The Literary Panorama Volume 7

The Literary Panorama Volume 7

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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. 1818 edition. Excerpt: ...of property, of general misery. But, there are others, not so apparent, which, nevertheless, though feeble, act with continued force, and eventually, with most harassing efi'ect; like the worms in a ship's bottom, they penetrate, unseen, unheard, but most formidably, and often most fatally. Whether the savage state, or the civil, be most natural to man, has been a question discussed with much ingenuity; and with zeal fully adequate to its importance. In the savage state, either all are poor, --or none are poor: the enjoyments of all are equal, and comparison has no opportunity of action. In the civil state, which implies distinction of orders and ranks, the main U body is poor; a smaller number is less poor, while a few, perhaps, are rich. And this proportion, reducedto numbers, is that which with slight variations is found all over the globe. The island of Britain neither was, nor is, any exception to the general rule. ln the remotest ages to which our researches can penetrate, there existed beyond question, a distinction of ranks. Not every Briton was adorned with those golden chains, and rings, and bracelets, which their re-opened sepulchres declare they carried with them to the grave: the golden-studded shield, the embossed sword, or dagger handle, could appertain to principals only; these were the nobility, the Lords, of their day. Neither could those personal decorations which adorned some of the females be common to all; the costly strings of glass beads, the beautiful, and no doubt, high-priced necklaces of amber, the collets, the wrist-bands, of pearls, of variously intermingled studs, and ornaments, were too expensive for the generality of the sex; and must have been from their rarity and elegance appropriate to the more

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  • English
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