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Record 12970

Reading Experience:

'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, workmates)
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,, accessed: 27 May 2024

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