Handwritten JournalHandwritten 1824 commonplace book. England. 38 handwritten pages, 6" x 4." While the writer of this book remains unnamed, subjects range from the political, "Kings have no right to to enter the tabernacle of the human mind," to the thoughtful "Why is an egg not boiled enough, like an egg boiled too much?" to the insightful, "We live no longer in an age when fairy kings and queens bring riches to mortals. People are seldom seen to change from poverty to wealth, without a visible wherefore." There are quotes and verses that the writer found inspiring, as well as census data in New York: "The state of New York has an area of about 28 millions of acre. In 1731 contained only 50, 289 inhabitants..." Other quotes from the book include: "Remember your aged mother who hangs weeping over her grave, until you return." "From the path of blood, and such is the history of nations, I cannot refuse to turn aside to gather some flower of science a virtue." "Persuasion is the resource of the feeble, and the feeble can seldom persuade." "Our greatest happenings below the stars--the friendship of man, and love of woman." "The fair sex - the only legitimate slave holders whose authority we acknowledge." "Lake Erie received its name from a tribe of Huron who inhabited its bank, but were exterminated by the Iroquois, and the word Erie is their language signifier, 'Cat.'" Interesting journal that offers a detailed view into everyday life two hundred years ago. Delicate pages are intact with expected tanning. Cover is loose from the book. Otherwise, very good condition.