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Ego nec studium fine divite vena,
Nec rude quid profit video ingenium; alterius fic
Altera poscit opem res, et conjurat amicé.

HOR.

I call A COMPLEAT AND GENEROUS EDUCATION, that which fits a man

to perform JUSTLY, SKILFULLY, and MAGNANIMOUSLY, all the
offices, both private and public, of Peace and WAR. MILTON.

THE SECOND EDITIO N.

L O N D ON:

PRINTED FOR THE AUTHOR;
AND SOLD BY T. CADELL, IN THE STRAND.

MDCC LXXVI.

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IN this kingdom, though renowned for those great talents and generous virtues that are the source of the highest improvements, little has been written on the art of war. As the natives, therefore, for whatever reasons, have generally declined the illustration of military science, it is hoped that it will not be deemed impertinent in a foreigner impressed with the strongest conviction of its vast importance, if he makes an humble offering of his best services to a People, for whom he has the highest esteem, and to whom he is under peculiar obligations.

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MILITARY EDUCATION.

“ THE laws of education,” says Montesquieu, “ are the first impressions we receive; and as

they prepare us for civil life, each particular family ought to be governed by the princi

ples of the great family that comprehends 66 them all.” Hence it becomes necessary, that the education of youth, in every state, should be formed and adapted to the nature, end, and principle of its government.

Every kind of government has its nature, end, and principle: its nature is its particular constitution adapted to some end; its end is that to which its constitution is essentially disposed; and its principle is the active power of compassing that end. From this view it is evident, that the principle is the most essential

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government, that puts it in motion, and gives it life and vigour. It follows, therefore, as a fundamental rule in

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