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Fair Testimony, and the nature of the Thing indifferent, produces also confident belief.
      §8. Thirdly, In things that happen indifferently, as that a Bird
should fly this or that way; that it should thunder on a Man’s right
or left Hand, etc. when any particular matter of fact is vouched by
the concurrent Testimony of unsuspected Witnesses, there our
Assent is also unavoidable. Thus: That there is such a City in
Italy as Rome: That about 1700 years ago, there lived in it a Man,
called Julius Caesar; that he was a General, and that he won a Battel
against another called Pompey. This, though in the nature of the
thing, there be nothing for, nor against it, yet, being related by
Historians of credit, and contradicted by no one Writer, a Man
cannot avoid believing it, and can as little doubt of it, as he does of
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the Being and Actions of his own Acquaintance, whereof he himself
is a Witness.
Locke Hum IV, 16, §8, pp. 662-663