London: L. Davis and C. Reymers, 1765. Second Edition. Leather over boards. Octavo. 168 pages. Some minor rubs to board edges, minor bump to top fore corner of upper board, extremities of endpapers lightly browned. Very good overall.
Brown argues that laws alone (and their coerced observance) cannot sustain a civilized society, but that in addition there must be a foundation of virtuous manners and principles in the hearts and minds of the citizenry, guiding their actions. His essay was written in response to Jean-Jacques Rousseau's state of nature. Brown argues herein for a national education system as a means to instill virtuous manners and principles.
John Brown was an Anglican priest, essayist, and playwright. He committed suicide a year after this edition was published.