Elements of general history

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Page 345 - The members of the first, deemed the most sacred, had it for their province to study the principles of religion ; to perform its functions : and to cultivate the sciences. They were the priests, the instructors, and philosophers of the nation.
Page 148 - He bequeathed, as a valuable legacy to his successors, the advice of confining the empire within those limits, which Nature seemed to have placed as its permanent bulwarks and boundaries; on the west the Atlantic ocean; the Rhine and Danube on the north; the Euphrates on the east; and towards the south, the sandy deserts of Arabia and Africa.
Page 355 - Chinese philosophy, five hundred years before the Christian era. 12. We conclude, on the whole, that the Chinese are a very remarkable people ; that their government, laws, policy, and knowledge of the arts and sciences, exhibit unquestionable proofs of great antiquity and early civilization...
Page 338 - It is characterized by a softness equal to that of the pencil, and a happy blending of light and shade, and is therefore peculiarly adapted to portrait, where those requisites are most essential. 14. The age of Leo X. was likewise an era of very high literary splendour ; but of the distinguished writers...
Page 362 - Holland, Zealand. Friesland, Utrecht, Overyssel, and Groningen. William prince of Orange was declared their chief magistrate, general, and admiral, by the title of Studllwlder.
Page 248 - His reign must be pronounced, on the whole, to have been a weak and inglorious one. He was the first of the French monarchs, who made dignities and titles hereditary. Under the distracted reigns of the Carlovingian kings, the grandees obtained great power, and commanded a formidable vassalage.
Page 375 - ... to fix her thoughts upon God, she replied that she did so, nor did her mind in the least wander from him. Her voice soon after left her ; her senses failed ; she fell into a lethargic slumber, which continued some hours, and she expired gently, without further struggle or convulsion (March 24), in the seventieth year of her age, and forty-fifth of her reign.
Page 279 - The barons, under the command of Langton, the primate, assembled, and binding themselves by an oath, to a concert of measures, demanded from the king a ratification of a charter of privileges,. granted by Henry I. The king was highly exasperated, and refused the demand, till resort was had to the sword. Deserted by his people, he was obliged most reluctantly to yield a compliance. At Runnymede, where he met his barons...
Page 119 - The motion passed; and Caesar immediately offered to resign, on condition that his rival should do so; but Pompey rejected the accommodation: the term of his government had yet several years' duration, and he suspected the proposal to be a snare laid for him by Caesar.
Page 280 - No man shall be deprived of his life, liberty or property, but by the judgment of his peers and the law of the land.

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