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The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 97, November, 1865   By:

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In this issue of The Atlantic Monthly, readers are treated to a variety of thought-provoking essays, stories, and poems that capture the essence of the time. From political commentary on the aftermath of the Civil War to personal reflections on love and loss, each piece offers a unique perspective on the world.

The writing is engaging and well-crafted, drawing the reader in with vivid descriptions and compelling narratives. The authors tackle complex themes with sensitivity and intelligence, making for a rewarding reading experience.

Overall, The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 97, November, 1865 is a captivating collection that showcases some of the best writing of the era. It is a must-read for anyone interested in history, literature, or simply a good story.

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A Magazine of Literature, Science, Art, and Politics.


Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1865, by TICKNOR AND FIELDS, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.

Transcriber's Note: Minor typos have been corrected and footnotes moved to the end of the article. Headings in large tables converted to letters with a legend.


There is a test of truth in popular creeds and in human opinions generally which is prominently put forward by Herbert Spencer, and has been more or less distinctly stated by other writers, long before our time, a very searching and trustworthy test.

It is, in substance, this: Whatever doctrine or opinion has received, throughout a long succession of centuries, the common assent of mankind, may be properly set down as being, if not absolutely true in its usually received form, yet founded on truth, and having, at least, a great, undeniable verity that underlies it.

If, however, there be conflicting details as to any doctrine, varying in form according to the sect or the nation that entertains it, then the test is to be received as affirming the grand underlying truth, but not as proving any of the conflicting varieties of investment in which particular sects or nations may have chosen to clothe it... Continue reading book >>

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