. In the Memorial
(p. 11–12) Pownall attributes his views on the greatness of states to the writings
of Sir Francis Bacon and then quotes (p. 12) from Bacon's unfinished work “Of the
True Greatness of the Kingdom of Britain,” which formed the basis for his later essay
“Of the True Greatness of Kingdoms and Estates.” The remainder of this sentence is
's reworking of the passage from Bacon to the effect “that in the measuring and balancing
of greatness, too much is ascribed to largeness of territory on one hand, and on the
other too much to the fruitfulness of soil, or abundance of commodities” (par. 2,
sentences 1 and 3).
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, 2015.