The Life and Times of Daniel de Foe: With Remarks Digressive and Discursive

The Life and Times of Daniel de Foe: With Remarks Digressive and Discursive

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The Life and Times of Daniel de Foe: With Remarks Digressive and Discursive

The Life and Times of Daniel de Foe: With Remarks Digressive and Discursive

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A preface to a book is, singularly enough, always written after the completion of the book ; and ought in fairness to be placed at the end, rather than before the commencement.

This is not the age for Prefaces, but yet I may be pardoned for transgressing the rule of the times, if I only keep within the limits of moderation. What do I gather from all my DE-FOE reading but the force of that passage in scripture, "Cast thy bread upon the waters, and thou shalt find it after many days." Old James Foe, butcher, of Cripplegate St. Giles, cast his bread upon the water when he educated his son Daniel at the Stoke Newington Academy for—for what? Daniel was a hosier, merchant, pantile maker, statesman, poet, philosopher, free-trader, novelist—in short, everything, from the desolate island of Juan Fernandez to a felon's cell in Newgate.Daniel lived neglected and died in gaol—he died in 1731 ; and yet left that which is not exhausted in 1859— his opinions recorded during a long, turbulent, and industrious life. The Dissenter still educates at his academy—he throws the bread upon the waters; and only let the fostering . . .

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