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10. The self-devotion of the Christian martyr and the Român patriot. 41. Poets and novelists of the poor. 42. Strafford and Sir Henry Vane the Younger. 43. The idea of the beautiful, as developed in Grecian literature and art. 14. The influence of the association of ideas on our practical operations. 45. The moral and intellectual influence of the principle of emulation, on

systems of education. 46. Entertaining mysteries, novels of real life, and romantic or supernatu

ral fictions, as affording similar species of delight. 47. The Sacred and Profane poets. 48 Milton and Isaiah. 49. Johnson and St. Paul. 50. Moore and David. 51. Addison and St. John. 52. Byron and Ezekiel. 53. Hume and Moses.

SUBJECTS FOR FORENSIC DISPUTATIONS.

1. Whether the increased facilities of intercourse between Europe and the

United States be favorable to this country. 2. Whether more evil or good is to be expected from the disposition man

ifested, at the present day, to try existing institutions by first prin

ciples. 3. Whether voting by ballot should be introduced into all elective and 16

gislative proceedings. 4. Whether forms of government exert any important influer.ce on the

growth and character of national literature. 5. Whether any attempt should be made to preserve severity of manners

in a modern republic. 6. Ought Congress to pass an international copy right law. 7. Is there reason to think that the public mind will ever be more settled

than at present, about the character of Mary, Queen of Scots. 8. Whether more good than evil has resalted to the world, from the life

and religion of Mahomet. 9. Whether popular superstitions, or enlightened opinions, be most favor

able to the growth of poetical literature. 10. Whether the literature of America be injured by that of modern foreign

countries. 11. Whether a want of reverence be justly chargeable on our age and

country. 12. Whether the diversities of individual character be owing more to phys

ical, than to moral causes. 13. Whether the advancement of civil liberty be more indebted to intellect.

ual culture, than to physical suffering. 14. Whether the fine or the useful arts afford the better field for the display

of originality. 15. Whether prosperity and increase of wealth have a favorable influence

upon the manners and morals of a people. 16. Whether modern facilities of testing literary efforts by popular opinica,

be unfavorable to the production of great works. 17. Whether the choice of a representative should be restricted to the in

habitants af the town or district represented. 18. Whether the sum of human happiness on earth he greater, by a succes

sion of generations, than it would have been by one contiñued race

the number of inhabitants being the same. 19. Whether, in a public seminary, the course of study established by rule

should be the same for all. 20. Do savage nations possess a full right to the soil.

# Whether a State have a right to recede from the Union. 22 Whether, in times of political discussion, it is the duty of avery citizou

to declare his opinion, and attach himself to some party. 23 Whether there were greater facilities, in ancient times for an individual

acquiring influence, than there are now. 24. Whether the inequalities of our social condition be favorable to the

progress of knowledge. 25. Is it expedient to make colonies of convicts. 26. Is the cause of despotism strengthened by the extermination of the

Poles. 27. Whether the inequalities of genius in different countries be owing ti

moral causes. 28. Whether inflicting capital punishments publicly has any tendency to di

minish crime. 29. Whether the personal dependence, incident to a minute division of

labor in the arts and sciences, be dangerous to our free institutions. 30. Whether the influences which tend to perpetuate, be stronger than those

which tend to dissolve, the union of the United States. 31. Whether we should abstain from publishing the truth, from a fear lest

the world be not prepared to receive it. 32. Wheter the popularity Jf a literary work is to be received as an en

dence of its real merits 33. Is there any objection to a man's proposing himself for public office,

and using means to obtain it. 34. Does proselytism favor the cause of truth. 35. Whether privateering be incident to the right of war. 36. Whether a written constitution be efficacious in securing civil liberty. 37. Whether the progress of knowledge lessen the estimation of the fino

arts, 38. Whether the exclusion of foreign articles, to encourage domestic man

ufactures, be conducive to public wealth. 39. Whether the world be advancing in moral improvement. 40. Whether the progress of civilization diminish the love of martial glory 41. Whether personal interest in a subject of investigation be favorable to

the discovery of truth. 42. Whether the power of eloquence be diminished by the progress of lit

erature -and science. 43. Whether the prevalence of despotism in Asia be occasioned principally

by physical causes. 44. Whether the present circumstances of Europe furnish reason to expec.

an essential amelioration of human affairs. 45. Do facts, or fiction, contribute most to mental enjoyment. 46. Whether writers of fiction be morally responsible for unchaste and pro

fane language in their productions. 47. The policy of requiring property qualifications for office. 48. Ought capital punishments to be inflicted in time of peace 49. Does the system of modern warfare indicate any advancement in civil

ization. 50. Is the existence of two great political parties in our country desirable. 51. Has her union with England been detrimental to Ireland.

SUBJECTS FOR DELIBERATIVE, POLITICAL, CRITICAL, PHILO

SOPHICAL, AND LITERARY DISCUSSIONS, DISQUISITIONS

INQUIRIES, &c. 1. On the right of legislative bodies to provide by law for the support of

religion. (Deliberative Discussion.) 2. The character of a philosophical historian. (Philosophical Disquisition.

3. The effect of prevailing philosophical views on the style of elegant liter

ature. (Disquisition.) 4. On the alleged degeneracy of animals and vegetables in America.

(Philosophical Discussion.) 5. Whether works of imagination should be designed to produce a specific

moral effect. (Literary Discussion.) 6. The English styles that have attracted the most imitators. (Literary

Disquisition.) "Mahomet Ali." (Political Disquisition.) 8. Whether national literature is to be regarded more as a cause cr a con

sequence of national refinement. (Deliberative Discussion.) 9. Originality in literature, as affected by sound criticism. (Literary Dis

quisition, 10. The influence of superstition on science and literature. (Philosophical

Disquisition.). 11. On the materiality of light. (Philosophical Disputation.) 1?. Is the preservation of the balance of power a justifiable cause of war

(Deliberative Discussion.) 13. On the causes of the variety of complexion and figure in the human

species. (Philosophical Disputation.) 14. On the policy of encouraging manufacturing establishments in the

United States. (Deliberative Discussion.). 15. The merits of geological systems. (Disquisition.) 16. The comparative interest and importance of Grécian and Roman his.

tory. (Literary Discussion.) 17. The causes of the present pecuniary distresses of the commercial world.

(Disquission.) 18. The effects of the crusades. (Literary Inquiry.) 19. Changes in English style, since the time of Milton. (Literary Discus

sion.) M. Comparative advantages of politics and literature as professions in this

country. (Deliberative Discussion.) 21. The influence of the dramatic writers on the age of Elizabeth and

Charles the Second. (Literary Discussion.) 22. The restoration of Greece to political independence. (Deliberative Dis

cussion.) 23. The literary influence of the early English prose writers. (Literary

Disquisition.) 24. Of presenting literature and science in popular forms. (Literary Dis

cussion.) 25. Manual and intellectual labor. (Philosophical Discussion.) 26. Will the present proposed parliamentary reform endanger the monarch

ical and aristocratical portion of the British constitution. (Deliber

ative Discussion.) 27. Importance of independent criticism to the growth of national literature.

(Literary Disquisition.) 28. Causes of ill health. in literary men. (Philosophical Disquisition.), 29. The influence of superstition on science and literature. "(Philosophica.

Discussion.) 30. English biography and French memoirs. (Literary Discussion.) 31. Are political improvements best effected by rulers, or the people

(Deliberative Discussion.) 32. The influence of ancient art on ancient literature. (Literary Disquis

ition.) 33. The poet of an early age, and of a civilized one. (Literary Discussion. 34. Comparative utility of the moral and physical sciences, in the presen!

age. (Philosophical Discussion.) 35. On what does tho security of our institutions depend ? (Political Dis

quisitiol.)

36. The expediency of intervention by one nation in the civil and publio

contests of others. (Deliberative Discussion.) 37. The evils and benefits of large books. (Literary Discussion.) 38. Skepticism and love of trath, as indications of mental character and

vigor. (Philosophical Discussion.) 39. Tendency of free institutions to bring first principles into question.

(Deliberative Discussion.) 49. The influence of Lord Bacon's writings on the progress of knowledge

(Philosophical Discussion.) 41. An author's writing many books, or resting his fame on a few. (Liter

ary Discussion.) 42. Universal suffrage. (Political Disquisition.) 43. The resources and encouragements of elegant literature in the Old and

New World. (Literary Discussion.) 44. The comparative power of moral and physical causes in forming the

American charaoter. (Philosophical Discussion.) 45. Are short terms of political office desirable ? (Deliberative Discussion.) 46. Modern imitation of the ancient Greek tragedy. (Literary Disquisition.) 47. The real or supposed decline of science, at the present day. (Philos

ophical Disquisition.) 48. English novels in the reigns of George the Second and George the

Third. (Literary Discussion.). 49. The expediency of making authorship a profession. (Philosophicas

Discussion.) 50. Whether patriotism was inculcated to excesss in the ancient republics

(Deliberative Discussion.) 51. The life and services of Linnæus. (Philosophical Disquisition.) 52. The observance of poetical justice in fictitious writings. (Literary Dis

quisition.) 53. Greek and Roman comeules. (Critical Disquisition.) 54. Education as aiming to develope all the faculties equally, or to foster

individual peculiarities of taste and intellect. (Philosophical Discus

sion.) 55. Utility of chemical knowledge to professional men. (Philosophical

Disquisition.) 56, The expediency of religious establishments under any form of civil

goverment. (Deliberative Discussion.) 57. On the practicability of reaching the North Pole, and the advantages

which would attend such an expedition. (Philosophical Disputation.) 53. Should the right of suffrage in any case depend upon different prin

ciples, as it respects different classes or individuals in the same

country. Deliberative Discussion.) 59. On the probawility of prolonging the term of human life, by the aid of

physical or unoral causes. (Philosophical Discussion.) 60. Upon the Huttonian and Wernerian theories of the earth. (Philosoph

‘ical Disputation.) 61. On the use of heathen mythology in modern poetry. (Literary Discus

sion.) 62. On the tendency of a legal provision for the support of the poor, te

diminish human misery. (Deliberative Discussion.) 63. The moral tendency of the natural sciences. (Philosophical Discus

sion.) 64. The merits of the histories of Hume and Lingard. (Literary Discus

sion.) 65. Liberal principles, as affecting the strength of a government. (Delib.

erative Discussion.). 66. Political patronage in Republics. (Political Disquisitions.) 67. The poet of an early, and of a civilized age, (Literary Discussion; see

No. 32.)

B. Are mental resources and moral energy most developed in unprincipled

men? (Philosophical Discussion.) 59. Whether heat have an independent existence. (Philosophical Dispa

tations.) 70. On the probable disposition and mutual relation of the fixed stars. 71. On the alleged improvement in the art of composition since the age of

Queen Anne. 72. On the expediency of a national university. (Deliberative Discussion.) 73. Whether the climate of any country have undergone any permanent

change. (Philosophical Disputation.) 74. Whether extensiveness of territory be favorable to the preservation or

a republican form of government. 75. What reasons are there for not expecting another great epic poem

(Literary Inquiry.) 76. The probability of the study of the dead languages always being essen

tial to a liberal education. 77. Why are men pleased with irritation, and disgusted with mimicry? 78. What grounds are there distinct from revelation, to believe in the im

mortality of the soul ? 79. On the comparative utility of the moral and physical sciences, in the

United States. 30. The views entertained of the duties and objects of public offices by the

incumbents. 81. The use of a diversity of languages. 82. The amount and character of crime in an age of barbarism, and an age

of laws. 83. An inquiry into the cause of the growth of the power of ancient Rome.

The favoring circumstances, - character of the people, - local situa

tion, - early institutions of the republic, - condition of other states. 84. The use of ballads and popular songs in a rude and in a civilized age. 85. The assistance derived from friends, party, and wealth, in a democracy ;

and from ancestry, court favor, and title, in a despotism. 86. The favorite of nature, and the creature of art. 87. The connexion of religious celebrations with public festivities, as seen

both in Pagan and Christian countries. 88. Comparison of Horace's reasons for abandoning irreligion, (See Book 1st,

Ode 28th, Parcus Dancam,) with those that might affect a modern

skeptic. 89. Comparison of Hume with Sallust in the delineation of character. 90. Sketches of character, as given by the historian, with Shakspeare's (or

the dramatist's) mode of acquainting us with men. 91. Spoken and written language, as deceptive or inefficient modes of com

munication. (Note. We are often disappointed in reading, what we

much admired in hearing ! 02. The advantages and disadvantages of negative character. (Note. “De

ficiency of character is oftener taken for positive perfection; want of ardor is exalted into self-command and superior prudence. The cola and indifferent never offend by zealous interference, and never get

into difficulties.") & The causes which have checked progress, or improvement in moral and

physical science, or in arts and government. 44. The triumphs of the soldier and the philosopher, as of Alexander and

Aristotle, Bonaparte and Cuvier. 95. Elevation of rank, as affecting turpitude of character. 96. The influence of successive generations, instead of one permanent race

on human improvement. 97. The English language as it is spoken, and as it is written. 08. Of what classes of pleasure and gratification are those unfortnnate

beings susceptible, who are destitute of the senses of sight and hear ing, as well as the faculty of speech?

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