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. 1807 edition. Excerpt: ...Mid he, " that the most estimahle of men are men still; and, among the inunmcrahle snares and perplexilieswhkh are inseparahle from royalty, discover some traces of human infirmity '. In Idomeneus, the ideas of pomp and magnificence have heen planted and nurtured from his youth; and where is the philosopher, who, in his place, would always have heen superior to flattery? He has, indeed, suttered himself to he too much influenced hy those in whom he confided; hut the wisest kings, whatever is their precaution, are often deceived. A king caunot do every thing himself: he must therefore have ministers, and in these iinisters he must confide; hesides, a king caunot know those that surround him, so well as they are known hy others; for in his presence they never appear without a mask; and every artifice that cuuning can devise, ia practised to deceive him. Alas! my t!ear Telemachus, your own experience will confirm this truth hnt too well. We never find either the virtues or ahiiities in mankind, that we seek; and with whatever diligence and penetration we stndy their characters, w e are every day mistaken in our conelusions. We can neer avail the puhlic of all the virtues and ahilities that we find; for the hest men have their prejndices, their aversions, and their jealousies; they will seldom give up any opinion, however singular, or renounce any foihle, however pernicious. The greater the dominion, the more numerous must he the ministry; for there will he more that the prince caunot do himself, and, therefore, more that he must do hy others: and the greater the numher of those to whom he must delegate his authority, the more liahle he is to he somewhere mistaken in Ms choice, lie who is a severe censor of kings today, would to-inoirow...
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