Three Dissertations; On the Pernicious Effects of Gaming, on Duelling and on Suicide
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. 1812 edition. Excerpt: ...that they require a degree of Courage in the execution, and consequently the declining of them may proceed from Cowardice; but nevertheless the fact may be that it proceeds (in this or that instance) from Courage, and of an elevated kind. A number of riotous persons, bent on some unlawful purpose, meet a couple of passengers, and desire their assistance in the execution of the projected mischief. One of the passengers, aware of no danger besides that which attends the prosecution of this unlawful design, dares not engage in it, but declines through Cowardice. His companion is sensible of another danger, which is immediate and perhaps greater, from the fury of the crowd, if he refuse to comply; and yet, under a sense of his Duty, he has the Courage to refuse. They act alike in the refusing; but one of them is a Coward, the other a Hero. The rioters proceed to threats and violence: the Coward is seized, and, being now made sensible of his immediate danger from the multitude, is impelled by the greater fear;--is impelled by his Cowardice to the commission of those crimes which he had not Courage to undertake. "There is another instance in Suicide. It requires some Courage without doubt, at least in most situations, for a man to destroy himself. It may happen therefore that he is restrained from it by nothing better than fear and cowardice. On the contrary it may be, that, although he expects in the remaining part of his life misery worse than many deaths, he shall yet have the Courage to await that misery rather than in such a manner make his escape from it. Thus it is in Duelling. One man has no scruples, or is ready to suppress every scruple that rises, about sending or accepting a Challenge: he even wishes to do one or the other, for the...
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