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Φιλοσοφίαν δε ου την Στωικην λέγω, ουδε την Πλατωνικήν, η την Επικουρειον τε και Αριστοτελικην αλλ όσα ειρηται παρ έκαστη των αιρεσεων τουτων καλως, δικαιοσύνην μετα ευσεβους επιστημης εκδιδασκονία, τουτο συμπαν το ΕΚΛΕΚΤΙΚΟΝ φιλοσοφίαν φημία
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Ess's, Leander Van, Two Letters addressed to the Rev. G.C. Gorham, on
Gilly's Narrative of an Excursion to the Mountains of Piémont in the Year
Knight's Considerations on the Subject of Calvinism, and a short Treatise on
M'Neilę's Seyènteen Sermons
Parry's Journal of a Third Voyage for the Discovery of a North-West
Zumpit's Graminar of the Latin Language. Translated from the German,
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Art. I. An Inquiry into the Origin of the Laws and Political Institu tions of Modern Europe, particularly of those of England By George Spence, Esq. of Lincoln's Inn. 8vo. pp. 636. Price 15s.
THE knowledge of History is by no means an affair of such cheap and average acquisition as people in general seem to think. A superficial familiarity with its general outline and with the marking circumstances of its detail, is, indeed, com mon enough, and may have its use and value in the business of education, as well as in the routine of literary pursuits. There is, however, a wide difference between such an acquaintance with the facts of history as may answer the demands of social intercourse, or serve for a connecting medium throughout the various branches of scientific investigation, and an intimate conversance with the secret springs, the incidental motives, the aiding and antagonist influences-in a word, with the associations, immediate or remote, direct or indirect, which give specific qualification to events, and without reference to which, all reasoning founded on mere circumstances must be uncertain and ineffective. The highest kind of historical illustration, that which results from the ascertainment of character and counsel, is, on a large scale at least, nearly inaccessible; and can be obtained only by presumption and approximation. With respect to individuals, this species of evidence, desirable as it may be, is to be derived only from their overt acts. When men are the heroes of their own tale, their frankness is not trust-worthy, and their very indiscretion takes colour from their vanity when their ministers and auxiliaries tell it for them, the pars magna fui will too fre quently raise the mere agent and accessary to a level with his principal.
Still, although it may be scarcely within the limits of pos sibility to obtain direct evidence in this matter, so as to give VOL. XXVI. N.S.