The Monthly Review (essay date September-December 1796)
SOURCE: Review of Translation of the Letters of a Hindoo Rajah. The Monthly Review 21 (September-December 1796): 176-80.
[In the following review, the anonymous critic provides a generally favorable assessment of Hamilton's Translation of the Letters of a Hindoo Rajah, and comments on cultural inaccuracies in the text.]
Impressed, from the moment at which we begin to think, with many gratuitous notions; bred up with local prejudices; accustomed to respect certain institutions, and to confound acquired habits with natural instincts; we view at a maturer age, without surprise, the complex structure of refined society. It becomes difficult to disentangle the...
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