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" the poor in England were better provided for than in any other country of the same extent: he did not mean little Cantons, or petty Republicks. Where a great proportion of the people... "
The life of Samuel Johnson. [With] The principal corrections and additions ... - Page 112
by James Boswell - 1822
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The Eclectic review. vol. 1-New [8th]

1845
...proportion of the people are suffered to languish in helpless misery, that country must be ill-policed, and wretchedly governed. A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization. The condition of the lower orders more especially is the true mark of national discrimination.' We...
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Dr. Johnson's table-talk: aphorisms [&c.] selected and arranged ..., Volume 1

Samuel Johnson - 1807
...than in any other country of the same extent; he did not mean little Cantons or petty Republics. " Where a great proportion of the people (said he) are...policed, and wretchedly governed; a decent provision tor the• poor, is the true test of civilization. Gentlemen of education, he observed, were pretty...
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, Volume 1

James Boswell - 1820
...great proportion of the people, said he, are differed to languish in helpless misery, that country mnst be ill policed, and wretchedly governed : a decent provision for the poor, is the trne test of civilization. — Gentlemen of education, he observed, were pretty much the same in all...
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The life of Samuel Johnson. Copious notes by Malone, Volume 2

James Boswell - 1821
...follows : " Ut semper fortissime rem gererem, et superior virtute essem aliis." JB— O.] VOL. II. U " Though of no high extraction himself, he had much...education, he observed, were pretty much the same in ail countries ; the condition of the lower orders, the poor especially, was the true mark of national...
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The British Prose Writers, Volume 16

British prose literature - 1821
...than in any other country of the same extent : he did not mean little cantons, or petty republics. " Where a great proportion of the people," said he,...governed : a decent provision for the poor is the trne test of civilization. Gentlemen of education," he observed, " were pretty much the- same in all...
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The Wesleyan-Methodist Magazine

Arminianism - 1878
...necessary.' He clenches this part of his argument with the saying ' of our great moralist, Dr. Johnson : " A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization." ' The motion, being opposed by the Government, was lost ; but was renewed next year by Mr. Sadler,...
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.

James Boswell - 1823
...sir (said he), not highly gratified; yet I do not recollect to have passed many evenings withfewer objections.' "Though of no high extraction himself,...decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization.—Gentlemen of education, he observed, were pretty much the same in all countries; the...
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Ireland; Its Evils and Their Remedies: Being a Refutation of the Errors of ...

Michael Thomas Sadler - Ireland - 1828 - 414 pages
...prevails, is too ohvious to universal observation to need a word in proof. Dr. Johnson has said, that " a decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization ;" but such institutions are not, however, confined to Christendom. Even the semi-barbarous countries...
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The Christian review and clerical magazine, Volume 2

1828
...In short, the words of Dr. Johnson seem fully borne out by historical and geographical facts, that " A decent provision for the poor, is the true test of civilization." 5. He next corrects some most egregious errors, which, by the ignorance of our political economists,...
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: Including a Journal of a Tour ..., Volume 1

James Boswell - 1835
...than in any other country of the same extent: he did not mean little cantons, or petty republicka. Where a great proportion of the people,' said he,...governed: a decent provision for the poor is the true teat of civilization. Gentlemen of education,' he observed, ' were pretty much the same in all countries...
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