"To say that subjects in general are not proper judges (of the law)
when their governors oppress them and play the tyrant, and when they
defend their rights ...is as great a treason as ever a man uttered.
Tis treason not against one single man, but against the state - against
the whole body politic; tis treason against mankind; tis treason
against Common sense; tis treason against God; And this impious
principle lays the foundation for justifying all the tyranny and
oppression that ever any prince was guilty of. The people know for what
end they set up and maintain their governors, and they are the proper
judges when governors execute their trust as they ought to do it."