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First Principles: To Prevent Crimes, Is the Noblest End and Aim of Criminal Jurisprudence

“To prevent crimes, is the noblest end and aim of criminal jurisprudence. To punish them, is one of the means necessary for the accomplishment of this noble end and aim.” – James Wilson (1790)

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First Principles: It Is the Duty of Parents To Maintain Their Children Decently, and According To Their Circumstances; To Protect Them According To the Dictates of Prudence

“It is the duty of parents to maintain their children decently, and according to their circumstances; to protect them according to the dictates of prudence; and to educate them according to the suggestions of a judicious and zealous regard for … Continue reading

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First Principles: We Should Look Upon the Different Parts of Government With A Just and Impartial Eye

“In observations on this subject, we hear the legislature mentioned as the people’s representatives. The distinction, intimated by concealed implication, through probably, not avowed upon reflection, is, that the executive and judicial powers are not connected with the people by … Continue reading

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First Principles: It Is the Duty of Parents To Maintain Their Children Decently, and According To Their Circumstances; To Protect Them According To the Dictates of Prudence

“It is the duty of parents to maintain their children decently, and according to their circumstances; to protect them according to the dictates of prudence; and to educate them according to the suggestions of a judicious and zealous regard for … Continue reading

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First Principles: To Prevent Crimes, Is the Noblest End and Aim of Criminal Jurisprudence. To Punish Them, Is One of the Means Necessary For the Accomplishment

” To prevent crimes, is the noblest end and aim of criminal jurisprudence. To punish them, is one of the means necessary for the accomplishment of this noble end and aim.” – James Wilson (1790)

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First Principles: Far From Being Rivals or Enemies, Religion and Law Are Twin Sisters, Friends, and Mutual Assistants

“Far from being rivals or enemies, religion and law are twin sisters, friends, and mutual assistants. Indeed, these two sciences run into each other. The divine law, as discovered by reason and the moral sense, forms an essential part of … Continue reading

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First Principles: Law and Liberty Cannot Rationally Become the Objects of Our Love, Unless They First Become the Objects of Our Knowledge

“Law and liberty cannot rationally become the objects of our love, unless they first become the objects of our knowledge.” – -James Wilson, Of the Study of the Law in the United States, 1790

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First Principles: Far From Being Rivals or Enemies, Religion and Law Are Twin Sisters, Friends, and Mutual Assistants

“Far from being rivals or enemies, religion and law are twin sisters, friends, and mutual assistants. Indeed, these two sciences run into each other. The divine law, as discovered by reason and the moral sense, forms an essential part of … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Most Important Consequence of Marriage Is That the Husband and Wife Become In Law Only One Person

“The most important consequence of marriage is, that the husband and the wife become in law only one person… Upon this principle of union, almost all the other legal consequences of marriage depend. This principle, sublime and refined, deserves to … Continue reading

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First Principles: To Prevent Crimes Is the Noblest End and Aim of Criminal Jurisprudence

“To prevent crimes, is the noblest end and aim of criminal jurisprudence. To punish them, is one of the means necessary for the accomplishment of this noble end and aim.” – James Wilson (1790)

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