The History of Scotland During the Reigns of Queen Mary and King James VI, Till His Accession to the Crown of England: With a Review of the Scottish History Previous to that Period, and an Appendix, Containing Original Papers ; in Two Volumes

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Page 82 - Arabia ; the savage state of North America and of New Zealand. Indeed, you have made a noble use of the advantages you have had. You have employed philosophy to judge on manners, and from manners you have drawn new resources for philosophy. I only think that in one or two points you have hardly done justice to the savage character.
Page 77 - I cannot forbear observing, on what a different footing learning and the learned are here, from what they are among the factious barbarians above mentioned. I have here met with a prodigious historical curiosity, the Memoirs of King James II. in fourteen volumes, all wrote with his own hand, and kept in the Scots College.
Page 82 - I have always thought with you, that we possess at this time very great advantages towards the knowledge of human nature.
Page 76 - Scotland is translated, and is in the press : but I recommended to her your History of Charles V., and promised to write to you, in order to know when it would be printed, and to desire you to send over the sheets from London as they came from the press ; I should put them into her hands, and she would by that means have the start of every other translator. My two volumes last published are at present in the press.
Page 180 - That of the Earl, composed chiefly of borderers, was far superior to the King's, both in number and in valour ; and a single battle must, in all probability, have decided whether the house of Stuart or of Douglas was henceforth to possess the throne of Scotland. But, while his troops impatiently expected the signal to engage, the Earl ordered them to retire to their camp ; and Sir James Hamilton of...
Page 400 - Every circumstance here paints and characterises the manners and men of that age, and fills us with horrour at both. The place chosen for committing such a deed was the queen's bed-chamber. Though Mary was now in the sixth month of her pregnancy...
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Page 89 - I rejoice, from my love of the human species, that a million of men in America have some chance of running the same great career which other free people have held before them. I do not apprehend revolution or independence sooner than these must and should come. A very little skill and attention in the art of governing may preserve the supremacy of Britain as long as it ought to be preserved. You can do me no favour more obliging, than that of writing me often an account of all occurrences in the...
Page 82 - ... with you, that we possess at this time very great advantages towards the knowledge of human nature. We need no longer go to history to trace it in all its stages and periods.
Page 76 - B. the eldest, a boy often years old, stepped forth, and told me how many friends and admirers I had in this country, and that he reckoned himself in the number, from the pleasure he had received from the reading of many passages in my works. When he had finished, his brother, the count de P. who is two years younger, began his discourse, and informed me, that I had been long...

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