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COMMONWEALTH, government. A commonwealth is properly a free state, or republic, having a popular or representative government. The term has been, applied to the government of Great Britain. It is not applicable to absolute governments. The states composing the United States are, properly, so many commonwealths.
     2. It is a settled principle, that no sovereign power is amenable to answer suits, either in its own courts or in those of a foreign country, unless by its own consent. 4 Yeates, 494.

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Six Bookes of a Commonweale (first edn London, 1606; Cambridge, Massachusetts 1962), Ch.
Bodin, The Six Bookes of a Commonweale [1606], facsimile reprint, trans.
Compare with Bodin, Six Bookes of a Commonweale, book V, ch.

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