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net sapiens, multi sint, meas adhuc tenebras, singulari Numinis benignitate, inter otium et studia, vocesque amicorum et salutationes, illis lethalibus multo esse mitiores. Quod si, ut scriptum est, non solo pane vivet homo, sed omni verbo prodeunte per os Dei, quid est, cur quis in hoc itidem non acquiescat, non solis se oculis, sed Dei ductu an providentià satis oculatum esse. Sane dummodo ipse mihi prospicit, ipse mihi providet quod facit, meque per omnem vilam quasi manu ducit atque deducit, ne ego meos oculos, quandoquidem ipsi sic visum est, libens feriari jussero. Teque, mi Philara, quocunque res ceciderit, non minus forti et confirmato animo, quam si Lynceus essem, valere jubeo.

Westmonast: Septemb. 28, 1654.

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“ Your kind feelings towards me, most accomplished Philaras, as well as your flattering opinion of my “ Defence of the English People,” I first learned from your letter, written partly upon that subject, to Mr. Auger, a man eminent among us for his fidelity in the discharge of various embassies:

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your compliments with your picture, and a panegyric most worthy of your virtues; and lastly a very polite letter. Accustomed, as I am, to think slightly of German,or even of Danish and Swedish genius, it is impossible that I should not most highly value approbation from you, who were born in attic Athens, and, after successfully completing your studies in Italy, have since, by your extensive experience, attained the most distinguished honours. For as Alexander the Great, when warring at the extremity of the world, affirmed that he encountered all his toils to win the esteem of the Athenians, why may not I felicitate myself and account it my greatest ornament to be commended by him, in whom alone the celebrated arts and virtues of old Athens, after their long extinction, seem again to live and to flourish-of Athens the mother of so many eloquent men, to the careful study of whose writings, from my youth, I willingly acknowledge myself to be chiefly indebted for whatever proficiency I have made in letters. If, then, I had acquired from them, as it were by transfusion, such energies of speech as could rouse our fleets and armies to rescue Greece, the native soil of eloquence, from the Turkish yoke, a glo

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themselves than for restoring, by their power either of persuasion or of action, freedom and independence to Greece? But another, and

in my judgment the most important object ost distinguis remains to be attempted-namely, to awaken

and rekindle with oratory, in the minds of the Greeks, their ancient courage, and industry, and patience of hardships, and other manly virtues. When this is effected, (and from whom, if not from you, in whom the patriot, the sage, the soldier, and the lover of liberty, are all in their highest degree united, may we expect its accomplishment?) neither

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