The Rainbow; Originally Published In The Richmond Enquirer

Paperback | January 1, 2012

byWilliam Wirt

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1804. Excerpt: ... THE RAINBOW, NUMBER L THE INTRODUCTORY ESSAY. On the UTILITT of MISCELLANEOUS ESSATS. Literary Productions are more generally admired, or read with greater advantage and delight, than periodical and miscellaneous essays. Of this species of composition, the classical remains of antiquity do not furnish a single model, or solitary specimen. We shall not on this account, be disposed to entertain an humbler idea of its utility and dignity, when we retrace its origin and review its influence. Its descent, altho' not ancient, is sufficiently illustrious. It is the legitimate offspring of the art that ennobles and immortalises every work of genius; preserves the lights of science from extinction, and the beauties of literature from decay,--of the art that promises to make truth triumphant, liberty universal, and society progressive--It claims its origin from the art of printing, and can only arrive at perfect maturity, produce its most wholesome fruits, and display all the luxuriance of its beauty, under the genial influence of a free press. Previous to the invention of the art of printing, there existed no means of bestowing on productions so fugitive and perishable, a form sufficiently permanent, or a circulation sufficiently diffusive. Until the press was unshackled from restraint, periodical essays could not become the vehicles of intercourse betwixt the enlightened o and the ignorant, convey the maxims of moral and political truth, from the profound philosopher to the plodding ploughman, and transmit "the glowing sentiment and the lofty speculation" to minds of every grade and dimension. Nor have the effects of miscellaneous essays been Jess beneficial, than their origin was honorable. Their rapid multiplication, diversified enquiries, and extensive dispersion, have made the benefits ...

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1804. Excerpt: ... THE RAINBOW, NUMBER L THE INTRODUCTORY ESSAY. On the UTILITT of MISCELLANEOUS ESSATS. Literary Productions are more generally admired, or read with greate...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:28 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.06 inPublished:January 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217604730

ISBN - 13:9780217604734

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