Yet another method of preventing crimes is, to reward
virtue. Upon this subject the laws of all nations are silent. If the rewards
proposed by academies for the discovery of useful truths have increased our
knowledge, and multiplied good books, is it not probable that rewards,
distributed by the beneficent hand of a sovereign, would also multiply virtuous
actions. The coin of honour is inexhaustible, and is abundantly fruitful in the
hands of a prince who distributes it wisely.
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