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. Relevant to the following analysis of Cicero’s rhetoric and its actually physical
effect on JA
is the following passage, written at approximately the same time:
“Thurdsday [21 Dec. 1758]
. Yesterday and to day I have read loud, Tullius 4 Orations against Cataline. The
Sweetness and Grandeur of his sounds, and the Harmony of his Numbers give Pleasure
enough to reward the Reading if one understood none of his meaning. Besides I find
it, a noble Exercise. It exercises my Lungs, raises my Spirits, opens my Porr[s]
, quickens the Circulations, and so contributes much to Health” (JA, Diary and Autobiography
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2014.