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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1849, by
in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.
BY THE EDITOR.
Sir James MACKINTOSH has said of Mr. Stewart, — “ Perhaps few men ever lived, who poured into the breasts of youth a more fervid, and yet reasonable, love of liberty, of truth, and of virtue. How many are still alive, in different countries, and in every rank to which education reaches, who, if they accurately examined their own minds and lives, would ascribe much of whatever goodness and happiness they possess to the early impressions of his gentle and persuasive eloquence ! ”
The Philosophy of the Active and Moral Powers of Man was the last of his publications; it came from the press
in the spring of 1828, a few weeks before the author's death. An unfriendly and severe critic in the Penny Cyclopædia admits, in respect to this treatise, that it is “ by far the least exceptionable of his works. It is more systematic, and con. tains more new truths, than any of his metaphysical writings; and his long acquaintance with the world and with let. ters enabled him to suggest 'many obvious but overlooked analyses.” Only two editions of it have appeared in this country, one separately in 1828, the other in a collection