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sovereign
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Moby Dick
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  • One complained of a bad cold in his head, upon which Jonah mixed him a pitch-like potion of gin and molasses, which he swore was a sovereign cure for all colds and catarrhs whatsoever, never mind of how long standing, or whether caught off the coast of Labrador, or on the weather side of an ice-island.
  • It will readily be seen that in this case the alleged right of the Duke to the whale was a delegated one from the Sovereign.
  • We must needs inquire then on what principle the Sovereign is originally invested with that right.
  • They asked him, then, whether to live or die was a matter of his own sovereign will and pleasure.

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  • They may be a sovereign state, but their neighbor’s threats forced their decision.
  • ...the first seven words of our Constitution—We the People of the United States —accurately reflect our founding belief that governments derive "their just powers from the consent of the governed" and the fact that that the sovereign will of the people of the United States was expressed in the Constitution itself and in our ongoing system of government created by it.
    John R. Bolton  --  American Justice and the International Criminal Court  --  http://www.aei.org/publications/pubID.22883/pub_detail.asp(retrieved 06/29/06)

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