A philosophical and political history of the settlements and trade of the Europeans in the East and West Indies, Volume 5

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Page 315 - Real misery was wholly unknown, and benevolence anticipated the demands of poverty.* Every misfortune was relieved as it were before it could be felt, without ostentation on the one hand, and without meanness on the other. It was, in short, a society of brethren ; every individual of which was equally ready to give, and to receive, what he thought the common right of mankind.
Page 265 - ... and then went over to the coaft of Labrador, others will tell us, it is more natural to fuppofe that the Greenlanders are fprung from the Efquimaux, to whom they bear a greater refemblance than to the Europeans.
Page 314 - Their ordinary drink was beer and cider, to which they sometimes added rum. Their usual clothing was in general the produce of their own flax, or the fleeces of their own sheep ; with these they made common linens and coarse cloths. If any of them had...
Page 326 - ... upon the bodies of old men were taken for evident signs of infernal power. In default of...
Page 262 - ... and all the infinite and prodigious tribes that inhabit the feas, as it were to fupport the axis of the earth, and prevent its inclining or deviating to either fide : if, indeed, [elephants, whales, or men can be faid to have any weight on a globe, where all living creatures are but a tranfient modification of the earth that compofes it. In a word, the ocean rolls over this globe to faIhion it, in conformity to the general laws of gravity.
Page 170 - In other refpefts, the climate is very cold, owing either to the prodigious quantity of lakes, which cover above half the ifland, and remain frozen a long time, or to the number of forefts, that totally intercept the rays of the fun ; the effeft of which is befides decreafed by perpetual clouds.
Page 314 - No magistrate was ever appointed to rule over them, and they were never acquainted with the laws of England. No rents, or taxes of any kind were ever exacted from them. Their new sovereign seemed to have forgotten them, and they were equally strangers to him.
Page 263 - ... ground ; no men entirely black ; very fair people under the line ; a cool and mild air in the fame latitude as the fultry and uninhabitable parts of Africa ; a frozen and fevere climate under the fame -parallel as our temperate, climates.; and...
Page 39 - It was necessary that the governor, or " his agents, might safely dispose in public of what they " had previously bought in secret ; as it would always be " taken for granted that what they sold could be no other " than the goods that were allowed to be bought. " In this manner were the greatest cargoes diposed of.
Page 268 - He feldom experiences any of that wearinefs that arifes from [unfatisfied defires, or that emptinefs and uneafinefs of mind that is the offspring of prejudice a.nd vanity. In a word, the favage is fubject to none but natural evils.

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