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Robison Proofs of a Conspiracy 1798

Robison Proofs of a Conspiracy 1798

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PROOFS
OF A
CONSPIRACY
AGAINST ALL THE
 RELIGIONS AND GOVERNMENTS
 
OF
EUROPE,
CARRIED ON
IN THE SECRET MEETINGS
OF
 FREE MASONS, ILLUMINATI 
,
AND
READING SOCIETIES,COLLECTED FROM GOOD AUTHORITIES,
BY JOHN ROBISON, A. M.
PROFESSOR OF NATURAL PHILOSOPHY, AND SECRETARY TO THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF EDINBURGH.
 Nam tua res agitur paries cum proximo ardet 
.
THE FOURTH EDITION.
TO WHICH IS ADDED, A POSTSCRIPT.
 NEW-YORK:
 
Printed and Sold by George Forman, No. 64, Water-Street,between Coenties and the Old-Slip.[1798]
 
Scanned at sacred-texts.com, November 2006. Proofed and formatted by John Bruno Hare. This text is inthe public domain in the United States because it was published prior to January 1st, 1923. These files maybe used for any non-commercial purpose, provided this notice of attribution is left intact in all copies.
The formatting of the notes at the sacred-texts.com version is in the form of chapter endnotes,incorporating all of the individual footnotes together. I have rearranged them into their proper place, i.e.at the bottom of their respective pages.
–Terry Melanson
TO THE RIGHT HONORABLEWILLIAM WYNDHAMSECRETARY AT WAR. &c. as &e. SIR,It was with great ƒatisfaction that I learned from a Friend that you coincided with me inthe opinion, that the information contained in this performance would make a uƒefulimpreƒƒion on the minds of my Countrymen.I have preƒumed to inƒcribe it with your Name, that I may publicly espreƒs the pleaƒurewhich I felt, when I found that neither a ƒeparation for thirty years, nor the preƒƒure of the moƒt important buƒineƒs, had effaced your kind remembrance of a CollegeAcquaintance, or abated that obliging and polite attention with which you favored au inthoƒe early days of life.The friendƒhip of the accompliƒhed and the worthy is the higheƒt honor; and to him whois cut off, by want of health, from almoƒt every other enjoyment, it is an ineƒtimablebleƒƒing. Accept, therefore, I pray, of my grateful acknowledgements, and of my earneƒtwiƒhes for your Health, Proƒperity, and increaƒing Honor.With ƒentiments of the greateƒt Eƒteem and Reƒpect,I am,SIR,Your moƒt obedient,and moƒt humble Servant,JOHN ROBISON.EDINBURGHSeptember 5, 1797.QUOD ƒi quis verâ vitam ratione gubernet,Divitiæ grandes homini ƒunt, vivere parcèÆquo anima: neque enim eƒt unquam penuria parvi,At claros ƒe homines voluêrunt atque potentes,Ut fundamento: ƒtabili fortuna maneres,
 
Et placidam poƒƒent opulenti degere vitam:Nequicquam.--quoniam ad ƒummum ƒuccedere honoremCertantes, iter infeƒtum fecêre viaï,Et tamen a ƒummo quaƒi fulmen dejicit ictosInvidia interdum contemptim in Tartara tetra.Ergo, Regibus occiƒis, ƒubverƒa jacebatPriƒtina majeƒtas ƒoliorum, et ƒceptra ƒuperba;Et capitis ƒummi præclarum inƒigne, cruentum,Sub pedibus volgi magnum lugebat honorem:Nam cupidè conculcatur nimis ante metutum.Res itaqe ad ƒummam fæcem, turbaƒque redibat,Imperium ƒibi cum ac ƒummatum quiƒque petebat.LUCRETIUS, V. 1153.
Note: The following Latin and English texts of the above passage were not in the original book, they aresupplied for reference.--JBH
 ...quod siquis vera vitam ratione gubernet,divitiae grandes homini sunt vivere parceaequo animo; neque enim est umquam penuria parvi.at claros homines voluerunt se atque potentes,ut fundamento stabili fortuna maneretet placidam possent opulenti degere vitam,ne quiquam, quoniam ad summum succedere honoremcertantes iter infestum fecere viai,et tamen e summo, quasi fulmen, deicit ictosinvidia inter dum contemptim in Tartara taetra;...Ergo regibus occisis subversa iacebatpristina maiestas soliorum et sceptra superba,et capitis summi praeclarum insigne cruentumsub pedibus vulgi magnum lugebat honorem;nam cupide conculcatur nimis ante metutum.res itaque ad summam faecem turbasque redibat,imperium sibi cum ac summatum quisque petebat.But men wished glory for themselves and powerEven that their fortunes on foundations firmMight rest forever, and that they themselves,The opulent, might pass a quiet life-In vain, in vain; since, in the strife to climbOn to the heights of honour, men do makeTheir pathway terrible; and even when onceThey reach them, envy like the thunderbolt

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