Read online or download a free book: Letters On The English Nation
Publisher: General Books LLC (31 Jan. 2012)
By: John Shebbeare (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. 1755. Excerpt: ... the inhabitants, and the fame they have justly merited in learning, makes me wish that some auspicious hour would arrive, and retrieve the declining state of literature. I am, Tour most obedient servant. LETLETTER XXI. To the Reverend Father Batista G u A R i N i, at Rome. Dear Sir, WE have it from more than human au thority, that a prophet has no honour in his own country: in like manner, to keep the character of a people in its fullest lustre, it should never be seen. A nation reputed for learning and philosophy, when we read at 3 distance the authors it has produced, fills us with admiration: we forget to imagine, that every one in it is not a man of letters and setence, and entertain conceptions which are much above nature: yet, when it comes to be beheld, we soon find our mistake: a whole people, like an individual, loses admiration by acquaintance, T o you, who live on the other fide of the Alps, who study Newton, and adore him, al) England appears fill'd with such geniuses. ', But But what will you say, when I tell you, that the reigning philosophy at present, is, collecting natural curiosities, fossils, shells, and petrefactions of all kinds.: and mathematics much neglected. It is much easier to remember all the different kinds of natural productions, than to solve a problem in the abstruse mathematics: for one, who can perform the latter, there are thousands, who are equal to the first. Whoever has memory enough to retain the names, and patience sufficient to gaze till he knows one production from another, is an adept in that philosophy. Thus, the number is increased, and the value lessened, r.: I,' ' i..'.' Y.qc would be amazed to see how degenerate this nation is become: can you.eon1 ceive, that in the land where Bacon and New ion Were born, t...
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