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Otium sine litteris mors est.

TENETS

* Nothing is, or is as it is, unless someone says and judges it to be so. Who then is (or who is it we say is) the judge, including the final judge?
* If we ever experienced a problem anywhere, it came about, in some degree, due to certain wrong assumptions, either co-present with, or just prior to the given problem's actually taking place.
* Unless you believe in God, the One, and or the infinite, every assumption is contingent.
* PROCESS (or if you prefer spirit, or activity) PRECEDES IMAGE. Image may, to some extent, (and sometimes almost perfectly) represent process. But process is always superior to and always more real than image. If process precedes image this might suggest also that mind precedes matter and energy.
* Everything we believe, or say we know, is based on a factual or value judgment. Both kinds of judgment always entail the other to some extent, and nothing can be known or exists for us without them.
* No fact or purported fact is true or false without someone to assert and believe it to be such. If an assertion or claim is deemed true or false then, and we are thorough, we should ask who is it that says so (or has said so), and what criteria are (were) they using? There is no such thing as "faceless" truth or reality -- at least none we are capable of knowing.
* You can't escape reason. If you aren't rational yourself, someone else will be rational for you; nor do their intentions toward you need to be friendly or benevolent.
* Every point of view and opinion has its truth to it -- even the most abhorrent and unacceptable to us. This said, we are naturally inclined to assume that some opinions have much greater truth to them than others. Even so, what little truth there is in any point of view must, at least at some juncture, and certainly with respect to issues of heated controversy, be justly and reasonably respected. Why? Because we would not be honest (and therefore not truthful) if we didn't.
*Ultimately, and when all is said and done, thought without heart is nothing.
* Most, if not all, of society's very worst problems arise from (certain) spirit people and those who listen to them -- whether the former comes in the shape of "God," angel, devil or what have you. It is these people who are most the source and cause of real unhappiness. If then you chance to have contact with such, while having (one assumes) overcome their lures, deceptions, and pretenses of benevolence and higher knowledge, I recommend that this (i.e., "unhappiness" or "unhappiness itself") is what you call them. Blame them for (most) everything wrong; for it is it is they who have been and are the ruin of everyone and everything (that is, if anyone is or could be said to be so.)

Mottos:
"When you can face me, I'll consider taking you seriously."
"Millions for defense; not one cent for tribute!"
"The whole of the city is at the mercy of a gang of criminals, led by a man who calls
himself 'the Kid.' And I'm the only one who can find him for you." (RE see here.)

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Wm. Thos. Sherman - AUTHOR PAGE - at amazon.com, including available book titles

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THE LIBRARY OF EARLY AMERICAN LITERATURE (with me as series editor) or see also List of titles.

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"...After this view of the qualities necessary to the didactic poet, and of the difficulties attending the plan and the execution of didactic poetry; with the examples before me, of those great masters of genius, and of science, who have trodden its rugged paths with the toil and patience of years, I have ventured with the haste, eagerness and rashness of youth, to invoke the same muse who has rewarded their toils, and to direct my course amidst regions hitherto unexplored....May I hope to be heard?"
~ John Blair Linn (1777–1804) in the preface to his The Powers of Genius (1800)

I am most pleased to announce a NEW addition to THE LIBRARY OF EARLY AMERICAN LITERATURE, that being:

FEDERALIST LITERATI

with the complete texts of:
The Charms of Fancy (1788) by Richard Alsop
The Lay Preacher (1796, and 1817 posthumous compilation) by Joseph Dennie
The Powers of Genius (1802), with additional brief poems by John Blair Linn
and STAGE WORKS:
"The Father" (1789) and "The Archers" (1796) by William Dunlap
"Edwin and Angelina" (1797) by Elihu Hubbard Smith
~Plus "A Sketch of the Life and Character of John Blair Linn" (1805) by Charles Brockden Brown.

As explained at the beginning of the volume:
"By 'Federal Literati,' broadly, is meant: literary artists of the Federal period 1789-1801. While among them there is a pronounced leaning, say, more toward Washington rather than Thomas Paine (and then somewhat by default Thomas Jefferson), except for Joseph Dennie (and Alsop later on in his career), none of the authors chosen for this anthology was actively political in their writings. Elihu Hubbard Smith, for instance, in a letter to Sally Pierce (25 Dec. 1796, see Diary, Cronin ed., p. 277) states: 'A Federalist, & a Democrat in the party-acceptation of those terms, are equally detestable.' So that, again speaking generally and by comparison, they saw education, culture, and or religion (note particularly the pro-church Dennie and Blair [Brockden Brown's brother-in-law] amidst the enlightenment deists) as preferred social and national solutions over, though not necessarily at the exclusion of, contemporary party politics; which last aspired or pretended to ideals, but (as far as the 'Literati' were inclined) were all too human and necessarily utilitarians of the moment in practice."

All the authors in this anthology knew each other or else were all in some way connected to Elihu Hubbard Smith's Friendly Club in New York city. Except for William Dunlap, all died at a very young or else relatively young age; with their works being quickly superseded by the likes of Washington Irving, James Fenimore Cooper, William Cullen Bryant, et al. Moreover, and except by specialists, these writings have been largely passed by not long after they first appeared. Consequently, it is no little gratifying to me now to give these "Federalist Literati" a second chance. Though I would not expect a wide interest in this book; yet among those who follow the history of the early United States and or early American literature, these works are good to better both as instructive and enjoyable reads, and at the same time worth having as a collection. I feel that way at any rate, and for one am very glad to have them available in this newly revived form.

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08T9YQNMC
Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08T48JFTG

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The book's cover portrait is of Joseph Dennie.
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I love what our archbishop here in Seattle said in a homily (and which also, as it happened, was in a mass online, covid and all) this past week:

"We have only to recognize the victory of Jesus,* and to claim this power as our own."

(That also applies btw to victory over any and all criminal spirit people.)

The same with His peace.

Amen!

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* N. B. NOT to be confused with the Holy Hooligan (spirit person.) How then does one tell real from fake? By way and means of the Spirit of honest Love and Truthfulness.

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[ch. 16]
...And people affirm that Plato says, that some things are without a mean, that others have a mean, that others are a mean. (For example, that) waking and sleep, and such like, are conditions without an intermediate state; but that there are things that had means, for instance virtue and vice; and there are means (between extremes), for instance grey between white and black, or some other colour. And they say, that he affirms that the things pertaining to the soul are absolutely alone good, but that the things pertaining to the body, and those external (to it), are not any longer absolutely good, but reputed blessings. And that frequently he names these means also, for that it is possible to use them both well and ill. Some virtues, therefore, he says, are extremes in regard of intrinsic worth, but in regard of their essential nature means, for nothing is more estimable than virtue. But whatever excels or falls short of these terminates in vice. For instance, he says that there are four virtues— prudence, temperance, justice, fortitude— and that on each of these is attendant two vices, according to excess and defect: for example, on prudence, recklessness according to defect, and knavery according to excess; and on temperance, licentiousness according to defect, stupidity according to excess; and on justice, foregoing a claim according to defect, unduly pressing it according to excess; and on fortitude, cowardice according to defect, foolhardiness according to excess. And that these virtues, when inherent in a man, render him perfect, and afford him happiness. And happiness, he says, is assimilation to the Deity, as far as this is possible; and that assimilation to God takes place when any one combines holiness and justice with prudence. For this he supposes the end of supreme wisdom and virtue. And he affirms that the virtues follow one another in turn, and are uniform, and are never antagonistic to each other; whereas that vices are multiform, and sometimes follow one the other, and sometimes are antagonistic to each other. He asserts that fate exists; not, to be sure, that all things are produced according to fate, but that there is even something in our power, as in the passages where he says, "The fault is his who chooses, God is blameless; "and "the following law of Adrasteia." And thus some (contend for his upholding) a system of fate, whereas others one of free-will. He asserts, however, that sins are involuntary. For into what is most glorious of the things in our power, which is the soul, no one would (deliberately) admit what is vicious, that is, transgression, but that from ignorance and an erroneous conception of virtue, supposing that they were achieving something honourable, they pass into vice...
~ Hippolytus (c. 170–235 A.D.), Refutation of All Heresies, Book I

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* "ORACLES," i.e., the above remarks, quotes, observations, poems, pictures, etc., posted here earlier (or the above continued.)

"Oracles": 2021 -- last updated 18 Jan. 2021 (.pdf)
"Oracles": 2020 (.pdf)
"Oracles": 2019 (.pdf)
"Oracles": 2018 (.pdf)
"Oracles": 2017 (.pdf)
"Oracles": 2016 (.pdf)
"Oracles": 2015 (.pdf)
"Oracles": 2014 (.pdf)
"Oracles": 2013 (.pdf)
"Oracles": 2012 (.pdf)
"Oracles": 2011 (.pdf)
"Oracles": 2010 (.pdf)
"Oracles": 2009 (.pdf)
"Oracles": 2008 (.pdf)
"Oracles": 2007 (.pdf)
"Oracles": 2003-2006 (.pdf)

Note. Aside from the poems written by myself (i.e., those formally included in Poems by WTS), or material cited or presumably as being from others, there is no copyright on the contents contained in the "Oracles" and they may otherwise and therefore be freely copied, disseminated, or plagiarized as much as anyone cares to do these things.

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This page is set up to provide information about myself and my work.

To Contact me you can write or call:
William Thomas Sherman
1604 NW 70th St.
Seattle, Washington 98117
206-784-1132
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Secondary email addresses:
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My pages on:
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ALL SERIOUS INQUIRIES ARE GUARANTEED A REPLY.
Unless you are sending spam, or a general advertisement, or a private subscription I personally signed onto, you are guaranteed an answer from me at any of the above e-mails.

NOTICE: Strange as this might sound, it is not at all impossible that if you call or write me you may be answered by or receive a reply from someone impersonating me. I know this to have happened before. In fact I have had e-mails bounced back to me -- with my e-mail address as the sender -- which I never sent! For this reason I would prefer, if at all possible, people come to my home directly to see me, in order to avoid this sort of nonsense and interference on the part of people interested in discrediting me (due to my being outspoken on the subject of spirit people and other crime related matters.)
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BOOKS
Note. Most of these same books can also be found at archive.org and Scribd, just do a web search and include those site names along with the individual title you are looking for.

If by chance you encounter any problems accessing a .pdf via a given link below, try: Right click "Save as..." to download the .pdf to your PC instead.

* Christ and Truth, FIFTH edition (.pdf) ~ last updated: 25 Jan. 2019

* Peithology: The Nature and Origin of Belief, SEVENTH edition (.pdf) ~ last updated 16 Nov. 2020

* A New Treatise on Hell, fourth edition (.pdf) ~ last updated 25 May 2019
See also A Spirit People Primer, and, very importantly, my personal "Narrative" (.rtf zipped) ~ last updated: 1 Jan. 2014 and in .pdf -- and most recently "Appeal of 2008, and Re-Introduction to Sherman 'Narrative'"

* Calendar and Record of the Revolutionary War in the South: 1780-1781, TENTH edition ~ last updated: 11 Dec. 2018

On a related note, see: Lee's Legion Remembered: Profiles of the 2d Partisan Corps as taken from Alexander Garden's Anecdotes. (.pdf)
And: CONTINENTAL ARMY SERIES (and much else related.)

* Poems by WTS (.pdf)~ last updated 4 Nov. 2020
Translation of Silvae by Publius Papinius Statius (45-96 A.D.) (.pdf)

* Link to my Mabel Normand Home Page, including Mabel Normand Source Book (.pdf)

TRACTS, short pieces, etc.
  • "The Critical Mirror: Making Sense of Film Assessment" (1991) in .pdf ~ last updated 05/18/14
  • Silent Film Reviews written for Classic Images, plus an essay on Film Criticism (.rtf zipped) ~ last updated 5/18/14
  • "Some Tips for New Writers": An in-Progress Checklist (.pdf) ~ last updated 12/31/15
  • On the Rosary (.pdf) ~ last updated 3/30/09
  • "A Proposed Solution to the Somers Mutiny Tragedy"
  • "The Ghost of the Traitor," A Stage Play (.rtf, zipped) ~ last updated 1/18/19 and .pdf
  • "Some Observations Regarding the JFK Assassination" (.pdf) ~ last updated: 5/29/2017
  • "BEN TURPIN: The Rear Guard of Saxicolous Wayfarers of Cinematic Finitude" (.pdf)

    Miscellaneous

  • "'PRIZE' SHORT STORIES OF JOSEPH P. SHERMAN" [my grandfather]: https://archive.org/details/JosephPSherman
  • MUSIC: * Midi transcription I did of J.S. Bach's Sonata no. 4 in C minor for violin, 4th mov. *My up-tempo Midi transcription of A. Corelli's La Folia *A Sarabande by G. F. Handel
  • U.S. 22nd Pursuit Squadron; see also "A History of U.S. 22nd Aero Squadron" by Arthur Raymond Brooks, et al. (.pdf) and "Capt Arthur Ray Brooks: America's Quiet Ace of W.W.1" by Walter A. Musciano (.pdf)
    * Lafayette Escadrille for Rise of Flight
  • The "Horse and Musket" for PC program by David Erickson, with Frederick the Great battles transferred from "Dragoon" (old version); plus French and Indian War and American Revolutionary War scenarios of my own design: https://archive.org/details/HorseNMusket
  • The Naval War of 1812, Scenarios for Talonsoft's Age of Sail, with historical reference data from Theodore Roosevelt's work of that title.
  • Model Ship Page
  • "Single-handedly,
    Fought both the League of Horror
    And the Organization Against Freedom
    For over a Decade,
    AND beat them -- MANY times!"

    Since I mention it nowhere else at this website or in my writings, and just for the record -- I was born on March 23, 1961 in Rockville Centre, New York (on Long Island.) My father's side of the family was and is entirely Irish and lived in New York City; while my mother's was and is entirely Lithuanian and came from Ansonia, Connecticut. In the summer of 1972, my family (my father was in Reinsurance) moved to the Medina section of Bellevue, Washington, and have, for the most part, lived in the general Seattle area ever since. I graduated from the University of Washington in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Since then I attended two years of Law School at Gonzaga University in Spokane, but dropped out for personal, moral and family reasons, before finishing. For most of the rest of my basic story, again, see my Narrative. For a more recent photograph (taken in April 2007), click here.
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    This is my recommendation of things and people sundry which others may have missed. For some these will already be well known, but for others less so. It is for these last that the suggestion is proffered.

    ~ Recommendation of the Week ~

    Since its inception, posting the "recommendation of the week," although much fun along the way, has also become a bit of an inconvenient chore requiring a regular schedule. Meanwhile, but more importantly, since I effectively (aside from the above mentioned exception) receive no feedback on them (or on this website generally), I can't think it warrants the personal investment any longer to keep it going. In addition to lack of feedback, I simply don't have the extra money (I feel) necessary to explore different music, movies, books etc. -- in turn necessary to maintain the span, color, and variety of the selections, taking the list as a whole. Consequently, unless and until I do ever finally get feedback and or "somehow" come into some funds, the "recommendation of the week" at present (as of August 2009) has been discontinued.

    Otherwise and as an expedient, what I intend to do in future in its place is post or mention music, movies, books etc. among my regular "Oracles;" as inspiration moves me or of unusually special interest comes up; something, of course, I already have, to some extent at least, been doing for some time.

    * List of previous Weekly Recommendations *

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    A PERSON OR THING ARE VALUED BECAUSE THEY ARE LOVED (OR ELSE BECAUSE THEY IN SOME WAY BENEFIT SOMEONE OR SOMETHING THAT IS LOVED.) THE GREATER THE SINCERITY, ENDURANCE AND OVERALL QUALITY OF THE LOVE FOR THAT PERSON OR THING, THE GREATER THE PERSON OR THING'S VALUE.
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    Well, I would be certainly if I wasn't being black-balled, blacklisted, and my communications routinely tampered with. This is pitiful I know, and I have put off doing this literally for years. But now is the time for it to be known that if anyone will send me money I'll take it. And if truth be told, the more money I have the more of a wallop I can put to these Hell people (certainly they don't want me having any, and have and will gyp and short change me just about whenever they can.) So please consider giving to this website if you can at all possibly afford it. Proceeds also go to assist the Institute for Ben Turpin Studies. So far I have sold only one book at my "Bookshop;" so it is not at all impossible that even if you try what you might send won't be allowed to get through to me. If this happens -- oh well, thanks anyway! (Also, by the way, if you try to send money, whether by Pay Pal or otherwise, and for some reason I don't receive it or am prevented from doing so please report this to Social Security; because interference of my receiving such or other funds or donations goes clearly against Social Security's understandable wish that I no longer be a dependent on them if possible.)

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