Sketches of the History of Man, Vol. 3 of 4

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Excerpt from Sketches of the History of Man, Vol. 3 of 4

In early times accordingly, the men were all warriors, and every known art was exercifed by women; which continues to be the cafe of American savages. And even after arts were so much improved as to be exercised by men, none who could bear arms were exempted from war. In feudal governments, the military spirit was carried to a great height: all gentlemen were soldiers by profession; and every other art was despised, as low, if not contemptible.

Even in the unnatural state of the feudal system, arts made some progress, not excepting those for amusement; and many conveniences, formerly unknown, became necessary to comfortable living. A man accustomed to manifold conveniences, cannot bear with patience to be deprived of them: he hates war, and clings to the sweets of peace. Hence the necessity of a military establishment, hardening men by strict discipline to endure the fatigues of war.

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