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James Mill (1773-1836) | Commerce Defended (1808)

Finding James Mill’s phrase “baneful quarter”

Let us suppose you are looking for a particular passage by James Mill about the destructive effects of war. Here are some suggestions on how to go about finding it. The passage is:

“To what baneful quarter, then, are we to look for the cause of the stagnation and misery which appear so general in human affairs? War! is the answer. There is no other cause. This is the pestilential wind which blasts the prosperity of nations.”

which comes from his book Commerce Defended published in 1808.

This guide will show you how to find the passage you are looking for via the author “James Mill”, or the book “Commerce Defended”, or the actual key phrase “baneful quarter”.

Via the Author “James Mill”

Method 1: Search Author names

(1.) Go to the search box at the top right hand corner of the page banner. Select “Author names” as the type of search you wish to do, and type in “Mill” in the search box and hit your “Return” key. The search results page shows “James Mill”, “John Stuart Mill”, and “John Millar”. Click on “James Mill” to go to his main page “/people/james-mill” which lists all the works by him in the OLL.

(2.) (Option 1) Scroll down the page to find “Commerce Defended” and click on the link to take you to the book page “/titles/mill-commerce-defended-1808”.

The entire book is displayed in HTML. To find the phrase “baneful quarter” you can either do a search for that phrase using your browser [Command or Control F].

(2.) (Option 2) Or you can use the “Search this title” feature in the grey “Also in the Library” box at the top right of the page. Enter the phrase “baneful quarter” in the search box and hit your “Enter Key”. This will take you to a page which lists the search results. Click on the link “Commerce Defended (1808) (James Mill)” which will take you to the paragraph in the book where this phrase is located.

(3.) The phrase “baneful quarter” is highlighted in yellow. Note the two icons at the top left of the paragraph, an Anchor and a Star.

The Star provides full bibliographic information about the book and a link to the paragraph so you can use it in a citation:

James Mill, Commerce Defended. An Answer to the Arguments by which Mr. Spence, Mr. Cobbett, and Others, have attempted to Prove that Commerce is not a source of National Wealth (London: C. and R. Baldwin, 1808). 6/4/2014. /titles/1668#Mill_0874_109

The Anchor provides the URL for this paragraph: /titles/1668#Mill_0874_109

Note: At the top of the page you can choose what citation style will be display by the Anchor and the Star, MLA, APA, or Turabian.

Method 2: Search “People”

(1.) Click on “People” in the colored horizontal menu bar beneath the banner. This will take you to the “Finding People” page “/pages/people”.

(2.) Scroll down a few lines and click on the “Alphabetical List of all Authors” . Then click on the “m” button to see all people whose names begin with “M”. Scroll down until you find the name “James Mill” and click on it to go to his main page “/people/james-mill” which lists all the works by him in the OLL.

(3.) Then follow the steps listed above in Method 1 to find the passage you are looking for.

Via the book Commerce Defended

Method 1: Search “Title names”

(1.) Go to the search box at the top right hand corner of the page banner. Select “Title names” as the type of search you wish to do, and type in “Commerce” in the search box and hit your “Return” key.

(2.) A list of 8 titles with the word “Commerce” in their titles will be displayed. Mill’s book Commerce Defended is the third title listed. Click on this to go to that title.

(3.) Then follow the steps listed above on finding a key phrase in the book.

Method 2: Search “Titles”

(1) Click on “Titles” in the colored horizontal menu bar beneath the banner. This will take you to the “Books and Titles” page “/pages/books-and-titles”.

(2.) Scroll down a few lines and then click on “Alphabetical List of all Titles” “/titles”. Click on the “c” button to see all titles which begin with “C”. Scroll down until you find the title “Commerce Defended” and click on it to view the entire book in HTML.

(3.) Then follow the steps listed above on finding a key phrase in the book.

Finding the phrase “baneful quarter” directly

Method 1: Full site Search

(1.) Go to the search box at the top right corner of the page banner and select “Full site” from the menu. Then type in the phrase “baneful quarter” in the empty box and hit your “Return” key to start the search. The “Full site” search searches both books and essays in the OLL collection.

(2.) This produces 4 results as any occurrence of the phrase “baneful quarter” will be displayed, including in any essays (2) or books/titles (2).

(3.) Scroll down the page until you find the title and passage which best fits what you are looking for. Click on the title with the link “Commerce Defended (1808) (James Mill)” and it will take you to the book in which your phrase can be found.

(4.) Then follow the steps listed above on finding a key phrase in the book.

Method 2: Advanced Search

[See the separate page on Advanced Searches for more information on these types of searches.

(1.) Click on “Advanced Search” in the top right of the page banner.

(2.) Type the phrase “right reason” in the box called “Search terms”. Then hit the “Search…” button below.

(3.) Two results are displayed. Select the title which is most relevant to your needs to go to that title. The search phrase will be highlighted in yellow.

Last modified June 04, 2014