Correspondence of the Late Gilbert Wakefield, B. A.: With the Late Right Honourable Charles James Fox, in the Years 1796 ... 1801, Chiefly, on Subjects of Classical Literature

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T. Cadell & W. Davies, 1822 - Classical literature - 184 pages

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Page 58 - The sole end of logic is to explain the principles and operations of our reasoning faculty, and the nature of our ideas...
Page 59 - There is no question of importance, whose decision is not compriz'd in the science of man; and there is none, which can be decided with any certainty, before we become acquainted with that science.
Page 50 - The intense view of these manifold contradictions and imperfections in human reason has so wrought upon me, and heated my brain, that I am ready to reject all belief and reasoning, and can look upon no opinion even as more probable or likely than another.
Page 135 - Its most prominent features were, — intrepid and inflexible rectitude ; — a pure and devoted attachment to truth ; — and an entire command (acquired by the unwearied exertions of a long life) over all his passions.
Page 4 - He was licensed to preach the Gospel, by the Presbytery of Edinburgh, on the 24th of September, 1760. His first engagement, as a stated preacher, was with the Church in the Gorbals of Glasgow. The congregation stipulated, in addition to the salary promised in their call, to furnish him with a house ; but, as he had...
Page 20 - Powers, he acknowledges, that, in his youth, he had, without examination, admitted the established opinions on which Mr. Hume's system of scepticism was raised ; and that it was the consequences which these opinions seemed to involve which roused his suspicions concerning their truth.
Page 20 - Berkeley's system in consequence of it ; till, finding other consequences to follow from it, which gave me more uneasiness than the want of a material world, it came into my mind, more than forty years ago, to put the question, What evidence have I for this doctrine, that all the objects of my knowledge are ideas in my own mind ? From that time to the present, I have been candidly and impartially, as I think, seeking for the evidence of this principle, but can find none, excepting the authority of...
Page 109 - ... if he is in other parts equal to these, he ought not to be characterized by mediocrity. I wish to read the rest of his poem, partly for the sake of the poem itself, and partly to ascertain how much Virgil has taken from him ; but I have not got it, and do not know what edition of it I ought to get : I should be much obliged to you if you would tell me.
Page 100 - With great pleasure I have more than once perused your tragedy. It is interesting, affecting, pathetic. The story is simple and natural ; but what chiefly delights me, is to find the language so pure, correct, and moderate. For God's sake read Shakspere, but get Racine and Sophocles by heart. It is reserved to you, and you alone, to redeem our stage from the reproach of barbarism.
Page 80 - ... chemical discoveries which have immortalized that of Priestley, have, for a while, recalled from oblivion the reveries of Hartley. But, abstracting from these accidental instances, in which human reason seems to have held a retrograde course, there...

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