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Ertract from " An Account of the Life and Writings of Dr. Adam Smith,

by Dugald Stewart, F.R.S. Edinburgh.“ No work, (says Mr. Stewart, speaking of Dr. S's Moral Senti. ments) can be mentioned, ancient or modern, which exhibits so complete 'a view of those facts, with respect to our moral perception, which it is one great object of this branch of science to refer to their general laws; and upon this account, it well deserves the careful study of all whose taste leads them to prosecute similar inquiries. These facts are indeed frequently expressed in a language which involves the author's peculiar theories; but they are always presented in the most happy and beautiful light; and it is easy for an attentive reader, by stripping them of hypothetical terms, to state them to himself with that logical precision, which, in such very difficult disquisitions, can alone conduct us with certainty to the truth.

“ It is proper to observe farther, that, with the theoretical doctrines of the book, there are every where interwoven, with singular taste and address, the purest and most elevated maxims concerning the practical conduct of life; and that it abounds throughout with interesting and instructive delineations of characters and manners. A considerable part of it too is employed in collateral inquiries, which, upon every hypothesis that can be formed concerning the foundation of morals, are of equal importance. Of this kind is the speculation with respect to the influence of fortune on our moral sentiments; and another speculation no less valuable, with respect to the influence of custom and fashion on the same part of our constitution.

“When the subject of this work leads the author to address the imagination and the heart: the variety and felicity of his illustrations---the richness and fluency of his eloquence.--and the skill with which he wins the attention and commands the passions of his readers, leave him, among our English moralists, without a rival.”




Chap. I. Comparison of those two virtues,


Chap. II. Of the sense of Justice, of Remorse, and of the consci-

ousness of Merit,


Chap. III. Of the utility of this constitution of Nature, 139

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