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free to take their own course who pay no regard to the Lord's
day if on^y they ^° not Disturb or interfere with the rest or
worship of others.
On the whole, while laws against irreligious acts notice
them in part on account of their human evils, I cannot help
finding in them another element, proceeding from religious
feelings themselves, from reverence to the divine being irre-
spectively of their injury to human society. Man, in his
legislation, cannot get rid of his sentiments ; even in the later
attempts at legislation, when the limits are more exactly drawn
between that which is injurious to society in some specific
way and that which is sinful, the sentiment will assert its right
in defining crime or in enhancing punishment.