Reason the Only Oracle of Man

Reason the Only Oracle of Man

Reason the Only Oracle of Man

Reason the Only Oracle of Man

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Ethan Allen's name was immortalized by the capture of Fort Ticonderoga in May 1775 "In the Name of the Great Jehovah and the Continental Congress" and by the activities of the Green Mountain Boys. He is generally remembered as an American Robin Hood, a backwoods yokel who led a band of ruffians to capture a peaceful garrison of British regulars who were unacquainted with the fact that a war was being waged (though undeclared) at Boston. Contrary to this impression, Ethan was actually a serious student of philosophy and political economy. The illusion can best be dispelled by his own words:

"In my youth I was much disposed to contemplation, and at my commencement in manhood I committed to manuscript such sentiments or arguments as appeared most consonant to reason, lest through the debility of memory, my improvement should have been less gradual. This method of scribbling I practised for many years, from which I experienced great advantages in the progression of learning and knowledge, the more so as I was deficient in education and had to acquire the knowledge of grammar and language as well as the art of reasoning, principally from a studious application to it, which after all, I am sensible, lays me under disadvantages, particularly in matters of composition; however, to remedy this defect I have substituted the most unwearied pains. . . . . . ."

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