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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) [An impulse of the moment]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03641 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph document Date: 21 August 1787 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 32.3 x 20.6 cm.

Summary of Content: Title taken from docket. Knox's beliefs concerning spirituality. Writes "[t]he mind of an intelligent man is overpowered with the extent magnitude and effulgence of inanimate nature Infinitely diversified indeed but every part having an essential connection with & dependance [sic] on each other, from an atom up to a world a system, an association of systems untill [sic] stretching into creation the immensity of the scale becomes too [large?] to be embraced by the imagination ..." and that "Analogy Philosophy and Religion teach us that there is also a glorious system of intellectual beings - and although in this stage of our existence we cannot have and define the mode or connection of our spiritual with our corporeal being yet we know enough to induce us to reverence and adore the infinite power by whom we live more and have our being - " Second docket in another hand.

Full Transcript: [draft]
The [struck: judge] [inserted: mind] of an intelligent man is overpowered with the extent magnitude and effulgence of [struck: creation] [inserted: inanimate nature] Infinitely deversified indeed but every part ...having an esential [inserted: connection with &] dependance on each other, from an atom up to a world a [strikeout] system, an association of systems untill stretching into [inserted: the immensity of] creation The scale becomes too [lagre] [sic] [strikeout] to be embraced by the imagination of an [inhabitant] of this globe.
Analogy Philosophy and Religion teach us that there is also a glorious system of intellectual beings - and although in this stage of our existence we cannot have and define the mode or connection of or spiritual with our corporeal being yet we know enough to induce us to reverence and adore the infinite power by whom we [2] we live more and have our being -
The impulse of the moment 21 Augt 1787


The inclosed expressing his [views] of infinite power & wisdom - has been thought worthy of preserving - The language in which they are express[ed] partakes of the sublimity of the subject - Like any thing he utterd - Comprehensive & original - The [Multism] in [Power] seems to be a characteristic of vigorous intellect.

[docket]
an impulse
21 August 1787
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People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: ReligionPhilosophyRevolutionary War General

Sub Era: Creating a New Government

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