The Question Considered

The Question Considered

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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. 1805 edition. Excerpt: ...exceed the latter. CHAP. VI. Fifth Consequence of letting Entails die out. Jb IFTH consequence. Ancient families "would sink, and, together with them, "all those honourable ideas, which at"tend respect for family." The consequences are very bad for a nation, when those in the coaches, and those on the back of them, are accustomed to change places with each other. t Now, in a country where there is little luxury, or opportunity for expence, a family may last for ages without an entail; and accordingly, in some nations, families have stood long, though not supported by entails. But in Britain, at present, where there is a gradual and a great inequality of fortune, which makes rank vye with rank; and where there is a great opportunity of expence, it is next to a miracle if a family lasts four generations, unless the re prepreservatives' of it are restrained from ruirOing themselves. This danger, too, is more imminent in Scotland than in England; for, with the same love of pleasure, we have not the same funds to support it: An English estate will stand its ground against two or three fools in succession; but a single spendthrift ruins a Scotch one. It is also in Scotland more imminent in those who have entailed estates, than in those who have not J because the former, being generally men of better families, are more exposed to expence than the latter. I have known men, whose opinions I esteem, apt to laugh at this idea of family, as trifling and unsubstantial. ' But all history is full of the real effects of it: for, as antient families are an ornament to a nation, in times of prosperity; so, in times of distress, either from the efforts of tyranny or of invasion, they are a sure wall, behind which the common people run...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 64g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236569490
  • 9781236569493