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JOHN YOUNG, ESQUIRE,
PROFESSOR OF GREEK IN THE UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW,
MY DEAR SIR,
IN presenting you with a Memoir on, the Life of our late excellent Friend, Mr Millar, I submit it to the person who, from long and familiar intercourse with him, will most readily perceive any misconceptions of his real character, or inaccuracies in the representation of his opinions,
I am fully aware of the difficulty of delineating a character such as Mr Millar's, and I am not insensible of the danger of failing in a species of composition in which some late writings have accustomed the Public to the union, in an uncom
mon degree, of Philosophy and Taste; but I could
not be deterred by any selfish regard to my own reputation, from making that attempt, for which, in the opinion of our mutual friends, my intimacy with Mr Millar, begun by our near connection, and continued by his kind indulgence, had afforded me peculiar advantages.
I am, with the
with the greatest regard,
MY DEAR SIR,
Your most obedient Servant,
GLASGOW, February, 1806.
SECT. I. The effects of Poverty and barbarism, with respect to the condition of women
SECT. II. The influence acquired by the mother of a family, before marriage is completely established
SECT. III. The refinement of the passions of sex, in the pastoral ages
SECT. IV. The consequences of the introduction of agriculture, with respect to the intercourse of
SECT. V. Changes in the condition of women, arising from the improvement of useful arts and manufactures
SECT. VI. The effects of great opulence, and the culture of the elegant arts, upon the relative con dition of the sexes
OF THE JURISDICTION AND AUTHORITY OF A FATHER OVER HIS CHILDREN.
SECT. I. The power of a father in early ages 109
SECT. II. The influence of the improvement of arts upon the jurisdiction of the father
THE AUTHORITY OF A CHIEF OVER THE MEMBERS OF A TRIBE OR VILLAGE.
SECT. I. The origin of a chief, and the degrees of influence which he is enabled to acquire 140
SECT. II. The powers with which the chief of a rude tribe is commonly invested
THE AUTHORITY OF A SOVEREIGN, AND OF SUBORDINATE OFFICERS, OVER A SOCIETY COMPOSED OF DIFFERENT TRIBES OR VILLAGES.
SECT. I. The constitution of government arising from the union of different tribes or villages 176
SECT. II. The natural progress of government in
a rude kingdom
THE CHANGES PRODUCED IN THE GOVERNMENT OF A PEOPLE, BY THEIR PROGRESS IN ARTS, AND IN POLISHED MÁNNERS.
SECT. I. Circumstances, in a polished nation, which tend to increase the power of the sovereign 220
Other circumstances, which contribute to advance the privileges of the people 230
SECT. III. Result of the opposition between these different principles