The Miscellaneous Works of Edward Gibbon, Esq: With Memoirs of His Life and Writings

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Mr Gibbon to Mrs Porten 1756
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Is entered at Westminster school is removed on account of ill health and after
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Mr Gibbon to Mrs Gibbon Account of Mr Helvetius Feb 12 1763
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The Author determines to write a history its subject Solution of a chronolo
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LETTER
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Mr Deyverdun to Mr Gibbon Aug 20 1783
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The Authors account of the books he read and of the course of study he pur
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Some account of Mademoiselle Curchod afterwards Madame Necker Reflec
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The Same to the Same From Dover and Boulogne Sept 17 1783
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Mr Gibbon publishes his first work Essai sur lEtude de la Littérature Some
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Essai sur lEtude de la Littérature
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Mr Gibbon resumes his studies determines to write upon some historical subject
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Same account of Mr Gibbons studies at Lausanne preparatory to his Italian
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An Examination of Spanheims Work De Præstantiâ et Usû Numismatum
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Mr Gibbon to Mr Holroyd Account of the Borromean Islands and Turin
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Mr Gibbon to Mr Holroyd Account of his return through Paris and
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Narrative continued by Lord Sheffield and by letters from Mr Gibbon
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Mirabeaus work Sur la Monarchie Prussienne and his Correspondence Secrette
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The Same to the Same Dec 1772
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Mr Gibbon to Mr Holroyd May 26 1772
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Second letter to the honourable Miss Holroyd Her account in answer of
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Personal reflections on Mr Gibbons situation Mr de Severys death Reflec
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The Same to the Same His arrival at Lausanne mention of the Abbé
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The Same to the Same Upon losing his seat for Coventry exhortation
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The Same to the Same On the report of Mr Gibbons death English
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The Same to Mr Cadell On his three last volumes Dec 16 1786
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Mr Gibbon to Mr Holroyd Feb 28 1778
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An Examination of Mallets Introduction to the History of Denmark
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LETTER Page 52 Mr Gibbon to Mrs Gibbon May 24 1774
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The Same to Mr Holroyd May 24 1774
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The Same to the Same Dec 2 1774
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الصفحة 102 - I will not dissemble the first emotions of joy on the recovery of my freedom, and, perhaps, the establishment of my fame. But my pride was soon humbled, and a sober melancholy was spread over my mind, by the idea that I had taken an everlasting leave of an old and agreeable companion, and that whatsoever might be the future date of my History, the life of the historian must be short and precarious.
الصفحة 551 - And Haman said unto king Ahasuerus, There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the people in all the provinces of thy kingdom; and their laws are diverse from all people; neither keep they the king's laws: therefore it is not for the king's profit to suffer them.
الصفحة 101 - It was on the day, or rather night, of the 27th of June, 1787, between the hours of eleven and twelve, that I wrote the last lines of the last page in a summer-house in my garden. After laying down my pen, I took several turns in a berceau or covered, walk of acacias, which commands a prospect of the country, the lake, and the mountains. The air was temperate, the sky was serene, the silver orb of the moon was reflected from the waters, 1 Memoirs, p. 166. and all nature was silent.
الصفحة 262 - For who, to dumb forgetfulness a prey, This pleasing anxious being e'er resign'd, Left the warm precincts of the cheerful day, Nor cast one longing lingering look behind?
الصفحة xiv - Thou hast most traitorously corrupted the youth of the realm in erecting a grammar school; and whereas, before, our forefathers had no other books but the score and the tally, thou hast caused printing to be used, and, contrary to the king, his crown and dignity, thou hast built a paper-mill.
الصفحة 25 - What recks it them? What need they? They are sped; And, when they list, their lean and flashy songs Grate on their scrannel pipes of wretched straw; The hungry sheep look up, and are not fed, But, swoln with wind and the rank mist they draw, Rot inwardly, and foul contagion spread : Besides what the grim wolf with privy paw Daily devours apace, and nothing said: But that two-handed engine at the door Stands ready to smite once, and smite no more.
الصفحة 109 - I shall soon enter into the period which, as the most agreeable of his long life, was selected by the judgment and experience of the sage Fontenelle. His choice is approved by the eloquent historian of nature, who fixes our moral happiness to the mature season, in which our passions are supposed to be calmed, our duties fulfilled, our ambition satisfied, our fame and fortune established on a solid basis.
الصفحة 86 - The style of an author should be the image of his mind, but the choice and command of language is the fruit of exercise. Many experiments were made before I could hit the middle tone between a dull chronicle and a rhetorical declamation : three times did I compose the first chapter, and twice the second and third, before I was tolerably satisfied with their effect.
الصفحة 23 - To take up half on trust, and half to try, Name it not faith, but bungling bigotry. Both knave and fool the merchant we may call, To pay great sums, and to compound the small: For who would break with Heaven, and would not break for all?
الصفحة 76 - It was at Rome, on the 15th of October, 1764, as I sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the bare-footed friars were singing vespers in the temple of Jupiter,* that the idea of writing the decline and fall of the city first started to my mind.

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