Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Volume 8

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Royal Society of Edinburgh, 1875
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Page 262 - I looked upon the modern exactly as I did upon the ancient religion, as something which in no way concerned me. It did not seem to me more strange that English people should believe what I did not, than that the men I read of in Herodotus should have done so.
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