Richard Bentley

Richard Bentley

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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. 1873 edition. Excerpt: ... a touch of human infirmity, in what else might have claimed the immaculateness of a divine origin. Bentley here, rather too hastily, takes credit for as many foreigners as slaves, forgetting the vernacular slaves-'i. e., slaves not imported from abroad, but born and reared within the household, in Rome called Upon a final examination of the Letters, Bentley detected three other words, which manifestly belonged to a later and a philosophic era-viz., H56: /0/a, used not in the sense of foresight, but of Divine Providence; Eran/ 70. which at first meant a letter or an element of words, used for element in the natural philosopher's sense; and Koo'/mg, used for the world. But the truth is, that this line of argument threw Bentley upon the hard task of proving negatives. It might be easy, as occasions offered, to show that such a word was used by a particular age; one positive example sufliced for that: but diflicult indeed to show that a word was not. It might be easy to prove, as to a particular man, that he was drunk on some day in 1857; but impossible to devise a mode of evidence which should establish satisfactorily that he was not drunk; since no witness could vouch for more than his own time of observation. The whole is a matter of practice and feeling; and, without any specific instances of modern idiom, which yet might perhaps still be collected by a very vigilant critic, no man of good taste, completely prepared, will hesitate to condemn the letters as an imposture, upon the general warrant of the style and quality of the thoughts; these are everywhere flavoured by a state of society highly artificial and polished; and they argue an era of literature matured, or even waning, as regards several of its...show more

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  • Paperback | 108 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 209g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236970780
  • 9781236970787