But here the same external evidence warns us that these considerations throw no light upon the original significance of the patriarchs.
His last letter on politics, written two days before his death, illustrates the two sides of his thinking already emphasized: in this letter he warns his New England friends against dismemberment of the union as " a clear sacrifice of great positive advantages, without any counterbalancing good; administering no relief to our real disease, which is democracy, the poison of which, by a subdivision, will only be more concentrated in each part, and consequently the more virulent."
Imagine when a five-cent computer in your shoe warns you that the way you are walking will lead to spine problems.
But surely a pan that warns you if your house is burning down or your food will kill you has to be worth $200 to you.
As old and frail as I am, I still wish to fight the barbarians, but my advisor warns me I'll soon follow the path of my mad father.