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Of the Liberty of the Press.

Nothing is more apt to surprize a foreigner, than the extreme liberty, which we enjoy in this cou...

The Platonist: Or, The man of contemplation, and philosophical devotion.

To some philosophers it appears matter of surprize, that all mankind, possessing the same nature,...

The Stoic: Or, The man of action and virtue.

There is this obvious and material difference in the conduct of nature, with regard to man and ot...

The Epicurean: Or, The man of elegance and pleasure.

The intention of this and the three following essays is not so much to explain accurately the sen...

Of the Rise and Progress of the Arts and Sciences.

Nothing requires greater nicety, in our enquiries concerning human affairs, than to distinguish e...

Of the Middle Station of Life.

The Moral of the following Fable will easily discover itself, without my explaining it. One Rivul...

Of Moral Prejudices.

There is a Set of Men lately sprung up amongst us, who endeavour to distinguish themselves by rid...

Of Eloquence.

Those, who consider the periods and revolutions of human kind, as represented in history, are ent...

Of Essay-Writing.

The elegant Part of Mankind, who are not immers'd in the animal Life, but employ themselves in th...

Advertisement. (1742)

'Tis proper to inform the Reader, that, in those Essays, intitled, The Epicurean, Stoic, &c. ...

Of Civil Liberty.

Those who employ their pens on political subjects, free from party-rage, and party-prejudices, cu...

Of the Dignity or Meanness of Human Nature.

There are certain sects, which secretly form themselves in the learned world, as well as factions...

Of Avarice.

'Tis easy to observe, that comic writers exaggerate every character, and draw their fop, or cowar...

Of the Parties of Great Britain.

Were the British government proposed as a subject of speculation, one would immediately perceive ...

Whether the British Government inclines more to Absolute Monarchy, or to a Republic.

It affords a violent prejudice against almost every science, that no prudent man, however sure of...

Of the Study of History.

There is nothing which I would recommend more earnestly to my female readers than the study of hi...

Of Love and Marriage.

I know not whence it proceeds, that women are so apt to take amiss every thing which is said in d...

Of the First Principles of Government.

Nothing appears more surprizing to those, who consider human affairs with a philosophical eye, th...

Translator's Preface

The Translator has been induced to present “The History of the Assassins” to the British Public a...

Book V

Reigns of Jelaleddin Hassan III., Son of Mohammed Hassan II.—and of his Son, Alaeddin Mohammed II...