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OF THE

HISTORY OF MAN.

IN FOUR VOLUMES.

By HENRY HOME, Lord KAIMS,

Author of Elements of Criticism, &c.

Robur Froup Paune

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HERE are peculiarities in the appearance, in the

expreflion, in the actions, of some persons, which, in opposition to the manners of the generality, are termed their manners. Such peculiarities in the bulk of a na: tion, by which it differs from other nations, or from itself at different periods, are termed the manners of that nation. Manners therefore signify a mode of behaviour peculiar to a certain person, or to a certain nation. The term is not applied to mankind in general; except perhaps in contradiftinction to other beings.

Manners are distinguished from morals; but in what respect has not been clearly explained. Do not the same actions relate to both? Certainly; but in different respects: an action considered as right or wrong, belongs to morals; considered as characteristical of a person, or of a people, it belongs to manners.

Manners, peculiar to certain tribes and to certain governments, fall under other branches of this work. The intention of the present sketch is, to trace out the man.' ners of nations, in the different stages of their progress, from infancy to maturity. I am far from regretting, tha

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