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BELIEVING that the liberty, prosperity, and happiness of our country have their foundation in the morals of the people, I have been induced to set forth in the following pages what I conceive to be a summary of the most important of their social and political duties; my aim being to show my fellow countrymen in what way their conduct, social and political, influences their own well-being, as well as that of their fellow citizens. I am aware that much has already been written on the subject of human duty; but as my views and opinions, on many points, may probably differ from many, and as truth on any subject is only arrived at by the conflict and comparison of opinions, I hope to serve that cause, at least, by their publication, however numerous may be my own
For many facts and opinions embodied in the work I have to acknowledge myself indebted to the writings of Jeremy Bentham, John Stuart Mill, George Combe, T. Perronet Thompson; as also to the admirable lectures and works on social science by my esteemed friend William Ellis.
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