158 T H E S P I R I T
Of Female Alminiftration.
��BOOK T T is contrary to reafon and nature that women Ch * J[ Ihould reign in families, as was cultomary among the Egyptians , but not that they fhould govern an empire. In the firft cafe the ftate of their natural weaknefs does not permit them to have the pre-eminence-, in the fecond their very weaknefs ge nerally gives them more lenity and moderation, qua lifications fitter for a good adminiftration, than roughnefs and feverity.
In the Indies they are very eafy under a female government , and it is fettled that if the male ifTuc be not of a mother of the fame blood, the fe males born of a mother of the blood-royal muft fuc- ( k ) Edify- cecd ( k ). And then they have a certain number of ing Let- perfons that afiift them to bear the weight of the coUcd ion. government. If to this we add the example of England and Ruflia, we mall find that they fucceed alike both in moderate and defpotic governments.