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Superintending inferior Officers of the Police

449, 450 Acting in concurrence with a Brother Justice 450, 451 Court of Sessions

452—454 Municipal Magistrates often Justices

454-457 Corporations—their Power-Abuses not unfrequently occurring

457-461 Some other Duties

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O apply moral truths to practical purposes; to point out their bearings on modern opinions and modern manners ; and to deduce from them rules of conduct by which the inhabitants of this country in particular, each in his respective station, may be aided in acquiring the knowledge and encouraged in the performance of their several duties, are objects of unequivocal utility. They are the objects which it is my wish to attain, as far as I am able, in the present work,

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In a former treatise (a) I have briefly eno deavoured to investigate the fundamental rules of natural justice; and to point out the wide range of moral obligations incumbent on mankind in general, together with the grounds on which they reit. The moral principles there maintained have a close connection with the subjects now to be discussed; and may in some cases evidently form the ultimate basis of my reasoning. But whatever may be the occasions on which they are applicable, I do not mean to occupy the time of the reader with an attempt to establish them afresh ; but would refer him to the proofs already advanced in support of them in the proper place.

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The plan proposed requires me to enter into a regular and to a certain degree minute detail of the various duties of the different classes of fociety, which fall within its limits; to combine in every branch of my enquiry, as far as the nature of the subjects will admit, the con

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(a) The Principles of Moral Philosophy investigated, and briefly applied to the Constitution of Civil Society. Second edition, 1791.

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