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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1861 edition. Excerpt: ...attributes, praising and glorifying His infinite wisdom, goodness, and power;--and man toiling in his predetermined lot, fulfilling his prescribed career, urging, bending, controlling all things in creation to his use: man, enjoying and exulting in the reward due to the judicious exercise of his corporeal or mental functions. No man can refute the justice of this axiom; and in its latter sense all men may claim a right to apply it to their own immediate associations. It has been and is practised, in the court and in the cabinet, in the camp and in the cockpit, on the bench and in the senate; and many of our great men owe their elevation and possession of power by steadily pursuing it. If this be the truth--and our history, as well of to-day as of yesterday, gives irrefragable proof that it is so--it must equally apply to the different grades that make up this vast and varied community. Its principle relates as much to the man who could raise himself from the box of a stage-coach to be at the head of an extensive railroad company, and afterwards to be a Member of Parliament--the highest honour, we are told from the hustings, an Englishman can aspire to--as it does to that minister 158 REFLECTIONS. who could boast of his knowing the price of every man in the House of Commons--sufficient evidence that both had made man their study, and by that one talent only did the latter maintain his supremacy in the councils of two successive sovereigns; and by the same rule did the former, aided, perhaps, early in life by fortuitous circumstances, work himself up to the ascendancy and distinction he both desired and deserved. I have been led into this train of reflection merely to show that the coach-box is not the worst school for acquiring the knowledge...

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