What Billingsgate Thought; A Country Gentleman's Views On Snobbery

Paperback | February 2, 2012

byWilliam Alexander Newman Dorland

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919. Excerpt: ... LETTER IV Ancestry and Ancestral Societies ALL day Saxe's lines have been running through my mind. Doubtless you will recall them: "Depend upon it, my snobbish friend, Your family tree you can't ascend Without good reason to apprehend You may find it waxed at the other end By some plebeian vocation; Or, worse than that, your boasted line May end in a loop of stronger twine That plagued some worthy relation." So, John, you confess that from what I have written from time to time you have come to entertain some doubt as to my belief in the efficacy and desirability of good ancestry, so-called. I am very sorry indeed, my son, if I have given you occasion to believe that I should be so unorthodox as this. Quite to the contrary, John, I am an out-and-out evolutionist, and as such, can be nothing else than a firm believer in the value and, I might add, necessity of a good ancestral stock. If we believe, as we should, that only the best survives and all else perishes, then must we admit the logical conclusion that a good ancestry, it matters not what the physical form, has resulted in the perpetuation of that species. You go to see an exhibition of blooded Kentucky horses, or of the finer breeds of dogs and cats. By that very act you testify to your belief in blood and ancestry. Now, John, if this be true of the lower forms of animal life, must we not admit the value of blood and stock in the higher creation also? So, arguing altogether along the lines of physical laws, we can come to no other deduction than this--ancestry does and must count, and ever has counted, for much. An old Latin proverb says "What is just and right is the law of laws," and nothing is more just and right than the better the stock the better the offspring--at least from the physical standp...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919. Excerpt: ... LETTER IV Ancestry and Ancestral Societies ALL day Saxe's lines have been running through my mind. Doubtless you will recall t...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:46 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217145485

ISBN - 13:9780217145480

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