esprit de corps 1771 English

Alexander Jardine

Letters from Barbary, France, Spain, Portugal, &c: By an English officer

Every society of human beings, be it a nation, a corporation, or a company, we know will act with a certain secret esprit de corps, or bias towards its own interests, against all mankind; and in a manner more unjust and unfeeling than individuals: and every corporate body, if not controlled, would tyrannize over all the rest. Hence the great difficulties of regulating the lesser bodies, of which the great one, the nation, consists; and of forming a system of government, wherein the different parts may not combine against the rest of the community. If any nation should ever, through all the steps of im∣provement, escape every other yoke, it may at last fall a prey to law itself; and the greatest part of the property, and thence the government, might be gradually thrown into the hands of a powerful body of lawyers.

via Letters from Barbary, France, Spain, Portugal, &c: By an English officer. In two volumes. … [pt.2].

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