Past and Present

Past and Present

by Thomas Carlyle, Edwin Mims
     
 

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"[...]human beings cannot be left to die! Scotland too, till something better come, must have a Poor-law, if Scotland is not to be a byword among the nations. O, what a waste is there; of noble and thrice-noble national virtues; peasant Stoicisms, Heroisms; valiant manful habits, soul of a Nation's worth,-which all the metal of Potosi cannot purchase back; to which…  See more details below

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"[...]human beings cannot be left to die! Scotland too, till something better come, must have a Poor-law, if Scotland is not to be a byword among the nations. O, what a waste is there; of noble and thrice-noble national virtues; peasant Stoicisms, Heroisms; valiant manful habits, soul of a Nation's worth,-which all the metal of Potosi cannot purchase back; to which the metal of Potosi, and all you can buy with it, is dross and dust!
Why dwell on this aspect of the matter? It is too indisputable, not doubtful now to any one. Descend where you will into the lower class, in Town or Country, by what avenue you will, by Factory Inquiries, Agricultural Inquiries, by Revenue Returns, by Mining-Labourer Committees, by opening [...]".

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ISBN-13:
9780849587702
Publisher:
Arden Library
Publication date:
07/28/1981
Pages:
363

Meet the Author

Chris R. Vanden Bossche, Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame, is the editor of Carlyle's Historical Essays (California, 2002) and author of Carlyle and the Search for Authority (1991). Joel J. Brattin, Professor of English at Worcester Polytechnic
Institute, helped establish the text for Carlyle's On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History (California, 1993). D. J. Trela, Professor of English and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Michigan, Flint, is author of A History of Carlyle's "Oliver Cromwell's Letters and Speeches" (1992).

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