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Excerpt from A History and Description of Modern Wines
The separation of all knowledge which is of a useful character from abstruse terms or pedantic conjectures, seems demanded by the present call for works which convey as much as possible of fact. Man is become a more active animal than he ever was before. While the mass of human life appears to have received a prolonged duration, it seems given only to stimulate activity, and leaves the impress upon the mind, owing to its redoubled occupation, that years fleet with more than their former rapidity.
The wines of the moderns are, there is no doubt, much more perfect than those of the ancients, as far as can be discovered by any thing authentic, which has reached the present time.
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