The Celtic Magazine Volume 9

The Celtic Magazine Volume 9

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ... 1669 there was no regular postal communication between Aberdeen and Edinburgh," and in the same year "afoot-post was established between Edinburgh and Inverness, and was to go and return twice a week to Aberdeen, and once to Inverness, ' if wind and weather served.' " The charge for a letter to Inverness from Edinburgh was four pence. Mr Mackintosh gives a good and concise account of the literature of the century, which consisted mainly of ballad poetry and ecclesiastical pamphlets and histories. He further extends his sketch of the ballad literature so as to include the "Jacobite ballads," to whose pathos and Celtic characteristics of natural description, colour, and humour he does justice. The chapter on education is cleverly written and exceedingly interesting in its details of the subjects taught in the higher schools. The vernacular tongue was a nuisance, which had to be endured in the school curriculum, because without it Latin could not be learnt. The volume closes with a chapter of some eighty pages on European philosophy in the seventeenth century, intended as an introduction to the history of Scottish philosophy, and to Mr Mackintosh's next volume. We cannot help admiring the success with which he has compressed into his space the philosophic tendencies of the age, and the accuracy and grasp with which he has sketched the leading features of the doctrines of Descartes, Spinoza, Locke, and Berkeley. The volume is superior both in spirit and style to Mr Mackintosh's former two, and that means giving the highest praise to its excellence as a work of industry, great research, and unmistakable genius. CELTIC AND LITERARY NOTES. The recent visit of Mr Mundella, the Minister for Education to Scotland, is likely to prove of great importance to...show more

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  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 449g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236660358
  • 9781236660350