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Page 46 - Grotius seems to have been the first who attempted to give the world any thing like a system of those principles which ought to run through, and be the foundation of the laws of all nations...
Page xv - ... at two terms in the year, Whitsunday and Martinmas, by equal portions...
Page 86 - An Inquiry into the History of Scotland, preceding the Reign of Malcolm III. or the Year 1056, including the Authentic History of that Period.
Page xiii - Whether that might not be published as a fragment of an intended juvenile work I leave entirely to your judgment, though I begin to suspect myself, that there is more refinement than solidity in some parts of it.
Page 63 - Adam Smith, the celebrated Professor in Glasgow, told me that the piper of the Argyleshire militia repeated to him all those which Mr. Macpherson has translated, and many more of equal beauty.
Page 73 - The superior genius and sagacity of Sir Isaac Newton, therefore, made the most happy, and, we may now say, the greatest and most admirable improvement that was ever made in philosophy, when he discovered, that he could join together the movements of the Planets by so familiar a principle of connection, which completely removed all the difficulties the imagination had hitherto felt in attending to them.
Page 63 - Fingal, an Ancient Epic Poem, In Six Books : Together with several other Poems, composed by Ossian the Son of Fingal. Translated from the Galic Language, By James Macpherson.
Page x - ... Holland, and the Baltic, was laid under new embar[r]assments, which almost totally annihilated the two first, and most important branches of it. The Clergy too, who were then far from insignificant, were alarmed about the Church. No wonder if at that time all orders of men conspired in cursing a measure hurtful to their immediate interest. The views of their Posterity are now very different ; but those views could be seen by but few of our forefathers, by those few in but a confused and imperfect...