Works, Including His Letters to His Son, To Which Is Prefixed an Original Life of the Author

Works, Including His Letters to His Son, To Which Is Prefixed an Original Life of the Author

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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. 1853 edition. Excerpt: ... he speak upon them? But, with suhmission to so great an authority, my definition of an orator is extremely different from, and I helieve much truer than his. I call that man an orator, who reasons justly, and expresses himself elegantly, upon whatever subject he treats. Problems in geometry, equations in algebra, processes in chemistry, and experiments in anatomy, are never, that 1 have heard of, the objects of eloquence; and therefore I humbly conceive, that a man may he a very fine speaker, and yet know nothing of geometry, algebra, chemistry, or anatomy. The subjects of all Parliamentary dehates, are subjects of common sense singly. Thus I write whatever occurs to me, that I think may contribute either to form or inform you. May my labour not he in vain! and it will not, if you will but have half the concern for yourself, that I have for you. Adieu. LETTER CCVII. DEAR BOY, London, Decemher 12. O. S. 174& Lord Clarendon, in his history, says of Mr John Hampden, thai he had a head to contrive, a tongue to persuade, and a hand to execute any mritckttt. I shall not now enter into the justness of this character of Mr Hampden, tu whose brave stand against the illegal demand of ship-money we owe our present liberties; but I mention it to you as the character, which, with the alteration of one single word, good, instead of mischief, I would have you aspire to, and use your utmost endeavours to deserve. The head to contrive. God must to a certain degree have given you; but it is in your own power greatly to improve it, by study, observation, and reflection. As for the tongue to persuade, it wholly depends upon yourself; and without it the best head will contrive to very little purpose. The hand to execute depends likewise, in my opinion, in a great...show more

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  • Paperback | 422 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 22mm | 748g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236659260
  • 9781236659262