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William Penn. (1644–1718).  Fruits of Solitude.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
Part II
Of the Benefit of Justice
181. Justice is a great Support of Society, because an Insurance to all Men of their Property: This violated, there ’s no Security, which throws all into Confusion to recover it.  1
  182. An Honest Man is a fast Pledge in Dealing. A Man is Sure to have it if it be to be had.  2
  183. Many are so, merely of Necessity: Others not so only for the same Reason: But such an honest Man is not to be thanked, and such a dishonest Man is to be pity’d.  3
  184. But he that is dishonest for Gain, is next to a Robber, and to be punish’d for Example.  4
  185. And indeed there are few Dealers, but what are Faulty, which makes Trade Difficult, and a great Temptation to Men of Virtue.  5
  186. ’T is not what they should, but what they can get: Faults or Decays must be concealed: Big Words given, where they are not deserved, and the Ignorance or Necessity of the Buyer imposed upon for unjust Profit.  6
  187. These are the Men that keep their Words for their own Ends, and are only Just for Fear of the Magistrate.  7
  188. A Politick rather than a Moral Honesty; a constrained, not a chosen Justice: According to the Proverb, Patience per Force, and thank you for nothing.  8
  189. But of all Justice, that is the greatest, that passes under the Name of Law. A Cut-Purse in Westminster-Hall exceeds; for that advances Injustice to Oppression, where Law is alledged for that which it should punish.  9


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