Memoirs of the life and writings of ... Henry Home of Kames [by A.F. Tytler].

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Page 27 - I own, if it had been the will of Heaven, I would have gladly lived till I had put in order the second part of the Enquiry, showing the immortality of the human soul : but Infinite Wisdom cannot be mistaken in calling me sooner — our blindness makes us form wishes.
Page 1 - Schules, quhill they be conipetentlie founded and have perfite Latine. And thereafter to remaine three zeirs at the Schules of Art and Jure. Swa that they may have knawledge and understanding of the Lawes.
Page 19 - The dinner was on the table at two " o'clock, at one shilling a-head: we drank the best claret and sherry, and the " reckoning was punctually called at six o'clock. After the first fifteen, who " were chosen by nomination, the members were elected by ballot; and two " blackballs excluded a candidate. William Johnston (Sir William Pulteney " Johnston) was chosen secretary to the Club, with the charge of superintend" ing all publications, aided by two members, with whom he was to consult.
Page 10 - ... Pleasing it is to know by one's own happy experience, that there are such beings in human nature, such amiable and benevolent spirits, so fitted for a higher state of existence. What a loss does the world sustain in such a man, who shewed goodness in its most engaging form, who was a ministering angel upon earth to all the blessed purposes of a gracious Providence ! But that Providence can at all 'times raise up fit instruments to fulfil its all-wise purposes. To that let us leave the care of...
Page 26 - Titles and riches are laid off when the shroud goes on." [Mr Baxter then goes on to express his conviction that even the punishments which may be awarded in a future state mil only be " to correct and make better."] " Besides, what is it to be free from the pains and infirmities of the body — though I am satisfied just now, that the weakness of my distressed limbs is as much the immediate effect of the same power and goodness, as their growth and strength was sixty years ago ! Dare I add a word...
Page 25 - ... me, or rather I look upon it with pleasure. I have long and often considered, and written, down the advantages of a separate state. I shall soon know more than all the men I leave behind me ; wonders in material nature, and the world of spirits, which never entered into the thoughts of philosophers. The end of knowledge there, is not to get a name, or form a new sect; but to adore the power and wisdom of the Deity. This kills pride, but heightens happiness and pleasure.
Page 51 - I have ventured to alter some parts of this order, particularly in its mouldings; rejecting some of the common ones, and adopting or substituting others in their stead. These alterations most people have allowed to be much for the better...
Page 56 - ... important event : no cause is assigned that can make it appear necessary, or even natural, to suspend for so long a time the principal action...
Page 25 - I have no reafonable hopes of recovery, the fwelling which began at my legs, being now got up to my belly and head. I am a trouble to all about me...

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