Youth's Magazine,  3rd ser. 2 (1829), 16–22.

The Poor Lunatic; or, Causes and Effects





Mental Illness, Politics, Endeavour, Piety

    The narrator describes having travelled with a friend by stagecoach to London the previous January. On arriving, one of the outside passengers was angry at the inequity in the amount of luggage that the different passengers possessed, and had to be led away. The narrator's friend observed that the man was 'evidently insane' and that his mind 'must have been previously exercised on the dangerous subjects of equality and fake liberty', and the narrator agreed (18). The incident leads the narrator to reflect how common it is to expect effects for which one has not supplied a cause.

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