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12 June 1811 37
Ch. Authority-worshippers
§.5. Prevalence Cause


The curlew the sea-gull can not dip its wings in
the water but it in every stroke it must take up a few drops.

17 or 10
Every where, intellectual
matter — useful
useless, mischievous
will have been taken
in with the air.
The sea-gull can
not dip her wings
without taking up
a few drops.

In every society there is a certain portion of knowledge
or what passes for knowledge call it knowledge, call it learning, call it instruction, call it information — a certain portion of intellectual
matter, useful, useless and mischievous taken all
together which a man can no more avoid taking
in more or less of it, than he can the atmosphere which he breathes
In the pursuit of fish or insects The curlew,the seagull can not dip its her wings in
the water but at every stroke she must take up a few

18 or 11
All therefore that is
meant is only
that ignorance does
not disqualify
not that knowledge

In speaking of ignorance and a seat of in Parliament
as natural concomitants all that is meant is
that it is not in the power of any the grossest
degree of ignorance to operate as a disqualification, not
that in the Assembly in question ignorance constitutes of itself a title is of itself the efficient cause to a seat, or
that a seat is in the possession of a seat there is any thing which operates either as a cause or as a proof of ignorance.

19 or 12
Of the Crown and
its creatures it is
the interest that
this ignorance &c
be as thick as possible.
Why? — Because
the thicker the ignorance,
the more
compleatly is the
furniture of mens
minds made up
of their interest-begotten
which render them blindly
observing to all
those who will
hands stand up to take the lead.

Of those creatures of the Crown by whom will the acts operations
of the House are so habitually and almost necessarily determined
it is h the interest, the manifest and considerable
interest, that with the exception of those such as it has been
deemed worth while and found practicable to keep in
a state of dependence under themselves, the ignorance should
be as universal and as gross as possible. Why?
Because the grosser the their ignorance, the more compleatly and
exclusively is the furniture of men's minds made up of those
prejudices those interest-begotten prejudices, to which
birth and inerrancy have been given in the existing state
of things, for and for the benefit of the existing state of things —
in the seat and source of corruption, in the very hope and for the very
purpose of rendering
that corruption perpetual
and irremovable.

Identifier: | JB/104/137/001
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