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James Mackintosh : Vindiciae Galliciae

[note in diary upon finishing Mackintosh's "Vindiciae Gallicae"]: 'As far as I am a Judge I think this work very well understood. The author is master on his subject & has the art of rendering others. HE is not scurrilous. He argues well, he seldom begs the question. He narrates what has passed in France, traces causes with precision - perhaps he speaks too strongly in the latter part. I gained much information from his work.'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Anna Larpent      Print: Book


Mackintosh : [unidentified "accounts of hs proposed lectures on the Law of Nature and Nations"]

Mary Berry, letter of 26 December 1799: 'What little I could read during two days and part of two nights has been Mercier's "Nouveau Paris", a sort of continuation of his former "Tableau de Paris". This last, in six vols. is one of the most stupid, unclearly thought, ridiculous books I ever saw, and yet I read it, not without entertainment and instruction [...] Of a very different nature is a little book I have lately read over again for the third or fourth time, -- I mean, Mackintosh's accounts of his proposed lectures on the Law of Nature and Nations. Such a compendious syllabus of all the leading principles of truth and virtue I never met with! I mentioned it to you last year, I think, when I first got it.'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Mary Berry      Print: Book


John Mackintosh : Adieu

[Item transcribed into a commonplace book]: [Title] 'Adieu/ John Mackintosh/ The earnest student'; [Text] 'Adieu to God what words can else express/ The parting, and the prayer that soars to heaven/ When two fond hearts, long link'd in ternderness/ By the decree of fate at length are riven/ ...'; [Total = 12 lines]

Century: 1800-1849 / 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Magdalene Sharpe- Erskine      Print: Unknown


Sir J. Mackintosh : [a text on ethical philosophy]

Letter from Lucy Aikin to her niece Sue, dated Nov.17, 18..?: Aikin has been reading Mackintosh, and comments on the suitability of philosophical reading for women.

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Lucy Aikin      Print: Book


Robert James Mackintosh : Memoirs of the Life of the Right Honourable Sir James Mackintosh

'I think you will like Sir James Mackintosh's Life; it is full of his own thoughts upon men, books and events, and I derived from it the greatest pleasure. He makes most honourable mention of your mother, whom I only know by one of her productions, - enough to secure my admiration'.

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Sydney Smith      Print: Book


Sir James Mackintosh : A discourse on the study of the law of nature, and nations

'Perused, with delight and admiration, Mackintosh's "Preliminary Discourse on the Study of the Law of Nature and Nations"...'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Thomas Green      Print: Book


Sir James Mackintosh : Vindiciae Gallicae

'Read Mackinosh's "Vindiciae Gallicae". His style and manner in the Piece are magnificent, but uniformly cumbrous, and occasionally coarse...'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Thomas Green      Print: Book


James Mackintosh : Edinburgh Review [review of Madame de Stael's 'De l'Allemagne']

'The review [by Maria Edgeworth] of "Les Peines et les Recompenses" [French edition by Dumont of Bentham's treatise] cannot please Sir Js Mackintosh because it expresses sentiments on [italics] utility [end italics] different from those which he has endeavored, contrary to his conscience, to establish in compliment we suppose to Madame de Stael, in his "Edinburgh Review" of her "Allemagne".'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Richard Lovell Edgeworth      Print: Serial / periodical


E.A. Mackintosh : Cha Till Maccruimein

'Not long afterwards I was reminded of this conversation by some lines from E. A. Mackintosh's "Cha Till Maccruimein," in his volume of poems "A Highland Regiment", which Roland's mother and sister had sent me for Christmas:'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Vera Brittain      Print: Book


James Mackintosh : History of the Revolution in England in 1688

'I have just received my dear Mackintosh's 'History of the Revolution' ... I cannot read it with quiet nerves.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Jessie Sismondi      Print: Book


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