George Berkeley on Several Queries Proposed to the Public, 1735-1737

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THE QUERIST, &c.

Query 1.

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WHETHER the Fable of Herculesz and the Carter ever suited any Nation, like this Nation of Ireland?

2. Qu. Whether it be not a new Spectacle under the Sun, to behold in such a Climate, and such a Soil, after so long a Peace, and under such a gentle Government, so many Roads untrodden, Fields untilled, Houses desolate, and Hands unemployed?

3. Qu. Whether there is any Country in Christendom, either Kingdom or Republic, depending, or independent, free or enslaved, which may not afford us an useful Lesson?

4. Qu. Whether the frugal Swisses have any other Commodities but their Butter and Cheese, and a few Cattle; whether, nevertheless, the single Canton of Bearn hath not in her public Treasury two millions Sterling?

5. Qu. Whether that small Town of Bearn, with its scanty, barren Territory, in a mountainous Corner, without; Sea-ports, without Manufactures, without Mines, be not rich by mere Dint of Frugality?

6. Qu. Whether the Swisses in general have not sumptuary Laws, prohibiting the Use of Gold, Jewels, Silver, Silklace in their Apparel, and indulging the Women only to wear Silk on Festivals, Weddings, and publick Solemnities?

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