Algernon Sidney or Sydney (14 or 15 January 1623 - 7 December 1683) was an English politician and member of the Long Parliament. A republican political theorist, colonel and commissioner of the trial of King Charles I of England, he opposed the king's execution. Sidney was later charged with plotting against Charles II, in part based on his work, Discourses Concerning Government, used by the prosecution as a witness at his trial. He was executed for treason. After his death, Sidney was revered as a "Whig patriot–hero and martyr".
Includes portrait, short biography,links to two editions of Sidney's Discourses Concerning Government and selected quotations
Biographical essay discussing also Sidney's political theories and his influence in the American colonies
Volume II, Part II "Intercolonial Developments", Chapter 33: Starts by considering the influence of English writers Sidney and Locke and then considers Trenchard and Gordon's Cato's Letters
Partial contents: To depend upon the will of a man is slavery - God leaves to man the choice of forms in Government - That 'tis natural for Nations to govern, or to choose Governors - Government is not instituted for the good of the Governor
- ISBN 0865971420: Paperback, Liberty Fund, Revised edition, 1996
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