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The Life and Times, Vol. 2

Excerpt from The Life and Times, Vol. 2: Of Selina Countess of Huntingdon Those who have perused the former Volume with attention and candour, will have made acquaintance with so many of the company, and have been so much delighted with their society, as to require little further introduction. As, however, the great object of Biography is to teach by example, and to embody principles in living forms; and as the original Compiler of The Life and Times of the Countess of Huntingdon, with astonishing industry and success, has collected facts, and left them to speak for themselves - the Writer of this paper may be allowed to trace these facts to their proper sources, and to endeavour to ascertain the principles which actuated and characterised those who took the lead in the Revivals of the last century. In this exercise, however, little aid is to be obtained from their general name; for, as in individuals, so in societies, terms of denomination are more commonly accidental than intended, and seldom, therefore, indicative of the great principles of the classes which they designate. It would, indeed, be curious and amusing to examine the names of the most distinguished of the species, and to see how they agree with the master-quality of their wearers; though it would generally end in the same uncertainty as the etymological disputes on the name of Cicero: for whether we determine on it as an indication of agriculture or of a nasal mark, we must learn from other quarters the philosophy and the eloquence by which this Roman was distinguished. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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