The principles of a free constitution are irrecoverably lost, when the legislative power is nominated by the executive.
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Source Notes: Source: EDWARD GIBBON, History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, chapter 3, third paragraph, p. 33 .
Edward Gibbon (April 27, 1737 (O.S.) (May 8, 1737 (N.S.)) - January 16, 1794) was arguably the most influential historian since the time of Tacitus. His magnum opus, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, published between 1776 and 1788, is a groundbreaking work whose influence endures to this day.