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    James Prior (sir.)
Excerpt from book: , . . ..... PREFACE. ill'b .l,l.- ...... 'it- A fll,,f'-, II'. .. things interest the curiosity of mankind more? or, prove so instructive an themselves, as to trace the progress of a powerful mind by the honourable exertion of its native energies, rising amid serious obstructions and difficulties from a very private condition to stations of public eminence and trust, and in its progress acquiring the power to rule, or to .influence, the destiny of nations. Such a person, as sprung not from the privileged few, but from among the mass of the people, we feel to, be ne of ourselves. Our sympathies go along with him in his career. The young imagine that it may possibly be their own case : the old, with a glance of retrospective regret, may fancy, that with a little more of the favour of fortune it might have been theirs : and at any rate we are anxious to ascertain the causes of his superiority, to treasure up his experience, to profit by what he experienced to be useful, to avoid what he found to be disadvantageous. And the lesson becomes doubly instructive to that large class of society who are born to be the architects of their own fortune, when it impresses the great moral truth, that natural endowments, however great, receive their highest polish andpower, their only secure reward, from diligent study —from continued, unwearied application—a plain, homely faculty within the reach of all men: one whose fruits, as they bear testimony at once to the industry of the possessor, and to the intrinsic value of the possession, are above all others likely to wear well. Of the great results of such endowments, fostered and directed by such cultivation, we have not a more distinguished example than Edmund Burke. To an attentive reader of our political and literary history du...  
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  • James Prior (sir.)
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