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THOUGHTS AT FOURSCORE,

AND EARLIER.

A Medley.


BY
THOMAS COOPER,
AUTHOR OF
'THE PURGATORY OF SUICIDES,' THE PARADISE OF MARTYRS,' 'THE BRIDGE OF
HISTORY OVER THE GULF OF TIME,' 'PLAIN PULPIT TALK,' ETC., ETC.




London:
HODDER AND STAUGHTON,
27, PATERNOSTER ROW.
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MDCCCLXXXV.



TO

HENRY WARDLE, ESQ., J.P.

OF HIGHFIELD,

BURTON-ON-TRENT,

THIS VOLUME IS MOST RESPECTFULLY

AND GRATEFULLY INSCRIBED

BY


THE AUTHOR.




PREFATORY NOTE.
_________

Thomas Cooper
(1805-92)

A "MEDLEY", I call my book, and readers will say I have done right in giving it such a name: whether I have done right publishing it, is another question.  I never, before, ventured to print anything that presumed to treat on such a variety of subjects.

    The first seven papers are composed, chiefly, of sketches written for a small monthly periodical conducted by my valued friend, Rev. Hugh Stowell Brown.  He kindly gives me leave to make use of them; and I have done so--with some alterations.

    The Second Series of Letters to Yound Working Men, I am allowed to republish by my old and kind friend, Joesph Cowen, M.P.,--to whom the Northern Tribune belonged.

2, PORTLAND PLACE,
     S
T. MARY'S STREET, LINCOLN,
                  20th March, 1885.

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CONTENTS.
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CHAP.

 

I.

THE CHANGES OF LIFE

II.

POLITICS OF THE PAST

III.

MORE CHANGES

IV.

SORROWFUL THOUGHTS ABOUT STRIKES

V.

CAUSES OF VICISSITUDE IN TRADE

VI.

THE GREATEST SCIENCE

VII.

WHAT IS OLD AGE?

VIII.

ON THE DOCTRINE OF A FUTURE STATE, VIEWED AS A PROBABILITY

IX.

ON THE DOCTRINE OF RETRIBUTION, HERE AND HEREAFTER

X.

ON GOING BACK

XI.

CHARLES DARWIN, AND THE FALLACIES OF EVOLUTION

XII.

LETTERS TO YOUNG WORKING MEN:

Introduction;
 Letter ILetter IILetter III.Letter IV.;
Letter V. Letter VI.Letter VII.

XIII.

DITTO, SECOND SERIES:

Letter I.Letter II.Letter III.; Letter IV.

XIV.

THE PRODIGAL SON

XV.

THE BOLDNESS OF FAITH

XVI.

THE ORIGIN OF MAN

XVII.

ON THE "MESSIAH" OF HANDEL

XVIII.

ON THE MISUSE OF LANGUAGE IN CONVERSATION

XIX.

WHAT OUR MORAL NATURE PROVES

XX.

A SHORT SEQUEL, AND CONCLUSION

 



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