On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts. Early Memorials of Grasmere. Revolt of the Tartars
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. 1888 edition. Excerpt: ...which does not seem to have appeared, however, till after his death in 1679, when it was published by a bookseller under the title, Considerations upon the Reputation, Loyalty, Manners, and Religion of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbwry, written by Himself, in way of Letter to a Learned Person. This is the " abusive letter " to Which De Quincey refers, and in which he found what he called Hobbes's " bounce" about the dangers to which he had been exposed by his political and religious opinions. The "abuse" consists of sharp retorts upon Wallis for his conduct through the times of the Civil Wars and the Commonwealth. What had he been doing? Had he not been underscribe to the Westminster Assembly of Divines, a crony of the Scottish Covenanters, and art and part all along with the King's enemies! The "bounce " in self-defence is mild enough. Mr. Hobbes (for he speaks in the third person) had been consistently loyal from first to last. As long ago as the time of the Short Parliament of April----May 1640, he had written a little treatise in English in vindication of the King's sovereignty. "Of this treatise, though not printed, many gentlemen had copies; which occasioned much talk of the author; and, had not his Majesty dissolved the Parliament, it had brought him into danger of his life." The danger had been renewed after the meeting of the Long Parliament in November 1640; and Mr. Hobbes had then, "the first of all that fled," gone over to France, where he " continued eleven years, to his damage some thousands of pounds deep." During his exile he had remained perfectly true to his principles, both in his acts and in his writings; and, as for that imputation on him in...
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