The Spirit of the Age - Contemporary Portraits

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The Spirit of the Age - Contemporary Portraits by William Hazlitt

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Jeremy Bentham; William Godwin; Mr. Coleridge; Rev. Mr. Irving; The Late Mr. Horne Tooke; Sir Walter Scott; Lord Byron; Mr. Campbell--Mr. Crabbe; Sir James Mackintosh; Mr. Wordsworth; Mr. Malthus; Mr. Gifford; Mr. Jeffrey; Mr. Brougham--Sir F. Burdett; Lord Eldon--Mr. Wilberforce; Mr. Southey; Mr. T. Moore--Mr. Leigh Hunt; Elia--Geoffrey Crayon

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ll, which is necessary to give consistency and promptness to our good intentions, cannot extend so much candour and courtesy to the antagonist principle of evil: virtue, to be sincere and practical, cannot be divested entirely of the blindness and impetuosity of passion! It has been made a plea (half jest, half earnest) for the horrors of war, that they promote trade and manufactures. It has been said, as a set-off for the atrocities practised upon the negro slaves in the West Indies, that without their blood and sweat, so many millions of people could not have sugar to sweeten their tea. Fires and murders have been argued to be beneficial, as they serve to fill the newspapers, and for a subject to talk of-- this is a sort of sophistry that it might be difficult to disprove on the bare scheme of contingent utility; but on the ground that we have stated, it must pass for a mere irony. What the proportion between the good and the evil will really be found in any of the supposed cases, may be a question to the u

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