The History of Tom Jones: A Foundling. By Henry Fielding, Esq; In Four Volumes. ...

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J.L. Legrand, 1791
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Page 325 - Again there is another sort of knowledge, beyond the power of learning to bestow, and this is to be had by conversation. So necessary is this to the understanding the characters of men, that none are more ignorant of them than those learned pedants whose lives have been entirely consumed in colleges, and among books...
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