Tyranny has perhaps oftener grown out of the assumptions of power, called for, on pressing exigencies, by a defective
constitution, than out of the full exercise of the largest constitutional authorities.
The charges exhibited against it are, first, that so small a number of representatives will be an unsafe depositary of the public interests; secondly, that they will not possess a proper knowledge of the local circumstances of their numerous constituents; thirdly, that they will be taken from that class of citizens which will sympathize least with the feelings of the mass of the people, and be most likely to aim at a permanent elevation of the few on the depression of the many; fourthly, that defective
as the number will be in the first instance, it will be more and more disproportionate, by the increase of the people, and the obstacles which will prevent a correspondent increase of the representatives.
Should they prove deformed or defective
in any way they are promptly shot; nor do they see a tear shed for a single one of the many cruel hardships they pass through from earliest infancy.
Owing to the defective
construction of the Rangoon, however, unusual precautions became necessary in unfavourable weather; but the loss of time which resulted from this cause, while it nearly drove Passepartout out of his senses, did not seem to affect his master in the least.
"In point of composition," said Mary, "the letter does not seem defective
. The idea of the olive-branch perhaps is not wholly new, yet I think it is well expressed."