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Side 20 - Wisdom and knowledge, as well as virtue, diffused generally among the body of the people, being necessary for the preservation of their rights and liberties; and as these depend on spreading the opportunities and advantages of education in the various parts of the country, and among the different orders of the people, it shall be the duty of legislatures and magistrates, in all future periods of this commonwealth, to cherish the interests of literature and the sciences...
Side 30 - Acts and Resolves passed by the General Court of Massachusetts, in the Year 1858 ; together with the Messages, Changes of Names of Persons, &c.
Side 4 - The libraries were augmented by donations ; reading became fashionable ; and our people, having no public amusements to divert their attention from study, became better acquainted with books, and in a few years were observed by strangers to be better instructed and" more intelligent than people of the same rank generally are in other countries.
Side 4 - So few were the readers at that time in Philadelphia and the majority of us so poor that I was not able with great industry to find more than fifty persons, mostly young tradesmen, willing to pay down for this purpose forty shillings each and ten shillings per annum.
Side 13 - There is not, perhaps, a single library in America, sufficiently copious to have enabled Gibbon to verify the authorities for his immortal History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
Side 1 - If you wish to establish an unjust and despotic government — or, if you wish to set up a false religion — then it would be advisable to avoid the danger of enlightening the people. But if you wish to maintain a good government, the more the people understand the advantages of such a government, the more they will respect it ; and the more they know of true religion, the more they will value it.
Side 3 - Many readers judge of the power of a book by the shock it gives their feelings, — as some savage tribes determine the power of muskets by their recoil ; that being considered best which fairly prostrates the purchaser.
Side 20 - A frequent recurrence to the fundamental principles of the constitution, and a constant adherence to those of piety, justice, moderation, temperance, industry and frugality, are absolutely necessary to preserve the advantages of liberty, and to maintain a free government.