Essays and Other Occasional Compositions, Chiefly Reprinted Volume 2

Essays and Other Occasional Compositions, Chiefly Reprinted Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1810 edition. Excerpt: ...personal distinctions to a wise or thinking man? but with the view of exalting his family he will pursue his labours to the very verge of life. It is wise to have incitements of this kind, for those who may despise all meaner motives; and to keep them in gradation, so that very few indeed may stand above the hope of gaining something more. This is to take fair advantage of the strongest human propensities, and to use them as the means of causing good and great exertions. Honours gained by public service are paid to those who first achieve them as a general debt; they are continued to their families, because it is most evident that otherwise, in comparison with the benefits conferred, they would be futile and inadequate rewards; to violate them, at any period, is national dishonesty, amounting to no less than a direct confession of being too base to merit any noble service, and much too false to justify any confidence. From a class of men accustomed to look chiefly to high objects, hereditary counsellors of state, and legislators, commanding, the best means of general information and improve-, ment, a nation cannot fail to gain accession of some great and noble sentiments, which will on due occasions show themselves in its Is there any Englishman so void of feeling as not to glory in the elevation which some great English families enjoy from the achievements of their ancestors? To bestow them was originally a duty, to esteem them sacred is the only proof that can be still preserved of public gratitude. Who could bear defence and service: and if, as in the execution of all human plans there will arise defects, the origin of honours should not be always in practice that which sages might point out, yet the utility of the class which bears...show more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236867203
  • 9781236867209