Two Letters to the Reverend Moses Stuart; On the Subject of Religious Liberty

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 512 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1831. Excerpt: ... remark of Milton--a remark equally discriminating and just--namely, that when a hearty lover of truth, anxious to communicate it to others, would speak, "his words, like so many nimble and airy servitors, trip about him at command, and in well ordered files, as he would wish, fall aptly into their own places." Even under the disadvantage of mere stenographic representation, the scrutiny of the critic will discover few cases indeed in Mr. VV.'s discourses, where the diction could be altered for the better. And as to words coming at the bidding of Mr. W., never had a master more complete, absolute, and uncontrollable dominion, than this orator has over "his nimble and airy servitors." It would be easy to refer to several of Mr. W.'s speeches, where he has shown that he can rival the manner of Cicero, as well as that of Demosthenes. It is undoubtedly true, that an imagination which kindles so easily as his, and a mind so instinct and fraught with poetic imagery and conception, could achieve any thing in the way of ornamented discourse which it might be desirable to achieve. But his chastened taste does not permit indulgence in this way, when he engages in forensic and didactic speaking. His Bunker Hill Addresses show how easily he can depart from his more usual argumentative and didactic manner--delightful in their kind--Parian marble chiselled into Corinthian columns--while his argumentative discourses are of the solid granite, wrought in the chaste and severe simplicity and grandeur of the Ionic order. And what shall we say of the man who can erect a structure of either shape and material, with equal ease and skill? We have such a one in the Defender of the Constitution of our country. It would be superfluous for me to recapitulate here the substance of Mr...

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