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XXXVII.

WAS THE HARTFORD CONVENTION JUSTIFIABLE?

Dwight's History of the Hartford Convention.
Otis' Letters in Defense of the Hartford Convention.

XXXYIII.

ARE NOT THE VIRTUES OF THE PURITANS GENERALLY OVER-ESTIMATED?

Neal's History of the Puritans.

Grey's Examination of Neal on the Puritans.

Madox's Vindication of the Church of England against Neal's History

of the Puritans. Stoughton's Heroes of Puritan Times, with an Introductory Letter

by Joel Hawes, D.D. Young's Chronicles of the Pilgrim Fathers.

XXXIX.

WAS THE EXECUTION OF CHARLES THE FIRST JUSTIFIABLE?

Hume's History of England.

Clarendon's History of the Rebellion.

Guizot's History of the English Revolution in 1640, from the Accession of Charles I. to his Death; translated by "W. Hazlitt.

Hallam's Constitutional History of England; also, Macaulay's Review of the same (in Modern British Essayists, Vol. I.)

Abbott's History of Charles I.

Lucy Aikin's Memoirs of the Court of King Charles I.

Court and Times of Charles I. (London, 1848).

"westminster Review, No. XLIII,—Article II.

XL.

IS THE EARLY LEGEND OF ROMULUS AND THE FOUNDATION OF ROME
ENTITLED TO CREDENCE?

Plutarch's Life of Romulus.
Penny Cyclopaedia,—Article, "Romulus."

Anthon's Classical Dictionary,—Articles, "Roma" and "Rom-
Ulus."
Abbott's Life of Romulus.
Kebbuhr's History of Rome.
Arnold's History of Rome.

SECTION XIII.

MISCELLANEOUS QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION.

IN order to supply, in some degree, the demand for variety in the questions proper for discussion in Debating Societies, we append the following list, which contains, among many others, those, also, that have been used in the three sections preceding.

1. Ought the State to provide for the free education of all children within its borders?

2. Is a life of celibacy preferable to that of the married state?

3. Ought old Bachelors to be subjected to civil disabilities?

4. Should monopolies in trade ever be allowed?

5. Which yields the greater pleasure, anticipation or possession?

6. Is the maxim, "A poet is born such, not made," strictly true? ?. Ought ministers of the gospel to engage in party politics?

8. Which life is subjected to the greater hardship, the soldier's or that of the sailor?

9. Are the ancient Seres identical with the modern Chinese?

10. Ought there to be a law of international copyright?

11. Which contributes the more to eloquence, art or nature?

12. Ought the Protective Policy or Free-Trade Principles to prevail?

13. Which yields the higher entertainment, poetry or history?

14. Is it expedient to form colonies of convicts?

15. Is universal suffrage expedient?

16. Is the doctrine of human perfectibility true?

It. Can the immortality of the soul be proved from the light of nature alone?

18. Can a man who has been unjustly condemned to death, innocently withdraw himself from the hands of the law?

19. Ought gambling to be suppressed by law?

20. Do men suffer more, in this life, from real than from imaginary evils?

21. Ought a breach of promise of marriage to be punished merely by pecuniary fines?

22. Which abounds the more in sublimity, ancient or modern poetry?

23. "Which exercises the greater influence upon mankind, hope or fear?

24. Which is the more serviceable to mankind, gold or iron?

25. Which is better for the development of character, poverty or riches?

26. Which is the better source of knowledge, reading or observation?

2*7. Ought the blacks of the free States to have the privilege of voting?

28. Is Roman Catholicism compatible with free institutions?

29. Would a repeal of the union between Ireland and England be beneficial to the former?

30. Would a large standing army be conducive to our country's prosperity?

31. Would a Congress of nations be practical or beneficial?

32. Were the Puritans justified in their treatment of the North American Indians?

33. Ought the liberty of the press to be restricted?

34. Was the Mexican war justifiable?

35. Has the Negro more ground for complaint than the Indian?

36. Was the banishment of Roger Williams justifiable? 31. Was Governor Dorr's imprisonment justifiable?

38. Was the war between England and China justifiable on the part of England?

39. Is England likely ever to become a republic?

40. Is the Wilmot proviso constitutional?

41. Ought our government to favor the building of a Pacific railroad?

42. Was the intervention of the French at Rome just and expedient?

43. Ought imprisonment for debt to be abolished?

44. Ought any foreign power to interfere in the affairs of Poland?

45. Ought religious institutions to be supported by law?

46. Were the Allied Powers justifiable in interfering in the affairs of Greece?

47. Was the field of eloquence among the ancients superior to that among the moderns?

48. Is Infidelity, on the increase?

49. Is too high regard paid to antiquity?

50. Is there any limit to the progress of social improvement?

51. Ought the support of the poor to be provided for by the government?

52. Has the introduction of Christianity been unfavorable to poetry?

53. Ought the general government, or any state government, to compel all or any of the free blacks to remove to Liberia?

54. Are fictitious writings more beneficial than injurious?

55. Is assassination of tyrants justifiable?

56. Ought general governments to be invested with more authority? 51. Have European commotions a tendency to promote liberty

58. Ought Free-Masonry to be suppressed by law?

59. Is a public preferable to a private education?

60. Was the Hartford Convention justifiable?

61. Should the United States government have assisted in the emancipation of the Greeks?

62. Ought privateering to be allowed?

63. Ought lotteries to be tolerated?

64. Ought the Chief Magistrate of the Union to have the power to pardon criminals?

65. Ought infidel publications to be prohibited by law?

66. Are public executions preferable to private?

67. Ought a student to pursue professional studies, while in college?

68. Is rotation in oflBce politic?

69. Do ghosts or spectres appear?

•70. Is it politic for Universities in the United States to import their professors?

■71. Ought the United States to encourage the Indians, now within their own limits, to emigrate further west?

■72. Has the British Government in India been beneficial to the natives?

73. Have men of thought been more beneficial to the world than men of action?

74. Does the prevailing system of popular lectures in the principal cities of the country deserve our support?

75. Is the power of England beneficial to the world?

76. Are the principles of the Peace Society worthy of our support?

77. Which was the greatest historian, Hume, Gibbon, or Niebuhr?

18. Should the course of study in academies and colleges be the same for all the pupils? •

19. Is it expedient to unite manual with mental labor in an educational establishment?

80. Are all mankind descended from one pair?

81. Is asceticism favorable to the development of Christian character?

82. Is it expedient to abolish the system of college commons?

83. Is not the production of such a poem as the Iliad incompatible with the idea of the supposed general ignorance prevalent in Homer's

time?

84. Which is preferable, a sanguine, or a phlegmatic temperament?

85. Is childhood the happiest period of human life?

86. Were the Pelasgi and the Hellenes one in language and in origin?

81. Is not undue importance attached to precedents in our courts of

law?

88. Has history been improved by the rejection of fictitious orations?

89. Which are the more praiseworthy, the Greek or the Eoman historians?

90. Which was the greater poet, Milton or Homer?

91. Is poetical genius greatly benefited by extensive reading?

92. Is it unimportant what one's doctrines may be, so long as hia life is in the right?

93. Are critical reviews advantageous to science and literature?

94. Which affords the better field for eloquence, the pulpit or the bar?

95. Is it judicious to read on a given theme before we write upon it in full?

96. Which exercises the greater influence on the character of the young, the teacher or the preacher?

97. Are the inequalities of rank and condition in society favorable to the adTancement of learning?

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