Letters from the Mountains: Being the Real Correspondence of a Lady, Between the Years 1773 and 1803, Volume 2

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Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, 1806 - Highlands (Scotland)

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Page 119 - I could relate various instances, more tender and interesting than flashy or ostentatious. His heart and temper were originally good. His religious principles were, I fear, unfixed and fluctuating; but the primary cause that so much genius, taste, benevolence, and prosperity, did not produce or diffuse more happiness, was...
Page 213 - ... round? I think the great advantage that women, taken upon the whole, have over men, is, that they are more gentle, benevolent, and virtuous. Much of this only superiority they owe to living secure and protected in the shade.
Page 76 - She ended here, or vehement despair Broke off the rest ; so much of death her thoughts Had entertained as dyed her cheek with pale. But Adam, with such counsel nothing swayed, 1010 To better hopes his more attentive mind Labouring had raised, and thus to Eve replied : — "Eve, thy contempt of life and pleasure seems To argue in thee something more sublime And excellent than what thy mind contemns : But self-destruction therefore...
Page 119 - He frequently and earnestly entreated the prayers of good serious people of the lower class who were admitted. He was a very goodnatured man; and now that he had got all his schemes of interest and ambition fulfilled, he seemed to reflect and grow domestic, and...
Page 119 - He felt the approaches of death, and hoped no relief from medicine, though his life was not such as one should like to look back on at that awful period. Indeed, whose is ? It pleased the Almighty to render his last scene most affecting and exemplary. He died last Tuesday evening; and from the minute he was confined till a very little before he expired, never ceased imploring the divine mercy in the most earnest and pathetic manner.
Page 118 - Towards evening he sank much and retired early. Next morning he appeared, but did not eat, and looked ill. R. begged he would frank a cover for Charlotte ; he did so, and never more held a pen. When they left the house, he was taken extremely ill, unable to move or receive nourishment, though perfectly sensible. Before this attack, finding some inward symptoms of his approaching dissolution, he sent for...
Page 52 - the children of this world are wifer in their generation than the ** children of light...
Page 216 - Certainly in the present state of society, when knowledge is so very 175 attainable, a strong and vigorous intellect may soon find its level. Creating hot-beds for female genius, is merely another way of forcing exotic productions, which, after all, are mere luxuries, indifferent in their kind, and cost more time and expence than they are worth. As to superiority of mental powers, Mrs. W. is doubtless the empress of female philosophers; yet what has she done for philosophy, or for the sex, but closed...
Page 215 - ... to sing; but this so seldom happens, and it is of so little consequence whether it happens or not, that there is no reason why Scripture, custom, and nature, should be set at defiance, to erect up a system of education for qualifying women to act parts which Providence has not assigned to the sex.
Page 211 - ... them. To refute her arguments would be to write another and a larger book ; for there is more pains and fkill required to refute ill-founded affertions, than to make them.

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