A Biographical Dictionary of Eminent Scotsmen, Volume 7

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Blackie, 1855 - Scotland
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Page 288 - What is prudence in the conduct of every private family, can scarce be folly in that of a great kingdom. If a foreign country can supply us with a commodity cheaper than we ourselves can make it, better buy it of them with some part of the produce of our own industry, employed in a way in which we have some advantage.
Page 376 - As a writer he is entitled to one praise of the highest kind: his mode of thinking, and of expressing his thoughts, is original. His blank verse is no more the blank verse of Milton, or of any other poet, than the rhymes of Prior are the rhymes of Cowley.
Page 292 - He was certainly not fitted for the general commerce of the world, or for the business of active life. The comprehensive speculations with which he had .been occupied from his youth, and the variety of materials which his own invention continually...
Page 254 - We do also resolve to protect and preserve the government of the Church of Scotland, as it is settled by law...
Page 290 - I should in another discourse endeavour to give an account of the general principles of law and government, and of the different revolutions which they had undergone in the different ages and periods of society; not only in what concerns justice, but in what concerns police, revenue, and arms, and whatever else is the object of law.
Page 281 - In the third part, he treated at more length of that branch of morality which relates to justice, and which, being susceptible of precise and accurate rules, is for that reason capable of a full and particular explanation.
Page 376 - He thinks in a peculiar train, and he thinks always as a man of genius; he looks round on Nature and on Life with the eye which Nature beitows only on a poet; the eye that distinguishes, in every thing presented to its view, whatever there is on which imagination can delight to be detained, and with a mind that at once comprehends the vast and attends to the minute.
Page 165 - By Dr Blair's means I have been • fee. In particular, the article " Txulcncc" ш the " Encyclopédie.'1 favoured with the perusal of your performance, which I have read with great pleasure and attention. It is certainly very rare...
Page 288 - By means of glasses, hotbeds, and hot-walls, very good grapes can be raised- in Scotland, and very good wine too can be made of them at about thirty times the expense for which at least equally good can be brought from foreign countries.
Page 377 - The poet leads us through the appearances of things as they are successively varied by the vicissitudes of the year, and imparts to us so much of his own enthusiasm that our thoughts expand with his imagery and kindle with his sentiments.

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