Word or Action, not a passionate and hasty, but sedate setled Design, upon another Mans Life, puts him in a State of War with him against whom he has declared such an Intention, and so has exposed his Life to the others Power to be taken away by him, or any one that joyns with him in his Defence, and espouses his Quarrel, it being reasonable and just I should have a Right to destroy that which threatens me with Destruction; For by the [236] Fundamental Law of Nature, Man being to be preserved, as much as possible, when all cannot be preserved, the safety of the Innocent is to be preferred: And one may destroy a Man who makes War upon him, or has discovered an Enmity to his being for the same Reason, that he may kill a Wolf or a Lion, because they are not under the ties of the Common Law of Reason, have no other Rule, but that of Force and Violence, and so may be treated as a Beast of Prey, those dangerous and noxious Creatures that will be sure to destroy him, whenever he falls into their Power.

17. And hence it is that he who attempts to get an other Man into his Absolute Power, does thereby put himself into a State of War with him; It being to be understood as a Declaration of a [237] Design upon his Life. For I have reason to conclude, that he who would get me into his Power without my Consent, would use me as he pleased when he had got me there, and destroy me too when he had a phansy to it; for no body can desire to have me in his Absolute Power, unless it be to compel me by force to that which is against the Right of my Freedom, i. e. make me a Slave. To be free from such force, is the only security of my Preservation, and reason bids me look on him, as an Enemy to my Preservation, who would take away that Freedom, which is the Fence to it, so that he who makes an attempt to enslave me, thereby puts himself into a State of War with me. He that in the State of Nature, would take away the Freedom that belongs to any one in that [238] State, must necessarily be supposed to have a design to take away every thing else, that Freedom being the Foundation of all the rest: As he that in the State of Society, would take away the Freedom belonging to those of that Society or Common-wealth, must be supposed to design to take away from them every thing else, and so be looked on as in a State of War.

18. This makes it Lawful for a Man to kill a Theif, who has not in the least hurt him, nor declared any design upon his Life, any farther then by the use of Force, so to get him in his Power, as to take away his Money, or what he pleases from him, because using force, where he has no Right to get me into his Power, let his pretence be what it will, I have no reason to suppose, that he, who would take away my Liberty, would not when he had me in his Power, take away every thing else. And therefore it is Lawful for me to treat him, as one who has put himself into a State of War with me, i. e. kill him if I can; For to that hazard does he justly expose himself, whoever introduces a State of War, and is aggresser in it.


19. And here we have the plain difference between the State of Nature, and the State of War, which however some Men have confounded, are as far distant as a State of Peace, Goodwill, mutual Assistance, and Preservation; and a State of Enmity, Malice, Violence and Mutual Destruction are one from another. Men living together according to reason without a common Superior on Earth, with Authority to judge between them, is properly the State of Nature. But force, or a declared design of force upon the Person of another, where there is no common Superior on Earth to appeal to for relief, is the State of War: And 'tis the want of such an appeal gives a Man the Right of War even against an aggressor, though he be in Society and a fellow Subject. Thus a Theif whom I cannot harm, but by appeal to the Law, for having stolen all that I am worth, I may kill when he sets on me to rob me, but of my Horse or Coat, because the Law which was made for my Preservation, where it cannot interpose to secure my Life from present force, which if lost, is capeable of no reparation, permits me my own Defence, and the Right of War, a liberty to kill the aggressor, because the aggressor allows [240] not time to appeal to our common Judge, nor the decision of the Law, for remedy in a Case where the mischief may be irreparable. Want of a common Judge with Authority, puts all Men in a State of Nature; Force without Right, upon a Mans Person, makes a State of War both where there is, and is not, a common Judge.

20. But when the actual force is over, the State of War ceases between those that are in Society, and are equally on both sides Subject to the Judge: And therefore in such controversies, where the question is put, who shall be Iudge? It cannot be meant, who shall decide the controversie: every one knows what Iephtha here tells us, that the Lord the Iudge, shall Judge. Where there is no Judge on Earth, the Appeal lies to God in Heaven. That question then cannot mean who shall Judge, whether another hath put himself in a State of War with me, and whether I may as Iephtha did appeal to Heaven in it? Of that I my self can only be Judge in my own Conscience, as I will answer it at the great day, to the Supream Judge of all Men.






22. THE natural Liberty of Man is to be free from any Superiour Power on Earth, and not to be under the Will or Legislative Authority of Man, but to have only the Law of Nature for his Rule. The Liberty of Man, in Society, is to be under no other Legislative Power, but that established, by consent, in the Commonwealth; nor under the Dominion of any Will, or Restraint of any Law, but what that Legislative shall enact, according to the Trust put in it. Freedom then is not what Sr. R. F. tells us, O. A. 55. A Liberty for every one to do what he lists, to live as he pleases, and not to be tyed by any Laws: but Freedom of Men, under Government, is, to have a standing Rule to live by, common to every one of that Society, and made by the Legislative Power erected in it. A Liberty to follow my own Will in all things, where that Rule prescribes not; not to be subject to the inconstant, uncertain, unknown, Arbitrary Will of another Man. As Freedom of Nature is to be under no other restraint but the Law of Nature.


23. This Freedom from Absolute, Arbitrary Power, is so necessary to, and closely joyned with a Man's Preservation, that he cannot part with it, but by what forfeits his Preservation and Life together. For a Man, not having the Power of his own Life, cannot, by Compact, or his own Consent, enslave himself to any one, nor put himself under the Absolute, Arbitrary Power of another, to take away his Life, when he pleases. No body can give more Power than he has himself; and he that cannot take away his own Life, cannot give another Power over it. Indeed having, by his fault, forfeited his own Life, by some Act that deserves Death; he, to whom he has forfeited it, may (when he has him in his Power) delay to take it, and make use of him to his own service; and he does him no injury by it. For, when-ever he finds the hardship of his Slavery out-weigh the value of his Life, 'tis in his Power, by resisting the Will of his Master, to draw on himself the Death he desires.

24. This is the perfect condition of Slavery, which is nothing else, but the State of War continued, between a lawful Conquerour, and a Captive. For, if once Compact enter between them, and make an agreement for a limited Power on the one [243] side, and Obedience, on the other; the State of War and Slavery ceases, as long as the Compact endures. For, as has been said, no Man can, by agreement, pass over to another that which he hath not in himself, a Power over his own Life.

I confess, we find among the Iews, as well as other Nations, that Men did sell themselves; but, 'tis plain, this was only to Drudgery, not to Slavery. For, it is evident, the Person sold was not under an Absolute, Arbitrary, Despotical Power. For the Master could not have Power to kill him, at any time, whom, at a certain time, he was obliged to let go free out of his service: And the Master of such a Servant was so far from having an Arbitrary Power over his Life, that he could not, at pleasure, so much as maim him, but the Loss of an Eye, or Tooth, set him free, Exod. XXI.





25. WHether we consider natural Reason, which tells us, that Men, being once born, have a right to [244] their Preservation, and consequently to Meat and Drink, and such other things, as Nature affords for their Subsistence: Or Revelation, which gives us an account of those Grants God made of the World to Adam, and to Noah, and his Sons; 'tis very clear, that God, as K. David says, Psal. CXV. xvj. has given the earth to the Children of men, given it to Mankind in common. But this being supposed, it seems to some a very great difficulty how any one should ever come to have a Property in any thing; I will not content my self to answer, That if it be difficult to make out Property, upon a supposition, That God gave the World to Adam and his Posterity in common; it is impossible that any Man, but one universal Monarch, should have any Property upon a supposition, That God gave the World to Adam, and his Heirs in Succession, exclusive of all the rest of his Posterity. But I shall endeavour to shew, how Men might come to have a Property in several parts of that which God gave to Mankind in common, and that without any express Compact of all the Commoners.

26. God, who hath given the World to Men in common, hath also given them reason to make use of it to the best advantage of life, and convenience. The Earth, and [245] all that is therein, is given to Men for the Support and Comfort of their being. And though all the Fruits it naturally produces, and Beasts it feeds, belong to Mankind in common, as they are produced by the spontaneous hand of Nature: and no body has originally a private Dominion, exclusive of the rest of Mankind, in any of them, as they are thus in their natural state: yet being given for the use of Men, there must, of necessity, be a means to appropriate them some way or other before they can be of any use, or at all beneficial to any particular Men. The Fruit, or Venison which nourishes the wild Indian, who knows no Inclosure, and is still a Tenant in common, must be his, and so his, i.e. a part of him, that another can no longer have any right to it, before it can do him any good for the support of his Life.

27. Though the Earth, and all inferior Creatures be common to all Men, yet every Man has a Property in his own Person. This no Body has any Right to but himself. The Labour of his Body, and the Work of his Hands, we may say, are properly his. Whatsoever then he removes out of the State that Nature hath provided, and left it in, he hath mixed his Labour with it, and joined to it something [246] that is his own, and thereby makes it his Property. It being by him removed from the common state Nature placed it in, it hath by this labour something annexed to it, that excludes the common right of other Men. For this labour being the unquestionable Property of the Labourer, no Man but he can have a right to what that is once joined to, at least where there is enough, and as good left in common for others.

28. He that is nourished by the Acorns he pickt up under an Oak, or the Apples he gathered from the Trees in the Wood; has certainly appropriated them to himself. No Body can deny but the nourishment is his. I ask then, when did they begin to be his? When he digested? or when he eat? Or when he boiled? Or when he brought them home? Or when he pickt them up? And 'tis plain, if the first gathering made them not his, nothing else could. That labour put a distinction between them and common. That added something to them more than Nature, the common Mother of all, had done; and so they became his private right. And will any one say he had no right to those Acorns or Apples he thus appropriated, because he had not the consent of all Mankind to make them his? Was it a Robbery thus [247] to assume to himself what belonged to all in Common? If such a consent as that was necessary, Man had starved, notwithstanding the Plenty God had given him. We see in Commons, which remain so by Compact, that 'tis the taking any part of what is common, and removing it out of the state Nature leaves it in, which begins the Property; without which the Common is of no use. And the taking of this or that part, does not depend on the express consent of all the Commoners. Thus the Grass my Horse has bit; the Turfs my Servant has cut; and the Ore I have dig'd in any place where I have a right to them in common with others, become my Property, without the assignation or consent of any body. The labour that was mine, removing them out of that common state they were in, hath fixed my Property in them.

29. By making an explicit consent of every Commoner, necessary to any ones appropriating to himself any part of what is given in common. Children or Servants could not cut the Meat which their Father or Master had provided for them in common, without assigning to every one his peculiar part. Though the Water running in the Fountain be every ones; yet who can doubt but that in the Pitcher [248] is his only who drew it out? His labour hath taken it out of the hands of Nature where it was common, and belong'd equally to all her Children, and hath thereby appropriated it to himself.

30. Thus this Law of reason makes the Deer, that Indian's who hath killed it; 'tis allowed to be his goods who hath bestowed his labour upon it, though before, it was the common right of every one. And amongst those who are counted the Civiliz'd part of Mankind, who have made and multiplied positive Laws to determine Property, this original Law of Nature for the beginning of Property, in what was before common, still takes places; and by vertue thereof, what Fish any one catches in the Ocean, that great and still remaining Common of Mankind; or what Ambergriese any one takes up here, is by the labour that removes it out of that common state Nature left it in, made his Property who takes that pains about it. And even amongst us the Hare that any one is Hunting, is thought his who pursues her during the Chase. For being a Beast that is still looked upon as common, and no Man's private Possession; who-ever has imploy'd so much labour about any of that kind, as to find and pursue her, has thereby removed her from the state of Nature [249] wherein she was common, and hath began a Property.

31. It will perhaps be objected to this, That if gathering the Acorns, or other Fruits of the Earth, &c. makes a right to them, then any one may ingross as much as he will. To which I Answer, Not so. The same Law of Nature that does by this means give us Property, does also bound that Property too. God has given us all things richly, 1 Tim. vi. 12. Is the Voice of Reason confirmed by Inspiration. But how far has he given it us, to enjoy? As much as any one can make use of to any advantage of life before it spoils; so much he may by his labour fix a Property in. Whatever is beyond this, is more than his share, and belongs to others. Nothing was made by God for Man to spoil or destroy. And thus considering the plenty of natural Provisions there was a long time in the World, and the few spenders, and to how small a part of that provision the industry of one Man could extend it self, and ingross it to the prejudice of others; especially keeping within the bounds set by reason of what might serve for his use; there could be then little room for quarrels or contentions about Property so establish'd.


32. But the chief matter of Property being now not the Fruits of the Earth, and the Beasts that subsist on it, but the Earth it self; as that which takes in and carries with it all the rest: I think it is plain, that Property in that too is acquired as the former. As much Land as a Man Tills, Plants, Improves, Cultivates, and can use the Product of; so much is his Property. He by his labour does as it were inclose it from the Common. Nor will it invalidate his right to say, Every body else has an equal title to it; and therefore he cannot appropriate, he cannot inclose, without the consent of all his Fellow-Commoners, all Mankind. God when he gave the World in common to all Mankind, commanded Man also to labour, and the penury of his Condition required it of him. God and his Reason commanded him to subdue the Earth, i. e. improve it for the benefit of Life, and therein lay out something upon it that was his own, his labour. He that in obedience to this Command of God, subdued, tilled and sowed any part of it, thereby annexed to it something that was his Property, which another had no Title to, nor could without injury take from him.

33. Nor was this appropriation of any parcel of Land, by improving it, any prejudice [251] to any other Man, since there was still enough, and as good left; and more than the yet unprovided could use. So that in effect, there was never the less left for others because of his inclosure for himself. For he that leaves as much as another can make use of, does as good as take nothing at all. No Body could think himself injur'd by the drinking of another Man, though he took a good draught, who had a whole River of the same Water left him to quench his thirst. And the Case of Land and Water, where there is enough of both, is perfectly the same.

34. God gave the World to Men in Common, but since he gave it them for their benefit, and the greatest Conveniencies of Life they were capable to draw from it; it cannot be supposed he meant it should always remain common and uncultivated. He gave it to the use of the industrious and rational, (and labour was to be his title to it;) not to the phancy or covetousness of the quarrelsome and contentious. He that had as good left for his improvement, as was already taken up, needed not complain, ought not to meddle with what was already improved by another's labour: if he did, 'tis plain he desired the benefit of anothers pains which he had no right to, and not the ground [252] which God had given him in common with others to labour on, and whereof there was as good left as that already possessed; and more than he knew what to do with, or his industry could reach to.

35. 'Tis true, in Land that is common in England, or any other Country, where there is plenty of people under Government, who have Money and commerce, no one can inclose or appropriate any part, without the consent of all his Fellow-Commoners: Because this is left common by Compact, i. e. by the Law of the Land, which is not to be violated. And though it be Common, in respect of some Men, it is not so to all Mankind; but is the joint propriety of this Country, or this Parish. Besides, the remainder, after such inclosure, would not be as good to the rest of the Commoners as the whole was, when they could all make use of the whole; whereas in the beginning and first peopling of the great Common of the World, it was quite otherwise. The Law Man was under was rather for appropriating. God Commanded, and his wants forced him to labour. That was his Property which could not be taken from him whereever he had fixed it. And hence subduing or cultivating the Earth, and having Dominion, [253] we see, are join'd together. The one gave Title to the other. So that God, by commanding to subdue, gave Authority so far to appropriate. And the Condition of humane Life, which requires labour and materials to work on, necessarily introduce private Possessions.

36. The measure of Property, Nature well set, by the Extent of Mens Labour, and the Conveniency of Life: no Man's Labour could subdue, or appropriate all; nor could his Enjoyment consume more than a small part; so that it was impossible for any Man, this way, to intrench upon the Right of another, or acquire, to himself, a Property, to the Prejudice of his Neighbour, who would still have room, for as good, and as large a Possession (after the other had taken out his) as before it was appropriated; which measure did confine every Man's Possession, to a very moderate Proportion, and such as he might appropriate to himself, without Injury to any Body, in the first Ages of the World, when Men were more in danger to be lost, by wandering from their Company, in the then vast Wilderness of the Earth, than to be striatned for want of room to plant in. And the same measure may be allowed still, without prejudice to any Body, as [254] full as the World seems. For supposing a Man, or Family, in the state they were at first, peopling of the World by the Children of Adam, or Noah; let him plant in some in-land, vacant places of America, we shall find that the Possessions, he could make himself, upon the measures we have given, would not be very large, nor, even to this day, prejudice the rest of Mankind, or give them reason to complain, or think themselves injured by this Man's Incroachment, though the Race of Men have now spread themselves to all the corners of the World, and do infinitely exceed the small number was at the beginning. Nay the extent of Ground is of so little value, without Labour, that I have heard it affirmed, that, in Spain it self, a Man may be permitted to plough, sow, and reap, without being disturbed, upon Land he has no other Title to, but only his making use of it. But, on the contrary, the Inhabitants think themselvs beholden to him, who, by his Industry, on neglected, and consequently waste Land, has increased the stock of Corn, which they wanted. But be this as it will, which I lay no stress on; this I dare boldly affirm, That the same Rule of Propriety, (viz.) that every Man should have as much as he could make use of, would [255] hold still in the World, without straitning any body, since there is Land enough in the World, to suffice double the Inhabitants, had not the Invention of Money, and the tacit Agreement of Men, to put a value on it, introduced (by Consent) larger Possessions, and a Right to them; which, how it has done, I shall, by and by, shew more at large.

37. This is certain, That in the beginning, before the desire of having more than Men needed, had altered the intrinsick value of things, which depends only on their usefulness to the Life of Man; or had agreed, that a little piece of yellow Metal, which would keep without wasting or decay, should be worth a great piece of Flesh, or a whole heap of Corn; though Men had a Right to appropriate, by their Labour, each one to himself, as much of the things of Nature, as he could use: yet this could not be much, nor to the Prejudice of others, where the same plenty was still left, to those who would use the same Industry.

Before the Appropriation of Land, he who gathered as much of the wild Fruit, killed, caught, or tamed as many of the Beasts as he could; he that so employed his Pains about any of the spontaneous Products of Nature, as any way to alter [256] them, from the state Nature put them in, by placing any of his Labour on them, did thereby acquire a Propriety in them: but if they perished, in his Possession, without their due use; if the Fruits rotted, or the Venison putrified, before he could spend it, he offended against the common Law of Nature, and was liable to be punished; he invaded his Neighbour's share, for he had no Right, farther than his Use called for any of them, and they might serve to afford him Conveniencies of Life.

38. The same measures governed the Possession of Land too: Whatsoever he tilled and reaped, laid up and made use of, before it spoiled, that was his peculiar Right; whatsoever he enclosed, and could feed, and make use of, the Cattle and Product was also his. But if either the Grass of his Inclosure rotted on the Ground, or the Fruit of his planting perished without gathering, and laying up, this part of the Earth, notwithstanding his Inclosure, was still to be looked on as Waste, and might be the Possession of any other. Thus, at the beginning, Cain might take as much Ground as he could till, and make it his own Land, and yet leave enough to Abel's Sheep to feed on; a few Acres would serve for both their Possessions. But as [257] Families increased, and industry inlarged their stocks, their Possessions inlarged with the need of them; but yet it was commonly without any fixed property in the ground they made use of, till they incorporated, setled themselves together, and built Cities, and then, by consent, they came in time, so set out the bounds of their distinct Territories, and agree on limits between them and their Neighbours; and by Laws within themselves, setled the Properties of those of the same Society. For we see, that in that part of the World which was first inhabited, and therefore like to be best peopled, even as low down as Abraham's time, they wandered with their Flocks, and their Herds, which was their substance, freely up and down; and this Abraham did, in a Country where he was a stranger. Whence it is plain, that, at least, a great part of the Land lay in Common. That the Inhabitants valued it not, nor claimed Property in any more than they made use of. But when there was not room enough in the same place, for their Herds to feed together, they, by consent, as Abraham and Lot did, Gen. xiii. 5. separated and inlarged their Pasture, where it best liked [258] them. And for the same Reason Esau went from his Father, and his Brother, and planted in Mount Seir, Gen. xxxvi. 6.

39. And thus, without supposing any private Dominion, and property in Adam, over all the World, exclusive of all other Men, which can no way be proved, nor any ones Property be made out from it; but supposing the World given as it was to the Children of Men in common, we see how labour could make Men distinct titles to several parcels of it, for their private uses; wherein there could be no doubt of right, no room for quarrel.

40. Nor is it so strange as perhaps before consideration it may appear, that the Property of labour should be able to overballance the Community of Land. For 'tis labour indeed that puts the difference of value on every thing; and let any one consider, what the difference is between an Acre of Land planted with Tabaco, or Sugar, sown with Wheat or Barley; and an Acre of the same Land lying in common, without any Husbandry upon it; and he will find, that the improvement [259] of labour makes the far greater part of the value. I think it will be but a very modest Computation to say, that of the Products of the Earth useful to the Life of Man 9/10 are the effects of labour: nay, if we will rightly estimate things as they come to our use, and cast up the several expences about them, what in them is purely owing to Nature, and what to labour, we shall find, that in most of them 99/100 are wholly to be put on the account of labour.

41. There cannot be a clearer demonstration of any thing, than several Nations of the Americans are of this, who are rich in Land, and poor in all the Comforts of Life; whom Nature having furnished as liberally as any other people, with the materials of Plenty, i. e. a fruitful Soil, apt to produce in abundance, what might serve for food, rayment, and delight; yet for want of improving it by labour, have not 1/100 part of the Conveniencies we enjoy. And a King of a large and fruitful Territory there, feeds, lodges, and is clad worse than a day Labourer in England.


42. To make this a little clearer, let us but trace some of the ordinary provisions of Life, through their several progresses, before they come to our use, and see how much they receive of their value from human industry. Bread, Wine and Cloth are things of daily use and great plenty, yet notwithstanding Acorns, Water, and Leaves, or Skins, must be our Bread, Drink and Cloathing, did not labour furnish us with these more useful Commodities. For whatever Bread is more worth than Acorns, Wine than Water, and Cloth or Silk than Leaves, Skins or Moss, that is wholly owing to labour and industry. The one of these being the food and rayment which unassisted Nature furnishes us with; the other Provisions which our industry and pains prepare for us, which how much they exceed the other in value, when any one hath computed, he will then see how much labour makes the far greatest part of the value of things we enjoy in this World: and the ground which produces the materials, is scarce to be reckon'd in as any, or at most, but a very small part of it: so little, that even amongst us, Land [261] that is left wholly to Nature, that hath no improvement of Pasturage, Tillage, or Planting, is called, as indeed it is, wast; and we shall find the benefit of it amount to little more than nothing.

43. An Acre of Land that bears here Twenty Bushels of Wheat, and another in America, which, with the same Husbandry, would do the like, are, without doubt, of the same natural, intrinsick Value. But yet the Benefit Mankind receives from one in a Year is worth 5l. and the other possibly not worth a Penny; if all the Profit an Indian received from it were to be valued, and sold here; at least, I may truly say, not 1/1000. 'Tis Labour then which puts the greatest part of Value upon Land, without which it would scarcely be worth any thing; 'tis to that we owe the greatest part of all its useful Products; for all that the Straw, Bran, Bread, of that Acre of Wheat, is more worth than the Product of an Acre of as good Land, which lies waste, is all the Effect of Labour. For 'tis not barely the Plough-man's Pains, the Reaper's and Thresher's Toil, and the Baker's [262] Sweat, is to be counted into the Bread we eat; the Labour of those who broke the Oxen, who digged and wrought the Iron and Stones, who felled and framed the Timber imployed about the Plough, Mill, Oven, or any other Utensils, which are a vast Number, requisite to this Corn, from its sowing to its being made Bread, must all be charged on the account of Labour, and received as an effect of that: Nature and the Earth furnished only the almost worthless Materials, as in themselves. 'Twould be a strange Catalogue of things, that Industry provided and made use of, about every Loaf of Bread before it came to our use, if we could trace them; Iron, Wood, Leather, Bark, Timber, Stone, Bricks, Coals, Lime, Cloth, Dying-Drugs, Pitch, Tar, Masts, Ropes, and all the Materials made use of in the Ship, that brought any of the Commodities, made use of by any of the Work-men, to any part of the Work, all which, 'twould be almost impossible, at least too long, to reckon up.

44. From all which it is evident, that tho' the things of Nature are given in [263] common: Man (by being Master of himself, and Proprietor of his own Person, and the Actions or Labour of it) had still in himself the great Foundation of Property: and that which made up the great part of what he applyed to the Support or Comfort of his being, when Invention and Arts had improved the conveniencies of Life, was perfectly his own, and did not belong in common to others.

45. Thus Labour, in the beginning, gave a Right of Property, where ever any one was pleased to imploy it, upon what was common, which remained, a long while, the far greater part, and is yet more than Mankind makes use of. Men, at first, for the most part, contented themselves with what un-assisted Nature offered to their Necessities; and though afterwards, in some parts of the World, where the Increase of People and Stock, with the Use of Money, had made Land scarce, and so of some Value, the several Communities setled the Bounds of their distinct Territories, and, by Laws, within themselves, regulated the Properties of the [264] private Men of their Society, and so, by Compact and Agreement, setled the Property which Labour and Industry began. And the Leagues, that have been made between several States and Kingdoms, either expresly or tacitly dis-owning all Claim and Right to the Land in the others Possession, have, by common Consent, given up their Pretences to their natural common Right, which originally they had to those Countries: and so have, by positive Agreement, settled a Property amongst themselves, in distinct Parts of the World; yet there are still great Tracts of Ground to be found, which the Inhabitants thereof, not having joyned with the rest of Mankind, in the consent of the Use of their common Money, lye waste, and are more than the People, who dwell on it, do, or can make use of, and so still lye in common. Though this can scarce happen amongst that part of Mankind that have consented to the Use of Money.

46. The greatest part of things really useful to the Life of Man, and such as the necessity of subsisting made the first [265] Commoners of the World look after, as it doth the Americans now, are generally things of short duration, such as, if they are not consumed by use, will decay and perish of themselves. Gold, Silver, and Diamonds, are things, that Phancy, or Agreement hath put the Value on, more than real Use, and the necessary Support of Life: Now of those good things which Nature hath provided in common, every one hath a Right (as hath been said) to as much as he could use, and had a Property in all he could effect with his Labour: all that his Industry could extend to, to alter from the State Nature had put it in, was his. He that gathered a Hundred Bushels of Acorns or Apples, had thereby a Property in them; they were his Goods, as soon as gathered. He was only to look that he used them before they spoiled; else he took more than his share, and robb'd others. And indeed it was a foolish thing, as well as dishonest, to hoard up more than he could make use of. If he gave away a part to any body else, so that it perished not uselesly in his Possession, these he also made use of. And if he also bartered away Plumbs, that would have rotted in a Week', [266] for Nuts that would last good for his eating a whole Year, he did no injury; he wasted not the common Stock; destroyed no part of the portion of Goods that belonged to others, so long as nothing perished uselesly in his hands. Again, If he would give his Nuts for a piece of Metal, pleased with its colour; or exchange his Sheep for Shells, or Wooll for a sparkling Pebble or a Diamond, and keep those by him all his Life, he invaded not the Right of others; he might heap up as much of these durable things as he pleased: the exceeding of the bounds of his just Property not lying in the largeness of his Possession, but the perishing of any thing uselesly in it.

47. And thus came in the use of Money, some lasting thing that Men might keep without spoiling, and that, by mutual consent, Men would take in exchange for the truly useful, but perishable Supports of Life.

48. And as different degrees of Industry were apt to give Men Possessions in [267] different Proportions, so this Invention of Money gave them the opportunity to continue and enlarge them. For supposing an Island, separate from all possible Commerce with the rest of the World, wherein there were but a Hundred Families, but there were Sheep, Horses and Cowes, with other useful Animals, wholesome Fruits, and Land enough for Corn, for a Hundred thousand times as many, but nothing in the Island, either because of its Commonness, or perishableness, fit to supply the Place of Money: What reason could any one have there to enlarge his Possessions, beyond the use of his Family, and a plentiful supply to its Consumption, either in what their own Industry produced, or they could barter for like perishable, useful Commodities, with others? Where there is not something both lasting and scarce, and so valuable to be hoarded up, there Men will not be apt to enlarge their Possessions of Land, were it never so rich, never so free for them to take. For I ask, What would a Man value Ten thousand, or an Hundred thousand Acres of excellent Land, ready cultivated, and well stocked too with Cattle, in the [268] middle of the in-land Parts of America, where he had no hopes of Commerce with other parts of the World, to draw Money to him, by the Sale of the Product. It would not be worth the inclosing, and we should see him give up again to the wild Common of Nature what-ever was more than would supply the Conveniencies of Life, to be had there, for him and his Family.

49. Thus in the beginning all the World was America, and more so than that is now; for no such thing as Money was any where known. Find out something that hath the Use and Value of Money amongst his Neighbours, you shall see the same Man will begin presently to enlarge his Possessions.

50. But since Gold and Silver, being little useful to the Life of Man, in proportion to Food, Rayment, and Carriage, has its value only from the consent of Men, whereof labour yet makes in great part the measure, It is plain, that the consent of Men have agreed to a disproportionate [269] and unequal Possession of the Earth; I mean out of the bounds of Society and Compact: for in Governments the Laws regulate it, they having by consent, found out and agreed in a way how a Man may rightfully, and without injury, possess more than he himself can make use of by receiving Gold and Silver, which may continue long in a Mans Possession, without decaying for the overplus, and agreeing those Metals should have a value.

51. And thus, I think, it is very easy to conceive, without any difficulty, how labour could at first begin a title of Property in the common things of nature, and how the spending it upon our uses bounded it. So that there could then be no reason of quarrelling about title, nor any doubt about the largeness of Possession it gave. Right and Conveniency went together. For as a Man had a right to all he could imploy his labour upon, so he had no temptation to labour for more than he could make use of. This left no room [270] for Controversie about the title, nor for incroachment on the right of others; what Portion a Man carved to himself, was easily seen; and it was useless as well as dishonest, to carve himself too much, or take more than he needed.





Of Paternal Power.

52. IT may perhaps be censured an impertinent Criticism in a discourse of this nature, to find fault with words and names that have obtained in the World: And yet possibly it may not be amiss to offer new ones when the old are apt to lead Men into mistakes, as this of Paternal Power probably has done, which seems so to place the Power of Parents over their Children wholly in the Father, as if the Mother had no share in it; whereas if we consult Reason or Revelation, we shall find she hath an equal title; which may give one reason to ask, Whether this might not be more properly called Parental Power? For whatever obligation Nature and the right of Generation lays on Children; it must certainly bind them equal to both the concurrent Causes of it. And accordingly we see the Positive Law of God every where joins them together, without distinction, when it commands the Obedience of Children, Honour thy Father and thy Mother, Exod. 20. 12. Whosoever curseth his Father or his Mother, Lev. 20. 9. Ye shall fear every Man his Mother and his [272] Father, Lev. 19. 3. Children obey your Parents, &c. Eph. 6. 1. is the stile of the Old and New Testament.

53. Had but this one thing been well consider'd, without looking any deeper into the matter, it might perhaps have kept men from running into those gross mistakes they have made about this Power of Parents, which however it might, without any great harshness, bear the name of Absolute Dominion, and Regal Authority, when under the title of Paternal Power, it seem'd appropriated to the Father; would yet have sounded but odly, and in the very name shewn the absurdity, if this supposed Absolute Power over Children had been called Parental, and thereby discover'd that it belong'd to the Mother too: For it will but very ill serve the turn of those Men who contend so much for the Absolute Power and Authority of the Fatherhood, as they call it, that the Mother should have any share in it. And it would have but ill supported the Monarchy they contend for, when by the very name it appeared, that that Fundamental Authority from whence they would derive their Government of a single Person only, was not plac'd in one, but two Persons jointly. But to let this of names pass.


54. Though I have said above (2.) That all Men by Nature are equal; I cannot be supposed to understand all sorts of Equality: Age or Virtue may give Men a just Precedency: Excellency of Parts and Merit may place others above the Common Level: Birth may subject some, and Alliance or Benefits others to pay an Observance to those, to whom Nature, Gratitude or other Respects may have made it due; and yet all this consists with the Equality which all Men are in, in respect of Jurisdiction or Dominion one over another: which was the Equality I there spoke of, as proper to the Business in hand, being that equal Right that every Man hath to his Natural Freedom, without being subjected to the Will or Authority of any other Man.

55. Children, I confess, are not born in this full state of Equality, though they are born to it. Their Parents have a sort of Rule and Jurisdiction over them when they come into the World, and for some time after, but 'tis but a temporary one. The Bonds of this Subjection are like the Swadling Cloths they are wrapt up in, and supported by, in the weakness of their Infancy. Age and Reason as they grow up, loosen them till atlength they drop quite off, and leave a Man at his own free Disposal.


56. Adam was created a perfect Man, his Body and Mind in full possession of their Strength and Reason, and so was capable, from the first Instance of his being, to provide for his own Support and Preservation, and govern his Actions according to the Dictates of the Law of Reason God had implanted in him. From him the World is peopled with his Descendants, who are all born Infants, weak and helpless, without Knowledge or Understanding. But to supply the Defects of this imperfect State, till the improvement of Growth and Age had removed them, Adam and Eve, and after them all Parents were, by the Law of Nature, under an Obligation to preserve, nourish, and educate the Children they had begotten, not as their own Workmanship, but the Workmanship of their own Maker, the Almighty, to whom they were to be accountable for them.

57. The Law that was to govern Adam, was the same that was to govern all his Posterity, the Law of Reason. But his Off-spring having another way of entrance into the World, different from him, by a natural Birth, that produced them ignorant, and without the Use of Reason, they were not presently under that Law: For no Body can be under a Law that is [275] not promulgated to him; and this Law being promulgated or made known by Reason only, he that is not come to the Use of his Reason, cannot be said to be under this Law: and Adam's Children being not presently as soon as born, under this Law of Reason, were not presently free. For Law, in its true Notion, is not so much the Limitation as the direction of a free and intelligent Agent to his proper Interest, and prescribes no farther, than is for the general Good of those under that Law. Could they be happier without it, the Law, as an useless thing, would of it self vanish; and that ill deserves the Name of Confinement, which hedges us in only from Bogs and Precipices. So that however it may be mistaken, the end of Law, is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge Freedom. For in all the states of created Beings, capable of Laws, where there is no Law there is no Freedom. For, Liberty is, to be free from Restraint and Violence from others, which cannot be where there is no Law, and is not, as we are told, A Liberty for every Man to do what he lists: For who could be free, when every other Man's Humour might domineer over him? But a Liberty to dispose and order freely as he lists his Person, Actions, Possessions, and his whole Property within [276] the Allowance of those Laws, under which he is, and therein not to be subject to the the arbitrary Will of another; but freely follow his own.

58. The Power, then, that Parents have over their Children, arises from that Duty which is incumbent on them, to take care of their Off-spring, during the imperfect state of Childhood. To inform the Mind, and govern the Actions of their yet ignorant Nonage, till Reason shall take its place, and ease them of that Trouble, is what the Children want, and the Parents are bound to. For God haing given Man an Understanding to direct his Actions, has allowed him a freedom of Will, and liberty of Acting, as properly belonging thereunto, within the bounds of that Law he is under. But whilst he is in an Estate, wherein he has no Understanding of his own to direct his Will, he is not to have any Will of his own to follow: He that understands for him, must will for him too; he must prescribe to his Will, and regulate his Actions; but when he comes to the estate that made his Father a Free-man, the Son is a Free-man too.

59. This holds in all the Laws a Man is under, whether natural or civil. Is a man under the Law of Nature? what made him free of that Law? what gave him a [277] free disposing of his Property, according to his own Will, within the compass of that Law? I answer, an Estate wherein he might be suppos'd capable to know that Law, that so he might keep his Actions within the Bounds of it. When he has acquired that state, he is presumed to know how far that Law is to be his Guide, and how far he may make use of his Freedom, and so comes to have it; till then, some body else must guide him, who is presumed to know how far the Law allows a Liberty. If such a state of Reason, such an Age of Discretion made him free, the same shall make his Son free too. Is a Man under the Law of England? what made him free of that Law? that is, to have the Liberty to dispose of his Actions and Possessions, according to his own Will, within the Permission of that Law? A capacity of knowing that Law. Which is supposed, by that Law, at the Age of Twenty one, and in some cases sooner. If this made the Father free, it shall make the Son free too. Till then, we see, the Law allows the Son to have no Will, but he is to be guided by the Will of his Father or Guardian, who is to understand for him. And if the Father die, and fail to substitute a Deputy in this Trust, if he hath not provided a Tutor to govern his Son, during [278] his Minority, during his Want of Understanding, the Law takes care to do it; some other must govern him, and be a Will to him, till he hath attained to a state of Freedom, and his Understanding be fit to take the Government of his Will. But after that, the Father and Son are equally free, as much as Tutor and Pupil, after Nonage; equally Subjects of the same Law together, without any Dominion left in the Father, over the Life, Liberty, or Estate of his Son, whether they be only in the State, and under the Law of Nature, or under the positive Laws of an Establish'd Government.

60. But if, through defects, that may happen, out of the ordinary Course of Nature, any one comes not to such a degree of Reason, wherein he might be supposed capable of knowing the Law, and so living within the Rules of it, he is never capable of being a Free Man; he is never let loose to the disposure of his own Will, because he knows no bounds to it, has not Understanding, its proper Guide; but is continued under the Tuition and Government of others, all the time his own Understanding is uncapable of that Charge. And so Lunaticks and Ideots are never set free from the Government of their Parents; Children, who are not as [279] yet come unto those years whereat they may have; and Innocents, which are excluded, by a natural defect, from ever having. Thirdly, Madmen, which, for the present, cannot possibly have the use of right Reason to guide themselves, have, for their Guide, the Reason that guideth other Men, which are Tutors over them, to seek and procure their good for them, says Hooker Eccl. Pol. lib. 1. §. 7. All which seems no more than that Duty which God and Nature has laid on Man, as well as other Creatures, to preserve their Off-spring till they can be able to shift for themselves, and will scarce amount to an instance or proof of Parents Regal Authority.

61. Thus we are born free, as we are born rational; not that we have actually the Exercise of either: Age that brings one, brings with it the other too. And thus we see how natural Freedom and Subjection to Parents may consist together, and are both founded on the same Principle. A Child is free by his Father's Title, by his Father's Understanding, which is to govern him, till he hath it of his own. The Freedom of a man, at years of discretion, and the Subjection of a Child to his Parents, whilst yet short of it, are so consistent, and so distinguishable, that the most blinded Contenders for Monarchy, [280] by Right of Fatherhood, cannot miss of it; the most obstinate cannot but allow of it. For were their Doctrine all true, were the right Heir of Adam now known, and, by that Title, setled a Monarch in his Throne; invested with all the Absolute, Unlimited Power Sr. R. F. talks of; If he should dye as soon as his Heir were born, must not the Child, notwithstanding he were never so free, never so much sovereign, be in subjection to his Mother and Nurse, to Tutors and Gonours, till Age and Education brought him Reason and Ability to govern himself, and others? The Necessities of his Life, the Health of his Body, and the Information of his Mind would require him to be directed by the Will of others and not his own: and yet will any one think, that this Restraint and Subjection were inconsistent with, or spoiled him of that Liberty or Sovereignty he had a Right to: or gave away his Empire to those who had the Government of his Nonage? This Government over him only prepared him the better, and sooner for it. If any body should ask me, When my Son is of Age to be free; I shall answer, Just when his Monarch is of Age to govern. But at what time, says the judicious Hooker, Eccl. Pol. l. 1. §. 6. a man may be said to have attain'd [281] so far forth the use of Reason, as sufficeth to make him capable of those Laws whereby he is then bound to guide his Actions: this is a great deal more easie for sense to discern, than for any one, by Skill and Learning, to determine.

62. Commonwealths themselves take notice of, and allow, that there is a time when Men are to begin to act like Free Men, and therefore, till that time, require not Oaths of Fealty or Allegiance, or other publick owning of, or Submission to the Government of their Countreys.

63. The Freedom then of Man, and Liberty of acting, according to his own Will, is grounded on his having Reason, which is able to instruct him in that Law he is to govern himself by, and make him know how far he is left to the freedom of his own will. To turn him loose to an unrestrain'd Liberty, before he has Reason to guide him, is not the allowing him the priviledge of his Nature, to be free; but to thrust him out amongst Brutes, and abandon him to a state as wretched, and as much beneath that of a Man, as theirs. This is that which puts the Authority into the Parents hands to govern the Minority of their Children. God hath made it their business to imploy this Care on their Off-spring, and hath placed in them suitable Inclinations of Tenderness and Concern [282] to temper this power, to apply it as his Wisdom designed it, to the Childrens good, as long as they should need to be under it.

64. But what reason can hence advance this Care, of the Parents, due to their Off-spring, into an Absolute, Arbitrary Dominion of the Father, whose power reaches no farther, than by such a Discipline, as he finds most effectual, to give such strength and health to their Bodies, such vigour and rectitude to their Minds, as may best fit his Children to be most useful to themselves and others; and, if it be necessary to his Condition, to make them work, when they are able, for their own Subsistence. But, in this power, the Mother too has her share with the Father.

65. Nay this power so little belongs to the Father, by any peculiar right of Nature, but only as he is Guardian of his Children, that when he quits his Care of them, he loses his power over them, which goes along with their Nourishment and Education, to which it is inseparably annexed, and belongs as much to the Foster-Father of an exposed Child, as to the Natural Father of another. So little power does the bare act of begetting give a Man over his Issue: if all his Care ends there, and this be all the Title he hath to the Name and Authority of a Father: and [283] what will become of this Paternal Power in that part of the World where one Woman hath more than one Husband at a time? Or in those parts of America, where, when the Husband and Wife part, which happens frequently, the Children are all left to the Mother, follow her, and are wholly under her Care and Provision? And if the Father die whilst the Children are young, do they not naturally every where owe the same Obedience to their Mother, during their Minority, as to their Father, were he alive? And will any one say, that the Mother hath a legislative Power over her Children; that she can make standing Rules, which shall be of perpetual Obligation, by which they ought to regulate all the Concerns of their Property, and bound their Liberty all the course of their Lives, and inforce the observation of them with Capital Punishments? For this is the proper power of the Magistrate, of which the Father hath not so much as the shadow. His Command over his Children, is but temporary, and reaches not their Life or Property. It is but a help to the weakness and imperfection of their Non-age; a Discipline necessary to their Education: and though a Father may dispose of his own Possessions, as he pleases, when his Children are out of danger of perishing [284] for want; yet his power extends not to the lives or goods, which either their own industry, or anothers bounty, has made theirs; nor to their liberty neither, when they are once arrived to the infranchisement of the years of discretion. The Father's Empire then ceases, and he can from thence forwards no more dispose of the liberty of his Son than that of any other Man. And it must be far from an absolute, or perpetual Jurisdiction, from which a Man may withdraw himself, having Licence from Divine Authority, to leave Father and Mother, and cleave to his Wife.

66. But though there be a time when a Child comes to be as free from subjection to the will and Command of his Father, as he himself is free from subjection to the will of any body else, and they are both under no other restraint, but that which is common to them both, whether it be the Law of Nature, or municipal Law of their Country; yet this freedom exempts not a Son from that honour which he ought, by the Law of God and Nature, to pay his Parents. God having made the Parents Instruments in his great design of continuing the Race of Mankind, and the occasions of Life to their Children, as he hath laid on them an obligation to nourish, [285] preserve, and bring up their Off-spring: so he has laid on the Children a perpetual obligation of honouring their Parents, which containing in it an inward esteem and reverence to be shewn by all outward expressions, ties up the Child from any thing that may ever injure or affront, disturb, or endanger the happiness, or life of those from whom he received his: and engages him in all actions of defence, relief, assistance and comfort of those by whose means he entred into being, and has been made capable of any enjoyments of life. From this obligation no State, no freedom, can absolve Children. But this is very far from giving Parents a power of command over their Children, or an Authority to make Laws, and dispose as they please of their Lives or Liberties. 'Tis one thing to owe honour, respect, gratitude and assistance; another to require an absolute obedience and submission. The honour due to Parents, a Monarch in his Throne owes his Mother, and yet this lessens not his Authority, nor subjects him to her Government.

67. The subjection of a minor places in the Father a temporary Government, which terminates with the minority of the Child. And the honour due from a Child, places in the Parents a perpetual right to [286] respect, reverence, support and compliance to more, or less, as the Father's care, cost and kindness, in his Education, has been more or less. And this ends not with minority, but holds in all parts and conditions of a Man's Life. The want of distinguishing these two powers which the Father hath in the right of tuition, during minority, and the right of honour all his Life, may perhaps have caused a great part of the mistakes about this matter. For to speak properly of them, the first of these is rather the priviledge of Children, and duty of Parents, than any Prerogative of Paternal Power. The nourishment and Education of their Children, is a Charge so incumbent on Parents for their Childrens good, that nothing can absolve them from taking care of it. And though the power of commanding and chastising them go along with it, yet God hath woven into the principles of humane nature, such a tenderness for their Off-spring, that there is little fear that Parents should use their power with too much rigour; the excess is seldom on the severe side, the strong biass of nature drawing the other way. And therefore God Almighty, when he would express his gentle dealing with the Israelites, he tells them, that though he chasten'd them, he chasten'd them as a man chastens [287] his Son, Deut. 8. 5. i. e. with tenderness and affection, and kept them under no severer discipline than what was absolutely best for them; and had been less kindness to have slacken'd. This is that power to which Children are commanded obedience, that the pains and care of their Parents may not be increased, or ill rewarded.

68. On the other side, honour and support all that which gratitude requires to return; for the benefits received by and from them is the indispensible duty of the Child, and the proper priviledge of the Parents. This is intended for the Parents advantage, as the other is for the Childs; though Education, the Parents duty, seems to have most power, because the ignorance and infirmities of Childhood, stand in need of restraint and correction; which is a visible exercise of Rule, and a kind of Dominion. And that duty which is comprehended in the word honour, requires less obedience, though the obligation be stronger on grown than younger Children. For who can think the Command, Children obey your Parents, requires in a Man that has Children of his own, the same submission to his Father, as it does in his yet young Children to him; and that by this Precept, he were bound to obey [288] all his Father's Commands, if out of a conceit of authority he should have the indiscretion to treat him still as a Boy.

69. The first part then of Paternal Power, or rather Duty, which is Education, belongs so to the Father, that it terminates at a certain season; when the business of Education is over it ceases of it self; and is also alienable before. For a Man may put the tuition of his Son in other hands; and he that has made his Son an Apprentice to another, has discharged him, during that time, of a great part of his Obedience, both to himself and to his Mother. But all the duty of honour, the other part, remains never the less entire to them; nothing can cancel that. It is so inseparable from them both, that the Father's Authority cannot dispossess the Mother of this right, nor can any Man discharge his Son from honouring her that bore him. But both these are very far from a power to make Laws, and inforceing them with Penalties, that may reach Estate, Liberty, Limbs and Life. The power of Commanding ends with Non-age; and though after that, honour and respect, support and defence, and whatsoever gratitude can oblige a Man to, for the highest benefits he is naturally capable of, be always due from a Son to his Parents; [289] yet all this puts no Scepter into the Father's hand, no Soveraign Power of Commanding. He has no Dominion over his Sons property or actions, nor any right that his Will should prescribe to his Sons in all things; however it may become his Son in many things, not very inconvenient to him and his Family, to pay a Deference to it.

70. A Man may owe honour and respect to an ancient or wise Man; defence to his Child or Friend; relief and support to the distressed; and gratitude to a Benefactor; to such a degree, that all he has, all he can do, cannot sufficiently pay it. But all these give no Authority, no right of making Laws to any one over him from whom they are owing. And 'tis plain, all this is due, not to the bare title of Father; not only because, as has been said, it is owing to the Mother too: but because these obligations to Parents, and the degrees of what is required of Children, may be varied by the different care and kindness, trouble and expence, is often imployed upon one Child more than another.

71. This shews the reason how it comes to pass, that Parents in Societies, where they themselves are Subjects, retain a power over their Children, and have as much [290] right to their Subjection, as those who are in the state of Nature, which could not possibly be, if all political Power were only paternal, and that, in truth, they were one and the same thing: for then, all paternal Power being in the Prince, the Subject could naturally have none of it; but these two Powers, political and paternal, are so perfectly distinct and separate, and built upon so different Foundations, and given to so different Ends, that every Subject, that is a Father, has as much a paternal Power over his Children, as the Prince has over his. And every Prince that has Parents, owes them as much filial Duty and Obedience, as the meanest of his Subjects do to theirs; and can therefore contain, not any part or degree of that kind of Dominion, which a Prince, or Magistrate has over his Subject.

72. Though the Obligation on the Parents to bring up their Children, and the Obligation on Children to honour their Parents, contain all the Power on the one hand, and Submission on the other, which are proper to this Relation; yet there is another Power, ordinarily, in the Father, whereby he has a tye on the Obedience of his Children, which, though it be common to him with other men, yet the Occasions of shewing it, almost constantly [291] happening to Fathers in their private Families, and in Instances of it else-where being rare, and less taken notice of, it passes in the World for a part of paternal Iurisdiction. And this is the Power Men generally have, to bestow their Estates on those who please them best. The Possession of the Father, being the Expectation and Inheritance of the Children ordinarily, in certain proportions, according to the Law and Custom of each Country; yet it is commonly in the Father's Power to bestow it with a more sparing or liberal hand, according as the Behaviour of this or that Child hath comported with his Will and Humour.

73. This is no small Tye to the Obedience of Children: and there being always annexed to the Enjoyment of Land, a Submission to the Government of the Country, of which that Land is a part. It has been commonly suppos'd, That, a Father could oblige his Posterity to that Government, of which he himself was a Subject, that his Compact held them, whereas, it being only a necessary Condition annex'd to the Land, which is under that Government, reaches only those who will take it on that Condition, and so is no natural Tye or Engagement, but a voluntary Submission. For every Man's Children [292] being, by Nature, as free as himself, or any of his Ancestours ever were, may, whilst they are in that Freedom, choose what Society they will join themselves to, what Commonwealth they will put themselves under. But if they will enjoy the Inheritance of their Ancestours, they must take it on the same terms their Ancestours had it, and submit to all the Conditions, annex'd to such a Possession. By this Power indeed, Fathers oblige their Children to Obedience to themselves, even when they are past Minority, and most commonly too, subject them to this or that political Power. But neither of these by any peculiar right of Father-hood, but by the Reward they have in their hands to inforce and recompence such a Compliance; and is no more Power than what a French-man has over an English-man, who by the hopes of an Estate he will leave him, will certainly have a strong tye on his Obedience: and if when it is left him, he will enjoy it, he must certainly take it upon the Conditions annex'd to the Possession of Land, in that Country where it lies, whether it be France or England.

74. To conclude then, though the Father's Power of commanding, extends no farther than the Minority of his Children, and to a degree only fit for the Discipline, [293] and Government of that Age. And though that Honour and Respect, and all that which the Latins called Piety, which they indispensibly owe to their Parents all their Life times, and in all estates, with all that Support and Defence, is due to them, gives the Father no Power of governing, i. e. making Laws and exacting Penalties on his Children. Though by this he has no Dominion over the Property or Actions of his Son; yet 'tis obvious to conceive, how easie it was, in the first Ages of the World, and in places still where the thinness of People gives Families leave to separate into unpossessed Quarters, and they have room to remove and plant themselves in yet vacant habitations,[3] for the Father of the Family to become the Prince of it; he had been [294] a Ruler from the Beginning of the infancy of his Children, and when they were grown up: since without some Government it would be hard for them to live together, it was likelyest it should, by the express or tacit Consent of the Children, be in the Father, where it seemed, without any change, barely to continue. And when indeed nothing more was required to it, than the permitting the Father to exercise alone, in his Family, that executive Power of the Law of Nature, which every Free-man naturally hath, and by that Permission resigning up to him a Monarchical Power, whilst they remained in it. But that this was not by any paternal Right, but only by the Consent of his Children, is evident from hence, That no Body doubts but if a Stranger, whom Chance or Business had brought to his Family, had there kill'd any of his Children, or committed any other Fact, he might condemn and put him to Death, or otherwise have punished him as well as any of his Children, which was impossible he should do by virtue of any paternal Authority, over one who was not his Child; but by virtue of that executive Power of the Law of Nature, which, as a Man, he had a right to: and he alone could punish him in his Family, where the Respect of [295] his Children had laid by the Exercise of such a Power, to give way to the Dignity and Authority they were willing should remain in him above the rest of his Family.

75. Thus 'twas easie and almost natural for Children by a tacit and almost natural consent, to make way for the Father's Authority and Government. They had been accustomed in their Child-hood, to follow his Direction, and to refer their little differences to him, and when they were Men, who fitter to rule them? Their little Properties, and less Covetousness, seldom afforded greater Controversies; and when any should arise, where could they have a fitter Umpire, than he, by whose Care they had every one been sustain'd and brought up, and who had a tenderness for them all? 'Tis no wonder that they made no distinction betwixt Minority and full Age, nor looked after one and Twenty, or any other Age, that might make them the free Disposers of themselves and Fortunes, when they could have no desire to be out of their Pupilage. The Government they had been under, during it, continued still to be more their Protection than Restraint: and they could no where find a greater security to their Peace, Liberties, and Fortunes, than in the Rule of a Father.


76. Thus the natural Fathers of Families, by an insensible change, became the politick Monarchs of them too; and as they chanced to live long, and leave able and worthy Heirs, for several Successions, or otherwise: so they laid the Foundations of Hereditary, or Elective Kingdoms under several Constitutions, and Manors, according as Chance, Contrivance, or Occasions happen'd to mould them. But if Princes have their Titles in the Fathers Right, and it be a sufficient proof of the natural Right of Fathers to political Authority; because, they commonly were those, in whose hands, we find, de facto, the Exercise of Government: I say, if this Argument be good, it will as strongly prove that all Princes, nay Princes only, ought to be Priests, since 'tis as certain that in the Beginning, The Father of the Family was Priest, as that he was Ruler in his own Houshold.





Of Political or Civil Society.

77. GOD having made Man such a creature, that, in his own Judgment, it was not good for him to be alone, put him under strong Obligations of Necessity, Convenience, and Inclination, to drive him into Society, as well as fitted him with Understanding and Language to continue and enjoy it. The first Society was betwen Man and Wife, which gave beginning to that between Parents and Children; to which, in time, that between Master and Servant came to be added: and though all these might, and commonly did meet together, and make up but one Family, wherein, the Master or Mistriss of it had some sort of Rule, proper to a Family; each of these, or all together came short of Political Society, as we shall see if we consider the different Ends, Ties, and Bounds of each of these.

78. Conjugal Society is made by a voluntary compact between Man and Woman, and though it consist chiefly in such a Communion and Right in one anothers Bodies, as is necessary to its chief End, Procreation; yet it draws with it mutual [298] Support and Assistance; and a Communion of Interests too, as necessary, not only to unite their Care and Affection, but also necessary to their common Off-spring, who have a Right to be nourished and maintained by them, till they are able to provide for themselves.

79. For the end of conjunction between Male and Female, being not barely Procreation, but the continuation of the Species. This conjunction betwixt Male and Female ought to last, even after Procreation, so long as is necessary to the nourishment and support of the young Ones, who are to be sustained by those that got them, till they are able to shift and provide for themselves. This Rule, which the Infinite wise Maker hath set to the Works of his hands, we find, the inferiour Creatures steadily obey. In those viviparous Animals, which feed on Grass, the conjunction between Male and Female lasts no longer than the very Act of Copulation; because the Teat of the Dam being sufficient to nourish the Young, till it be able to feed on Grass: the Male only begets, but concerns not himself for the Female or Young, to whose Sustenance he can contribute nothing. But in Beasts of Prey the conjunction lasts longer; because the Dam not being able well to subsist her self, and nourish [299] her numerous Off-spring, by her own Prey alone, a more laborious, as well as more dangerous way of living, than by feeding on Grass: the Assistance of the Male is necessary to the Maintenance of their common Family, which cannot subsist, till they are able to prey for themselves, but by the joint Care of Male and Female. The same is to be observed in all Birds (except some domestick ones, where plenty of food excuses the Cock from feeding, and taking care of the young Brood) whose Young needing Food in the Nest, the Cock and Hen continue Mates till the Young are able to use their wing, and provide for themselves.

80. And herein, I think, lies the chief, if not the only reason, why the Male and Female, in Mankind, are tyed to a longer conjunction, than other Creatures; viz. because the Female is capable of conceiving, and de facto is commonly with Child again, and brings forth too a new Birth, long before the former is out of a dependency for support on his Parents help, and able to shift for himself, and has all the assistance is due to him from his Parents, whereby the Father, who is bound to take care for those he hath begot, is under an obligation to continue in Conjugal Society, with the same Woman, longer than other Creatures, whose Young being [300] able to subsist of themselves, before the time of Procreation returns again, the Conjugal Bond dissolves of it self, and they are at liberty; till Hymen, at his usual anniversary Season, summons them again to chuse new Mates. Wherein one cannot but admire the Wisdom of the great Creator, who, having given to Man an Ability, to lay up for the future, as well as supply the present necessity, hath made it necessary, that Society of Man and Wife should be more lasting, than of Male and Female amongst other Creatures: that so their Industry might be encouraged, and their Interest better united, to make provision, and lay up Goods for their common Issue; which uncertain mixture, or easie, and frequent solutions of Conjugal Society would mightily disturb.

81. But though these are Ties upon Mankind, which make the Conjugal Bonds more firm and lasting, in a Man, than the other species of Animals; yet it would give one reason to enquire, why this compact, where Procreation and Education are secured, and Inheritance taken care for, may not be made determinable, either by consent, or at a certain time, or upon certain conditions, as well as any other voluntary compacts; there being no necessity, in the nature of the thing, nor to the [301] ends of it, that it should always be for life; I mean, to such as are under no Restraint of any positive Law, which ordains all such contracts to be perpetual.

82. But the Husband and Wife, though they have but one common Concern, yet having different Understandings, will, unavoidably sometimes, have different wills too: it therefore being necessary, that the last Determination, i. e. the Rule, should be placed somewhere; it naturally falls to the Man's share, as the abler and the stronger. But this, reaching but to the things of their common Interest and Property, leaves the Wife in the full and true possession of what, by contract, is her peculiar Right; and at least gives the Husband no more Power over her than she has over his Life. The Power of the Husband being so far from that of an absolute Monarch, that the Wife has, in many cases, a liberty to separate from him; where natural Right, or their Contract allows it; whether that Contract be made by themselves, in the state of Nature, or by the Customs or Laws of the countrey they live in, and the Children, upon such Separation, fall to the Father or Mother's Lot, as such Contract does determine.

83. For all the ends of Marriage being to be obtained, under politick Government, [302] as well as in the state of Nature, the civil Magistrate doth not abridge the Right or Power of either, naturally necessary to those ends, viz. Procreation, and mutual Support, and Assistance, whilst they are together; but only decides any Controversie that may arise, between Man and Wife, about them. If it were otherwise, and that absolute Soveraignty and Power of life and death naturally belong'd to the Husband, and were necessary to the Society between Man and Wife, there could be no Matrimony in any of these Countries, where the Husband is allowed no such absolute Authority; but the ends of Matrimony requiring no such Power in the Husband, it was not at all necessary to it: the condition of Conjugal Society put it not in him, but whatsoever might consist with Procreation and Support of the Children, till they could shift for themselves: mutual Assistance, Comfort, and Maintenance might be varied, and regulated, by that contract which first united them in that Society; nothing being necessary to any Society, that is not necessary to the ends for which it is made.

84. The Society betwixt Parents and Children, and the distinct Rights and Powers, belonging respectively to them, I have treated of so largely, in the [303] foregoing Chapter, that I shall not here need to say any thing of it. And I think it is plain, that it is far different from a politick Society.

85. Master and Servant are Names as old as History, but given to those of far different condition; for a Free-man makes himself a Servant to another, by selling him, for a certain time, the Service, he undertakes to do, in exchange, for Wages he is to receive: and though this commonly puts him into the Family of his Master, and under the ordinary discipline thereof; yet it gives the Master but a Temporary Power over him, and no greater than what is contained in the Contract between them. But there is another sort of Servants, which, by a peculiar Name, we call Slaves, who, being Captives, taken in a just War, are, by the Right of Nature, subjected to the Absolute Dominion, and Arbitrary Power of their Masters. These Men having, as I say, forfeited their Lives, and, with it, their Liberties, and lost their Estates; and being in the state of Slavery, not capable of any Property, cannot, in that state, be considered as any part of civil Society; the chief end whereof is the preservation of Property.

86. Let us therefore consider a Master of a Family with all these subordinate Relations [304] of Wife, Children, Servants and Slaves, united under the domestick rule of a Family; which what resemblance soever it may have in its order, offices, and number too, with a little Commonwealth; yet is very far from it, both in its constitution, power and end: or if it must be thought a Monarchy, and the Paterfamilias, the absolute Monarch in it, absolute Monarchy will have but a very shattered and short Power, when 'tis plain, by what has been said before, That the Master of the Family has a very distinct and differently limited Power, both as to time and extent, over those several persons that are in it; for excepting the Slave (and the Family is as much a Family, and his Power as Paterfamilias as great, whether there be any Slaves in his Family or no) he has no Legislative power of Life and Death over any of them, and none too but what a Mistress of a Family may have as well as he. And he certainly can have no absolute power over the whole Family, who has but a very limited one over every individual in it. But how a Family, or any other Society of Men differ from that which is properly political Society, we shall best see, by considering wherein political Society it self consists.


87. Man being born, as has been proved, with a title to perfect freedom, and an uncontrouled enjoyment of all the Rights and Priviledges of the Law of Nature, equally with any other Man, or number of Men in the World, hath by nature a power, not only to preserve his Property, that is, his Life, Liberty and Estate, against the injuries and attempts of other men; but to judge of and punish the breaches of that Law in others, as he is perswaded the offence deserves, even with death it self, in Crimes where the heinousness of the fact, in his opinion, requires it. But because no political Society can be, nor subsist without having in it self the power to preserve the property, and in order thereunto, punish the offences of all those of that Society; There, and there only is political Society, where every one of the Members hath quitted this natural Power, refign'd it up into the hands of the Community in all cases that exclude him not from appealing for protection to the law established by it. And thus all private judgment of every particular Member being excluded, the Community comes to be Umpire; and by understanding indifferent rules and men authorised by the community for their execution, decides all the differences that may happen between [306] any Members of that Society, concerning any matter of right, and punishes those offences which any member hath committed against the Society with such penalties as the law has established; whereby it is easy to discern who are, and are not, in political Society together. Those who are united into one Body, and have a common establish'd Law and Judicature to appeal to, with Authority to decide Controversies between them, and punish Offenders, are in civil Society one with another; but those who have no such common Appeal, I mean on Earth, are still in the state of Nature, each being where there is no other, Judge for himself, and Executioner; which is, as I have before shew'd it, the perfect state of Nature.

88. And thus the Commonwealth comes by a power to set down what punishment shall belong to the several transgressions they think worthy of it, committed amongst the Members of that Society (which is the power of making Laws) as well as it has the power to punish any injury done unto any of its Members, by any one that is not of it, (which is the power of War and Peace;) and all this for the preservation of the property of all the Members of that Society, as far as is possible. But though every Man enter'd into [307] Society, has quitted his power to punish offences against the Law of Nature, in prosecution of his own private Judgment; yet with the Judgment of offences which he has given up to the Legislative, in all Cases where he can appeal to the Magistrate, he has given up a right to the Commonwealth, to imploy his Force for the Execution of the Judgments of the Commonwealth, whenever he shall be called to it, which indeed are his own Judgments, they being made by himself or his representative. And herein we have the original of the Legislative and Executive Power of Civil Society, which is to judge by standing Laws how far offences are to be punished when committed within the Commonwealth; and also by occasional Judgments founded on the present circumstances of the fact, how far injuries from without are to be vindicated, and in both these to imploy all the force of all the Members when there shall be need.

89. Whereever therefore any number of Men so unite into one Society, as to quit every one his Executive Power of the Law of Nature, and to resign it to the publick, there and there only is a political, or civil Society. And this is done whereever any number of Men, in the State of Nature, enter into Society to make one People, one [308] Body Politick under one Supream Government; or else when any one joins himself to, and incorporates with any Government already made. For hereby he authorizes the Society, or which is all one, the Legislative thereof to make Laws for him as the publick good of the Society shall require; to the Execution whereof, his own assistance (as to his own decrees) is due. And this puts men out of a state of nature into that of a Commonwealth, by setting up a Judge on Earth, with Authority to determine all the Controversies, and redress the injuries that may happen to any Member of the Commonwealth; which Judge is the Legislative or Magistrates appointed by it. And whereever there are any number of Men, however associated, that have no such decisive power to appeal to, there they are still in the state of Nature.

90. And hence it is evident, that Absolute Monarchy which by some Men is counted for the only Government in the World, is indeed inconsistent with civil Society, and so can be no Form of civil Government at all: For the end of civil Society, being to avoid and remedy those inconveniencies of the state of Nature which necessarily follow from every Man's being Judge in his own Case, by setting up a known Authority, to which every [309] one of that Society may appeal upon any injury received, or Controversy that may arise, and which every one of the Society ought to obey. Whereever any persons are who have not such an authority to appeal to,[4] and decide any difference between them there, those persons are still in the state of nature. And so is every absolute Prince in respect of those who are under his Dominion.

91. For he being suppos'd to have all, both Legislative and Executive Power in himself alone, there is no Judge to be found, no appeal lies open to any one, who may fairly and indifferently, and with authority decide, and from whence relief and redress may be expected of any injury or inconveniency that may be suffered from him, or by his order. So that such a Man, however intitled Czar, or Grand Signior, or how you please, is as much in the state of nature, with all under his Dominion, as he is with the rest of Mankind. For wherever any two Men [310] are, who have no standing Rule, and common Judge to appeal to on Earth, for the determination of Controversies of Right, betwixt them, there they are still in the state of Nature,[5] and under all the inconveniencies of it, with only this woful difference to the Subject, or rather Slave of an absolute Prince; That whereas, in the ordinary state of Nature, he has a liberty to judge of his Right, and according to the best of his power, to maintain it: but whenever his Property is invaded by the Will and Order of his Monarch; he has not only no Appeal, as those in Society ought to have, but, as if he were degraded [311] from the common state of rational Creatures, is denied a liberty to judge of, or defend his Right, and so is exposed to all the Misery and Inconveniencies that a Man can fear from one, who being in the unrestrained state of Nature, is yet corrupted with Flattery, and armed with Power.

92. For he that thinks absolute Power purifies Mens Bloods, and corrects the baseness of humane Nature, need read but the History of this, or any other Age, to be convinced of the contrary. He that would have been insolent and injurious in the Woods of America, would not probably be much better in a Throne, where perhaps Learning and Religion shall be found out to justifie all that he shall do to his Subjects; and the Sword presently silence all those that dare question it. For what the Protection of Absolute Monarchy is; what kind of Fathers of their Countries it makes Princes to be; and to what a degree of Happiness, and Security it carries civil Society, where this sort of Government is grown to perfection, he that will look into the late Relation of Ceylon may easily see.

93. In Absolute Monarchies indeed, as well as other Governments of the World, the Subjects have an Appeal to the Law, [312] and Judges to decide any Controversies, and restrain any violence that may happen betwixt the Subjects themselves, one amongst another. This every one thinks necessary, and believes, he deserves to be thought a declared Enemy to Society and Mankind, who should go about to take it away. But whether this be from a true Love of Mankind and Society, & such a Charity as we owe all one to another, there is reason to doubt. For this is no more than what every Man, who loves his own Power, Profit, or Greatness, may, and naturally must do; keep those Animals from hurting, or destroying one another, who labour and drudge only for his Pleasure and Advantage; and so are taken care of, not out of any Love the Master has for them, but Love of himself, and the Profit they bring him. For if it be asked what Security, what Fence is there, in such a State, against the Violence and Oppression of this Absolute Ruler? The very Question can scarce be born. They are ready to tell you, that it deserves Death only to ask after Safety. Betwixt Subject and Subject, they will grant, there must be Measures, Laws, and Judges for their mutual Peace and Security. But as for the Ruler, he ought to be Absolute, and is above all such Circumstancés; because he has a Power to do more hurt and [313] wrong, 'tis right when he does it. To ask how you may be guarded from harm, or injury, on that side, where the strongest hand is to do it, is presently the Voice of Faction and Rebellion. As if when Men, quitting the state of Nature, entered into Society, they agreed that all of them, but one, should be under the restraint of Laws; but that he should still retain all the Liberty of the state of Nature, increased with Power, and made licentious by Impunity. This is to think that Men are so foolish, that they take care to avoid what Mischiefs may be done them by Pole-Cats, or Foxes, but are content, nay think it Safety, to be devoured by Lions.

94. But, whatever Flatterers may talk, to amuze Peoples Understandings, it never hinders Men from feeling; and when they perceive that any Man, in what Station soever, is out of the Bounds of the civil Society they are of, and that they have no Appeal, on Earth, against any harm they may receive from him, they are apt to think themselves in the state of Nature, in respect of him, whom they find to be so; and to take care, as soon as they can, to have that Safety and Security, in civil Society, for which it was first instituted, and for which only they entered into it. And therefore, though perhaps at first, as shall [314] be shewed more at large hereafter, in the following part of this Discourse, some one good and excellent Man having got a Preheminency, amongst the rest, had this Deference paid to his Goodness and Vertue, as to a kind of Natural Authority, that the chief Rule, with Arbitration of their differences, by a tacit Consent, devolved into his hands, without any other caution, but the assurance they had of his Uprightness and Wisdom; yet when time giving Authority, and, as some Men would perswade us, Sacredness to Customs, which the negligent, and unforeseeing Innocence of the first Ages began, had brought in Successors of another stamp, the People finding their Properties not secure under the Government as then it was.[6] (Whereas Government has no other end but the preservation of Property) could never be safe, nor at rest, nor think themselves in civil Society, till the Legislative [315] was so placed in collective Bodies of Men, call them Senate, Parliament, or what you please, by which means every single person became subject equally, with other the meanest Men, to those Laws, which he himself, as part of the Legislative, had established; nor could any one, by his own Authority, avoid the force of the Law, when once made, nor by any pretence of Superiority plead exemption, thereby to license his own, or the Miscarriages of any of his Dependants: No Man in civil Society can be exempted from the Laws of it. For if any Man may do what he thinks fit,[7] and there be no appeal on Earth, for Redress or Security against any harm he shall do; I ask, whether he be not perfectly still in the state of Nature, and so can be no Part or Member of that civil Society, unless any one will say, the state of Nature and civil Society, are one and the same thing, which I have never yet found any one so great a Patron of Anarchy as to affirm.





Of the Beginning of Political Societies.

95. MEN being, as has been said, by Nature, all free, equal and independent; no one can be put out of this Estate, and subjected to the Political Power of another, without his own Consent, which is done by agreeing, with other Men, to join and unite into a Community, for their comfortable, safe, and peaceable living, one amongst another, in a secure Enjoyment of their Properties, and a greater Security against any that are not of it. This any number of Men may do, because it injures not the Freedom of the rest; they are left, as they were, in the Liberty of the state of Nature. When any number of Men have so consented to make one Community or Government, they are thereby presently incorporated, and make one Body Politick, wherein the Majority have a Right, to act and conclude the rest.

96. For when any number of Men, have by the consent of every individual, made a Community, they have thereby made that Community one Body, with a power to act as one Body, which is only by the will and determination of the majority. [317] For that which acts any Community, being only the consent of the individuals of it, and it being one Body must move one way; it is necessary the Body should move that way whither the greater force carries it, which is the consent of the majority: or else it is impossible it should act or continue one Body, one Community, which the consent of every individual that united into it, agreed that it should; and so every one is bound by that consent to be concluded by the majority. And therefore we see, that in Assemblies impowred to act by positive Laws where no number is set, by that positive Law which impowers them, the act of the majority passes for the act of the whole, and of course determines, as having by the Law of Nature and Reason, the power of the whole.

97. And thus every Man by consenting with others to make one Body Politick, under one Government, puts himself under an obligation to every one of that Society, to submit to the determination of the majority, and to be concluded by it; or else this original Compact, whereby he with others incorporates into one Society, would signifie nothing, and be no Compact if he be left free, and under no other ties than he was in before in the [318] state of Nature. For what appearance would there be of any Compact? What new engagement, if he were no farther tied by any Decrees of the Society, than he himself thought fit, and did actually consent to? This would be still as great a liberty as he himself had before his Compact, or any one else in the state of Nature, who may submit himself and consent to any acts of it if he thinks fit.

98. For if the consent of the majority shall not in reason be received as the act of the whole, and conclude every individual; nothing but the consent of every individual can make any thing to be the act of the whole, which, considering the infirmities of health, and avocations of business, which in a number, though much less than that of a Commonwealth, will necessarily keep many away from the publick Assembly; and the variety of Opinions and contrariety of interests which unavoidably happen in all Collections of Men, 'tis next impossible ever to be had. And therefore if coming into Society be upon such terms, it will be only like Cato's coming into the Theatre, tantum at exiret. Such a Constitution as this would make the mighty Leviathan of a shorter duration than the feeblest Creatures; and not let it outlast the day it was born in, [Page 319] which cannot be suppos'd till we can think that rational Creatures should desire and constitute Societies only to be dissolved. For where the majority cannot conclude the rest, there they cannot act as one Body; and consequently, will be immediately dissolved again.

99. Whosoever therefore, out of a state of Nature, unite into a Community, must be understood to give up all the power necessary to the ends for which they unite into Society, to the majority of the Community, unless they expresly agreed in any number greater than the majority. And this is done by barely agreeing to unite into one political Society, which is all the Compact that is, or needs be, between the individuals that enter into or make up a Commonwealth. And thus that which begins and actually constitutes any Political Society, is nothing but the consent of any number of Freemen capable of majority, to unite and incorporate into such a Society. And this is that, and that only, which did or could give beginning to any lawful Government in the World.

100. To this I find two Objections made. 1. That there are no instances to be found in story, of a Company of Men independant and equal one amongst [320] another, that met together, and in this way began and set up a Government. 2. 'Tis impossible of right that Men should do so; because all Men being born under Government, they are to submit to that, and are not at liberty to begin a new one.

101. To the first, there is this to Answer, That it is not at all to be wonder'd that History gives us but a very little account of Men that lived together in the state of Nature. The inconveniencies of that condition, and the love and want of Society, no sooner brought any number of them together, but they presently united and incorporated, if they designed to continue together. And if we may not suppose Men ever to have been in the state of Nature, because we hear not much of them in such a state; we may as well suppose the Armies of Salmanasser, or Xerxes, were never Children, because we hear little of them till they were Men, and imbodied in Armies. Government is every where antecedent to Records, and Letters seldom come in amongst a People till a long continuation of Civil Society, has by other more necessary arts, provided for their Safety, Ease and Plenty. And then they begin to look after the History of their Founders, and search into their original [321] when they have outlived the memory of it. For 'tis with Commonwealths as with particular Persons, they are commonly ignorant of their own Births and Infancies: and if they know any thing of it, they are beholding for it to the accidental Records that others have kept of it. And those that we have of the beginning of any Polities in the World, excepting that of the Jews, where God himself immediately interpos'd, and which favours not at all Paternal Dominion; are all either plain instances of such a beginning as I have mentioned, or at least have manifest footsteps of it.

102. He must shew a strange inclination to deny evident matter of fact when it agrees not with his Hypothesis; who will not allow, that the beginning of Rome and Venice were by the uniting together of several Men free and independent one of another, amongst whom there was no natural Superiority or Subjection. And if Iosephus Acosta's word may be taken, he tells us, that in many parts of America there was no Government at all. There are great and apparent Conjectures, says he, that these men, speaking of those of Peru, for a long time had neither Kings nor Commonwealths, but lived in Troops, as they do this day in Florida, the Cheriquanas, [322] those of Bresil, and many other Nations, which have no certain Kings, but as occasion is offered in Peace or War, they choose their Captains as they please. l. 1. c. 25. If it be said, that every Man there was born subject to his Father, or the head of his Family. That the subjection due from a Child to a Father, took not away his freedom of uniting into what political Society he thought fit, has been already proved. But be that as it will, these Men, 'tis evident, were actually free; and whatever superiority some Politicians now would place in any of them, they themselves claimed it not; but by consent were all equal, till by the same consent they set Rulers over themselves. So that their politick Societies all began from a voluntary Union, and the mutual agreement of Men freely acting in the choice of their Governours, and forms of Government.

103. And I hope those who went away from Sparta, with Palantus, mentioned by Iustin l. will be allowed to have been Freemen independent one of another, and to have set up a Government over themselves, by their own consent. Thus I have given several Examples out of History, of people free and in the state of Nature, that being met together incorporated and began a Commonwealth. And if the want [323] of such instances be an argument to prove, that Government were not, nor could not be so begun, I suppose the Contenders for Paternal Empire were better let it alone, than urge it against natural Liberty. For if they can give so many instances out of History, of Governments began upon paternal Right, I think (though at least an Argument from what has been, to what should of right, be of no great force) one might, without any great danger, yield them the cause. But if I might advise them in the Case, they would do well not to search too much into the original of Governments, as they have begun de facto, lest they should find at the foundation of most of them, something very little favourable to the design they promote, and such a power as they contend for.

104. But, to conclude, Reason being plain on our side, that Men are naturally free; and the Examples of History shewing that the Governments of the World, that were begun in Peace, had their beginning laid on that foundation, and were made by the Consent of the People: There can be little room for doubt, either where the Right is, or what has been the Opinion, or Practice of Mankind about the first erecting of Governments.


105. I will not deny, that if we look back, as far as History will direct us, towards the Original of Commonwealths, we shall generally find them under the Government and Administration of one Man. And I am also apt to believe, that where a Family was numerous enough to subsist by it self, and continued entire together, without mixing with others, as it often happens; where there is much Land, and few People, the Government commonly began in the Father. For the Father having, by the Law of Nature, the same Power, with every Man else, to punish, as he thought fit, any Offences against that Law, might thereby punish his transgressing Children, even when they were Men, and out of their Pupilage; and they were very likely to submit to his punishment, and all join with him against the Offender in their turns, giving him thereby power to Execute his Sentence against any transgression, and so in effect make him the Law-maker and Governour over all that remained in Conjunction with his Family. He was fittest to be trusted; Paternal affection secured their Property and Interest under his Care, and the Custom of obeying him in their Childhood, made it easier to submit to him rather than any other. If therefore they must have one to [325] rule them, as Government is hardly to be avoided amongst Men that live together; who so likely to be the Man as he that was their common Father, unless Negligence, Cruelty, or any other defect of Mind or Body, made him unfit for it. But when either the Father died, and left his next Heir for want of Age, Wisdom, Courage, or any other qualities less fit for Rule, or where several Families met and consented to continue together: There, 'tis not to be doubted, but they used their natural freedom to set up him whom they judged the ablest and most likely to Rule well over them. Conformable hereunto we find the People of America, who living out of the reach of the Conquering Swords and spreading domination of the two great Empires of Peru and Mexico, enjoy'd their own natural freedom; though, caeteris paribus, they commonly prefer the Heir of their deceased King; yet if they find him any way weak or uncapable, they pass him by, and set up the stoutest and bravest Man for their Ruler.

106. Thus, though looking back as far as Records give us any account of Peopling the World, and the History of Nations, we commonly find the Government to be in one hand, yet it destroys not that which I affirm (viz.) That the [326] beginning of Politick Society depends upon the consent of the Individuals to join into and make one Society; who when they are thus incorporated, might set up what form of Government they thought fit. But this having given occasion to Men to mistake and think, that by Nature Government was Monarchical, and belong'd to the Father, it may not be amiss, here to consider, why People, in the beginning, generally pitch'd upon this form, which though perhaps the Father's Preheminency might, in the first institution of some Commonwealths, give a rise to, and place in the beginning, the Power in one hand: yet it is plain that the reason that continued the Form of Government in a single Person, was not any Regard or Respect to Paternal Authority; since all petty Monarchies, that is, almost all Monarchies, near their Original, have been commonly, at least upon occasion, elective.

107. First then, in the beginning of things, the Father's Government of the Childhood of those sprung from him, having accustomed them to the Rule of one Man, and taught them, that where it was exercised with Care and Skill, with Affection and Love to those under it, it was sufficient to procure and preserve Men (all [327] the political Happiness they sought for, in Society.) It was no wonder that they should pitch upon, and naturally run into that Form of Government, which, from their Infancy, they had been all accustomed to; and which, by experience, they had found both easie and safe. To which, if we add, that Monarchy being simple, and most obvious to Men, whom neither experience had instructed in Forms of Government, nor the Ambition or Insolence of Empire had taught to beware of the Encroachments of Prerogative, or the Inconveniencies of Absolute Power; which Monarchy, in Succession, was apt to lay claim to, and bring upon them. It was not at all strange, that they should not much trouble themselves to think of methods of restraining any Exorbitances of those, to whom they had given the Authority over them; and of ballancing the Power of Government, by placing several parts of it in different hands. They had neither felt the Oppression of Tyrannical Dominion, nor did the Fashion of the Age, nor their Possessions, or way of living, which afforded little matter for Covetousness or Ambition; give them any reason to apprehend or provide against it; and therefore 'tis no wonder they put themselves into such a Frame of Government, [328] as was, not only, as I said, most obvious and simple, but also best suited to their present State and Condition; which stood more in need of defence against foreign Invasions and Injuries, than of multiplicity of Laws, where there was but very little Property: and wanted not variety of Rulers and abundance of Officers to direct and look after their Execution, where there were but few Trespasses, and few Offenders. Since then, those who liked one another so well as to join into Society, cannot but be supposed to have some Acquaintance and Friendship together, and some Trust one in another. They could not but have greater Apprehensions of others, than of one another; and therefore their first care and thought cannot but be supposed to be how to secure themselves against foreign Force. 'Twas natural for them to put themselves under a Frame of Government, which might best serve to that end; and chuse the wisest and bravest Man to conduct them in their Wars, and lead them out against their Enemies, and in this chiefly be their Ruler.

108. Thus we see that the Kings of the Indians, in America, which is still a Pattern of the first Ages in Asia and Europe, whilst the Inhabitants were too few for [329] the Countrey, and want of People and Money gave Men no temptation to enlarge their Possessions of Land, or contest for wider extent of Ground; are little more than Generals of their Armies: and though they command absolutely in War, yet at home, and in time of Peace, they exercise very little Dominion, and have but a very moderate Sovereignty; the Resolutions of Peace and War, being ordinarily either in the People, or in a Council. Though the War it self, which admits not of Pluralities of Governours, naturally devolves the Command into the King's sole Authority.

109. And thus in Israel it self, the chief Business of their Judges, and first Kings, seems to have been to be Captains in War, and Leaders of their Armies; which, (besides what is signified by, going out and in before the People, which was, to march forth to War, and home again in the Heads of their Forces) appears plainly in the story of Iephtha. The Ammonites making War upon Israel, the Gileadites, in fear, send to Iephtha, a Bastard of their Family, whom they had cast off, and article with him, if he will assist them against the Ammonites, to make him their Ruler; which they do in these Words, And the People made him head and captain [330] over them, Iudg. 11. 11. which was, as it seems, all one as to be Judge. And he judged Israel, Iudg. 12. 7. that is, was their Captain-general, six Years. So when Iotham upbraids the Shechemites with the Obligation they had to Gideon, who had been their Judge and Ruler, he tells them, He fought for you, and adventured his life far, and delivered you out of the hands of Midian, Iudg. 9.17. Nothing mentioned of him, but what he did as a General, and indeed, that is all is found in his History, or in any of the rest of the Judges. And Abimelech particularly is called King, though at most he was but their General. And when, being weary of the ill Conduct of Samuel's Sons, the Children of Israel desired a King, like all the nations to judge them, and to go out before them, and to fight their battels, 1 Sam. 8. 20. God granting their Desire, says to Samuel, I will send thee a man, and thou shalt anoint him to be captain over my people Israel that he may save my peole out of the hands of the Philistines, c. 9. v. 16. As if the only business of a King had been to lead out their Armies, and fight in their Defence; and, accordingly, at his Inauguration, pouring a Vial of Oyl upon him, declares to Saul, that, the Lord had anointed him to be Captain over his inheritance, c. 10. v. 1. And therefore [331] those, who after Saul's being solemnly chosen, and saluted King by the Tribes, at Mispah, were unwilling to have him their King, make no other Objection but this, How shall this man save us? v. 27. as if they should have said, This Man is unfit to be our King, not having Skill and Conduct enough in War, to be able to defend us. And when God resolved to transfer the Government to David, it is in these Words, But now thy Kingdom shall not continue: the Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be captain over his people, c. 13. v. 14. As if the whole Kingly Authority were nothing else but to be their General: and therefore the Tribes who had stuck to Saul's Family, and opposed David's Reign, when they came to Hebron with terms of Submission to him, they tell him, amongst other Arguments they had to submit to him as to their King, That he was, in effect, their King in Saul's time, and therefore, they had no reason but to receive him as their King now. Also (say they) in time past, when Saul was King over us, thou wast he that leddest out and broughtest in Israel, and the Lord said unto thee, thou shalt feed my People Israel, and thou shalt be a Captain over Israel.


110. Thus, whether a Family, by degrees, grew up into a Commonwealth, and the Fatherly Authority being continued on to the elder Son, every one in his turn growing up under it, tacitly submitted to it, and the easiness and equality of it not offending any one, every one acquiesced, till time seemed to have confirmed it, and setled a right of Succession, by Prescription: or whether several Families, or the Descendants of several Families, whom Chance, Neighbourhood, or Business brought together, united into Society; the need of a General, whose Conduct might defend them against their Enemies in War, and the great confidence the Innocence and Sincerity of that poor but vertuous Age, such as are almost all those which begin Governments that ever come to last in the World, gave Men one of another, made the first Beginners of Commonwealths generally put the Rule into one Man's hand, without any other express Limitation or Restraint, but what the Nature of the thing, and the End of Government required. It was given them for the publick Good and Safety, and to those Ends in the Infancies of Commonwealths, they commonly used it, and unless they had done so, young Societies could not have subsisted; without such [333] nursing Fathers: without this care of the Governours, all Governments would have sunk under the Weakness and Infirmities of their Infancy, the Prince and the People had soon perished together.

111. But the golden Age (tho' before vain Ambition, and amor sceleratus habendi, evil Concupiscence had corrupted Mens minds into a Mistake of true Power and Honour) had more Virtue, and consequently, better Governours, as well as less vicious Subjects; and there was then no stretching Prerogative on the one side to oppress the People; nor, consequently, on the other, any Dispute about Priviledge, to lessen or restrain the Power of the Magistrate: and so no contest betwixt Rulers and People, about Governours or Government. Yet, when Ambition, and Luxury,[8] in future Ages, would retain, and increase the Power, without doing the Business, for which it was given, [334] and aided by Flattery, taught Princes to have distinct and separate Interests, from their People; Men found it necessary to examine, more carefully, the Original and Rights of Government; and to find out ways to restrain the Exorbitances, and prevent the Abuses of that Power, which they having intrusted in another's hands, only for their own good, they found, was made use of to hurt them.

112. Thus we may see how probable it is, that People, that were naturally free, and, by their own consent, either submitted to the Government of their Father, or united together, out of different Families, to make a Government; should generally put the Rule into one Man's hands, and chuse to be under the Conduct of a single Person; without so much, as by express Conditions, limiting or regulating his Power, which they thought safe enough in his Honesty and Prudence. Though they never dream'd of Monarchy being Iure Divino, which we never heard of among Mankind, till it was revealed to us by the Divinity of this last Age; nor ever allowed Paternal Power to have a right to Dominion, or to be the Foundation of all Government. And thus much may suffice to shew, that, as far as we have any light from History, we have [345] reason to conclude, that all peaceful beginnings of Government have been laid in the Consent of the People. I say peaceful, because I shall have occasion, in another place, to speak of Conquest, which some esteem a way of beginning of Governments.

The other Objection, I find, urged against the beginning of Polities, in the way I have mentioned, is this, viz.

113. That all Men being born under Government, some or other, it is impossible any of them should ever be free, and at liberty, to unite together, and begin a new one, or ever be able to erect a lawful Government. If this Argument be good; I ask, how came so many lawful Monarchies into the World? For if any body, upon this supposition, can shew me any one Man, in any Age of the World, free to begin a lawful Monarchy; I will be bound to shew him Ten other free Men at liberty, at the same time, to unite and begin a new Government under a Regal, or any other Form. It being demonstration, that if any one, born under the Dominion of another, may be so free, as to have a right to command others, in a new and distinct Empire; every one that is born under the Dominion [336] of another may be so free too, and may become a Ruler, or Subject, of a distinct separate Government. And so by this their own Principle, either all Men however born are free, or else there is but one lawful Prince, one lawful Government in the World. And then they have nothing to do but barely to shew us which that is. Which when they have done, I doubt not but all Mankind will easily agree to pay obedience to him.

114. Though it be a sufficient Answer to their Objection to shew, that it involves them in the same difficulties that it doth those they use it against; yet I shall endeavour to discover the weakness of this Argument a little farther.

All men, say they, are born under Government, and therefore they cannot be at liberty to begin a new one. Every one is born a Subject to his Father, or his Prince, and is therefore under the perpetual tie of Subjection and Allegiance. 'Tis plain, Mankind never owned nor considered any such natural subjection that they were born in, to one or to the other, that tied them, without their own consents, to a subjection to them and their Heirs.

115. For there are no Examples so frequent in History, both sacred and prophane, as those of Men withdrawing [337] themselves, and their Obedience, from the Jurisdiction they were born under, and the Family or Community they were bred up in, and setting up new Governments in other places, from whence sprang all that number of petty Commonwealths in the beginning of Ages, and which always multiplied as long as there was room enough, till the stronger, or more fortunate swallow'd the weaker; and those great ones again breaking to pieces, dissolved into lesser Dominions. All which are so many testimonies against paternal Soveraignty, and plainly prove, That it was not the natural right of the Father descending to his Heirs, that made Governments in the beginning; since it was impossible, upon that ground, there should have been so many little Kingdoms, but only one universal Monarchy, if Men had not been at liberty to separate themselves from their Families and their Government, be it what it will that was set up in it, and go and make distinct Commonwealths and other Governments as they thought fit.

116. This has been the practice of the World from its first beginning to this day: nor is it now any more hindrance to the freedom of Mankind, that they are born under constituted and ancient Polities, [338] that have established Laws and set Forms of Government, than if they were born in the Woods, amongst the unconfined Inhabitants that run loose in them. For those who would perswade us, that by being born under any Government, we are naturally Subjects to it, and have no more any title or pretence to the freedom of the state of Nature, have no other reason (bating that of Paternal Power, which we have already answer'd) to produce for it, but only because our Fathers or Progenitors passed away their natural Liberty, and thereby bound up themselves and their Posterity to a perpetual subjection to the Government, which they themselves submitted to. 'Tis true, that whatever Engagements or Promises any one made for himself, he is under the obligation of them, but cannot by any Compact whatsoever, bind his Children or Posterity. For his Son, when a Man, being altogether as free as the Father, any act of the Father can no more give away the liberty of the Son, than it can of any body else. He may indeed annex such Conditions to the Land he enjoyed, as a Subject of any Commonwealth, as may oblige his Son to be of that Community, if he will enjoy those Possessions which were his Fathers; because that Estate being his Fathers Property, [339] he may dispose or settle it as he pleases.

117. And this has generally given the occasion to the mistake in this matter; because Commonwealths not permitting any part of their Dominions to be dismembred, nor to be enjoyed by any but those of their Community, the Son cannot ordinarily enjoy the Possessions of his Father, but under the same Terms his Father did; by becoming a Member of the Society; whereby he puts himself presently under the Government, he finds there established, as much as any other Subject of that Commonweal. And thus the Consent of Free-men, born under Government, which only makes them Members of it, being given separately in their turns, as each comes to be of Age, and not in a multitude together; People take no notice of it, and thinking it not done at all, or not necessary, conclude they are naturally Subjects as they are Men.

118. But, 'tis plain, Governments themselves understand it otherwise; they claim no Power over the Son, because of that they had over the Father; nor look on Children as being their Subjects, by their Fathers being so. If a Subject of England have a Child, by an English Woman, in France, whose Subject is he? Not the [340] King of England's; for he must have leave to be admitted to the Priviledges of it. Nor the King of France's; for how then has his Father a liberty to bring him away, and breed him as he pleases: and who ever was judged as a Traytor or Deserter, if he left, or warr'd against a Countrey, for being barely born in it of Parents that were Aliens there? 'Tis plain then, by the Practice of Governments themselves, as well as by the Law of right Reason, that a Child is born a Subject of no Country nor Government. He is under his Father's Tuition and Authority, till he come to Age of Discretion; and then he is a Free-man, at liberty what Government he will put himself under; what Body Politick he will unite himself to. For if an English-Man's Son, born in France, be at liberty, and may do so, 'tis evident there is no Tye upon him, by his Father's being a Subject of that Kingdom; nor is he bound up, by any Compact of his Ancestors: and why then hath not his Son, by the same reason, the same liberty, though he be born any where else! Since the Power that a Father hath naturally, over his Children, is the same, where-ever they be born; and the Ties of natural Obligations, are not bounded by the positive Limits of Kingdoms and Commonwealths.


119. Every Man being, as has been shewed, naturally free, and nothing being able to put him into subjection to any earthly Power, but only his own Consent: It is to be considered, what shall be understood to be a sufficient Declaration of a Man's Consent, to make him subject to the Laws of any Government. There is a common distinction of an express, and a tacit Consent; which will concern our present Case. No body doubts but an express Consent, of any Man, entering into any Society, makes him a perfect Member of that Society, a Subject of that Government. The difficulty is, what ought to be look'd upon as a tacit Consent, and how far it binds, i. e. how far any one shall be looked on to have consented, and thereby submitted to any Government, where he has made no Expressions of it at all. And to this I say, that every Man, that hath any Possession, or Enjoyment, of any part of the Dominions of any Government, doth thereby give his tacit Consent, and is as far forth obliged to Obedience to the Laws of that Government, during such Enjoyment, as any one under it; whether this his Possession be of Land, to him and his Heirs for ever, or a Lodging only for a Week; or whether it be barely travelling freely on the Highway; [342] and, in Effect, it reaches as far as the very being of any one within the Territories of that Government.

120. To understand this the better, it is fit to consider, that every Man, when he, at first, incorporates himself into any Commonwealth, he, by his uniting himself thereunto, annexed also, and submits to the Community those Possessions, which he has, or shall acquire, that do not already belong to any other Government. For it would be a direct Contradiction, for any one, to enter into Society with others for the securing and regulating of Property: and yet to suppose his Land, whose Property is to be regulated by the Laws of the Society, should be exempt from the Jurisdiction of that Government, to which he himself, and the Property of the Land, is a Subject. By the same Act therefore, whereby any one unites his Person, which was before free, to any Commonwealth; by the same he unites his Possessions, which were before free, to it also; and they become, both of them, Person and Possession, subject to the Government and Dominion of that Commonwealth, as long as it hath a being. Who-ever therefore, from thenceforth, by Inheritance, purchases Permission, or otherwise enjoys any part of the Land, so annext to, and under the [343] Government of that Commonweal, must take it with the Condition it is under; that is, of submitting to the Government of the Commonwealth, under whose Jurisdiction it is, as far forth, as any Subject of it.

121. But since the Government has a direct Jurisdiction only over the Land, and reaches the Possessor of it, (before he has actually incorporated himself in the Society) only as he dwells upon, and enjoys that: the Obligation any one is under, by Virtue of such Enjoyment, to submit to the Government, begins and ends with the Enjoyment; so that when-ever the Owner, who has given nothing but such a tacit Consent, to the Government, will, by Donation, Sale, or otherwise, quit the said Possession: He is at liberty to go and incorporate himself into any other Commonwealth, or agree with others to begin a new one, in vacuis locis, in any part of the World they can find free and unpossessed: whereas he that has once, by actual Agreement, and any express Declaration, given his Consent to be of any Commonweal, is perpetually and indispensably obliged to be, and remain unalterably a Subject to it, and can never be again in the liberty of the state of Nature; unless, by any Calamity, the Government, he was under, comes to be dissolved.


122. But submitting to the Laws of any Countrey; living quietly, and enjoying Priviledges and Protection under them, makes not a Man a Member of that Society; 'tis only a local Protection and Homage due to, and from all those, who, not being in a state of War, come within the Territories belonging to any Government, to all parts whereof the force of its Law extends. But this no more makes a Man a Member of that Society, a perpetual Subject of that Commonwealth; than it would make a Man a Subject to another in whose Family he found it convenient to abide for some time; though, whilst he continued in it, he were obliged to comply with the Laws, and submit to the Government he found there. And thus we see, that Foreigners, by living all their Lives under another Government, and enjoying the Priviledges and Protection of it, though they are bound, even in Conscience, to submit to its Administration, as far forth as any Denison; yet do not thereby come to be Subjects or Members of that Commonwealth. Nothing can make any Man so, but his actually entering into it by positive Engagement, and express Promise and Compact. This is that, which I think, concerning the beginning of Political Societies, and that Consent [345] which makes any one a Member of any Commonwealth.




Of the Ends of Political Society and Government.

123. IF Man in the state of Nature be so free as has been said; If he be absolute Lord of his own Person and Possessions, equal to the greatest, and subject to no Body, why will he part with his Freedom, this Empire, and subject himself to the Dominion and Controul of any other Power? To which 'tis obvious to Answer, that though in the state of Nature he hath such a right, yet the Enjoyment of it is very uncertain, and constantly exposed to the Invasion of others; for all being Kings as much as he, every Man his Equal, and the greater part no strict Observers of Equity and Justice; the enjoyment of the property he has in this state is very unsafe, very unsecure. This makes him willing to quit this Condition, which however free, is full of fears and continual dangers: and 'tis not without reason, that he seeks out, and is willing to join in Society with others who are already united, [346] or have a mind to unite for the mutual preservation of their Lives, Liberties and Estates, which I call by the general name, Property.

124. The great and chief end therefore, of Mens uniting into Commonwealths, and putting themselves under Government, is the preservation of their Property. To which in the state of Nature there are many things wanting.

First, There wants an establish'd, setled, known Law, received and allowed by common consent to be the Standard of Right and Wrong, and the common measure to decide all Controversies between them. For though the Law of Nature be plain and intelligible to all rational Creatures; yet Men being biassed by their interest, as well as ignorant for want of study of it, are not apt to allow of it as a Law binding to them in the application of it to their particular Cases.

125. Secondly, In the State of Nature there wants a known and indifferent Judge, with Authority to determine all differences according to the established Law. For every one in that state being both Judge and Executioner of the Law of Nature, Men being partial to themselves, Passion and Revenge is very apt to carry them too far, and with too much [347] heat in their own Cases, as well as negligence and unconcernedness, make them too remiss in other Mens.

126. Thirdly, In the state of Nature there often wants Power to back and support the Sentence when right, and to give it due Execution. They who by any Injustice offended, will seldom fail, where they are able, by force to make good their Injustice; such resistance many times makes the punishment dangerous, and frequently destructive to those who attempt it.

127. Thus Mankind, notwithstanding all the Priviledges of the state of Nature, being but in an ill condition while they remain in it, are quickly driven into Society. Hence it comes to pass, that we seldom find any number of Men live any time together in this State. The inconveniencies that they are therein exposed to, by the irregular and uncertain exercise of the Power every Man has of punishing the transgressions of others, make them take Sanctuary under the establish'd Laws of Government, and therein seek the preservation of their Property. 'Tis this makes them so willingly give up every one his single power of punishing to be exercised by such alone as shall be appointed to it amongst them; and by such Rules [348] as the Community, or those authorised by them, to that purpose shall agree on. And in this we have the original right and rise of both the Legislative and Executive Power, as well as of the Governments and Societies themselves.

128. For in the state of Nature, to omit the liberty he has of innocent delights, a Man has two Powers. The first is to do whatsoever he thinks fit for the preservation of himself and others within the permission of the Law of Nature; by which Law, common to them all, he and all the rest of Mankind, are one Community, make up one Society distinct from all other Creatures, and were it not for the corruption and vitiousness of degenerate Men, there would be no need of any other, no necessity that Men should separate from this great and natural Community, and associate into lesser Combinations. The other power a Man has in the state of Nature, is the power to punish the Crimes committed against that Law. Both these he gives up when he joins in a private, if I may so call it, or particular Political Society, and incorporates into any Commonwealth, separate from the rest of Mankind.

129. The first power, viz. of doing whatsoever he thought fit for the preservation [349] of himself, and the rest of Mankind, he gives up to be regulated by Laws made by the Society, so far forth as the preservation of himself and the rest of that Society shall require; which Laws of the Society in many things confine the liberty he had by the Law of Nature.

130. Secondly, The power of punishing he wholly gives up, and engages his natural force, which he might before imploy in the Execution of the Law of Nature, by his own single Authority, as he thought fit, to assist the Executive Power of the Society, as the Law thereof shall require. For being now in a new State, wherein he is to enjoy many Conveniencies from the labour, assistance and society of others in the same Community, as well as protection from its whole strength; he is to part also with as much of his natural liberty, in providing for himself, as the good, prosperity and safety of the Society shall require; which is not only necessary but just, since the other Members of the Society do the like.

131. But though Men when they enter into Society, give up the Equality, Liberty, and Executive Power they had in the state of Nature, into the hands of the Society, to be so far disposed of by the Legislative, as the good of the Society shall require; [350] yet it being only with an intention in every one, the better to preserve himself, his Liberty and Property. (For no rational Creature can be supposed to change his condition with an intention to be worse) the power of the Society, or Legislative, constituted by them, can never be suppos'd to extend farther than the common good; but is obliged to secure every ones Property by providing against those three defects above-mentioned, that made the state of Nature so unsafe and uneasy. And so whoever has the Legislative or supream Power of any Commonwealth, is bound to govern by establish'd standing Laws, promulgated and known to the People, and not by Extemporary Decrees; By indifferent and upright Judges, who are to decide Controversies by those Laws. And to imploy the force of the Community at home, only in the Execution of such Laws, or abroad to prevent or redress Foreign Injuries, and secure the Community from Inroads and Invasion. And all this to be directed to no other end, but the Peace, Safety, and publick good of the People.





Of the Forms of a Commonwealth.

132. THE Majority having, as has been shew'd, upon Mens first uniting into Society, the whole power of the Community, naturally in them, may imploy all that power in making Laws for the Community from time to time, and Executing those Laws by Officers of their own appointing; and then the Form of the Government is a perfect Democracy: Or else may put the power of making Laws into the hands of a few select Men, and their Heirs or Successors; and then it is an Oligarchy: Or else into the hands of one Man, and then it is a Monarchy: If to him and his Heirs, it is an Hereditary Monarchy: If to him only for Life, but upon his Death the Power only of nominating a Successor, to return to them; an Elective Monarchy. And so accordingly of these make compounded and mixed Forms of Government, as they think good. And if the Legislative Power be at first given by the Majority to one or more Persons only for their Lives, or any limited time, and then the Supream Power to revert to them again; when it is so reverted, [352] the Community may dispose of it again anew into what hands they please, and so constitute a new Form of Government. For the Form of Government depending upon the placing the Supream Power, which is the Legislative, it being impossible to conceive, that an inferiour Power should prescribe to a Superiour, or any but the Supream make Laws, According as the Power of making Laws is placed, such is the Form of the Commonwealth.

133. By Commonwealth, I must be understood all along to mean, not a Democracy, or any Form of Government, but any Independent Community which the Latins signified by the word Civitas, to which the word which best answers in our Language, is Commonwealth, and most properly expresses such a Society of Men, which Community does not, For there may be subordinate Communities in a Government; and City much less; and therefore to avoid ambiguity, I crave leave to use the word Commonwealth in that sence; in which sense I find the word used by K. Iames himself, which I think to be its genuine signification; which if any Body dislike, I consent with him to change it for a better.





Of the Extent of the Legislative Power.

134. THE great end of Mens entering into Society, being the enjoyment of their Properties in Peace and Safety, and the great instrument and means of that being the Laws establish'd in that Society: The first and fundamental positive Law of all Commonwealths, is the establishing of the Legislative Power, as the first and fundamental natural Law which is to govern even the Legislative: It self is the preservation of the Society, and (as far as will consist with the publick good) of every person in it. This Legislative is not only the supream power of the Commonwealth, but sacred and unalterable in the hands where the Community have once placed it; nor can any Edict of any Body else, in what form soever conceived, or by what Power soever backed, have the force and obligation of a Law, which has not its Sanction from that Legislative which the publick has chosen and appointed: for without this the Law could not have that which is absolutely necessary to its being a Law, the consent of the Society, over whom no [354] Body can have a power to make Laws but by their own consent,[9] and by Authority received from them; and therefore-all the Obedience, which by the most solemn ties any one can be obliged to pay, ultimately, terminates in this Supream Power, and is directed by those Laws which it enacts; nor can any Oaths to any Foreign Power whatsoever, or any Domestick subordinate Power, discharge any Member of the Society from his Obedience to the Legislative, acting pursuant to their trust, nor oblige him to any Obedience contrary to the Laws so enacted, or farther than they do allow; it being ridiculous to imagine one can be tied ultimately to obey any Power in the Society which is not the Supream.


135. Though the Legislative, whether placed in one or more, whether it be always in being, or only by intervals, though it be the Supream Power in every Commonwealth; yet, First, it is not, nor can possibly be absolutely Arbitrary, over the Lives and Fortunes of the People. For it being but the joint power of every Member of the Society given up to that person, or Assembly, which is Legislator; it can be no more than those persons had in a state of Nature before they enter'd into Society, and gave it up to the Community. For no Body can transfer to another more power than he has in himself; and no Body has an absolute Arbitrary Power over himself, or over any other, to destroy his own Life, or take away the Life or Property of another. A Man, as has been proved, cannot subject himself to the Arbitrary Power of another; and having in the state of Nature no Arbitrary Power over the Life, Liberty, or Possession of another, but only so much as the Law of Nature gave him for the preservation of himself, and the rest of Mankind; this is all he doth, or can give up to the Commonwealth, and by it to the Legislative Power, so that the Legislative can have no more than this. Their Power in the utmost bounds of it, is limited to the publick [356] good of the Society. It is a Power that hath no other end but preservation, and therefore can never have a right to destroy,[10] enslave, or designedly to impoverish the Subjects; the obligations of the Law of Nature cease not in Society, but only in many Cases are drawn closer, and have by human Laws, known Penalties annexed to them, to inforce their observation. Thus the Law of Nature stands as an Eternal Rule to all Men, Legislators as well as others. The Rules that they make for other Mens actions, must as well as their own, and other Mens actions, be conformable to the Law of Nature, i. e. to the will of God, of which that is a Declaration, and the fundamental Law of Nature being the preservation of Mankind, no humane [357] Sanction can be good or valid against it.

136. Secondly, The Legislative, or Supream Authority, cannot assume to its self a power to Rule by extemporary Arbitrary Decrees,[11] but is bound to dispense Justice, and decide the Rights of the Subject by promulgated standing Laws, and known Authoris'd Judges. For the Law of Nature being unwritten, and so no where to be found but in the minds of Men, they who through Passion or Interest, shall mis-cite, or misapply it, cannot so easily be convinced of their mistake where there is no establish'd Judge: and so it serves not as it ought, to determine the Rights, and fence the Properties of those that live under it, especially where every one is Judge, Interpreter, and Executioner of it too, and that in his own Case: and he that has right on his side, having ordinarily but his own single strength, hath not force enough to defend himself from Injuries, or punish Delinquents. To avoid these Inconveniencies which disorder [358] Mens Properties in the state of Nature, Men unite into Societies, that they may have the united strength of the whole Society to secure and defend their Properties, and may have standing Rules to bound it, by which every one may know what is his. To this end it is that Men give up all their natural power to the Society they enter into, and the Community put the Legislative Power into such hands as they think fit, with this trust, that they shall be govern'd by declared Laws, or else their Peace, Quiet and Property, will still be at the same uncertainty as it was in the state of Nature.

137. Absolute Arbitrary Power, or Governing without setled standing Laws, can neither of them consist with the ends of Society and Government, which Men would not quit the freedom of the state of Nature for, and tie themselves up under, were it not to preserve their Lives, Liberties and Fortunes; and by stated Rules of Right and Property to secure their Peace and Quiet. It cannot be suppos'd, that they should intend, had they a power so to do, to give any one or more an absolute Arbitrary Power over their Persons and Estates, and put a force into the Magistrates hand to execute his unlimited Will arbitrarily upon them: this were to [359] put themselves into a worse condition than the state of Nature, wherein they had a Liberty to defend their Right against the Injuries of others, and were upon equal terms of force to maintain it, whether invaded by a single Man, or many in Combination. Whereas by supposing they have given up themselves to the absolute Arbitrary Power and Will of a Legislator, they have disarmed themselves, and armed him to make a prey of them when he pleases. He being in a much worse condition, that is exposed to the Arbitrary Power of one Man who has the Command of 100000. than he that is expos'd to the Arbitrary Power of 100000. single Men, no Body being secure, that his Will, who has such a Command, is better than that of other Men, though his Force be 100000. times stronger. And therefore whatever Form the Commonwealth is under, the Ruling Power ought to govern by declared and received Laws, and not by extempory dictates and undetermin'd Resolutions. For then Mankind will be in a far worse condition than in the state of Nature, if they shall have armed one or a few Men with the joint power of a multitude, to force them to obey at pleasure the exorbitant and unlimited decrees of their sudden thoughts, or unrestrain'd, and till that [360] moment unknown Wills without having any measures set down which may guide and justifie their actions. For all the power the Government has, being only for the good of the Society, as it ought not to be Arbitrary and at Pleasure: so it ought to be exercised by established and promulgated Laws; that both the People may know their Duty, and be safe and secure within the limits of the Law, and the Rulers too kept within their due bounds, and not be tempted by the power they have in their hands to imploy it to purposes, and by such measures as they would not have known, and own not willingly.

138. Thirdly, The Supream Power cannot take from any Man any part of his Property without his own consent. For the preservation of Property being the end of Government, and that for which Men enter into Society, it necessarily supposes and requires, that the People should have Property, without which they must be suppos'd to lose that by entering into Society, which was the end for which they entered into it. Too gross an absurdity for any Man to own. Men therefore in Society having Property, they have such a right to the goods, which by the Law of the Community are theirs, that no Body hath a right to take them, or any part of them, [361] from them, without their own consent; without this they have no Property at all. For I have truly no Property in that which another can by right take from me when he pleases, against my consent. Hence it is a mistake to think, that the Supream or Legislative Power of any Commonwealth, can do what it will, and dispose of the Estates of the Subject arbitrarily, or take any part of them at pleasure. This is not much to be fear'd in Governments where the Legislative consists wholly or in part in Assemblies which are variable, whose Members upon the dissolution of the Assembly, are Subjects under the common Laws of their Country, equally with the rest. But in Governments, where the Legislative is in one lasting Assembly, always in being, or in one Man, as in absolute Monarchies, there is danger still, that they will think themselves to have a distinct interest from the rest of the Community, and so will be apt to increase their own Riches and Power by taking what they think fit from the People. For a Mans Property is not at all secure, though there be good and equitable Laws to set the bounds of it between him and his Fellow Subjects, if he who commands those Subjects, have power to take from any private Man what part he pleases of his Property, [362] and use and dispose of it as he thinks good.

139. But Government into whosesoever hands it is put, being as I have before shew'd, intrusted with this condition, and for this end, that Men might have and secure their Properties, the Prince or Senate, however it may have power to make Laws for the regulating of Property between the Subjects one amongst another, yet can never have a Power to take to themselves the whole, or any part of the Subjects Property, without their own consent. For this would be in effect to leave them no Property at all. And to let us see, that even absolute Power, where it is necessary, is not arbitrary by being absolute, but is still limited by that reason, and confined to those ends which required it in some Cases to be absolute, we need look no farther than the common practice of Martial Discipline. For the preservation of the Army, and in it of the whole Commonwealth, requires an absolute Obedience to the Command of every superiour Officer, and it is justly Death to disobey or dispute the most dangerous or unreasonable of them; but yet we see, that neither the Serjeant that could command a Souldier to march up to the mouth of a Cannon, or stand in a Breach where [363] he is almost sure to perish; can command that Souldier to give him one penny of his money: nor the General that can condemn him to Death for deserting his Post, or not obeying the most desperate Orders, cannot yet with all his absolute Power of Life and Death, dispose of one Farthing of that Souldiers Estate, or seize one jot of his Goods; whom yet he can command any thing, and hang for the least disobedience. Because such a blind Obedience is necessary to that end for which the Commander has his Power, viz. the preservation of the rest, but the disposing of his goods has nothing to do with it.

140. 'Tis true, Governments cannot be supported without great Charge, and 'tis fit every one who enjoys his share of the Protection, should pay, out of his Estate, his proportion for the maintenance of it. But still it must be with his own Consent, i. e. the Consent of the Majority, giving it either by themselves, or their Representatives chosen by them; for if any one shall claim a Power to lay and levy Taxes on the People, by his own Authority, and without such consent of the People, he thereby invades the Fundamental Law of Property, and subverts the end of Government. For what property have I in that which another may by right take when he pleases to himself.


141. Fourthly, The Legislative cannot transfer the Power of making Laws to any other hands, for it being but a delegated Power from the People, they who have it cannot pass it over to others. The People alone can appoint the Form of the Commonwealth, which is by Constituting the Legislative, and appointing in whose hands that shall be. And when the People have said, We will submit, and be govern'd by Laws made by such Men, and in such Forms; no Body else can say other Men shall make Laws for them: nor can they be bound by any Laws but such as are Enacted by those whom they have Chosen, and Authorised to make Laws for them.

142. These are the Bounds which the trust that is put in them by the Society, and the Law of God and Nature, have set to the Legislative Power of every Commonwealth, in all Forms of Government: First, They are to govern by promulgated establish'd Laws, not to be varied in particular Cases, but to have one Rule for Rich and Poor, for the Favourite at Court, and the Country Man at Plough. Secondly, These Laws also ought to be designed for no other end ultimately but the good of the People. Thirdly, They must not raise Taxes on the Property of [365] the People, without the Consent of the People, given by themselves, or their Deputies. And this properly concerns only such Governments where the Legislative is always in being, or at least where the People have not reserv'd any part of the Legislative to Deputies, to be from time to time chosen by themselves. Fourthly, Legislative neither must nor can transfer the Power of making Laws to any Body else, or place it any where but where the People have.




Of the Legislative, Executive, and Federative Power of the Commonwealth.

143. THE Legislative Power is that which has a right to direct how the Force of the Commonwealth shall be imploy'd for preserving the Community and the Members of it. Because those Laws which are constantly to be Executed, and whose Force is always to continue, may be made in a little time; therefore there is no need that the Legislative should be always in being, not having always business to do. And because it may be too great temptation to humane [366] frailty, apt to grasp at Power, for the same Persons who have the Power of making Laws, to have also in their hands the power to execute them, whereby they may exempt themselves from Obedience to the Laws they make, and suit the Law, both in its making and execution, to their own private advantage, and thereby come to have a distinct interest from the rest of the Community, contrary to the end of Society and Government. Therefore in well order'd Commonwealths, where the good of the whole is so considered as it ought, the Legislative Power is put into the hands of divers Persons, who duly Assembled, have by themselves, or jointly with others, a Power to make Laws, which when they have done, being separated again, they are themselves subject to the Laws they have made; which is a new and near tie upon them to take care that they make them for the publick good.

144. But because the Laws that are at once, and in a short time made, have a constant and lasting force, and need a perpetual Execution, or an attendance thereunto: Therefore 'tis necessary there should be a Power always in being, which should see to the Execution of the Laws that are made, and remain in force. And thus [367] the Legislative and Executive Power come often to be separated.

145. There is another Power in every Commonwealth, which one may call natural, because it is that which answers to the Power every Man naturally had before he entered into Society. For though in a Commonwealth the Members of it are distinct Persons still in reference to one another, and as such are governed by the Laws of the Society; yet in reference to the rest of Mankind, they make one Body, which is, as every Member of it before was, still in the state of Nature with the rest of Mankind: so that the Controversies that happen between any Man of the Society with those that are out of it, are managed by the publick; and an injury done to a Member of their Body, engages the whole in the reparation of it. So that under this consideration, the whole Community is one Body in the state of Nature, in respect of all other States or Persons out of its Community.

146. This therefore contains the Power of War and Peace, Leagues and Alliances, and all the Transactions, with all Persons and Communities without the Commonwealth, and may be called Federative, if any one pleases. So the thing be understood, I am indifferent as to the name.


147. These two Powers, Executive and Federative, though they be really distinct in themselves, yet one comprehending the Execution of the Municipal Laws of the Society within its self, upon all that are parts of it; the other the management of the security and interest of the publick without, with all those, that it may receive benefit or damage from, yet they are always almost united. And though this Federative Power in the well or ill management of it be of great moment to the Commonwealth, yet it is much less capable to be directed by antecedent, standing, positive Laws, than the Executive; and so must necessarily be left to the Prudence and Wisdom of those whose hands it is in, to be managed for the publick good. For the Laws that concern Subjects one amongst another, being to direct their actions, may well enough precede them. But what is to be done in reference to Foreigners, depending much upon their actions, and the variation of designs and interests must be left in great part to the Prudence of those who have this Power committed to them, to be managed by the best of their Skill for the advantage of the Commonwealth.

148. Though, as I said, the Executive and Federative Power of every Community [369] be really distinct in themselves, yet they are hardly to be separated and placed at the same time in the hands of distinct Persons. For both of them requiring the force of the Society for their exercise, it is almost impracticable to place the Force of the Commonwealth in distinct, and not subordinate hands; or that the Executive and Federative Power should be placed in Persons that might act separately, whereby the Force of the publick would be under different Commands, which would be apt sometime or other to cause disorder and ruin.




Of the Subordination of the Powers of the Commonwealth.

149. THough in a Constituted Commonwealth, standing upon its own Basis, and acting according to its own nature, that is, acting for the preservation of the Community, there can be but one Supream Power, which is the Legislative, to which all the rest are and must be subordinate, yet the Legislative being only a Fiduciary Power to act for certain ends, there remains still in the People a [370] Supream Power to remove or alter the Legislative, when they find the Legislative act contrary to the trust reposed in them. For all Power given with trust for the attaining an end, being limited by that end, when ever that end is manifestly neglected, or opposed, the trust must necessarily be forfeited, and the Power devolve into the hands of those that gave it, who may place it a-new where they shall think best for their safety and security. And thus the Community perpetually retains a Supream Power of saving themselves from the attempts and designs of any Body, even of their Legislators, whenever they shall be so foolish, or so wicked, as to lay and carry on designs against the Liberties and Properties of the Subject. For no Man or Society of Men, having a Power to deliver up their Preservation, or consequently the means of it, to the absolute Will, and arbitrary Dominion of another; when ever any one shall go about to bring them into such a Slavish Condition, they will always have a right to preserve what they have not a Power to part with; and to rid themselves of those who invade this Fundamental, Sacred, and unalterable Law of Self-Preservation, for which they enter'd into Society. And thus the Community may be said in this respect, to be [371] always the Supream Power, but not as considered under any Form of Government, because this Power of the People can never take place till the Government be dissolv'd.

150. In all Cases, whilst the Government subsists, the Legislative is the supream Power. For what can give Laws to another must needs be superiour to him; and since the Legislative is no otherwise Legislative of the Society, but by the right it has to make Laws for all the parts, and every Member of the Society prescribing Rules to their actions, and giving power of Execution where they are transgressed, the Legislative must needs be the Supream, and all other Powers in any Members or parts of the Society, derived from and subordinate to it.

151. In some Commonwealths where the Legislative is not always in being, and the Executive is vested in a single Person, who has also a share in the Legislative; there that single Person in a very tolerable sense may also be called Supream; not that he has in himself all the Supream Power, which is that of Law-making: but because he has in him the supream Execution, from whom all inferiour Magistrates derive all their several subordinate Powers, or at least the greatest part of [372] them; having also no Legislative superiour to him, there being no Law to be made without his consent, which cannot be expected should ever subject him to the other part of the Legislative, he is properly enough in this sense Supream. But yet it is to be observed, that though Oaths of Allegiance and Fealty are taken to him, 'tis not to him as Supream Legislator, but as Supream Executor of the Law, made by a joint Power of him with others; Allegiance being nothing but an Obedience according to Law, which when he violates, he has no right to Obedience, nor can claim it otherwise than as the publick Person vested with the Power of the Law, and so is to be consider'd as the Image, Phantom, or Representative of the Commonwealth, acted by the will of the Society, declared in its Laws; and thus he has no Will, no Power, but that of the Law. But when he quits this Representation, this publick Will, and acts by his own private Will, he degrades himself and is but a single private Person without Power, and without Will. The Members owing no Obedience but to the publick Will of the Society.

152. The Executive Power placed any where but in a Person that has also a share in the Legislative, is visibly subordinate and accountable to it, and may be at pleasure [373] changed and displaced; so that it is not the Supream Executive Power that is exempt from Subordination, but the Supream Executive Power vested in one, who having a share in the Legislative, has no distinct superiour Legislative to be subordinate and accountable to, father than he himself shall join and consent, so that he is no more subordinate than he himself shall think fit, which one may certainly conclude will be but very little. Of other Ministerial and subordinate Powers in a Commonwealth, we need not speak, they being so multiply'd with infinite variety in the different Customs and Constitutions of distinct Commonwealths, that it is impossible to give a particular account of them all. Only thus much which is necessary to our present purpose we may take notice of concerning them, that they have no manner of Authority any of them, beyond what is by positive Grant and Commission delegated to them, and are all of them accountable to some other Power in the Commonwealth.

153. It is not necessary, no nor so much as convenient, that the Legislative should be always in being. But absolutely necessary, that the Executive Power should, because there is not always need of new Laws to be made, but always need of Execution of the Laws that are made. When [374] the Legislative hath put the Execution of the Laws they make into other hands, they have a power still to resume it out of those hands when they find cause, and to punish for any mall-administration against the Laws. The same holds also in regard of the Federative Power, that and the Executive being both Ministerial and subordinate to the Legislative, which as has been shew'd in a Constituted Commonwealth, is the Supream. The Legislative also in this Case being suppos'd to consist of several Persons; for if it be a single Person, it cannot but be always in being, and so will as Supream, naturally have the Supream Executive Power, together with the Legislative, may assemble and exercise their Legislative, at the times that either their original Constitution, or their own Adjournment appoints, or when they please; if neither of these hath appointed any time, or there be no other way prescribed to convoke them. For the Supream Power being placed in them by the People, 'tis always in them, and they may exercise it when they please, unless by their original Constitution, they are limited to certain Seasons, or by an Act of their Supream Power, they have Adjourned to a certain time, and when that time comes, they have a right to Assemble and act again.


154. If the Legislative, or any part of it be of Representatives, chosen for that time by the People, which afterwards return into the ordinary state of Subjects, and have no share in the Legislature but upon a new choice, this power of chuseing must also be exercised by the People, either at certain appointed Seasons, or else when they are summon'd to it; and in this latter Case, the power of convokeing the Legislative, is ordinarily placed in the Executive, and has one of these two limitations in respect of time: That either the Original Constitution requires their Assembling and acting at certain intervals, and then the Executive Power does nothing but Ministerially issue directions for their Electing and Assembling, according to due Forms: Or else it is left to his Prudence to call them by new Elections, when the occasions or exigencies of the publick require the amendment of old, or making of new Laws, or the redress or prevention of any inconveniencies that lye on, or threaten the People.

155. It may be demanded here, what if the Executive Power, being possessed of the force of the Commonwealth, shall make use of that force to hinder the meeting and acting of the Legislative, when the original Constitution, or the publick [376] Exigencies require it? I say using Force upon the People, without Authority, and contrary to the Trust put in him that does so, is a state of War with the People, who have a right to reinstate their Legislative in the Exercise of their Power. For having erected a Legislative with an intent they should exercise the Power of making Laws, either at certain set times, or when there is need of it; when they are hinder'd by any force from what is so necessary to the Society, and wherein the safety and preservation of the People consists, the People have a right to remove it by force. In all states and conditions the true remedy of Force without Authority, is to oppose Force to it. The use of Force without Authority, always puts him that uses it into a state of War, as the Aggressor, and renders him liable to be treated accordingly.

156. The Power of Assembling, and dismissing the Legislative, placed in the Executive, gives not the Executive a superiority over it, but is a Fiduciary Trust placed in him for the safety of the People, in a Case where the uncertainty and variableness of humane affairs could not bear a steady fixed rule. For it not being possible, that the first Framers of the Government, should by any foresight, be so much [377] Masters of future Events, as to be able to prefix so just periods of return and duration to the Assemblies of the Legislative, in all times to come, that might exactly answer all the Exigences of the Commonwealth; the best remedy could be found for this defect, was to trust this to the prudence of one who was always to be present, and whose business it was to watch over the publick good. Constant frequent meetings of the Legislative, and long Continuations of their Assemblies, without necessary occasion, could not but be burthensome to the People, and must necessarily in time produce more dangerous inconveniencies, and yet the quick turn of affairs, might be sometimes such as to need their present help: any delay of their Convening might endanger the publick, and sometimes too their business might be so great, that the limited time of their sitting might be too short for their work, and rob the publick of that benefit which could be had only from their mature deliberation. What then could be done in this Case to prevent the Community from being exposed sometime or other to eminent hazard on one side, or the other, by fixed intervals and periods, set to the meeting and acting of the Legislative. But to intrust it to the prudence [378] of some, who being present, and acquainted with the state of publick affairs, might make use of this Prerogative for the publick good? And where else could this be so well placed as in his hands who was intrusted with the Execution of the Laws for the same end? Thus supposing the regulation of times for the Assembling and Sitting of the Legislative, not setled by the original Constitution, it naturally fell into the hands of the Executive; not as an Arbitrary Power depending on his good pleasure, but with this trust always to have it exercised only for the publick Weal, as the Occurrences of times and change of affairs might require. Whether setled periods of their Convening, or a liberty left to the Prince for Convoking the Legislative, or perhaps a mixture of both, hath the least inconvenience attending it, 'tis not my business here to inquire, but only to shew, that though the Executive Power may have the Prerogative of Convoking and dissolving such Conventions of the Legislative, yet it is not thereby superiour to it.

157. Things of this World are in so constant a Flux, that nothing remains long in the same State. Thus People, Riches, Trade, Power, change their Stations; flourishing mighty Cities come to [379] ruine, and prove in time neglected desolate Corners, whilst other unfrequented places grow into populous Countries, fill'd with Wealth and Inhabitants. But things not always changing equally, and private interest often keeping up Customs and Priviledges when the reasons of them are ceased, it often comes to pass, that in Governments, where part of the Legislative consists of Representatives chosen by the People, that in tract of time, this Representation becomes very unequal and disproportionate to the reasons it was at first establish'd upon. To what gross absurdities the following of Custom when Reason has left it may lead, we may be satisfied when we see the bare name of a Town, of which there remains not so much as the ruins, where scarce so much Housing as a Sheepcoat, or more Inhabitants than a Shepherd is to be found, send as many Representatives to the grand Assembly of Law-makers, as a whole County numerous in People, and powerful in riches. This Strangers stand amazed at, and every one must confess needs a remedy. Though most think it hard to find one, because the Constitution of the Legislative being the original and supream act of the Society, antecedent to all positive Laws in it, and depending wholly on the People, no inferiour [380] Power can alter it. And therefore the People, when the Legislative is once Constituted, having in such a Government as we have been speaking of, no Power to act as long as the Government stands; this inconvenience is thought incapable of a remedy.

158. Salus Populi Suprema Lex, is certainly so just and fundamental a Rule, that he who sincerely follows it cannot dangerously err. If therefore the Executive, who has the Power of Convoking the Legislative, observing rather the true proportion than fashion of Representation, regulates not by old custom, but true reason, the number of Members, in all places, that have a right to be distinctly represented, which no part of the People, however incorporated, can pretend to; but in proportion to the assistance which it affords to the publick, it cannot be judg'd to have set up a new Legislative, but to have restored the old and true one, and to have rectified the disorders which succession of time had insensibly as well as inevitably introduced; for it being the interest as well as intention of the People to have a fair and equal Representative; whoever brings it nearest to that, is an undoubted Friend to, and Establisher of the Government, and cannot miss the Consent and [381] Approbation of the Community. Prerogative being nothing but a Power in the hands of the Prince to provide for the publick good, in such Cases, which depending upon unforeseen and uncertain Occurrences, certain and unalterable Laws could not safely direct. Whatsoever shall be done manifestly for the good of the People, and establishing the Government upon its true Foundations, is, and always will be, just Prerogative. The Power of Erecting new Corporations, and therewith new Representatives, carries with it a supposition, that in time, the measures of representation might vary, and those have a just right to be represented which before had none; and by the same reason, those cease to have a right, and be too inconsiderable for such a priviledge which before had it. 'Tis not a Change from the present State which perhaps Corruption or decay has introduced, that makes an Inroad upon the Government, but the tendency of it to injure or oppress the People, and to set up one part or Party with a distinction from, and an unequal subjection of the rest. Whatsoever cannot but be acknowledged to be of advantage to the Society and People in general, upon just and lasting measures, will always, when done, justify it self; and whenever the People shall chuse their [382] Representatives upon just and undeniably equal measures, suitable to the original Frame of the Government, it cannot be doubted to be the will and act of the Society, whoever permitted or propos'd to them so to do.




Of Prerogative.

159. WHere the Legislative and Executive Power are in distinct hands, as they are in all moderated Monarchies and well-framed Governments, there the good of the Society requires, that several things should be left to the discretion of him that has the Executive Power. For the Legislators not being able to foresee and provide, by Laws, for all that may be useful to the Community, the Executor of the Laws having the power in his hands, has by the common Law of Nature, a right to make use of it for the good of the Society, in many Cases where the municipal Law has given no direction, till the Legislative can conveniently be Assembled to provide for it; nay many things there are which the Law can by no means provide for, and those must necessarily [383] be left to the discretion of him that has the Executive Power in his hands, to be ordered by him as the publick good and advantage shall require; nay, 'tis fit that the Laws themselves, should in some Cases, give way to the Executive Power, or rather to this Fundamental Law of Nature and Government, viz. That as much as may be, all the Members of the Society are to be preserved. For since many accidents may happen wherein a strict and rigid observation of the Laws may do harm, as not to pull down an innocent Mans House to stop the Fire when the next to it is burning; and a Man may come sometimes within the reach of the Law, which makes no distinction of Persons, by an action that may deserve reward and pardon. 'Tis fit the Ruler should have a Power in many Cases to mitigate the severity of the Law, and pardon some Offenders, since the end of Government, being the preservation of all as much as may be, even the guilty are to be spared where it can prove no prejudice to the innocent.

160. This Power to act according to discretion for the publick good, without the prescription of the Law, and sometimes even against it, is that which is called Prerogative; for since in fome Governments the Law-making Power is not always in [384] being, and is usually too numerous, and so too slow for the dispatch requisite to Execution; and because also it is impossible to foresee, and so by Laws to provide for all accidents and necessities that may concern the publick, or make such Laws as will do no harm, if they are Executed with an inflexible rigour on all occasions, and upon all Persons that may come in their way, therefore there is a latitude left to the Executive Power, to do many things of choice which the Laws do not prescribe.

161. This Power whilst imployed for the benefit of the Community, and suitably to the trust and ends of the Government, is undoubted Prerogative, and never is questioned. For the People are very seldom, or never scrupulous or nice in the point, or questioning of Prerogative, whilst it is in any tolerable degree imploy'd for the use it was meant, that is, the good of the People, and not manifestly against it. But if there comes to be a question between the Executive Power and the People, about a thing claimed as a Prerogative; the tendency of the exercise of such Prerogative, to the good or hurt of the People, will easily decide that question.

162. It is easy to conceive, that in the Infancy of Governments, when Commonwealths [385] differed little from Families in number of People, they differ'd from them too, but little in number of Laws: and the Governours being as the Fathers of them, watching over them for their good, the Government was almost all Prerogative. A few establish'd Laws served the turn, and the discretion and care of the Ruler supply'd the rest. But when mistake or flattery prevailed with weak Princes, to make use of this Power for private ends of their own, and not for the publick good, the people were fain by express Laws, to get Prerogative determin'd in those points wherein they found disadvantage from it: And declared limitations of Prerogative in those Cases which they and their Ancestors had left in the utmost latitude, to the Wisdom of those Princes who made no other but a right use of it, that is, for the good of their People.

163. And therefore they have a very wrong notion of Government, who say, that the People have incroach'd upon the Prerogative when they have got any part of it to be defined by positive Laws. For in so doing they have not pulled from the Prince any thing that of right belong'd to him, but only declared, that that Power which they indefinitely left in him, or his Ancestors hands, to be exercised for their [386] good, was not a thing they intended him, when he used it otherwise. For the End of Government being the good of the Community, whatsoever alterations are made in it, tending to that end, cannot be an incroachment upon any body; since no body, in Government, can have a right tending to any other end. And those only are incroachments which prejudice or hinder the publick good. Those who say otherwise, speak as if the Prince had a distinct and separate Interest from the good of the Community, and was not made for it. The Root and Source from which spring almost all those Evils and Disorders, which happen in Kingly Governments. And indeed, if that be so, the People, under his Government, are not a Society of Rational Creatures, entered into a Community, for their mutual good, such as have set Rulers over themselves, to guard and promote that good; but are to be looked on as an Herd of inferiour Creatures, under the Dominion of a Master, who keeps them, and works them, for his own Pleasure or Profit. If Men were so void of Reason, and brutish, as to enter into Society upon such Terms, Prerogative might indeed be, what some Men would have it, an Arbitrary Power to do things hurtful to the People.


164. But since a Rational Creature cannot be supposed, when free, to put himself into Subjection to another, for his own harm: (though where he finds a good and a wise Ruler, he may not, perhaps, think it either necessary or useful to set precise Bounds to his Power in all things) Prerogative can be nothing but the Peoples permitting their Rulers to do several things of their own free choice, where the Law was silent, and sometimes too against the direct Letter of the Law, for the publick good, and their acquiescing in it when so done. For as a good Prince, who is mindful of the trust put into his hands, and careful of the good of his People, cannot have too much Prerogative, that is, Power to do good: So a weak and ill Prince, who would claim that Power his Predecessors exercised, without the direction of the Law, as a Prerogative belonging to him by Right of his Office, which he may exercise at his pleasure, to make or promote an Interest distinct from that of the publick, gives the People an occasion to claim their Right, and limit that Power, which, whilst it was exercised for their good, they were content should be tacitly allowed.

165. And therefore he that will look into the History of England will find that [388] Prerogative was always largest in the hands of our wisest and best Princes: Because the People observing the whole tendency of their Actions to be the publick good, or if any humane frailty or mistake (for Princes are but Men, made as others) appear'd in some small declinations from that end; yet 'twas visible, the main of their Conduct tended to nothing but the care of the publick. The People therefore finding reason to be satisfied with these Princes, whenever they acted without, or contrary to the Letter of the Law, acquiesced in what they did, and without the least complaint, let them inlarge their Prerogative as they pleased, judging rightly that they did nothing herein to the prejudice of their Laws, since they acted conformable to the Foundation and End of all Laws, the publick good.

166. Such God-like Princes indeed had some Title to Arbitrary Power, by that Argument that would prove Absolute Monarchy the best Government, as that which God himself governs the Universe by, because such Kings partake of his Wisdom and Goodness. Upon this is founded that saying, That the Reigns of good Princes have been always most dangerous to the Liberties of their People. For when their Successors, managing the Government [389] with different Thoughts, would draw the Actions of those good Rulers into Precedent, and make them the Standard of their Prerogative; as if what had been done only for the good of the People, was a right in them to do for the harm of the People, if they so pleased: It has often occasioned Contest, and sometimes publick Disorders, before the People could recover their original Right, and get that to be declared not to be Prerogative which truly was never so: since it is impossible any body, in the Society, should ever have a right to do the People harm, though it be very possible and reasonable that the People should not go about to set any Bounds to the Prerogative of those Kings or Rulers, who themselves transgressed not the Bounds of the publick good. For Prerogative is nothing but the Power of doing publick good, without a Rule.

167. The Power of calling Parliaments in England, as to precise time, place, and duration, is certainly a Prerogative of the King, but still with this trust, that it shall be made use of for the good of the Nation, as the exigencies of the Times, and variety of Occasion shall require. For it being impossible to foresee which should always be the fittest place for them to assemble [390] in, and what the best season: the choice of these was left with the Executive Power, as might be best subservient to the publick good, and best suit the ends of Parliaments.

168. The old Question will be asked in this matter of Prerogative, But who shall be Judge when this Power is made a right use of? I answer: Between an Executive Power in being, with such a Prerogative, and a Legislative, that depends upon his will for their convening, there can be no Judge on Earth. As there can be none between the Legislative and the People, should either the executive, or the Legislative, when they have got the Power in their hands, design, or go about to enslave or destroy them. The People have no other remedy in this, as in all other cases, where they have no Judge on earth, but to appeal to Heaven. For the Rulers, in such attempts, exercising a Power the people never put into their hands, who can never be supposed to consent that any body should rule over them for their harm, do that which they have not a right to do. And where the Body of the People, or any single Man, are deprived of their Right, or are under the Exercise of a power without right, having no Appeal on earth, they have a liberty to appeal to Heaven, when-ever they judge the Cause [391] of sufficient moment. And therefore, though the People cannot be Judge, so as to have, by the Constitution of that Society, any Superiour power, to determine and give effective Sentence in the case; yet they have reserv'd that ultimate Determination to themselves, which belongs to all Mankind, where there lies no Appeal on Earth; by a Law antecedent, and paramount to all positive Laws of Men, whether they have just Cause to make their Appeal to Heaven. And this Judgment they cannot part with, it being out of a Man's power so to submit himself to another, as to give him a liberty to destroy him; God and Nature never allowing a Man so to abandon himself, as to neglect his own preservation. And since he cannot take away his own Life, neither can he give another power to take it. Nor let any one think this lays a perpetual foundation for Disorder; for this operates not till the Inconvenience is so great, that the Majority feel it, and are weary of it, and find a necessity to have it amended. And this the Executive Power, or wise Princes never need come in the danger of. And 'tis the thing, of all others, they have most need to avoid, as, of all others, the most perilous.





Of Paternal, Political, and Despotical Power, considered together.

169. THough I have had occasion to speak of these separately before, yet the great mistakes, of late, about Government, having, as I suppose, arisen from confounding these distinct Powers one with another, it may not, perhaps, be amiss, to consider them here together.

170. First then, Paternal or Parental Power, is nothing but that which Parents have over their Children, to govern them, for the Childrens good, till they come to the use of Reason, or a state of Knowledge, wherein they may be supposed capable to understand that Rule, whether it be the Law of Nature, or the municipal Law of their Countrey, they are to govern themselves by: Capable, I say, to know it, as well as several others, who live as Free-men under that Law. The Affection and Tenderness God hath planted in the breasts of Parents, towards their Children, makes it evident, that this is not intended to be a severe. Arbitrary Government; but only for the Help, Instruction, and Preservation of their Off-spring. [393] But, happen it as it will, there is, as I have proved, no reason why it should be thought to extend to Life and Death, at any time, over their Children, more than over any body else, or keep the Child in subjection to the Will of his Parents, when grown to a Man, and the perfect use of Reason, any farther, than as having received Life and Education from his Parents, obliges him to Respect, Honour, Gratitude, Assistance, and Support, all his Life, to both Father and Mother. And thus, 'tis true, the Paternal is a natural Government; but not at all extending it self to the Ends and Jurisdictions of that which is Political. The Power of the Father doth not reach at all to the Property of the Child, which is only in his own disposing.

171. Secondly, Political Power is that Power, which every Man, having in the state of Nature, has given up into the hands of the Society, and therein to the Governours, whom the Society hath set over it self, with this express, or tacit Trust, That it shall be imployed for their good, and the preservation of their Property: Now this Power, which every Man has in the state of Nature, and which he parts with to the Society, in all such cases where the Society can secure him, [394] is to use such means for the preserving of his own Property, as he thinks good, and Nature allows him; and to punish the Breach of the Law of Nature in others; so as (according to the best of his Reason) may most conduce to the preservation of himself, and the rest of Mankind; so that the end and measure of this Power, when in every Man's hands, in the state of Nature, being the preservation of all of his Society, that is, all Mankind in general. It can have no other end or measure, when in the hands of the Magistrate, but to preserve the Members of that Society, in their Lives, Liberties, and Possessions; and so cannot be an Absolute, Arbitrary Power over their Lives and Fortunes, which are as much as possible to be preserved; But a Power to make Laws, and annex such Penalties to them, as may tend to the preservation of the whole, by cutting off those Parts, and those only, which are so corrupt, that they threaten the sound and healthy, without which no severity is lawful. And this Power has its Original only from Compact and Agreement, and the mutual Consent of those who make up the Community.

172. Thirdly, Despotical Power is an Absolute, Arbitrary Power, one Man has over another, to take away his Life whenever [395] he pleases; and this is a Power, which neither Nature gives, for it has made no such distinction between one Man and another, nor Compact can convey. For Man, not having such an Arbitrary Power over his own Life, cannot give another Man such a Power over it, but it is the effect only of Forfeiture, which the Aggressor makes of his own Life, when he puts himself into the state of War with another. For having quitted Reason, which God hath given to be the Rule betwixt Man and Man, and the peaceable ways which that teaches, and made use of Force to compass his unjust ends upon another, where he has no right, he renders himself liable to be destroyed by his Adversary, when-ever he can, as any other noxious and brutish Creature that is destructive to his Being. And thus Captives, taken in a just and lawful War, and such only, are subject to a Despotical Power, which as it arises not from Compact, so neither is it capable of any, but is the state of War continued. For what Compact can be made with a Man that is not Master of his own Life? What Condition can he perform? And if he be once allowed to be Master of his own Life, the Despotical, Arbitrary Power of his Master ceases. He that is Master of himself, [396] and his own Life, has a right too to the means of preserving it; so that as soon as Compact enters, Slavery ceases, and he so far quits his Absolute Power, and puts an end to the state of War, who enters into Conditions with his Captive.

173. Nature gives the first of these, viz. Paternal Power, to Parents, for the Benefit of their Children, during their Minority, to supply their want of Ability, and understanding how to manage their Property. (By Property I must be understood here, as in other places, to mean that Property which Men have in their Persons as well as Goods.) Voluntary Agreement gives the second, viz. Political Power, to Governours, for the Benefit of their Subjects, to secure them in the Possession and Use of their Properties. And Forfeiture gives the third, Despotical Power, to Lords, for their own Benefit over those who are stripp'd of all Property.

174. He that shall consider the distinct rise and extent, and the different ends of these several Powers, will plainly see that Paternal Power comes as far short of that of the Magistrate, as Despotical exceeds it; and that Absolute Dominion, however placed, is so far from being one kind of civil Society, that it is as inconsistent [397] with it as Slavery is with Property. Paternal Power is only where Minority makes the Child incapable to manage his Property; Political where Men have Property in their own disposal; and Despotical over such as have no Property at all.





175. THough Governments can originally have no other Rise, than that before mentioned, nor Polities be founded on any thing but the Consent of the People; yet such has been the Disorders, Ambition has fill'd the World with, that in the noise of War, which makes so great a part of the History of Mankind, this Consent is little taken notice of: and therefore many have mistaken the force of Arms for the Consent of the People, and reckon Conquest as one of the Originals of Government. But Conquest is as far from setting up any Government, as demolishing an House is from building a new one in the place. Indeed it often makes way for a new Frame of a Commonwealth, by destroying the former; [398] but, without the Consent of the People, can never erect a new one.

176. That the Aggressor, who puts himself into the state of War with another, and unjustly invades another Man's right, can, by such an unjust War, never come to have a right over the Conquered, will be easily agreed by all Men, who will not think that Robbers and Pyrates have a Right of Empire over whomsoever they have Force enough to master, or that Men are bound by Promises, which unlawful Force extorts from them. Should a Robber break into my House, and with a Dagger at my Throat, make me seal Deeds to convey my Estate to him, would this give him any Title? Just such a Title by his Sword, has an unjust Conquerour, who forces me into Submission. The Injury and the Crime is equal, whether committed by the wearer of a Crown, or some petty Villain. The Title of the Offender, and the Number of his Followers make no difference in the Offence, unless it be to aggravate it. The only difference is, Great Robbers punish little ones to keep them in their Obedience; but the great ones are rewarded with Laurels and Triumphs, because they are too big for the weak hands of Justice, in this World, and have the Power in their own [399] possession which should punish Offenders. What is my Remedy against a Robber that so broke into my House? Appeal to the Law for Justice. But perhaps Justice is deny'd, or I am crippled and cannot stir; Robbed and have not the means to do it. If God has taken away all means of seeking remedy, there is nothing left but Patience. But my Son, when able, may seek the Relief of the Law, which I am denyed: he or his Son may renew his Appeal, till he recover his Right. But the Conquered, or their Children, have no Court, no Arbitrator on Earth to appeal to. Then they may appeal, as Iephtha did, to Heaven, and repeat their Appeal, till they have recovered the native Right of their Ancestours, which was, to have such a Legislative over them, as the Majority should approve, and freely acquiesce in. If it be objected, this would cause endless trouble; I answer, No more than Justice does, where she lies open to all that appeal to her. He that troubles his Neighbour, without a Cause, is punished for it, by the Justice of the Court he appeals to. And he that appeals to Heaven, must be sure he has Right on his side: and a Right too that is worth the Trouble and Cost of the Appeal, as he will answer at a Tribunal that cannot be deceived, and [400] will be sure to retribute to every one according to the Mischiefs he hath created to his Fellow-Subjects; that is, any part of Mankind. From whence 'tis plain, that he that conquers, in an unjust War, can thereby have no Title to the Subjection and Obedience of the Conquered.

177. But, supposing Victory favours the right side, let us consider a Conquerour in a lawful War, and see what Power he gets, and over whom.

First, 'Tis plain he gets no Power by his Conquest over those that Conquered with him. They that fought on his side cannot suffer by the Conquest, but must, at least, be as much Free-men as they were before. And most commonly they serve upon Terms, and on Condition to share with their Leader, and enjoy a part of the Spoil, and other Advantages that attend the conquering Sword: Or, at least, have a part of the subdued Countrey bestowed upon them. And the conquering People, are not, I hope, to be Slaves by Conquest, and wear their Laurels only to shew they are Sacrifices to their Leader's Triumph. They that found Absolute Monarchy upon the Title of the Sword, make their Heroes, who are the Founders of such Monarchies, arrant Draw-can-Sirs, and forget they had any Officers and Souldiers [401] that fought on their side, in the Battles they won, or assisted them in the subduing, or shared in possessing the Countries they Master'd. We are told by some, that the English Monarchy is founded in the Norman Conquest, and that our Princes have thereby a Title to absolute Dominion: which if it were true, (as by the History it appears otherwise) and that William had a right to make War on this Island; yet his Dominion by Conquest, could reach no farther than to the Saxons and Britans, that were then Inhabitants of this Country. The Normans that came with him, and helped to Conquer, and all descended from them are Freemen, and no Subjects by Conquest; let that give what Dominion it will. And if I, or any Body else, shall claim freedom, as derived from them, it will be very hard to prove the contrary: And 'tis plain, the Law that has made no distinction between the one and the other, intends not there should be any difference in their Freedom or Priviledges.

178. But supposing, which seldom happens, that the Conquerers and Conquer'd never incorporate into one People, under the same Laws and Freedom. Let us see next, what Power a lawful Conquerer has over the subdued, and that I [402] say is purely Despotical. He has an Absolute Power over the Lives of those, who, by an unjust War, have forfeited them; but not over the Lives or Fortunes of those, who ingaged not in the War, nor over the Possessions even of those who were actually engaged in it.

179. Secondly, I say then the Conquerour gets no Power but only over those who have actually assisted, concurr'd, or consented to that unjust force that is used against him. For the People having given to their Governours no Power to do an unjust thing, such as is to make an unjust War, (for they never had such a Power in themselves:) They ought not to be charged, as guilty of the violence and injustice that is committed in an unjust War, any farther than they actually abet it, no more than they are to be thought guilty of any Violence or Oppression their Governours should use upon the People themselves, or any part of their Fellow-Subjects, they having impowered them no more to the one than to the other. Conquerours, 'tis true, seldom trouble themselves to make the distinction, but they willingly permit the confusion of War to sweep all together; but yet this alters not the Right: for the Conquerour's Power over the Lives of the Conquered, [403] being only because they have used force to do or maintain an injustice, he can have that power only over those who have concur'd in that force, all the rest are innocent; and he has no more title over the people of that Country, who have done him no injury, and so have made no forfeiture of their Lives, than he has over any other, who without any injuries or provocations, have lived upon fair terms with him.

180. Thirdly, The Power a Conquerer gets over those he overcomes in a just War, is perfectly despotical; he has an absolute Power over the Lives of those, who by putting themselves in a state of War, have forfeited them; but he has not thereby a right and title to their Possessions. This I doubt not, but at first sight, will seem a strange Doctrine, it being so quite contrary to the practice of the World. There being nothing more familiar in speaking of the dominion of Countries, than to say such an one Conquer'd it. As if Conquest, without any more ado, convey'd a right of Possession. But when we consider, that the practice of the strong and powerful, how universal soever it may be, is seldom the rule of Right, however it be one part of the subjection of the Conquer'd not to argue against the Conditions cut out to [404] them by the Conquering Swords.

181. Though in all War there be usually a complication of force and damage, and the Aggressor seldom fails to harm the Estate, when he uses force against the persons of those he makes War upon; yet 'tis the use of force only that puts a Man into the State of War. For whether by force he begins the injury; or else having quietly, and by fraud, done the injury, he refuses to make reparation, and by force maintains it, which is the same thing as at first to have done it by force; 'tis the unjust use of force that makes the War. For he that breaks open my House, and violently turns me out of Doors; or having peaceably got in, by force keeps me out, does in effect the same thing; supposing we are in such a state, that we have no common Judge on Earth, whom I may appeal to, and to whom we are both obliged to submit: for of such I am now speaking. 'Tis the unjust use of force then that puts a Man into the state of War with another, and thereby he that is guilty of it makes a forfeiture of his Life. For quitting reason, which is the rule given between Man and Man, and using force the way of Beasts, he becomes liable to be destroy'd by him he uses force against, as any savage ravenous Beast, that is dangerous to his being.


182. But because the miscarriages of the Father are no faults of the Children, and they may be rational and peaceable, notwithstanding the brutishness and injustice of the Father; the Father, by his miscarriages and violence, can forfeit but his own Life, but involves not his Childten in his guilt or destruction. His goods which nature, that willeth the preservation of all Mankind as much as is possible, hath made to belong to the Children to keep them from perishing, do still continue to belong to his Children. For supposing them not to have join'd in the War, either through infancy or choice, they have done nothing to forfeit them, nor has the Conquerour any right to take them away, by the bare right of having subdued him that by force attempted his destruction, though perhaps he may have some right to them to repair the dammages he has sustained by the War, and the defence of his own right, which how far it reaches to the possessions of the Conquer'd, we shall see by and by; so that he that by Conquest has a right over a Mans Person, to destroy him if he pleases, has not thereby a right over his Estate to possess and enjoy it. For it is the brutal force the Aggressor has used, that gives his Adversary a right to take away his Life, and destroy him, if he pleases, [406] as a noxious Creature; but 'tis damage sustain'd that alone gives him title to another Mans Goods: For though I may kill a Thief that sets on me in the Highway, yet I may not (which seems less) take away his money, and let him go; this would be Robbery on my side. His force, and the state of War he put himself in, made him forfeit his Life, but gave me no title to his Goods. The right then of Conquest extends only to the Lives of those who join'd in the War, but not to their Estates, but only in order to make reparation for the damages received, and the Charges of the War, and that too with reservation of the right of the innocent Wife and Children.

183. Let the Conquerer have as much Justice on his side as could be suppos'd, he has no right to seize more than the vanquish'd could forfeit; his Life is at the Victors Mercy, and his service and goods he may appropriate to make himself reparation; but he cannot take the goods of his Wife and Children, they too had a title to the goods he enjoy'd, and their shares in the estate he possessed. For Example, I in the state of nature (and all Commonwealths are in the state of nature one with another) have injured another Man, and refusing to give satisfaction, it is come to [407] a state of War, wherein my defending by force, what I had gotten unjustly, makes me the Aggressour; I am conquered: my Life, 'tis true, as forfeit, is at mercy, but not my Wives and Childrens. They made not the War, nor assisted in it. I could not forfeit their Lives, they were not mine to forfeit. My Wife had a share in my Estate, that neither could I forfeit. And my Children also, being born of me, had a right to be maintain'd out of my Labour or Substance. Here then is the Case; The Conquerour has a Title to Reparation for Damages received, and the Children have a Title to their Father's Estate for their Subsistence. For as to the Wife's share, whether her own Labour or Compact gave her a Title to it, 'tis plain, her Husband could not forfeit what was hers. What must be done in the case? I answer; The Fundamental Law of Nature being, that all, as much as may be, should be preserved, it follows, that if there be not enough fully to satisfie both, viz. for the Conquerour's Losses, and Childrens Maintenance, he that hath, and to spare, must remit something of his full Satisfaction, and give way to the pressing and preferible Title of those, who are in danger to perish without it.


184. But supposing the Charge and Damages of the War are to be made up to the Conquerour, to the utmost Farthing, and that the Children of the vanquished, spoiled of all their Father's Goods, are to be left to starve, and perish, yet the satisfying of what shall, on this score, be due to the Conquerour, will scarce give him a Title to any Countrey he shall conquer. For the Damages of War can scarce amount to the value of any considerable Tract of Land, in any part of the World, where all the Land is possessed, and none lies waste. And if I have not taken away the Conquerour's Land, which, being vanquished, it is impossible, I should; scarce any other spoil I have done him can amount to the value of mine, supposing it of an extent any way coming near what I had over-run of his, and equally cultivated too. The destruction of a Years Product or two, (for it seldom reaches four or five) is the utmost spoil that usually can be done. For as to Money, and such Riches and Treasure taken away, these are none of Natures Goods, they have but a phantastical imaginary value, Nature has put no such upon them. They are of no more account by her standard, than the Wampompeke of the Americans to an European Prince, or the [409] Silver Money of Europe would have been formerly to an American. And five years Product is not worth the perpetual Inheritance of Land, where all is possessed, and none remains waste, to be taken up by him that is disseiz'd: which will be easily granted, if one do but take away the imaginary value of Money, the disproportion being more than between five, and five thousand. Though, at the same time, half a years product is more worth than the Inheritance, where there being more Land than the Inhabitants possess and make use of, any one has liberty to make use of the waste: But there Conquerours take little care to possess themselves of the Lands of the vanquished. No damage therefore, that Men, in the state of Nature (as all Princes and Governments are in reference to one another) suffer from one another, can give a Conquerour Power to dispossess the Posterity of the vanquished, and turn them out of that Inheritance which ought to be the Possession of them, and their Descendants to all Generations. The Conquerour indeed will be apt to think himself Master. And 'tis the very condition of the subdued not to be able to dispute their Right: But, if that be all, it gives no other Title, than what bare Force gives to the stronger over the weaker. [410] And, by this reason, he that is strongest will have a right to whatever he pleases to seize on.

185. Over those then that joined with him in the War, and over those of the subdued Countrey that opposed him not, and the Posterity even of those that did, the Conquerour, even in a just War, hath, by his Conquest, no right of Dominion. They are free from any subjection to him, and if their former Government be dissolved, they are at liberty to begin and erect another to themselves.

186. The Conquerour, 'tis true, usually, by the Force he has over them, compels them, with a Sword at their Breasts, to stoop to his Conditions, and submit to such a Government as he pleases to afford them; but the enquiry is, What right he has to do so? If it be said, they submit by their own consent; then this allows their own consent to be necessary to give the Conquerour a Title to rule over them. It remains only to be considered, whether Promises, extorted by Force, without Right, can be thought Consent, and how far they bind. To which I shall say, they bind not at all, because whatsoever another gets from me by force, I still retain the Right of, and he is obliged presently to restore. He that forces my Horse from [411] me, ought presently to restore him, and I have still a right to retake him. By the same reason, he that forced a Promise from me ought presently to restore it, i. e. quit me, of the Obligation of it; or I may resume it my self, i. e. chuse whether I will perform it. For the Law of Nature laying an obligation on me, only by the Rules she prescribes, cannot oblige me by the violation of her Rules: such is the extorting any thing from me by force. Nor does it at all alter the case, to say I gave my Promise, no more than it excuses the force, and passes the right, when I put my hand in my Pocket, and deliver my Purse my self to a Thief, who demands it with a Pistol at my Breast.

187. From all which it follows, that the Government of a Conquerour, impoposed, by force, on the subdued, against whom he had no right of War, or who joined not in the War against him, where he had right, has no obligation upon them.

188. But let us suppose that all the Men of that Community being all Members of the same Body Politick, may be taken to have join'd in that unjust War, wherein they are subdued, and so their Lives are at the Mercy of the Conquerour.


189. I say, this concerns not their Children, who are in their Minority. For since a Father hath not, in himself, a Power over the Life or Liberty of his Child; no act of his can possibly forfeit it: so that the Children, whatever may have happened to the Fathers, are Free men, and the Absolute Power of the Conquerour reaches no farther than the Persons of the Men, that were subdued by him, and dies with them; and should he govern them as Slaves, subjected to his Absolute, Arbitrary Power, he has no such Right of Dominion over their Children. He can have no Power over them, but by their own consent, whatever he may drive them to say or do; and he has no lawful Authority, whilst Force, and not Choice, compels them to submission.

190. Every Man is born with a double Right, First, A Right of Freedom to his Person, which no other Man has a Power over, but the free Disposal of it lies in himself. Secondly, A Right, before any other Man, to inherit, with his Brethren, his Father's Goods.

191. By the first of these, a Man is naturally free from subjection to any Government, though he be born in a place under its Jurisdiction. But if he disclaim the lawful Government of the Countrey [413] he was born in, he must also quit the Right, that belong'd to him, by the Laws of it, and the Possessions there descending to him, from his Ancestors, if it were a Government made by their consent.

192. By the second, the Inhabitants of any Countrey, who are descended, and derive a Title to their Estates from those who are subdued, and had a Government forced upon them, against their free consents, retain a Right to the Possession of their Ancestours, though they consent not freely to the Government, whose hard Conditions were, by force, imposed on the Possessors of that Countrey. For the first Conqueror never having had a Title to the Land of that Country, the People, who are the Descendants of, or claim under those, who were forced to submit to the Yoke of a Government by constraint, have always a Right to shake it off, and free themselves from the Usurpation, or Tyranny the Sword hath brought in upon them; till their Rulers put them under such a Frame of Government, as they willingly, and of choice consent to (which they can never be supposed to do, till either they are put in a full state of Liberty to chuse their Government and Governours, or at least till they have such standing Laws, to which they have, by themselves, or their [414] Representatives, given their free consent, and also till they are allowed their due Property, which is so to be Proprietors of what they have, that no body can take away any part of it without their own consent, without which, Men under any Government are not in the state of Free-men, but are direct Slaves, under the force of War.) And who doubts but the Grecian Christians, Descendants of the antient Possessors of that Countrey, may justly cast off the Turkish Yoke they have so long groaned under, when-ever they have a Power to do it?

193. But granting that the Conquerour, in a just War, has a Right to the Estates, as well as Power over the Persons of the Conquered; which, 'tis plain, he hath not: nothing of Absolute Power will follow from hence, in the continuance of the Government. Because the Descendants of these being all Free-men, if he grants them Estates, and Possessions to inhabit his Countrey, without which it would be worth nothing, whatsoever he grants them, they have so far as it is granted, Property in. The nature whereof is, that, without a Man's own consent, it cannot be taken from him.

194. Their Persons are free, by a native Right, and their Properties, be they [415] more or less, are their own, and at their own dispose, and not at his; or else it is no Property. Supposing the Conquerour gives to one Man a Thousand Acres, to him and his Heirs for ever; to another he lets a Thousand Acres, for his Life, under the Rent of 50l. or 500l. per An. Has not the one of these a Right to his Thousand Acres for ever, and the other, during his Life, paying the said Rent? And hath not the Tenant, for Life, a Property in all that he gets over and above his Rent, by his Labour and Industry, during the said term, supposing it be double the Rent? Can any one say, the King, or Conquerour, after his Grant, may, by his Power of Conquerour, take away all, or part of the Land, from the Heirs of one, or from the other, during his Life, he paying the Rent? Or can he take away, from either, the Goods or Money they have got upon the said Land, at his pleasure? If he can, then all free and voluntary Contracts cease, and are void, in the World; there needs nothing but Power enough to dissolve them at any time. And all the Grants and Promises of Men, in Power, are but Mockery and Collusion. For can there be any thing more ridiculous than to say, I give you and yours this for ever, and that in the surest and [416] most solemn way of conveyance can be devised: and yet it is to be understood, that I have Right, if I please, to take it away from you again to morrow?

195. I will not dispute now whether Princes are exempt from the Laws of their Countrey, but this I am sure, they owe subjection to the Laws of God, and Nature. No Body, no Power can exempt them from the Obligations of that Eternal Law. Those are so great, and so strong, in the case of Promises, that Omnipotency it self can be tyed by them. Grants, Promises, and Oaths are Bonds that hold the Almighty: what-ever some Flatterres say to Princes of the World, who, all together, with all their People joined to them, are, in comparison of the great God, but as a Drop of the Bucket, or a Dust on the Balance, inconsiderable, nothing!

196. The short of the Case, in Conquest, is this, The Conquerour, if he have a just Cause, has a Despotical Right over the Persons of all that actually aided, and concurred in the War against him, and a Right to make up his Damage and Cost, out of their Labour and Estates, so he injure not the Right of any other. Over the rest of the People, if there were any that consented not to the War, and [417] over the Children of the Captives themselves, or the Possessions of either he has no Power, and so can have, by Virtue of Conquest, no lawful Title himself to Dominion over them, or derive it to his Posterity; but is an Aggressour, and puts himself in a state of War against them, and has no better a Right of Principality, he, nor any of his Successours, than Hingar, or Hubba, the Danes, had here in England, or Spartacus, had he conquered Italy; which is to have their Yoke cast off, as soon as God shall give those, under their subjection, Courage, and Opportunity to do it. Thus, notwithstanding whatever Title the Kings of Assyria had over Iudah, by the Sword, God assisted Hezekiah to throw off the Dominion of that conquering Empire. And the Lord was with Hezekiah, and he prospered; wherefore he went forth, and he rebelled against the King of Assyria, and served him not, 2 Kings XVIII. vij. Whence it is plain, that shaking off a Power, which Force, and not Right, hath set over any one, though it hath the Name of Rebellion; yet is no Offence before God, but that which he allows and countenances, though even Promises and Covenants, when obtain'd by force, have intervened. For 'tis very probable, to any one that reads [418] the Story of Ahaz and Hezekiah, attentively, that the Assyrians subdued Ahaz, and deposed him, and made Hezekiah King in his Father's life time; and that Hezekiah, by agreement, had done him Homage, and paid him Tribute till this time.





197. AS Conquest may be called a foreign Usurpation; so Usurpation is a kind of domestick Conquest, with this difference, that an Usurper can never have Right on his side; it being no Usurpation but where one is got into the Possession of what another has Right to. This, so far as it is Usurpation, is a change only of Persons, but not of the Forms and Rules of the Government: for if the Usurper extend his Power beyond what, of Right, belonged to the lawful Princes, or Governours of the Commonwealth, 'tis Tyranny, added to Usurpation.

198. In all lawful Governments the designation of the Persons, who are to bear Rule, being as natural and necessary a [419] part as the Form of the Government it self, and that which had its Establishment originally from the People. The Anarchy being much alike, to have no Form of Government at all, or to agree that it shall be Monarchical; but to appoint no way, to design the Person that shall have the Power, and be the Monarch. All Commonwealths therefore, with the Form of Government established, have Rules also of appointing and conveying the Right to those, who are to have any share in the publick Authority. And who-ever gets into the exercise of any part of the Power, by other ways, than what the Laws of the Community have prescribed, hath no Right to be obeyed, though the Form of the Commonwealth be still preserved; since he is not the Person the Laws have appointed, and consequently not the Person the People have consented to. Nor can such an Usurper, or any, deriving from him, ever have a Title, till the People are both at liberty to consent, and have actually consented to allow, and confirm in him the Power he hath, till then, Usurped.






199. AS Usurpation is the exercise of Power, which another hath a Right to; so Tyranny is the exercise of Power beyond Right, which no Body can have a Right to. And this is making use of the Power any one has in his hands; not for the good of those who are under it, but for his own private, separate Advantage. When the Governour, however entituled, makes not the Law, but his Will, the Rule, and his Commands, and Actions are not directed to the preservation of the Properties of his People, but the satisfaction of his own Ambition, Revenge, Covetousness, or any other irregular Passion.

200. If one can doubt this to be Truth, or Reason, because it comes from the obscure hand of a Subject; I hope the Authority of a King will make it pass with him. King Iames, in his Speech to the Parliament, 1603. tells them thus; I will ever prefer the Weale of the publick, and of the whole Commonwealth, in making of good Laws, and Constitutions, to any particular, and private Ends of mine. Thinking ever the [421] Wealth and Weale of the Commonwealth, to be my greatest Weale, and worldly Felicity; a Point, wherein a lawful King doth directly differ from a Tyrant. For I do acknowledge that the special and greatest point of Difference, that is between a rightful King, and an usurping Tyrant, is this, That whereas the proud and ambitious Tyrant doth think, his Kingdom and People are only ordained for satisfaction of his Desires, and unreasonable Appetites; the righteous and just King doth, by the contrary, acknowledge himself to be ordained for the procuring of the wealth and Property of his People. And again, in his Speech to the Parliament, 1609 he hath these Words; The KING binds himself, by a double Oath, to the observation of the fundamental Laws of his Kingdom. Tacitly, as by being a King, and so bound to protect, as well the People, as the Laws of his Kingdom; and expresly by his Oath at his Coronation: so as every just King, in a setled Kingdom, is bound to observe that Paction made to his People, by his Laws, in framing his Government agreeable thereunto, according to that Paction which God made with Noah, after the Deluge. Hereafter, Seed-time, and Harvest, and Cold, and Heat, and Summer, and Winter, and Day, and Night, shall not cease, while the Earth remaineth. And therefore a King, governing in a setled Kingdom, leaves [422] to be a King, and degenerates into a Tyrant, as soon as he leaves off to rule according to his Laws. And a little after: Therefore all Kings, that are not Tyrants, or perjured, will be glad to bound themselves within the Limits of their Laws. And they that perswade them the contrary, are Vipers, Pests both against them and the Commonwealth. Thus that learned King, who well understood the Notions of things, makes the difference, betwixt a King and a Tyrant, to consist only in this, That one makes the Laws the Bounds of his Power, and the Good of the publick the End of his Government; The other makes all give way to his own Will and Appetite.

201. 'Tis a Mistake, to think this Fault is proper only to Monarchies, other Forms of Government are liable to it, as well as that: for where-ever the Power, that is put in any hands, for the Government of the People, and the Preservation of their Properties, is applied to other ends, and made use of to impoverish, harass, or subdue them to the Arbitrary, and Irregular Commands of those that have it: There it presently becomes Tyranny, whether those, that thus use it, are one, or many. Thus we read of the Thirty Tyrants at Athens, as well as one at Syracuse; and the intolerable Dominion of [423] the Decemviri, at Rome, was nothing better.

202. Where-ever Law ends, Tyranny begins, if the Law be transgressed to another's harm. And whosoever, in Authority, exceeds the Power given him by the Law, and makes use of the Force, he has under his Command, to compass that upon the Subject which the Law allows not; ceases, in that, to be a Magistrate, and acting without Authority, may be opposed, as any other Man, who by force invades the Right of another. This is acknowledged in subordinate Magistrates. He that hath Authority to seize my Person in the street, may be opposed as a Thief, and a Robber, if he indeavours to break into my House to execute a Writ, notwithstanding that I know he has such a Warrant, and such a legal Authority as will impower him to arrest me abroad. And why this should not hold in the highest, as well as in the most inferiour Magistrate, I would gladly be informed. Is it reasonable that the eldest Brother, because he has the greatest part of his Father's Estate, should thereby have a Right to take away any of his younger Brothers Portions? Or that a rich Man, who possessed a whole Countrey, should from thence have a Right to seize, when he pleased, [424] the Cottage and Garden of his poor Neighbour? The being rightfully possessed of great Power and Riches, exceedingly beyond the greatest part of the Son of Adam, is so far from being an excuse, much less a reason for Rapine and Oppression, which the endamaging another, without Authority, is; that it is a great Aggravation of it. For the exceeding the Bounds of Authority, is no more a Right, in a great, than a petty Officer: no more justifiable in a King, than a Constable. But so much the worse in him, as that he has more trust put in him, is supposed, from the advantage of Education, and Counsellours to have better Knowledge, and less reason to do it, having already a greater share than the rest of his Brethren.

203. May the Commands then of a Prince be opposed? May he be resisted, as often as any one shall find himself aggrieved, and but imagine he has not Right done him? This will unhinge and overturn all Polities, and, instead of Government and Order, leave nothing but Anarchy and Confusion.

204. To this I answer: That Force is to be opposed to nothing but to unjust and unlawful Force; who ever makes any opposition, in any other Case, draws on [425] himself a just Condemation, both from God and Man; and so no such Danger or Confusion will follow, as is often suggested. For,

205. First, As, in some Countries, the Person of the Prince, by the Law, is Sacred, and so, what-ever he commands, or does, his Person is still free from all Question or Violence; not liable to Force, or any judicial Censure or Condemnation. But yet opposition may be made to the illegal Acts of any inferiour Officer, or other commissioned by him; unless he will, by actually putting himself into a State of War with his People, dissolve the Government, and leave them to that defence, which belongs to every one in the state of Nature. For of such things who can tell what the end will be? And a Neighbour Kingdom has shewed the World an odd Example. In all other Cases the Sacredness of the Person exempts him from all Inconveniencies, whereby he is secure, whilst the Government stands, from all violence and harm whatsoever. Than which, there cannot be a wiser Constitution. For the harm he can do, in his own Person, not being likely to happen often, nor to extend it self far; nor being able, by his single strength, to subvert the Laws, nor oppress the Body of the People, should [426] any Prince have so much Weakness, and ill Nature as to be willing to do it. The Inconveniency of some particular mischiefs that may happen, sometimes, when a heady Prince comes to the Throne, are well recompenced by the peace of the Publick, and security of the Government, in the Person of the chief Magistrate, thus set out of the reach of danger. It being safer for the Body, that some few private Men should be sometimes in danger to suffer, than that the Head of the Republick should be easily, and upon slight occasions exposed.

206. Secondly, But this Priviledge belonging only to the King's Person, hinders not but they may be questioned, opposed, and resisted, who use unjust force, though they pretend a Commission from him, which the Law authorizes not. As is plain, in the Case of him that has the King's Writ to arrest a Man, which is a full Commission from the King; and yet he that has it cannot break open a Man's House to do it, nor execute this Command of the King upon certain days, nor in certain places, though this Commission have no such exception in it; but they are the Limitations of the Law, which, if any one transgress, the King's Commission excuses him not. For the King's Authority [427] being given him only by the Law, he cannot impower any one to act against the Law, or justifie him, by his Commission, in so doing. The Commission, or Command of any Magistrate, where he has no Authority, being as void and insignificant as that of any private Man. The difference, between the one and the other, being, that the Magistrate has some Authority, so far, and to such ends, and the private Man has none at all. For 'tis not the Commission, but the Authority, that gives the Right of acting; and against the Laws there can be no Authority. But, notwithstanding such Resistance, the King's Person and Authority are still both secured, and so no danger to Governour or Government.

207. Thirdly, Supposing a Government, wherein the Person of the chief Magistrate is not thus Sacred; yet this Doctrine, of the lawfulness of resisting all unlawful exercises of his Power, will not, upon every slight occasion, indanger him, or imbroil the Government. For, where the injured Party may be relieved, and his damages repaired, by Appeal to the Law, there can be no pretence for Force; which is only to be used, where a Man is intercepted from appealing to the Law. For nothing is to be accounted Hostile Force, but [428] where it leaves not the remedy of such an Appeal. And 'tis such Force alone, that puts him that uses it, into a state of War, and makes it lawful to resist him. A Man, with a Sword in his hand, demands my Purse, in the High-way, when, perhaps, I have not 12d. in my Pocket; This Man I may lawfully kill. To another I deliver 100l. to hold, only whilst I alight; which he refuses to restore me when I am got up again, but draws his Sword to defend the possession of it, by force: I endeavour to retake it. The mischief, this Man does me, is a hundred, or possibly a thousand times more than the other perhaps intended me, (whom I kill'd, before he really did me any) and yet I might lawfully kill the one, and cannot so much as hurt the other lawfully. The Reason whereof is plain; because the one using force, which threatned my Life, I could not have time to appeal to the Law to secure it: And when it was gone, 'twas too late to appeal. The Law could not restore Life to my dead Carcass. The Loss was irreparable; which, to prevent, the Law of Nature gave me a Right to destroy him, who had put himself into a state of War with me, and threatned my destruction. But, in the other case, my Life not being in danger, I might have [429] the benefit of appealing to the Law, and have Reparation, for my 100l. that way.

208. Fourthly, But if the unlawful acts, done by the Magistrate, be maintained, (by the Power he has got) and the remedy, which is due by Law, be, by the same Power, obstructed; yet the Right of resisting, even in such manifest Acts of Tyranny, will not suddenly, or on slight occasions, disturb the Government. For if it reach no farther than some private Mens Cases, though they have a right to defend themselves, and to recover, by force, what, by unlawful force, is taken from them; yet the Right to do so, will not easily ingage them in a Contest, wherein they are sure to perish: It being as impossible, for one or a few oppressed Men, to disturb the Government, where the Body of the People do not think themselves concerned in it, as for a raving mad Man, or heady Male content to overturn a well setled State; the People being as little apt to follow the one, as the other.

209. But if either these illegal Acts, have extended to the Majority of the People; or if the Mischief and Oppression has light only on some few, but in such Cases as the Precedent and Consequences seem to threaten all; and they are perswaded [430] in their Consciences that their Laws, and with them, their Estates, Liberties, and Lives are in danger, and perhaps their Religion too; how they will be hindred from resisting illegal Force, used against them, I cannot tell. This is an Inconvenience, I confess, that attends all Governments whatsoever, when the Governours have brought it to this pass, to be generally suspected of their People, the most dangerous state they can possibly put themselves in; wherein they are the less to be pityed, because it is so easie to be avoided. It being as impossible, for a Governour, if he really means the good of his People, and the preservation of them, and their Laws together, not to make them see and feel it; as it is for the Father of a Family not to let his Children see he loves, and takes care of them.

210. But if all the World shall observe Pretences of one kind, and Actions of another; Arts used to elude the Law, and the Trust of Prerogative (which is an Arbitrary Power in some things, left in the Prince's hand, to do good, not harm, to the People) employed contrary to the end, for which it was given, If the People shall find the Ministers, and subordinate Magistrates chosen, suitable to such ends, and favoured, or laid by proportionably [431] as they promote, or oppose them: If they see several Experiments made of Arbitrary Power, and that Religion underhand favoured, though publickly proclaimed against, which is readiest to introduce it, and the Operators in it supported as much as may be; and when that cannot be done, yet approved still, and liked the better, and a long Train of Actings shew the Councils all tending that way: how can a Man any more hinder himself from being perswaded in his own Mind, which way things are going; or from casting about how to save himself, than he could from believing the Captain of the Ship he was in, was carrying him, and the rest of the Company, to Algiers, when he found him always stearing that Course, though cross Winds, Leaks in his Ship, and want of Men, and Provisions, did often force him to turn his Course another way, for some time, which he steadily returned to again, as soon as the Wind, Weather, and other Circumstances would let him?





Of the Dissolution of Governments.

211. HE that will, with any clearness, speak of the Dissolution of Government, ought, in the first place, to distinguish between the Dissolution of the Society, and the Dissolution of the Government. That which makes the Community, and brings Men out of the loose State of Nature, into one Politick Society, is the Agreement, which every one has, with the rest, to incorporate and act as one Body, and so be one distinct Commonwealth. The usual, and almost only way, whereby this Union is dissolved, is the Inroad of foreign Force making a Conquest upon them. For in that Case, (not being able to maintain and support themselves, as one intire, and independent Body) the Union belonging to that Body, which consisted therein, must necessarily cease, and so every one return to the state he was in before, with a liberty to shift for himself, and provide for his own Safety, as he thinks fit, in some other Society. Whenever the Society is dissolved, 'tis certain, the Government of that Society cannot remain. Thus Conquerors Swords [433] often cut up Governments by the Roots, and mangle Societies to pieces, separating the subdued or scattered multitude from the Protection of, and Dependence on that Society which ought to have preserved them from violence. The World is too well instructed in, and too forward to allow of this way of dissolving of Governments, to need any more to be said of it; and there wants not much Argument to prove, that where the Society is dissolved, the Government cannot remain: that being as impossible, as for the Frame of an house to subsist when the Materials of it are scattered and displaced by a Whirl-wind, or jumbled into a confused heap by an Earthquake.

212. Besides this over-turning, from without, Governments are dissolved from within,

First, When the Legislative is altered, Civil Society being a state of Peace amongst those who are of it, from whom the state of War is excluded by the Umpirage, which they have provided in their Legislative, for the ending all differences, that may arise amongst any of them. 'Tis in their Legislative, that the Members of a Commonwealth are united and combined together into one coherent, living Body. This is the Soul that gives Form, [434] Life, and Unity to the Commonwealth: from hence the several Members have their mutual Influence, Sympathy, and Connexion: and therefore, when the Legislative is broken, or dissolved, Dissolution and Death follows. For the Essence, and Union of the Society consisting in having one Will, the Legislative, when once established by the Majority, has the declaring, and, as it were, keeping of that Will. The Constitution of the Legislative is the first and fundamental Act of Society, whereby provision is made for the Continuation of their Union, under the Direction of Persons, and Bonds of Laws, made by Persons authorized thereunto, by the Consent and Appointment of the People, without which no one Man, or number of Men, amongst them, can have Authority of making Laws that shall be binding to the rest. When any one, or more, shall take upon them to make Laws, whom the People have not appointed so to do, they make Laws without Authority, which the People are not therefore bound to obey; by which means they come again to be out of subjection, and may constitute to themselves a new Legislative, as they think best, being in full liberty to resist the force of those, who, without Authority, would [435] impose any thing upon them. Every one is at the disposure of his own Will, when those, who had, by the delegation of the Society, the declaring of the publick Will, are excluded from it, and others usurp the place, who have no such Authority or Delegation.

213. This being usually brought about by such, in the Commonwealth, who mis-use the Power they have: It is hard to consider it aright, and know at whose door to lay it, without knowing the Form of Government in which it happens. Let us suppose then the Legislative placed in the Concurrence of three distinct Persons. First, A single, hereditary Person having the constant, supream, executive Power, and, with it, the Power of convoking, and dissolving the other two, within certain Periods of Time. Secondly, An Assemby of hereditary Nobility. Thirdly, An Assembly of Representatives chosen, pro tempore, by the People: Such a Form of Government supposed, it is evident,

214. First, That when such a single Person, or Prince sets up his own Arbitrary Will, in place of the Laws, which are the Will of the Society, declared by the Legislative, then the Legislative is changed. For that being, in effect, the [436] Legislative whose Rules and Laws are put in execution, and required to be obeyed, when other Laws are set up, and other Rules pretended and inforced, than what the Legislative, constituted by the Society, have enacted, 'tis plain that the Legislative is changed. Who-ever introduces new Laws, not being thereunto authorized, by the fundamental Appointment of the Society, or subverts the old, disowns and overturns the Power, by which they were made, and so sets up a new Legislative.

215. Secondly, When the Prince hinders the Legislative from assembling in its due time, or from acting freely, pursuant to those ends for which it was constituted, the Legislative is altered. For 'tis not a certain number of Men, no, nor their meeting, unless they have also Freedom of debating, and Leisure of perfecting what is for the good of the Society, wherein the Legislative consists, when these are taken away, or altered, so as to deprive the Society, of the due exercise of their Power, the Legislative is truly altered. For it is not Names that constitute Governments, but the use and exercise of those Powers that were intended to accompany them: so that he who takes away the Freedom, or hinders the acting [437] of the Legislative in its due seasons, in effect takes away the Legislative, and puts an end to the Government.

216. Thirdly, When, by the Arbitrary Power of the Prince, the Electours, or ways of Election are altered, without the Consent, and contrary to the common Interest of the People, there also the Legislative is altered. For if others, then those whom the Society hath authorized thereunto, do chuse, or in another way than what the Society hath prescribed, those chosen are not the Legislative appointed by the People.

217. Fourthly, The delivery also of the People into the subjection of a foreign Power, either by the Prince, or by the Legislative, is certainly a change of the Legislative, and so a Dissolution of the Government. For the end, why People entered into Society, being to be preserved one intire, free, independent Society, to be governed by its own Laws; this is lost when-ever they are given up into the Power of another.

218. Why, in such a Constitution as this, the Dissolution of the Government, in these Cases, is to be imputed to the Prince, is evident, because he having the Force, Treasure, and Offices of the State, to imploy, and often perswading himself, [438] or being flattered by others, that as supreme Magistrate, he is uncapable of controul; he alone is in a Condition to make great Advances toward such Changes, under pretence of lawful Authority, and has it in his hands to terrifie, or suppress Opposers, as factious, seditious, and Enemies to the Government: whereas no other part of the Legislative, or People, is capable, by themselves, to attempt any alteration of the Legislative, without open and visible Rebellion, apt enough to be taken notice of; which, when it prevails, produces Effects very little different from foreign Conquest. Besides the Prince, in such a Form of Government, having the Power of dissolving the other Parts of the Legislative, and thereby rendring them private Persons, they can never, in opposition to him, or without his Concurrence, alter the Legislative by a Law; his Consent being necessary to give any of their Decrees that Sanction. But yet so far as the other parts of the Legislative any way contribute to any attempt upon the Government, and do either promote, or not, what lies in them, hinder such designs, they are guilty, and partake in this, which is certainly the greatest Crime Men can be guilty of one towards another.


219. There is one way more, whereby such a Government may be dissolved, and that is; When he, who has the supreme, executive Power, neglects, and abandons that charge, so that the Laws, already made, can no longer be put in execution. This is demonstratively to reduce all to Anarchy, and so effectually to dissolve the Government. For Laws not being made for themselves, but to be, by their execution, the Bonds of the Society, to keep every part of the Body Politick in its due place, and function. When that totally ceases, the Government visibly ceases, and the People become a confused Multitude, without Order or Connexion. Where there is no longer the administration of Justice, for the securing of Mens Rights; nor any remaining Power within the Community to direct the Force, or provide for the Necessities of the publick; there certainly is no Government left. Where the Laws cannot be executed it is all one as if there were no Laws; and a Government without Laws, is, I suppose, a Mystery in Politicks, unconceivable to humane Capacity, and inconsistent with humane Society.

220. In these, and the like Cases, when the Government is dissolved, the People are at liberty to provide for themselves, [440] by erecting a new Legislative, differing from the other, by the change of Persons, or Form, or both, as they shall find it most for their safety and good. For the Society can never, by the fault of another, lose the native and original Right it has to preserve it self; which can only be done by a setled Legislative, and a fair and impartial execution of the Laws made by it. But the state of Mankind is not so miserable, that they are not capable of using this Remedy, till it be too late to look for any. To tell People they may provide for themselves, by erecting a new Legislative; when, by Oppression, Artitifice, or being delivered over to a foreign Power, their old one is gone, is only to tell them, they may expect Relief, when it is too late, and the evil is past Cure. This is, in Effect, no more, than to bid them, first be Slaves, and then to take care of their Liberty; and, when their Chains are on, tell them, they may act like Free-men. This, if barely so, is rather Mockery than Relief, and Men can never be secure from Tyranny, if there be no means to escape it, till they are perfectly under it: And therefore it is, that they have not only a Right to get out of it, but to prevent it.


221. There is therefore Secondly another way, whereby Governments are dissolved; and that is, when the Legislative, or the Prince, either of them act contrary to their Trust.

First, The Legislative acts against the Trust reposed in them, when they endeavour to invade the Property of the Subject, and to make themselves, or any part of the Community, Masters, or Arbitrary Disposers of the Lives, Liberties, or Fortunes of the People.

222. The Reasons why Men enter into Society, is the preservation of their Property; and the end why they chuse, and authorize a Legislative, is, that there may be Laws made, and Rules set, as Guards and Fences to the Properties of all the Society, to limit the Power, and moderate the Dominion of every Part and Member of the Society. For since it can never be supposed to be the Will of the Society, that the Legislative should have a Power to destroy that which every one designs to secure, by entering into Society, and for which the People submitted themselves to Legislators of their own making; whenever the Legislators endeavour to take away, and destroy the Poperty of the People, or to reduce them to Slavery, under Arbitrary Power, they put themselves into [442] a state of War with the People, who are thereupon absolved from any farther Obedience, and are left to the common Refuge, which God hath provided for all Men, against Force and Violence. Whensoever therefore the Legislative shall transgress this fundamental Rule of Society; and either by Ambition, Fear, Folly or Corruption, endeavour to grasp themselves, or put into the hands of any other, an Absosolute Power, over the Lives, Liberties, and Estates of the People: by this breach of Trust they forfeit the Power, the People had put into their hands, for quite contrary ends, and it devolves to the People; who have a Right to resume their original Liberty, and, by the Establishment of a new Legislative (such as they shall think fit) provide for their own Safety and Security, which is the end for which they are in Society. What I have said here, concerning the Legislative, in general, holds true also concerning the supreme Executor, who having a double Trust put in him, both to have a part in the Legislative; and the supreme Execution of the Law, acts against both, when he goes about to set up his own Arbitrary Will, as the Law of the Society. He acts also contrary to his Trust, when he imploys the Force, Treasure, and Offices of the [443] Society, to corrupt the Representatives, and gain them to his purposes: when he openly pre-ingages the Electors, and prescribes, to their choice, such, whom he has, by Sollicitation, Threats, Promises, or othewise, won to his designs; and imploys them to bring in such, who have promised before-hand what to vote, and what to enact. Thus to regulate Candidates and Electors, and new model the ways of Election, what is it, but to cut up the Government by the Roots, and poison the very Fountain of publick Security? For the People having reserved to themselves the Choice of their Representatives, as the Fence to their Properties, could do it for no other end, but that they might always be freely chosen, and so chosen, freely act and advise, as the necessity of the Commonwealth, and the publick Good should, upon examination, and mature debate, be judged to require. This, those who give their Votes before they hear the Debate, and have weighed the Reasons on all sides, are not capable of doing. To prepare such an Assembly as this, and endeavour to set up the declared Abettors of his own Will, for the true Representatives of the People, and the Law-makers of the Society, is certainly as great a breach of trust, and as perfect [444] a Declaration of a design to subvert the Government, as is possible to be met with. To which, if one shall add rewards and punishments visibly imploy'd to the same end, and all the arts of perverted Law made use of to take off and destroy all that stand in the way of such a design, and will not comply and consent to betray the Liberties of their Country, 'twill be past doubt what is doing. What Power they ought to have in the Society who thus imploy it contrary to the trust went along with it in its first Institution, is easy to determine; and one cannot but see, that he who has once attempted any such thing as this, cannot any longer be trusted.

223. To this perhaps it will be said, that the People being ignorant and always discontented; to lay the Foundation of Government in the unsteady opinion and uncertain humour of the People, is to expose it to certain ruin: and no Government will be able long to subsist, if the People may set up a new Legislative whenever they take offence at the old one. To this I Answer quite the contrary. People are not so easily got out of their old Forms as some are apt to suggest. They are hardly to be prevailed with to amend the acknowledg'd Faults in the Frame they have been [445] accustom'd to. And if there be any original defects, or adventitious ones introduced by time or corruption; 'tis not an easy thing to get them changed, even when all the World sees there is an opportunity for it. This slowness and aversion in the People to quit their old Constitutions, has in the many Revolutions have been seen in this Kingdom, in this and former Ages, still kept us to, or aftersome interval of fruitless attempts, still brought us back again to our old Legislative of King, Lords and Commons: and whatever provocations have made the Crown be taken from some of our Princes Heads, they never carried the people so far as to place it in another Line.

224. But 'twill be said, this Hypothesis lays a ferment for frequent Rebellion. To which I Answer,

First, No more than any other Hypothesis. For when the People are made miserable, and find themselves exposed to the ill usage of Arbitrary Power; cry up their Governours as much as you will for Sons of Iupiter, let them be Sacred and Divine, descended or authoriz'd from Heaven; give them out for whom or what you please, the same will happen. The People generally ill treated, and contrary to right, will be ready upon any occasion to ease themselves of a burden that sits [446] heavy upon them. They will wish and seek for the opportunity, which in the change, weakness and accidents of human affairs seldom delays long to offer it self. He must have lived but a little while in the World, who has not seen Examples of this in his time; and he must have read very little, who cannot produce Examples of it in all sorts of Governments in the World.

225. Secondly, I Answer, such Revolutions happen not upon every little mismanagement in publick affairs. Great mistakes in the ruling part, many wrong and inconvenient Laws, and all the slips of human frailty will be born by the People, without mutiny or murmur. But if a long train of Abuses, Prevarications and Artifices, all tending the same way, make the design visible to the People, and they cannot but feel what they lye under, and see whither they are going; 'tis not to be wonder'd that they should then rouze themselves, and endeavour to put the rule into such hands which may secure to them the ends for which Government was at first erected; and without which, ancient Names and specious Forms, are so far from being better, that they are much worse than the state of Nature, or pure Anarchy; the inconveniencies being all [447] as great and as near, but the remedy farther off and more difficult.

226. Thirdly, I Answer, that this Power in the People of providing for their safety anew, by a new Legislative, when their Legislators have acted contrary to their trust, by invading their Property, is the best fence against Rebellion, and the probablest means to hinder it. For Rebellion being an Opposition, not to Persons but Authority, which is founded only in the Constitutions and Laws of the Government; those, whoever they be, who by force break through, and by force justify their violation of them, are truly and properly Rebels. For when Men by entering into Society and civil Government, have excluded force, and introduced Laws for the preservation of Property, Peace and Unity amongst themselves; those who set up force again in opposition to the Laws, do rebellare, that is, bring back again the state of War, and are properly Rebels: which they who are in Power, by the pretence they have to Authority, the temptation of force they have in their hands, and the Flattery of those about them being likeliest to do; the properest way to prevent the evil, is to shew them the danger and injustice of it, who are under the greatest temptation to run into it.


227. In both the forementioned Cases, when either the Legislative is changed, or the Legislators act contrary to the end for which they were constituted; those who are guilty are guilty of Rebellion. For if any one by force takes away the establish'd Legislative of any Society, and the Laws by them made, pursuant to their trust, he thereby takes away the Umpirage which every one had consented to, for a peaceable decision of all their Controversies, and a bar to the state of War amongst them. They who remove, or change the Legislative, take away this decisive power, which no Body can have but by the appointment and consent of the People; and so destroying the Authority which the People did, and no Body else can set up, and introducing a Power which the People hath not authoriz'd; actually introduce a state of War, which is, that of Force without Authority: and thus by removing the Legislative establish'd by the Society, in whose decisions the People acquiesced and united, as to that of their own will; they unty the Knot, and expose the People anew to the state of War. And if those, who by force take away the Legislative, are Rebels, the Legislators themselves, as has been shewn, can be no less esteemed so; when they who were [449] set up for the protection and preservation of the People, their Liberties and Properties, shall by force invade and indeavour to take them away; and so they, putting themselves into a state of War with those who made them the Protectors and Guardians of their Peace, are properly, and with the greatest aggravation, Rebellantes Rebels.

228. But if they who say it lays a foundation for Rebellion, mean that it may occasion civil Wars, or intestine Broils, to tell the People they are absolved from Obedience, when illegal attempts are made upon their Liberties or Properties, and may oppose the unlawful violence of those who were their Magistrates when they invade their Properties, contrary to the trust put in them; and that therefore this Doctrine is not to be allow'd, being so destructive to the Peace of the World. They may as well say upon the same ground, that honest Men may not oppose Robbers or Pirars, because this may occasion disorder or bloodshed. If any mischief come in such Cases, it is not to be charged upon him who defends his own right, but on him that invades his Neighbours. If the innocent honest Man, must quietly quit all he has for Peace sake, to him who will lay violent hands upon it, [450] I desire it may be consider'd, what a kind of Peace there will be in the World, which consists only in Violence and Rapine; and which is to be maintain'd only for the benefit of Robbers and Oppressors. Who would not think it an admirable Peace betwixt the Mighty and the Mean, when the Lamb, without resistance, yielded his Throat to be torn by the imperious Wolf? Polyphemus's Den gives us a perfect Pattern of such a Peace. Such a Government wherein Vlysses and his Companions had nothing to do, but quietly to suffer themselves to be devour'd. And no doubt, Vlysses, who was a prudent Man, preach'd up Passive Obedience, and exhorted them to a quiet Submission, by representing to them of what concernment Peace was to Mankind; and by shewing the inconveniencies might happen, if they should offer to resist Polyphemus, who had now the Power over them.

229. The end of Government is the good of Mankind, and which is best for Mankind, that the People should be always expos'd to the boundless will of Tyranny, or that the Rulers should be sometimes liable to be oppos'd, when they grow exorbitant in the use of their Power, and imploy it for the destruction, and not the preservation of the Properties of their People?


230. Nor let any one say, that mischief can arise from hence, as often as it shall please a busy head or turbulent spirit to desire the alteration of the Government. 'Tis true, such Men may stir whenever they please, but it will be only to their own just ruin and perdition. For till the mischief be grown general, and the ill designs of the Rulers become visible, or their attempts sensible to the greater part, the People, who are more disposed to suffer, than right themselves by Resistance, are not apt to stir. The examples of particular Injustice, or Oppression of here and there an unfortunate Man, moves them not. But if they universally have a perswasion grounded upon manifest evidence, that designs are carrying on against their Liberties, and the general course and tendency of things cannot but give them strong suspicions of the evil intention of their Governours, who is to be blamed for it? Who can help it, if they, who might avoid it, bring themselves into this suspicion? Are the People to be blamed, if they have the sence of rational Creatures, and can think of things no otherwise than as they find and feel them? And is it not rather their fault who put things in such a posture that they would not have them thought as they [452] are? I grant, that the Pride, Ambition, and Turbulency of private Men have sometimes caused great Disorders in Commonwealths, and Factions have been fatal to States and Kingdoms. But whether the mischief hath oftner began in the Peoples Wantonness, and a Desire to cast off the lawful Authority of their Rulers; or in the Rulers Insolence, and Endeavours to get, and exercise an Arbitrary Power over their People; whether Oppression, or Disobedience gave the first rise to the Disorder, I leave it to impartial History to determine. This I am sure, who-ever, either Ruler or Subject, by force goes about to invade the Rights of either Prince or People, and lays the foundation for overturning the Constitution and Frame of any Just Government; he is guilty of the greatest Crime, I think, a Man is capable of, being to answer for all those mischiefs, of Blood, Rapine, and Desolation, which the breaking to pieces of Governments bring on a Countrey. And he, who does it, is justly to be esteemed the common Enemy and Pest of Mankind; and is to be treated accordingly.

231. That Subjects or Foreigners attempting by force, on the Properties of any People, may be resisted with force, is agreed on all hands. But that Magistrates, [453] doing the same thing, may be resisted, hath of late been denied: As if those who had the greatest Priviledges and Advantages by the Law, had thereby a Power to break those Laws, by which alone they were set in a better place than their Brethren: whereas their Offence is thereby the greater, both as being ungrateful for the greater share they have by the Law, and breaking also that Trust which is put into their hands by their Brethren.

232. Whosoever uses force without Right, as every one does in Society, who does it without Law; puts himself into a state of War with those, against whom he so uses it, and in that state all former Ties are cancelled, all other Rights cease, and every one has a Right to defend himself, and to resist the Aggressour. This is so evident, that Barclay himself, that great Assertor of the Power and Sacredness of Kings, is forced to confess, That it is lawful for the People, in some Cases, to resist their King; and that too in a Chapter, wherein he pretends to shew that the Divine Law shuts up the People from all manner of Rebellion. Whereby it is evident, even by his own Doctrine, that, since they may, in some Cases, resist, all resisting of Princes is not Rebellion. [454] His Words are these. ‘Quod siquis dicat, Ergone populus tyrannicae crudelitati & furori jugulum semper praebebit? Ergone multitudo civitates suas fame, ferro, & flammâ vastari, seque, conjuges, & liberos fortunae ludibrio & tyranni libidini exponi, inque omnia vitae pericula omnesque miserias & molestias à Rege deduci patientur? Num illis quod omni animantium generi est à naturâ tributum, denegari debet, ut se. vim vi repellant, sese (que) ab injuriâ tueantur? Huic breviter responsum sit, Populo universo negari defensionem, quae juris naturalis est, neque ultionem quae praeter naturam est adversus Regem concedi debere. Quapropter si Rex non in singulares tantum personas aliquot privatum odium exerceat, sed corpus etiam Reipublicae, cujus ipse caput est, i.e. totum populum, vel insignem aliquam ejus partem immani & intolerandâ saevitiâ seu tyrannide divexet; populo, quidem hoc casu resistendi ac tuendi se ab injuriâ potestas competit, sed tuendi se tantum, non enim in principem invadendi: & restituendae injuriae illatae, non recedendi à debitâ reverentiâ propter acceptam injuriam. Praesentem denique impetum propulsandi non vim praeteritam ulciscendi jus habet. Horum enim alterum à naturâ est, ut vitam scilicet corpus (que) tueamur. Alterum vero contra naturam, ut inserior de superiori supplicium sumat. Quod itaque populus malum, antequam factum sit, impedire [455] potest, ne fiat, id postquam factum est, in Regem authorem sceleris vindicare non potest: populus igitur hoc ampliùs quam privatus quispiam habet: Quod huic, vel ipsis adversariis judicibus, excepto Buchanano, nullum nisi in patientia remedium superest. Cùm ille si intolerabilis tyrannis est (modicum enim ferre omnino debet) resistere cum reverentiâ possit,’ Barclay contra Monarchom. l. 3. c. 8.

In English thus:

233. ‘But if any one should ask, Must the People then always lay themselves open to the Cruelty and Rage of Tyranny? Must they see their Cities pillaged, and laid in ashes, their Wives and Children exposed to the Tyrant's Lust, and Fury, and themselves and Families reduced, by their King, to Ruine, and all the Miseries of Want and Oppression, and yet sit still? Must Men alone be debarred the common Priviledge of opposing force with force, which Nature allows so freely to all other Creatures, for their preservation from Injury? I answer: Self-defence is a part of the Law of Nature; nor can it be denied the Community, even against the King himself: but to revenge themselves upon him, must by no means, be allowed them; it being not agreeable to that Law. Wherefore if the King shall shew [456] an hatred, not only to some particular Persons, but sets himself against the Body of the Commonwealth, whereof he is the Head, and shall, with intolerable ill usage, cruelly tyrannize over the whole, or a considerable part of the People; in this case, the People have a right to resist and defend themselves from Injury: but it must be with this Caution, that they only defend themselves, but do not attack their Prince: They may repair the Damages received, but must not, for any provocation, exceed the bounds of due Reverence and Respect. They may repulse the present attempt, but must not revenge past violences. For it is natural for us to defend Life and Limb, but that an Inferiour should punish a Superiour is against Nature. The mischief which is designed them, the People may prevent before it be done, but when it is done, they must not revenge it on the King, though Author of the Villany. This therefore is the Priviledge of the People in general, above what any private Person hath; That particular Men are allowed, by our Adversaries themselves, (Buchanan only excepted) to have no other Remedy but Patience; but the Body of the People may, with Respect, [457] resist intolerable Tyranny; for when it is but moderate, they ought to endure it.’

234. Thus far that great Advocate of Monarchical Power allows of Resistance.

235. 'Tis true, he has annexed two Limitations to it, to no purpose;

First, He says, it must be with Reverence.

Secondly, It must be without Retribution, or Punishment; and the Reason he gives, is, Because an Inferiour cannot punish a Superiour.

First, How to resist Force without striking again, or how to strike with Reverence, will need some Skill to make intelligible. He that shall oppose an Assault only with a Shield to receive the Blows, or in any more respectful Posture, without a Sword in his hand, to abate the Confidence and Force of the Assailant, will quickly be at an end of his Resistance, and will find such a defence serve only to draw on himself the worse usage. This is as ridiculous a way of resisting, as Iuvenal thought it of fighting; ubi tu pulsas, ego vapulo tantum. And the Success of the Combat, will be unavoidably the same he there describes it:

Libertas pauperis haec est:
Pulsatus rogat, & pugnis concisus, adorat,
Vt liceat paucis cum dentibus inde reverti


This will always be the event of such an imaginary Resistance, where Men may not strike again. He therefore who may resist, must be allowed to strike. And then let our Author, or any Body else, join a Knock on the Head, or a Cut on the Face, with as much Reverence, and Respect as he thinks fit. He that can reconcile Blows and Reverence, may, for ought I know, deserve for his pains, a Civil, Respectful Cudgelling, where-ever he can meet with it.

Secondly, As to his Second, An Inferiour cannot punish a Superiour; that's true, generally speaking, whilst he is his Superiour. But to resist Force with Force, being the State of War, that levells the Parties, cancels all former relation of Reverence, Respect, and Superiority: and then the odds, that remains, is, That he, who opposes the unjust Aggressour, has this Superiority over him, that he has a Right, when he prevails, to punish the Offender, both for the Breach of the Peace, and all the Evils that followed upon it. Barclay therefore, in another place, more coherently to himself, denies it to be lawful to resist a King in any Case. But he there assigns Two Cases, whereby a King may Un-king himself. His Words are,


Quid ergo, nulline casus incidere possunt quibus populo sese erigere at (que) in Regem impotentius dominantem arma capere & invadere jure suo suâ (que) authoritate liceat? Nulli certe quamdiu Rex manet. Semper enim ex divinis id obstat, Regem honorificato; & qui potestati resistit, Dei ordinationi resistit: Non aliàs igitur in eum populo potestas est quam si id committat propter quod ipso jure rex esse desinat. Tunc enim se ipse principatu exuit at (que) in privatis constituit liber: hoc modo populus & superior efficitur, reverso ad eum sc. jure illo quod ante regem inauguratum in interregno habuit. At sunt paucorum generum commissa ejusmodi quae hunc effectum pariunt. At ego cum plurima animo perlustrem, duo tantum invenio, duos, inquam, casus quibus rex ipso facto ex Rege non regem se facit & omni honore & dignitate regali at (que) in subditos potestate destituit; quorum etiam meminit Winzerus. Horum unus est, Si regnum disperdat, quemadmodum de Nerone fertur, quod is nempe senatum populum (que) Romanum, at (que) adeo urbem ipsam ferro flamma (que) vastare, ac novas sibi sedes quaerere decrevisset. Et de Caligula, quod palam denunciarit se ne (que) civem ne (que) principem senatui amplius fore, in (que) animo habuerit, interempto utrius (que) ordinis Electissimo quo (que) Alexandriam commigrare, ac ut populum uno ictu interimeret, unam ei cervicem optavit. Talia cum rex aliquis meditatur [460] & molitur serio, omnem regnandi curam & animum ilico abjicit, ac proinde imperium in subditos amittit, ut dominus servi pro derelicto habiti, dominium.

236. Alter casus est, Si rex in alicujus olientelam se contulit, ac regnum quod liberum à majoribus & populo traditum accepit, alienae ditioni mancipavit. Nam tunc quamvis forte non eâ mente id agit populo plane ut incommodet: tamen quia quod praecipuum est regiae dignitatis amisit, ut summus scilicet in regno secundum Deum sit, & solo Deo inferior, at (que) populum etiam totum ignorantem vel invitum, cujus libertatem sartam & tectam conservare debuit, in alterius gentis ditionem & potestatem dedidit; hác velut quadam regni abalienatione effecit, ut nec quod ipse in regno imperium habuit retineat, nec in eum cui collatum voluit, juris quicquam transferat; at (que) ita eo facto liberum jam & suae potestatis populum relinquit, cujus rei exemplum unum annales Scotici suppeditant. Barclay contra Monarchom. l. 3. c. 16. which may be thus Englished.

237. ‘What then, Can there no Case happen wherein the people may of right, and by their own Authority, help themselves, take Arms, and set upon their King, imperiously domineering over them? None at all, whilst he remains a King. Honour the King, and he that resists the [461] Power, resists the Ordinance of God; are divine Oracles that will never permit it. The People therefore can never come by a Power over him, unless he does something that makes him cease to be a King. For then he divests himself of his Crown and Dignity, and returns to the state of a private Man, and the People become free and superiour; the Power which they had in the Interregnum, before they Crown'd him King, devolving to them again. But there are but few miscarriages which bring the matter to this state. After considering it well on all sides, I can find but two. Two Cases there are, I say, whereby a King, ipso facto, becomes no King, and loses all Power and Regal Authority over his People; which are also taken notice of by Winzerus. The first is, if he indeavour to overturn the Government, that is, if he have a purpose and design to ruin the Kingdom and Commonwealth, as it is recorded of Nero, that he resolved to cut off the Senate and People of Rome, lay the City wast with Fire and Sword, and then remove to some other place. And of Caligula, that he openly declar'd, that he would be no longer a head to the People or Senate, and that he had it in his thoughts to cut off the worthiest Men of [462] both Ranks, and then retire to Alexandria: and he wisht that the People had but one Neck, that he might dispatch them all at a blow. Such designs as these, when any King harbours in his thoughts, and seriously promotes, he immediately gives up all care and thought of the Commonwealth; and consequently forfeits the Power of Governing his Subjects, as a Master does the dominion over his Slaves whom he hath abandon'd.’

238. ‘The other Case is, When a King makes himself the dependent of another, and subjects his Kingdom which his Ancestors left him, and the People put free into his hands, to the Dominion of another. For however perhaps it may not be his intention to prejudice the People; yet because he has hereby lost the principal part of Regal Dignity, viz. to be next and immediately under God, Supream in his Kingdom; and also because he betray'd or forced his People, whose liberty he ought to have carefully preserved, into the Power and Dominion of a Foreign Nation. By this as it were alienation of his Kingdom, he himself loses the Power he had in it before, without transferring any the least right to those on whom he would have bestowed it; and so by this act sets the People free, [463] and leaves them at their own disposal. One Example of this is to be found in the Scotch Annals.’

239. In these Cases Barclay, the great Champion of Absolute Monarchy, is forced to allow, That a King may be resisted, and ceases to be a King. That is in short, not to multiply Cases: In whatsoever he has no Authority, there he is no King, and may be resisted: For wheresoever the Authority ceases, the King ceases too, and becomes like other Men who have no Authority. And these two Cases he instances in, differ little from those above mention'd, to be destructive to Governments, only that he has omitted the Principle from which his Doctrine flows; and that is, The breach of trust, in not preserving the Form of Government agreed on, and in not intending the end of Government it self; which is the publick good and preservation of Property. When a King has Dethron'd himself, and put himself in a state of War with his People, what shall hinder them from prosecuting him who is no King, as they would any other Man, who has put himself into a state of War with them. Barclay, and those of his Opinion, would do well to tell us. Bilson, a Bishop of our Church, and a great Stickler for the Power and Prerogative of Princes, [464] does, if I mistake not, in his Treatise of Christian Subjection, acknowledge, That Princes may forfeit their Power, and their title, to the Obedience of their Subjects; and if there needed authority in a Case where reason is so plain, I could send my Reader to Bracton, Fortescue, and the Author of the Mirror, and others, Writers, that cannot be suspected to be ignorant of our Government, or Enemies to it. But I thought Hooker alone might be enough to satisfie those Men, who relying on him for their Ecclesiastical Polity, are by a strange fate carried to deny those Principles upon which he builds it. Whether they are herein made the Tools of Cunninger Workmen, to pull down their own Fabrick, they were best look. This I am sure, their civil Policy is so new, so dangerous, and so destructive to both Rulers and People, that as former Ages never could bear the broaching of it; so it may be hoped, those to come, redeem'd from the Impositions of these Egyptian Under-Taskmasters, will abhor the Memory of such servile Platterers, who whilst it seem'd to serve their turn, resolv'd all Government into absolute Tyranny, and would have all Men born to what their mean Souls fitted them, Slavery.


240. Here, 'tis like, the common Question will be made, who shall be Judge whether the Prince, or Legislative, act contrary to their Trust? This, perhaps, ill-affected, and factious Men may spread amongst the People, when the Prince only makes use of his due Prerogative. To this I reply; The People shall be Judge; for who shall be Judge whether his Trustee or Deputy acts well, and according to the Trust reposed in him, but he who deputes him, and must, by having deputed him; have still a Power to discard him, when he fails in his Trust? If this be reasonable, in particular Cases of private Men, why should it be otherwise in that of the greatest moment, where the Welfare of Millions is concerned, and also where the evil, if not prevented, is greater, and the Redress very difficult, dear, and dangerous?

241. But farther, this Question, (Who shall be Judge?) cannot mean, that there is no Judge at all. For where there is no Judicature on Earth, to decide Controversies amongst Men, God in Heaven is Judge. He alone, 'tis true, is Judge of the Right. But every Man is Judge for himself, as in all other Cases, so in this, whether another hath put himself into a State of War with him, and whether he [270] should appeal to the Supreme Judge, as Iephtha did.

242. If a Controversie arise betwixt a Prince, and some of the People, in a matter where the Law is silent, or doubtful, and the thing be of great Consequence, I should think, the proper Umpire, in such a Case, should be the Body of the People. For in Cases, where the Prince hath a Trust reposed in him, and is dispensed from the common, ordinary Rules of the Law; there, if any Men find themselves aggrieved, and think the Prince acts contrary to, or beyond that Trust, who so proper to judge, as the Body of the People, (who, at first, lodg'd that Trust in him) how far they meant it should extend? But if the Prince, or who-ever they be in the Administration, decline that way of Determination, the Appeal then lies no where but to Heaven. Force between either Persons, who have no known Superiour on Earth, or which permits no Appeal to a Judge on Earth, being properly a State of War, wherein the Appeal lies only to Heaven, and in that State the injured Party must judge for himself, when he will think fit to make use of that Appeal, and put himself upon it.

243. To conclude, The Power that every [271] individual gave the Society, when he entered into it, can never revert to the Individuals again, as long as the Society lasts, but will always remain in the Community; because without this, there can be no Community, no Commonwealth, which is contrary to the original Agreement: so also when the Society hath placed the Legislative in any Assembly of Men, to continue in them and their Successors, with Direction and Authority for providing such Successors, the Legislative can never revert to the People whilst that Government lasts: Because having provided a Legislative with Power, to continue for ever, they have given up their Political Power to the Legislative, and cannot resume it. But if they have set Limits to the Duration of their Legislative, and made this Supreme Power, in any Person, or Assembly, only temporary: Or else when, by the Miscarriages of those in Authority, it is forfeited; upon the Forfeiture of their Rulers, or at the Determination of the Time set, it reverts to the Society, and the People have a Right to act as Supreme, and continue the Legislative in themselves, or place it in a new Form, or new hands, as they think good.





[1] In Grants and Gifts that have their Origiginal (sic) from God or Nature, as the Power of the Father hath, no inferior Power of Man can limit nor make any Law of prescription against them, O. 158.

[2] The Scripture teaches that Supreme Power was Originally in the Father without any limitation, O. 245.

[3] It is no improbable Opinion, therefore, which the Arch-Philosopher was of, That the chief Person in every Houshold, was always, as it were, a King; so when Numbers of Housholds joyn'd themselves in civil Societies together, Kings were the first kind of Governours amongst them, which is also, as it seemeth, the reason why the name of Fathers continued still in them, who of Fathers, were made Rulers; as also the ancient Custom of Governours to do as Melchizedec, and being Kings, to exercise the Office of Priests, which Fathers did, at the first grew, perhaps, by the same Occasion. Howbeit, this is not the only kind of Regiment that has been received in the World. The Inconveniences of one kind have caused sundry other to be devised, so that, in a word, all publique Regiment, of what kind soever, seemeth evidently to have risen from the deliberate Advice, Consultation and Composition between Men, judging it convenient, and behovefull, there being no impossibility in Nature, considered by it self, but that Man might have lived without any publique Regiment. Hooker's Eccl. l. 1. §. 10.

[4] The publick Power of all Society is above every Soul contained in the same Society; and the principal use of that power is to give Laws unto all that are under it, which Laws in such Cases we must obey, unless there be reason shew'd which may necessarily inforce, that the Law of Reason, or of God, doth injoin the contrary, Hook. Eccl. Pol. 1. §. 16.

[5] To take away all such mutual Grievances, Injuries and Wrongs, i. e. such as attend Men in the state of Nature. There was no way but only by growing into Composition and Agreement amongst themselves by ordaining some kind of Government publick, and by yielding themselves subject thereunto, that unto whom they granted Authority to rule and govern: by them the Peace, Tranquillity, and happy Estate of the rest might be procured. Men always knew that where Force and Injury was offered, they might be Defenders of themselves; they knew that however Men may seek their own Commodity; yet if this were done with Injury unto others, it was not to be suffered, but by all Men, and all good means to be withstood. Finally, they knew that no Man might, in reason, take upon him to determine his own Right, and according to his own Determination proceed in maintenance thereof, in as much as every man is towards himself, and them whom he greatly affects, partial; and therefore, that Strifes and Troubles would be endless, except they gave their common Consent, all to be ordered by some, whom they should agree upon, without which Consent, there would be no reason that one man should take upon him to be Lord or Iudge over another. Hooker's Eccl. Pol. l. 1. §. 10.

[6] At the first; when some certain kind of Regiment was once appointed, it may be that nothing was then farther thought upon for the manner of governing, but all permitted unto their Wisdom and Discretion, which were to Rule, till, by experience, they found this for all parts very inconvenient, so as the thing, which they had devised for a Remedy, did indeed but increase the Sore, which it should have cured. They saw, that to live by one Man's Will, became the cause of all Mens misery. This constrained them to come unto Laws wherein all Men might see their Duty beforehand, and know the Penalties of transgressing them. Hooker's Eccl. Pol. l. 1. §. 10.

[7] Civil Law, being the Act of the whole Body Politick, doth therefore over-rule each several part of the same Body. Hooker ibid.

[8] At first, when some certain kind of Regiment was once approved, it may be, nothing was then further thought upon, for the manner of governing, but all permitted unto their Wisdom, and Discretion, which were to Rule, till, by experience, they found this for all parts very inconvenient, so as the thing, which they had devised for a Remedy, did indeed but increase the Sore, which it should have cured. They saw, that to live by one Man's Will, became the cause of all Mens misery. This constrained them to come unto Laws wherein all Men might see their Duty beforehand, and know the Penalties of transgressing them. Hooker's Eccl. Pol. l. 1. §. 10.

[9] The lawful Power of making Laws to Command whole Politick Societies of Men, belonging so properly unto the same intire Societies, that for any Prince or Potentate of what kind soever upon Earth, to exercise the same of himself, and not by express Commission, immediately and personally received from God, or else by authority derived at the first from their consent, upon whose persons they impose Laws, it is no better than meer Tyranny. Laws they are not therefore which publick approbation hath not made so. Hooker's Eccl Pol. l. 1. §. 10. Of this point therefore we are to note, that sith Men naturally have no full and perfect Power to Command whole politick multitudes of Men, therefore utterly without our Consent, we could in such sort be at no Mans Commandment living. And to be commanded we do consent when that Society, whereof we be a part, hath at any time before consented, without revoking the same after by the like universal agreement.

Laws therefore human, of what kind soever, are available by consent. Ibid.

[10] Two Foundations there are which bear up publick Societies; the one a natural inclination, whereby all Men desire sociable Life and Fellowship; the other an Order, expresly or secretly agreed upon, touching the manner of their union in living together; the latter is that which we call the Law of a Commonweal, the very Soul of a politick Body, the parts whereof are by Law animated, held together, and set on work in such actions as the common good requireth. Laws politick, ordain'd for external order and regiment amongst Men, are never framed as they should be, unless presuming the will of Man to be inwardly obstinate, rebellious, and averse from all obedience to the sacred Laws of his nature; in a word, unless presuming Man to be in regard of his depraved Mind, little better than a wild Beast, they do accordingly provide notwithstanding, so to frame his outward actions, that they be no hindrance unto the common good, for which Societies are instituted. Vnless they do this they are not perfect. Hooker's Ec. Pol. l. 1. §. 10.

[11] Humane Laws are measures in respect of Men whose actions they must direct, howbeit such measures they are as have also their higher Rules to be measured by, which Rules are two, the Law of God, and the Law of Nature; so that Laws humane must be made according to the general Laws of Nature, and without contradiction to any positive Law of Scripture, otherwise they are ill made. Ibid. l. 3. § 9.

To constrain Men to any thing inconvenient doth seem unreasonable. Ibid. l. 1. §. 10.