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ment, and the difficulties attendant upon the or organs will remedy the evil? or how will you so labours of a faithful minister in such a state of modity and allot these charges that every soil and every matters can only be understood by one who has clime shall have their due proportions? What skill or himself encountered them.

wisdom can devise a scheme so well adjusted as that

which now exists? “Such knowledge is too high for THE WISDOM OF GOD IN THE CREATION

us.” Even when aided by the observation and expeOF THE VEGETABLE WORLD.

rience of ages, we cannot tell the actual distribution of BY THE Rev. William GRANT.

plants; nay, we do not even know with certainty the best “ The earth is full of the glory of God."

situation or the best mode of cultivation for the most All the parts of the world are so constituted that familiar and well-known herb; all that we have learned they could neither be better for use, nor more beauti- by practice and patient research is, that the situation ful for show." Such was the reflection of one who which is, is the best. We imitate and adopt the leslived ignorant of the true God (Cic. de Nat. Deor.) sons which nature affords, thus confessing the wisdom Not dissimilar is the language of the inspired apostle, of its Creator, and our own ignorance. Not knowing “The invisible things of God, from the creation (con- in what these advantages consist, though we know they stitution) of the world are clearly seen, being under- do crist, our utmost skill is directed to learn the rules stood by the things that are made.” From this un- of nature and adopt them. doubted truth he draws the following lesson, “so that But the difficulty still continues to increase. This they are without excuse, because when they knew God clothing of vegetation is not merely for ornament; not they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful.” merely to purify the air, and to season the earth; it is Romans i. 20, 21. To make this subject plainer, to also the food and support of myriads of animals,-for display your blindness in overlooking such wisdom and the beasts of the field, for the birds of the air, for inkindness and power as are stamped on the works of sects, and for man himself. Can your wisdom devise God, let me endeavour to make known their greatness. a sufficiency for all these various tribes ? can it secure Suppose the years rolled back to that time when, at the a continual provision, or one suited to the varied forms command of God, light first displayed the new-born and appetites, and internal structure of unnumbered earth, that you were with IIim when he bade the fir- species? Can you provide not only a sufficiency for mament arise ; that you now beheld the dry land appear, each—a supply not merely large enough, and varied rising from the waters, a mass of rugged unclothed rock. enough to prolong the existence of so varied and so The second evening of creation sets in, and now let its numerous a host of creatures, but so abounding in solitary hours of quietness be spent in arranging the variety as to please and gratify the senses, and help to duties of the coming day. Before the morning dawns, cheer and gladden the period of life? All this has been attempt to frame some plan by which the vegetation of planned by the wisdom of God. Is it not strange that the earth shall be produced. Put forth from your view such surpassing skill should have failed to call forth your the work of creation. It is not the power I speak of, attention or awaken praise ? but the wisdom. Suppose that by some magic power But your wisdom must be taxed still further; you you had but to wish and it was done to plan their forms, must not only choose the situation where each plant and qualities, and numbers, and situations, and at once can grow, you must place them where they are required. reality appears clothed with all the qualities you desired Attention must be paid to the inhabitants who require them to possess ; you are not required to build, but to them as well as to the soil which will bear them. The plan. See what a variety of provisions you must make, inbabitants of the tropics must be nourished with vegewhat a multiplicity of objects you must attain ere you table food, their land must abound with such fruits of can equal the system whose wisdom you overlook. The the earth as may be plucked with impunity; to the nastructure of the various herbs must be so contrived as tives of the frozen north such fare would prove useless, to absorb the moisture of the soil, and breathe it forth; nay injurious. The flesh of animals is the nourishment they must be provided with organs which can assimi- which their climate requires. But how are they to late the rain and the tender dew to their own sub- sustain their herds without vegetation ? and what plants star.ce; tliey must be instructed to absorb the noxious

can thrive amid biting osts and perpetual snows? gases which exist in the atmospheric air ; their roots He who provides for the ravens when they cry, has not must be taught to strike downwards into the soil, or failed to supply the wants of his creatures—the reinto cling to the barren rock; their leaves to expand to deer and the seal are the food of man; the one finds the enlivening sun. The juices which nourish them support in the frozen sea, the other in the peculiar moss must, at certain seasons, be shaped into buds, and blos- tbat flourishes amid regions of snow, and there alone. soms, and seed bearing fruit; all the varied organs re- There is still another testimony to the wisdom of quisite for this must be planned ; organs various in God—one which is seen by all, although too often uneach and these varied in all. When all this has been able to awaken praise in the selfish heart of man. In done, the difficulty has scarce commenced, it is but the the very decay of the herbs and plants around us, there threshold of greater and more arduous toils.

exists a principle of renovation and life. In dying they inEvery part of the earth has a different soil or a dif-crease, and nourish the soil from which their successors ferent climate, you must provide for this. The most are about to spring. The superabundance of this season uxuriant of the fruit-bearing trees of the tropics, are prepares the earth for another, and secures an ample supbut stinted and useless shrubs in a colder climate; those ply for the next. Thus like the fabled phænix, which which Aourish here, degenerate to barren herbs when after all was but an emblem of nature ; the vegetation transported to other climes. What change shall you of the earth contains the elements of life in its death, make? What difference between them? What form I the germ of nourishment and future being in its decay., To have contrived such a scheme is utterly beyond | and a very just remark, of the Jewish expositors, that the wisdom of the wisest of men. If then they could the appellation of the “ King,” in the book of Psalms, not arrange the duties of one day of creation, and that, is an appropriate title of the Messiah ; insomuch, that perhaps, the least complicated of any–how far would wherever it occurs, except the context directs it to the duties of the others transcend their skill! But say some other special meaning, you are to think of no the plan had been laid before them; that every herb carthly king, but of the King Messiah. By the adhad been described, its qualities, its form, and situation; mission, therefore, of these Jewish commentators, the - who could create them ? who can form the smallest or Messiah is the immediate subject of this psalm. the simplest of plants though endless years were allotted Farther, to settle this point of the general subject of for the task ? How great then, how wise was He who the psalm, I must observe, and desire you to bear it in planned and executed; who spoke and it was done! remembrance, that in the prophecies of the Old TestaHow kind, bow considerate to prepare such a habitation ment which set forth the union between the Redeemer for man, to deck it with every ornament—to supply it and his Church, under the figure of the state of wedwith every necessary, to store it with abounding com- lock, we read of two celebrations of that mystical fort! and how strange that man, seeing and tasting these wedding, at very different and distant seasons ; or, to umnumbered mercies, should be ungrateful to Him who be more distinct and particular, we read of a marriage gave them! For how fitting is the language of the -a separation, on account of the woman's incontinence, Psalmist, • O Lord our God how excellent is thy name i. e., on account of her idolatry-and, in the end, of a in all the earth.'

re-marriage with the woman reclaimed and pardoned.

The original marriage was contracted with the Hebrew ANALYSIS OF THE FORTY-FIFTH PSALM. Church, by the institution of the Mosaic covenant, at

the time of the Exodus; as we are taught expressly ABRIDGED FROM BISHOP HORSLEY.

by the prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel. The separaPREFACE AND First SECTION.

tion was the dispersion of the Jewish nation by the This forty-fifth psalm is a poetical composition, in the Romans, when they were reduced to that miserable form of an epithalamium or song of congratulation, state in which to this day they remain. It is this upon the marriage of a great king, to be sung to music event which is predicted in many prophecies, as the at the wedding-feast. The topics are such as were expulsion of the incontinent wife from the husband's the usual ground-work of such gratulatory odes with house. Her expulsion, however, was to be but temthe poets of antiquity: they all fall under two general porary, though of long duration. The same prophecies heads—the praises of the bridegroom, and the praises that threatened the expulsion, promise a reconciliaof the bride. The bridegroom is praised for the come- tion and final reinstatement of her in her husband's liness of his person and the urbanity of his address-favour. “ Where is this bill of your mother's divorcefor his military exploits—for the extent of his con- ment ?” saith the prophet Isaiah. The question imquests_for the upright administration of his govern- plies a denial that any such instrument existed. And ment-for the magnificence of his court. The bride in a subsequent part of his prophecies, chapter liv. is celebrated for high birth—for the beauty of her 5–7., he expressly announces the reconciliation ; person, the richness of her dress, and her numerous which is to be made publicly, as we learn from train of blooming bridemaids. It is foretold that the the latter part of the Apocalypse. After Christ's marriage will be fruitful, and that the sons of the great final victory over the apostate faction, proclamation is king will be sovereigns of the whole earth. Now the made, by a voice issuing from the throne,—“ The relation between the Saviour and his Church is repre- marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made sented in the writings both of the Old and New Tes: herself ready." And one of the seven angels calls to tament under the image of the relation of a husband St. John, “ Come hither, and I will show thee the to his wife. It is a favourite image with all the an- Lamb's wife.” Then he shows him “ the holy Jerucient prophets, when they would set forth the loving salem." These nuptials, therefore, of the Lamb are kindness of God for the Church, or the Church's dutiful not, as some have imagined, a marriage with a second return of love to him ; while, on the contrary, the wife, a Gentile Church, taken into the place of the idolatry of the Church, in her apostasies, is represented Jewish, irrevocably discarded: no such idea of an abas the adultery of a married woman. The image has solute divorce is to be found in prophecy. But it is a been consecrated to this signification by our Lord's public reconciliation with the original wife, the Hebrew own use of it, who describes God in the act of settling Church, become the mother Church of Christendom, the Church in her final state of peace and perfection, notified by the ceremony of a re-marriage ; for to no as a king making a marriage for his son. Hence it other than the reconciled Hebrew Church belongs in should seem that this epithalamium, or song, celebrates prophecy the august character of the Queen Consort. no common marriage, but the great mystical wedding : | The season of this renewed marriage is the second Christ is the bridegroom, and the spouse bis Church. advent, when the new covenant will be established And accordingly it was the unanimous opinion of all with the natural Israel; and it is this re-marriage which antiquity, without exception even of the Jewish ex- is the proper subject of this psalm. positors, that this is one of the prophecies which re- The psalm takes its beginning in a plain unaffected late to the Messiah and Messiah's people. Thus on manner, with a verse brietly declarative of the importverse 1. “I speak of the things which I have made ance of the subject, the author's extraordinary knowtouching the King," or, “ unto the King;” or, as the ledge of it, and the manner in which it will be treated. original might be still more exactly rendered, “ I ad- My heart is inditing a good matter ;” or, rather, dress my performance to the King,”—it is a remark, “My heart labours with a goodly theme.”

" I address mny performance to the King ;” that is, to the great completion of this prophecy of the Psalmist, in one King Messiah. “ My tongue is the pen of a ready branch of it,-in the “grace" wbich literally, it seems, writer;" that is, of a well instructed writer,-a writer was poured upon his lips.” But certainly it must prepared and ready, by a perfect knowledge of the have been something externally striking-something subject he undertakes to treat.

answering to the text of the .Psalmist in the former But with what sense and meaning is it that the branch, “ Adorned with beauty beyond the sons of Psalmist compares his tongue to the pen of such a men," which, upon the same occasion, before his diswriter? It is to intimate, that what he is about to course began, “ fastened the eyes of ail that were in deliver, is no written composition, but an extempo- the synagogue upon him,"—that is, upon the village raneous effusion, that what will fall, however, in that carpenter's reputed son ; for in no higher character he manner from his tongue, will in no degree fall short of yet was known. We may conclude, therefore, that the most laboured production of the pen of any writer, this prophetic text had a completion, in the literal and the best prepared by previous study of his subject ; superficial sense of the words, in both its branches, in inasmuch as the Spirit of God inspires his thoughts the beauty of our Saviour's person, no less than in the and prompts his utterance.

graciousness of his speech. After this brief preface, he plunges at onc into the But beauty and grace of speech are certainly used in subject he had propounded ; addressing the King Mes- this text as figures of much higher qualities, which siah as if he were actually standing in the royal pre- were conspicuous in our Lord, and in him alone of all sence. And in this same strain, indeed, the whole the sons of men. That image of God, in which Adam song proceeds; as referring to a scene present to the was created, in our Lord appeared perfect and entire. prophet's eye, or to things which he saw doing. This was the beauty with which he was adorned be

This scene consists of three principal parts, relating yond the sons of men. Again, the gracefulness of his to three grand divisions of the whole interval of time, speech is put figuratively for the perfection, sublimity, from our Lord's first appearance in the flesh to the excellence, and sweetness of the doctrine he delivered, final triumph of the Church upon his second advent. the glad tidings of salvation. This is the grace which And the psalm may be divided into as many sections, is poured over the lips of the Son of God. in which the events of these periods are described in It is to be observed, that the happiness and glory their proper order.

to which the human nature is advanced in the person The first section, consisting only of the second of Jesus, the man united to the Godhead, and now verse, describes our Lord on earth in the days of his seated with the Father on his throne, is always reprehumiliation. The five following verses make the sented in holy writ as the reward of that man's obesecond section, and describe the successful propagation dience. In conformity with this notion, the Psalmist of the Gospel, and our Lord's victory over all his says—" Therefore,” for this reason, in reward of the enemies. This comprehends the whole period from holiness perfected in thy own life, and thy gracious our Lord's ascension to the time not yet arrived of the instruction of sinners in the ways of righteousness, fulfilling of the Gentiles. The sequel of the psalm, God hath blessed thee for ever," hath raised thee from the end of the seventh verse, exhibits the re- from the dead, and advanced thee to endless bliss and marriage,—that is, the restoration of the converted glory. Jews to the religious prerogative of their nation.

Thus the Psalmist closes his brief description of our I. The second verse, describing our Lord in the days Lord on earth, in the days of bis humiliation, with the of his humiliation, may seem perhaps to relate merely mention, equally brief, but equally comprehensive, of to his person, and the manner of his address.

the exaltation in which it terminated.
" Thou art fairer than the children of men ;
Grace is poured upon thy lips :

Therefore God hath blessed thee for ever."
We have no account in the Gospels of our Sa-

BY CHARLES Moir, Esq. viour's person ; but, from what is recorded in them, O Thou whose glory fills the heavens, of the ease with which our Saviour mixed in what in

Whose bounty clothes the earth, the modern style we should call good company,-of

To thee a hymn of thanks we raise the respectful attention shown to him, beyond any

For blessings from our birth. thing his reputed birth or fortune might demand, and For that untiring love thou dost

From day to day renew, the manner in which his discourses, either of severe reproof or gentle admonition, were received, we may

O may it on our hearts descend

Like heaven-distilled dew. reasonably conclude, that he had a dignity of exterior appearance, remarkably corresponding with that au

For mercy great, unending still, thority of speech which, upon some occasions, impress

Which gave up to the grave

Thine only Son, the sinless One, ed even his enemies with awe, and with that dignified

Our sinful souls to save. mildness, which seems to have been his more natural and usual tone, and drew the applause and admiration

While entering on another year

Our cares on Thee we cast, of all who heard him. “ Never man spake like this

Beseeching aid in days to come man," was the confession of his enemies; and, upon

Which cheered us through the past, his first appearance in the synagogue at Nazareth, “all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious

That still the freedom may be ours

To kneel down in thy sight, words which proceeded out of his mouth.” Thus, And worship Thec at shut of day, without knowing it, the congregation attested the

And in the morning light.

That from temptation's fatal paths

the first time in his life quitted the paternal roof. To Thou turn our steps away ;

a youth educated under other circumstances, this would And keep us from unholy thoughts

have been a critical, a trying season; but the principles That lead the mind astray.

imbibed and the habits acquired under the careful and No more may lust of worldly wealth

judicious superintendence of his father, showed them. Command thoughts that are Thine;

selves in the industrious exertions of the young apprenNor may we envy other's lot,

tice. Or at our own repine.

The death of Mr Johnston led to a change in Mr Than all the riches earth can boast

Good's plans, and accordingly, after a short time spent Or gems beneath the sea, We know the pious, humble heart,

in Havant, where he enjoyed the society and advice of More precious is to Thee.

his father, he entered into a partnership with a Mr Deeks, How needful, then, to train our thoughts,

a respectable surgeon in Sudbury. Before engaging, And fan the heavenly flame

however, in this new undertaking, he spent nearly a Of faith, in the believing heart,

year in London in laborious professional study, the Triumphing o'er sin and shame.

effects of which were soon apparent in the increasing And holding by the Word, Thou hast

reputation which he acquired in Sudbury and its neigh. For grace and guidance given,

bourhood. Though at that time only twenty years of Pass throngh this world in holy fear,

age, his medical skill, his cheerful and fascinating manTrue candidates for heaven.

ners, his kind and judicious treatment of his patients,

brought him a most extensive practice. The following BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH.

year he married Miss Godfrey, an amiable and accomJOHN MASON GOOD, M.D.

plished young lady, in whose society he promised himPart I.

self much solid and substantial enjoyment; but, alas ! BY THE EDITOR.

how frail and Aeeting is all earthly bliss! In little Tue father of this distinguished man was a minister

more than six months after his marriage, his youthful belonging to the English Independents, and his mother bride died of consumption. To a heart possessed of was the favourite niece of John Mason, the celebrated such warm and affectionate sensibility, this dispensation

must have been peculiarly trying, and more especially author of the Treatise on Self-Knowledge. The sub

as we have little reason to think that he was other than ject of the present Sketch enjoyed the high privilege of being reared under the immediate tuition of his father,

a stranger to the consolations of the Gospel. His time who resigned his pastoral charge that he might devote

was wholly spent in desultory study and in the active

duties of his profession. After nearly four years of himself exclusively to the education of his children. At the earnest request of his friends, however, Mr Good widowhood Mr Good entered into a second marriage,

the object of his choice was a daughter of Thomas Fenn, was prevailed upon to associate with his own family a limited number of pupils, and in this way the advan- Esq., of Balingdon house, a banker in Sudbury,-á

union which for thirty-eight years was the source of tages of a private were to some extent combined with those of a public education. The mode of instruction much happiness to both parties.

A short time after this event, Mr Good fell into cir. pursued, appears to have been remarkably judicious, and accordingly, its beneficial effects were speedily perceived Instead, however, of submitting to be extricated from

cumstances of considerable pecuniary embarrassment. in the rapid progress of his pupils, not merely in the ac

his difficulties by his father-in-law, who generously quisition of knowledge, but of proper habits of reflection

stepped forward to his assistance, he resolved, in a noble and study. In proof of this we may advert to one peculiarity well worthy of imitation, the habit of spirit of independence, to extricate himself by his own

exertions. It is thus that benefit is often evolved from "abridging and recording in common-place books, upon the plan recommended by Mr Locke, the most valuable

apparent evil. This calamity, which would have crushed

a mind of an inferior description, prompted him to put results of their researches." The value of this plan

forth his energies with remarkable vigour and success. lies, we conceive, not so much in the stores of knowledge which are accumulated, as in the art which is ac

His biographer thus remarks :quired of carefully noting and judiciously selecting those persevering and diversified. He wrote plays; he made

“Mr Good's exertions, on this occasion, were most facts or passages of authors which are worth remember- translations from the French, Italian, &c. ; be composed ing. The truth is, the great end of education, especially poems; be prepared a series of philosophical essays; but in its earlier periods, should be the mental training of the all these efforts, though they soothed his mind and child to industry, and activity, and habits of reflection; occupied his leisure, were unproductive of the kind of and if there is any one error which is more liable to be benefit which he sought. Having no acquaintance with fallen into in the present day than another, it arises the managers of the London theatres, or with influential from the anxious desire which is evinced to put the tragedies or comedies brought forward; and being totally

men connected with them, he could not get any of his child in possession of knowledge, rather than to give unknown to the London booksellers, he could obtain him the capability of acquiring it. Against this error no purchasers for his literary works; so that the manilMr Good seems to have been particularly on his guard, script copies of these productions, which in the course and the benefits were incalculable, in so far as the sub- of two or three years had become really numerous, ject of our present Sketch was concerned ; his whole remained upon his hands ; yet nothing damped his ar

dour. He at length opened a correspondence with the future life was characterised by the most unwearied in

editor of a London newspaper, and became a regular dustry and perseverance, and activity of thought.

contributor to one of the Reviews; and though these, At the age of fifteen, John Mason was apprenticed to together, brought him no adequate remuneration, they Mr Johnston, a surgeon apothecary at Gosport, and for served as incentives to bope and perseverance."

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Several of the employments here enumerated are far | other side, in discoursing upon the politics of the day. from indicating a mind as yet brought under the influ- On this topic we proceeded smoothly and accordantly ence of divine truth, but the impressions of his early for some time, till at length disagreeing with us upon

some points as trivial as the former, he again rose years were not altogether effaced. To religion, as far abruptly from his seat, traversed the room in every as he had yet become acquainted with it, he was warmly direction, with as indeterminate a parallax as that of a attached, and accordingly, subjects intimately connected comet, and loudly, with increase of voice, maintaining with it appear to have constituted the theme of several his position at every step be took. Not wishing to of the essays composed at this time ; of these, the bio- prolong the dispute, we yielded to him without further

interruption; and in the course of a few minutes after grapher has inserted one of considerable ingenuity on

he had closed his harangue, he again approached us, “ Providence."

retook possession of his chair, and was all playfulness, Early in the year 1793, Mr Good was invited to enter good humour, and wit.” into partnership with a surgeon and apothecary of ex- This is a faithful portrait, we doubt not, of one of tensive practice in London. This proposal he gladly the most eccentric and dogmatical men that ever lived. embraced, as holding out to him the prospect of being Possessed of considerable learning, his mind was neverable to discharge all his debts. In this, however, he theless reckless and unrestrained, of which we have was mistaken ; his partner, he soon found to his cost, ample proof in his published versi of part of the Old was a foolish and imprudent man. “ The business Testament, which was exposed by Dr Horsley in the failed, the partnership was dissolved, Mr W. died in the British Critic, with his wonted ingenuity and critical Fleet Prison, and Mr Good was again generously assisted by his affectionate relative at Balingdon house." His Of the diversified objects of study to which Mr Good energy, however, was still unrepressed; he persevered directed his active and vigorous mind, the acquisition of in the faithful discharge of bis professional duties from languages appears to have been that which he prosecuted year to year, until at length he found himself established with most remarkable success. In a letter to Dr Drake, in a very extensive and lucrative practice. In the dated October 1799, that is about two years after he literature of his profession, Mr Good was laborious and commenced his much esteemed translation of Lucretius, indefatigable; and in a short time he was regarded as he

says, “I have just begun the German language, hav. one of the leading medical practitioners of the metro- ing gone with tolerable ease through the French, Italian, polis. His associates, however, were chiefly limited to Spanish, and Portuguese.” In a few months after this he a class of literati, who, proud of the exertions of human had so far mastered the German as to send to the abovereason, are unwilling to bow implicitly to the dictates mentioned correspondent various translations from some of revelation. In the end of last century, Socinianism of its poets. No better proof than this could be adduced was the school of theology to which many of the prin- of a peculiar aptitude for the study of languages. In cipal literary men of London adhered, and at the head the following year he studied the Arabic and Persian, of this coterie of proud worshippers of human reason and afterwards the Russian, Sanscrit, Chinese, and stood Dr Wakefield and Dr Geddes; the former, one other languages—and all this amid the harassing cares of the most eminent classical scholars of his day, and the and anxieties and indefatigable labours of his profesintimate friend of Mr Fox; the latter, occupying the sional pursuits. With the mode, however, in which place assigned to him by the common consent of his Mr Good prosecuted his philological studies we are by associates, of leading the theological sentiments of that no means satisfied. He sets out with an idea similar to perverted school. The description of Mr Good's first that which was entertained by the late distinguished interview with Geddes is so interesting, that we make Orientalist, Dr Murray—that all languages have a comno apology for extracting it.

mon origin and a general unity of principle. Now, in “ I met him accidentally at the house of Miss Hamil- so far as the principles of grammar are concerned, we ton, who had lately acquired a just reputation for her grant that they must necessarily be universal, as having excellent letters on education; and I freely confess, their foundation in the laws which regulate the prothat at the first interview I was by no meanis pleased with him. I beheld a man of about five feet five inches with the terms employed to express our ideas, which in

cesses of thought. It is quite otherwise, however, high, in a black dress, put on with uncommon negligence, and apparently never fitted to his form ; his

are altogether conventional. Had there figure was lank, his face meagre, bis hair black, long, been any necessary connection between the word and and loose, without having been sufficiently submitted the thought which it expresses, or even an imaginary to the operations of the toilet, and his eyes, though connection between the sound of the word employed quick and vivid, sparkling at that time with irritability and the shade of meaning of which it is the symbol, rather than benevolence. He was disputing with one of the company when I entered, and the rapidity with

there might have been some reason for the use of the which at this moment he left his chair, and rushed with

same terms in all languages to express the same ideas. an elevated tone of voice and uncourtly dogmatism of This not being the case, however, the uniformity supmanner towards his opponent, instantaneously persuaded posed by enthusiastic philologists is often quite chimerime that the subject upon which the debate turned was cal. Fanciful though the resemblance be,

bowever, one of the utmost moment. I listened with all the which is thought to obtain between the terms employed attention I could command ; and in a few minutes in different languages to denote the same thing, even the learned, to my astonishment, that it related to nothing hypothesis is not without its use, as assisting the memore than the distance of his own house in the new road, Paddington, from the place of our meeting, which mory in the attainment of languages. Nowhere, perwas in Guildford Street. The debate being at length haps, has this excessive generalization been more strikconcluded, or rather worn out, the Doctor took posses- ingly exemplified than in the history of European sion of the next chair to that in which I was seated, languages, by the late Dr Murray,-a work the utility and united with myself and a friend who sat on my of wbich is almost entirely destroyed by the anxiety

most cases

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