Yet, replies Miller, “this objection is founded on an entire mistake. And a recurrence, for one moment, to the principles of civil society – will at once expose it. Every child is a citizen of the country in which he was born: a plenary citizen. There is no such thing as half-way citizenship in this case. He is a free-born citizen in the fullest extent of the term. Yet, until he reach a certain age and possess certain qualifications – he is not eligible to the most important offices which his country has to confer. And, after he has been elected, he cannot take his seat for the discharge of these official functions – until he has taken certain prescribed oaths.