The Life of Henry St. John, Viscount Bolingbroke

The Life of Henry St. John, Viscount Bolingbroke

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The Life of Henry St. John, Viscount Bolingbroke

The Life of Henry St. John, Viscount Bolingbroke

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The lives of Lord Bolingbroke and Edmund Burke illustrate each other. They may be said to embrace the whole political history of the eighteenth century; and from the very different characters of the two men, the very different principles they announced, and the very different causes they advocated, form a curious contrast, and a most instructive study. The biography of the one statesman may rightly be considered a companion to the biography of the other.

A Life of Bolingbroke, presenting in one continuous view all the vicissitudes of his ambitious and chequered life, has long been a favourite design of the author. Without wishing to depreciate what has been written by others, he can ask no greater favour than that his volume may be fairly compared with anything which has as yet appeared professing to contain a delineation of Lord Bolingbroke's career. The narrative, as will . . .

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