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Letters on the Study and Use of History (Paperback) Loot Price: R414
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Letters on the Study and Use of History (Paperback): Henry St.John Bolingbroke, Viscount Henry St John Bolingbroke

Letters on the Study and Use of History (Paperback)

Henry St.John Bolingbroke, Viscount Henry St John Bolingbroke

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: i LETTER IV. I. That there is in Hiftory fufficient authenticity to render it ufcful, notwithflanding all objections to the contrary. II. Of the Method and due reftriftions to be obferved in the ftudy of it. Whether the letter I now begin to write will be long or fhort, I know not: but I find my memory is refrefhed, my imagination warmed, and matter flows in fo raft upon me, that I have not time to prefs it clofe. Since, therefore, you have provoked me to write, you mud be content to take what follows. I have obferved already, that we are apt naturally to apply to ourfelves what has happened to other men, and that examples take their force from hence; as well thofe which hiftory, as thofe which experience, offers to our reflection. What we do not believe to have happened, therefore, we mall not thus apply: and for want of the fame application, fuch examples will not have the fame effect. Ancient hiftory, fuch ancient hiftory as I have defcribed, is quite unfit, therefore, in this refpedt, to anfwer the ends that every reafonable man fhould propofe to him- felf in this ftudy; becaufe fuch ancient hiftory will never gain fufficient credit with any reafonable man. A tale well told, or a comedy or a tragedy well wrought up, may have a momentary effect upon the mind, by heating the ima- x..' gination.gination, furprifing the judgment, and affecting . ftrongly the paflions. The Athenians are faid to have been tranfported into a kind of martial phrenfy, by the reprefentation of a tragedy of JEfchylus, and to have marched under this influence from the theatre to the plains of Marathon. Thefe momentary impreffions might be managed, for aught I know, in fuch manner as to contribute a little, by frequent repetitions of them, towards maintaining a kind of habitual contempt of f...


Imprint: Rarebooksclub.com
Country of origin: United States
Release date: May 2012
First published: May 2012
Authors: Henry St.John Bolingbroke • Viscount Henry St John Bolingbroke
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 5mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 90
ISBN-13: 978-0-217-85742-0
Categories: Books
LSN: 0-217-85742-6
Barcode: 9780217857420

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