Letters on the Study and Use of Ancient and Modern History: Containing Observations and Reflections on the Causes and Consequences of Those Events which Have Produced Conspicuous Changes in the Aspect of the World, and the General State of Human Affairs

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W. W. Woodward, No. 52, corner of Second and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, 1806 - 520 pages

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Page 430 - The price of books became so high, that persons of a moderate fortune could not afford to purchase them. The countess of Anjou paid for a copy of the Homilies of Haimon, bishop of Halberstadt, two hundred sheep, five quarters of wheat, and the same quantity of rye and millet.
Page 18 - Curiosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last ; and perhaps always predominates in proportion to the strength of the contemplative faculties.
Page i - On the Study and Use of Ancient and Modern History ; containing Observations and Reflections on the Causes and Consequences of those Events which have produced conspicuous Changes in the aspect of the World, and the general state of Human Affairs. By JOHN BIGLAND.
Page 430 - ... quarters of wheat, and the same quantity of rye, for a volume of sermons so scarce and dear were books at that time ; and although the countess might in this case have possibly been imposed upon, we have it, on Mr. Gibbon's authority, that the value of manuscript copies of the Bible, for the use of the monks and clergy, commonly was from four to five hundred crowns at Paris, which, according to the relative value of money at that time and now in our days, could not, at the most moderate calculation,...
Page 497 - Plight (towards the end of the fifteenth or the beginning of the sixteenth century...
Page iii - Bigland displays in ibis volume a well-cultivated and comprehensive mind. His style is generally correct ; his information is extensive, and the many pertinent remarks and inferences with which he has enriched this summary of general history, meet our cordial approbation.''-^^.
Page 78 - The brilliant and destructive exploits of conquerors may dazzle for a while; but the silent labours of the student and the artist, of the architect and the husbandman, which embellish the earth and convert it into a paradise, confer permanent benefits on mankind, and promote their prosperity and happiness.
Page 67 - ... in such a manner and for such a length of time, as it thinks proper; and thereupon, it may direct an adjournment of the hearing to such a time as it thinks proper.
Page 78 - He was assisted on the occasion by Mr. Jeffreys and Miss Townsend, who sung several songs in illustration of the subject. The lecture was given for the benefit of the Royal Masonic Institution for Boys. The National Anthem having been sung, Mr. Mackie commenced by saying : " That of all the curious and interesting prospects which history opens to our view, the progressive advancement of the human mind in the improvement of its faculties, was decidedly the most delightful. The exploits of conquerors...
Page 289 - Danube, and received their armed bands into the heart of the empire. In after ages Constantinople presented an insurmountable obstacle to the progress of the Persians, under Chosroes, and resisted all the attacks of the Avans, the Goths, and other northern enemies. During the existence of the Caliphate, that city was the bulwark of Europe against the Saracens ; and fell a prey to the Turks so late as, AD 1453, one thousand and...

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