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THE USE AND ABUSE
GEORGE CORNEWALL LEWIS, ESQ.
STUDENT OF CHRIST CHURCH, OXFORD.
"Seal up the mouth of outrage for awhile,
Till we can clear these ambiguities,
And know their spring, their head, their true descent."
Romeo and Juliet, Act 5, Scene 3.
B. FELLOWES, LUDGATE STREET.
M DCCC XXXII.
THE object of the following work is to illustrate the various uses of the principal terms belonging to political science. It is the duty of every science to perform this office for itself; and those equivocal words which belong to no particular subject might conveniently be assigned to the province of logic. An inquiry of this description may be considered as occupying a middle place between a technical dictionary, and a scientific treatise on the same subject as being more copious and connected than the one, more meagre and desultory than the other. With the view, then, of affording to political speculation the assistance to be derived from a technical vocabulary, I have