Let me be permitted here to illustrate what has been said of the power possessed by ancient legislators, by a modern example, borrowed from what to some persons will appear a frivolous subject, and certainly from a frivolous person. The legislator in question was a master of ceremonies. For a long series of years, by the authority of opinion, Nash, commonly called Beau-Nash, regulated at Bath, the conduct of the company assembled at that place during the season: sovereign arbiter and director of all points pertaining to the custom and etiquette of the place, of the order in which balls, concerts, &c. were to succeed each other. How did he go to work? ``Let such a thing be done'', said the legislator of the Bath Assemblies. ``Let not such a thing be done.'' ``Let such an Assembly take place on such a day: that it begin at such an hour, that it finishes at such an hour'', &c. &c. Setting aside the extreme disparity of the object, the resemblance is striking between these ordinances of fashion, and such laws of antiquity as have been handed down to us. There were no punishments properly so called. The company assembling met there, confiding in his prudence, and experience in the concerns he had to regulate, put into his hands a certain quantity of the power of the moral sanction, and the public voice was ready to be raised against the infractors of his rules; and laws the weakest in appearance, were most strictly obeyed.

RP Book 3 Chapter 3 Section 2