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Record Number: 12970


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'A much greater man than Rousseau says, "The only remedy for the infectious disease of Fanaticism, is a philosophical temper, which spreading through society, at length softens manners, and obviates the excesses of the distemper; for whenever it get ground, the best way is to fly from it and stay till the air is purified. The laws and religion are no preservative against this mental pestilence; religion so far from being a salutary aliment in these cases, in infected brains becomes poison" (Lackington continues to quote 2 further paragraphs).

Century:

1700-1799

Date:

unknown

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

n/a

Type of Experience
(Reader):
 

silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Type of Experience
(Listener):
 

solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Reader:

James Lackington

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

31 Aug 1746

Socio-Economic Group:

Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Bookseller rising socially

Occupation:

Bookseller

Religion:

lapsed Methodist

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

England

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Voltaire

Title:

(possibly) The Philosophical Dictionary for the pocket, Written in French by a society of men of letters and translated into English

Genre:

Philosophy

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

possibly (London, 1765) p. 152 section on Fanaticism

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

12970

Source:

Print

Author:

James Lackington

Editor:

n/a

Title:

Memoirs of the Forty Five First Years of The Life James Lackington

Place of Publication:

London, Temple of the Muses

Date of Publication:

1794

Vol:

n/a

Page:

283

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

James Lackington, Memoirs of the Forty Five First Years of The Life James Lackington, (London, Temple of the Muses, 1794), p. 283, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=12970, accessed: 22 June 2024


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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