Posted by: Democratic Thinker | August 19, 2014


Considerations by the Way

The first children’s picture book is published in 1658—in Latin and German.

We shall not presume to anticipate the judgment of our fellow-citizens throughout the Union on these important letters, by interposing any comments of our own.—Four Letters on the Important Subject of Government, 1802.



Justice. CXVI. Justitia.


JUSTICE, 1. is painted, sitting on a square stone, 2. for she out to be immoveable; with hood-winked eyes, 3. that she may not respect persons; stopping the left ear, 4. to be reserved for the other party;

Holding in her Right Hand a Sword, 5. and a Bridle, 6. to punish and restrain evil men;

Besides, a pair of Balances, 7. in the right scale, 8. where of Deserts, and in the left, 9. Rewards being put, are made even on with another, and so good Men are incited to vertue, as it were with Spurs, 10.

In Bargains, 11. let men deal candidly, let the stand to their Covenants and Promises; let that which is given one to keep, and that which is lent, be restored: let no man be pillaged, or hurt, 13. let every one have his own: these are the precepts of Justice.

Such things as these are forbidden in Gods 5th. and 7th. Commandment, and deservedly punish’d on the Gallows and the Wheel, 14.

—Charles Hoole, Trans.; Orbis Sensualium Pictus (1705).

A tip o’the hat to The Public Domain Review.


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