…that he allowed her half a pound of tea a year, which was weak in him: first, because all gifts have an inevitable tendency to pauperise the recipient, and secondly, because his only reasonable transaction in that commodity would have been to buy it for as little as he could possibly give, and sell it for as much as he could possibly get; it having been clearly ascertained by philosophers that in this is comprised the whole duty of man — not a part of man’s duty, but the whole.
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A committee was formed to ascertain the level of public support for a new bike path.
The slaveholders have been known to send in spies among their slaves, to ascertain their views and feelings in regard to their condition.
Douglass, Frederick -- Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass An American Slave