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(without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.
1887 edition. Excerpt: ... me excused, on the ground that I write
not for them alone but (as I have so often said) for the cursory
crowd as well, and that too much fulness on abstruse points is a
thing they will never forgive a poor author. However, to make
amends for my shortness now, I will make this undertaking with the
learned: if any of them find my arguments too light for their
taste, or my information as to my Lord's doctrines to fail in
fulness, let them address themselves to me (to the care of the
putters forth of this book) with the matter stated on which they
require fuller knowledge, and I will expound thereon to them to
their heart's content. Note; if they be foreigners, let them
address me in the Latin tongue, in a hand as nearly resembling
print as they can make it (for my eyes, with age and troubles, arc
weakening fast); if they be my countrymen, I pray them to write to
me, as I will answer them, in the vulgar English tongue, which is,
to my thinking (let the learned say what they will) as noble and
lucid an exponent of thought as any language in the world, either
dead or living. CHAPTER XVII. Ralph St. Keyne was now, as I have
shown, set upon one thing, the preparation of himself for what may
perhaps be called the moral conquest of mankind (though he himself
in his modesty would have shrunk from such a fine phrase), though
as yet he knew not clearly in what domain his campaign for this
purpose would lie, but he guessed it might be in our distracted
country, so soon as fit occasion should offer for his return
thither. As he was thus, as I have said, set upon this great task
of reaching the hearts and understandings of his fellow-men, so he
left no stone unturned for its accomplishment; and he began to fear
that he might be losing his right way too much...
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