Memoirs of the Life of the Right Honourable Sir John Eardley Wilmot, Knt., Late Lord Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas, and One of His Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council; With Some Original Letters

Memoirs of the Life of the Right Honourable Sir John Eardley Wilmot, Knt., Late Lord Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas, and One of His Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council; With Some Original Letters

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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. 1811 edition. Excerpt: ...and a little Greek for your affectionate Father." To the same. "21st October, 1766." "I should think myself very defective in my duty to you, if I did not most warmly exhort you to take more care of your health than you have done; for if the foundations are weakened at your years, debility of body will most infallibly draw. on debility of mind, and extinguish that "vivida vis animi," which sets one part of the human creation at as great a distance from the other, as there is between a bird and an oyster. I am glad to hear you are fallen at once into an academical life. Let me recommend a constant attendance on Prayers; for religious habits give religious practices; and whatever resolutions you may deliberately make, if Religion does not bind the observance of them upon your mind, human reason will be too weak for the impulse of human passions; and you will find the steerage of yourself through those rocks most dangerous, and frequent shipwrecks unavoidable. It has been my wish to pilot you through youth with safety; it is a very difficult passage, and I shall keep my band at the helm while I am able. I have always recommended ceconomy, not from any avaricious motive, but because I know that expence and study will not mix together in any mind that does not burn with Ambition--and of all the evils, or rather devils, which lash mankind, I would wish to keep you out of that domination; for when it steps beyond that swell, which the consciousness of virtue and moral rectitude infuses, it is the source of unhappiness and all iniquity, and every homefelt joy departs before that tyrant. Be assured, that all the parts which nature ever gave, with all the knowledge of Greece and Rome, embellished with all the science which...show more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236554736
  • 9781236554734