repelli non potest;" force consists in such a power as you cannot resist.
" Servitus est constitutio juris gentium, qua, quis, domino alieno, contra
naturam subjicitur." Inst. Lib. 1, Tit. 3. Leg. 2. Slavery is a regula¬
tion of the law of nations, by which any body, is unnaturally subjected
to the dominion of another.
"Crudelis etiam necessario judicabitur lex qua? servitutem augmentat,
et minuit libertatem: nam pro ea, natura semper implorat humana.
Quia, ab homine pro vitio introducta est servitus. Sed libertas, a Deo,
hominis est indita natura. Quare ipsa ab homine sublata, semper redire
gliscit, ut facit omne quod libertati naturali privatur. Quo impius et
crudelis judicandus est qui libertati non favet. Hac considerantia, Angliae
jura, in omni casu, libertati dant favorem." Chancellor Fortescue, De
laudibus Legum. c. 42, p. 101. The law therefore, which supports sla¬
very, and opposes liberty, must necessarily be condemned as cruel: for
every feeling of human nature advocates liberty. Slavery is introduced
through human wickedness; but God advocates liberty by the nature
which he has given to man. Wherefore, liberty torn from man, always
seeks to return to him; and it is the same with every thing, which is de-
deprived of its native freedom. On this account it is, that the man who
does not favor liberty, must be regarded as impious and cruel; and
hence the English law always favors liberty.
"Ratio legis, est animus legis." The resonableness of the law, is the
soul of the law. Jenks' Cent. 45.
" Scribitur hsec lex in corde cujuslibet hominis, docens eum quid
agendum, et quid ugiendum : et quod rationis, in corde scribitur, idio de-
leri non potest, nee enim recepit mutationem ex loco nee tempore, sed
ubique et inter omnes homines, servari debet. Nam jura naturalia, im-
mutabilia sunt; et ratio immutationis, est quod recipiunt naturam rei pro
fundamenta, qua? semper eadem est, et ubique." Doct. and Stud., c. 2.
This law is written upon the heart of every man, teaching him what to
choose and what to refuse. What is written by reason in the heart, can¬
not be effaced; neither is it liable to change from either place or time, but
ought to be preserved every where by all men. For the laws of nature
are immutable; and the reason of their immutability is this, that they
have for their foundation, the nature of things, which is always and
every where the same.
" Contra earn non est prsescriptio vel oppositum statutum, sive con¬
suetudo, et si aliqua fiant, non sunt statuta, sive consuetudines, sed cor¬
rupted." Doct. and Stud. B. 5. Against this there is no prescription
or statute, or usage; and should any be enacted, they would not be
statutes, or usages, but corrupt customs.