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Excerpt from Vindication of Luther: Against His Recent English AssailantsImpartiality is an attribute which, men have ever felt, they cannot claim for themselves with regard to their contemporaries, to whom they are united, or from whom they areMoreExcerpt from Vindication of Luther: Against His Recent English AssailantsImpartiality is an attribute which, men have ever felt, they cannot claim for themselves with regard to their contemporaries, to whom they are united, or from whom they are severed, by manifold relations of action and feeling and opinion: but they have been only the more ready in ascribing it to posterity, far readier than we have any warrant for doing in the bygone experience of the world. When death has withdrawn a person from our immediate contact, all the prejudices and prepossessions attacht to him, it would seem to be supposed, must die away- and he rises above the mists and vapours of the earth into the clear, cold sky, where people see him as he is. Yet there are divers causes and motives which retard the formation of such a right judgement, it may be for centuries. When a man has taken a leading part in the conflicts of his age, it will often happen that, as those conflicts may themselves be prolonged from generation to generation, the feelings with which he was regarded during his life, will cluster around him after his death.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.