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PACTIONS, International law. When contracts between nations are to be performed by a single act, and their execution is at an end at once, they are not called treaties, but agreements, conventions or pactions. 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 100.

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And thus among Men the Legislative Authority is variously modelled (i) according to various Customes pactions and Concessions and Capitulations.
It is true, in the Case of human Laws and Constitutions a Legislator may be constituted by the Persons, who are to be afterwards (i) obliged by that authority that he himself either wholly, or at least as one of j Community transfers to that Person, as these (k) Persons to whom this Nomothetical Power is thus Transacted; (l) And therefore if we should supose the new erection either of a (m) Kingly or Aristocratical or Democratical Government, by the paction n or stipulation of any Society or Community of Men; by this paction if I am one of that Community I do together with the rest transfer to this Government a Power to oblige me by the Laws which such o Governors shall make.
g) Still there is this (h) Further to be remember'd that every particular Person of the Commonalty having bound themselves by the faith, or paction to obey the Laws of that Commonalty there lyes a higher and another Obligation upon the perticular Persons to observe their faith namely the Soveraign Law of God that saith fides est servanda so long as the Commonalty continues, and the matter of that stipulation is not alter'd.