The Works of Henry Mackenzie, Volume 7 (Google eBook)

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J. Ballantyne and Company, 1808
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Page 202 - War against any other Prince or State, than such as shall be actually committing Hostilities, or making Preparations as aforesaid, or to make such Treaty for guaranteeing the Possessions of any Prince or State, but upon the Consideration of such Prince or State actually engaging to assist the Company against such Hostilities commenced, or Preparations made as aforesaid ; and in all Cases where Hostilities shall be commenced, or Treaty made, the said...
Page 37 - Horace's rule, of keeping his book nine years in his study, must have withdrawn many an idea which in the warmth of composition he had conceived, and altered many an expression which in the hurry of writing he had set down. But the periodical essayist commits to his readers the feelings of the day, in the language which those feelings have prompted. As he has delivered himself with the freedom of intimacy and the cordiality of friendship, he will naturally look for the indulgence which those relations...
Page 21 - ... the arts, is supposed to incapacitate a man for the drudgery by which professional eminence is gained ; as a nicely tempered edge applied to a coarse and rugged material is unable to perform what a more common instrument would have successfully achieved. A young man destined for law or commerce, is advised to look only into his folio of precedents, or his method of book-keeping ; and...
Page 31 - But the situation in which the advan-. tages of that endowment of mind which letters bestow are chiefly conspicuous, is old age, when a man's society is necessarily circumscribed, and his powers of active enjoyment are unavoidably diminished. Unfit for the bustle of affairs, and the amusements of his youth, an old man, if he has no source of mental exertion, or employment, often settles into the gloom of melancholy and peevishness, or petrifies his feelings by habitual intoxication. From an old man,...
Page 54 - Dejecting prospect ! soon the hapless hour May come ; perhaps this moment it impends, Which drives me forth to penury and cold, Naked, and beat by all the storms of heaven, Friendless and guideless to explore my way ; Till on cold earth this poor unshelter'd head Reclining, vainly from the ruthless blast Respite I beg, and in the shock expire.
Page 381 - that a committee " be appointed to examine the Journals of the house, and report' " precedents of such proceedings as may have been had in cases " of the personal exercise of the royal authority being prevented " or interrupted by infancy, sickness, infirmity, or otherwise, " with a view to provide for the same.
Page 79 - Here is a poet doubtless as much affected by his own descriptions as any that reads them can be ; and yet he is affected with this strong enthusiasm by things of which he neither has nor can possibly have any idea further than that of a bare sound : and why may not those who read his works be affected in the same manner that he was, with as little of any real ideas of the things described ? The second instance is of Mr.
Page 385 - Britain now assembled, and lawfully, fully and freely representing all the estates of the people of this realm, to provide the means of supplying the defect of the personal exercise of the royal authority, arising from his Majesty's said indisposition, in such a manner as the exigency of the case may appear to require.
Page 28 - ... some of our highborn names, given way to that tide of fortune, which has lifted the low, the illiterate, and the unfeeling, into stations of which they were unworthy. Learning and genius have not always resisted the torrent ; but I know no bulwarks better calculated to resist it. The love of letters is connected with an independence and delicacy of mind, which is a great preservative against that servile homage which abject men pay to fortune ; and there is a certain classical pride, which from...
Page 28 - ... it, in a degree above their fellows, have found, from that very circumstance, the road to eminence and wealth. But I must often repeat, that wealth does not necessarily create happi-ness, nor confer dignity; a truth which it may be thought declamation to insist on, but which the present time seems particularly to require being told. The love of letters is connected with an independence...

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