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"It is now," adds he, "an opinion The education os Montagne was
, may be) renders her too tender of' " that hc was writing on educntion,
'* Doctorjohnson said one day, in talking ofthe difference between English and' Scotch cducation, 't that iffiom the first he did not come out a scholar, he was fir for nctlilng at all; whereas;" added he, " in the last, a boy is always raught something that my)be: of usc to him; and' he who is not able to read a page of Tully, will be able to become a survsyor, or to lay out a garden." ' . - _ 'r " An iniancy of indulgence," says thsie learned mastcr of an 'English great schocl, " producesayoutl'ofditfiparion, a manhood of infignifiancc, and an old aga- of coilzempt." Dr. Vinpenfs sermon besore the: Philanthropic Sociery. *
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words in that language had even reached the neighbouring villages (where they still remain), and where many Latin names of trades and of' tools have gaiiged ground. With respect to myseltss, I was more than six years of age besore I understood any more French, or the patozir of my country (that of Ferigord), than I did of Arabic; and Vvithout pains, without reading any books, without grammar, without rules, without a rod, and without tears, I learned Latin. as well as my school-master could teach me; sorI had no opa portunity oschanging it or 0smix* ing it with any other language. Whenever I had a theme sot me (as they do in colleges, where it' is' given in French), to me they gave it in had Latin to turn it into good;
'I " Montagne," says M.D*Argcnsoh (dans lus Lbifirs d'un Ministrcg) " had been
Laugltt Latin, if not entirely without a matter, yet without the grammar, by practice and by use. in my time, the jesuits obLged their pupils ro speak Latin to the serarants andthe attendants of their collegcs, when they wanted any of them. The Latin
' indeed zusrwas gahhlcd upon these dccasrons was verybad, i; went by the name of Latin de Cuisme (Scullion Latin)z but such as it was, it begat a habit of speaking that lznguay. 'They have since lest offthis Custom, under a prerence that it raught young folks to speak Latin ilhand ungrammarically. Ihave, however, often observed how usesul this haintot' speaking Latin was mxhcse Persons, who, having occasion to travel in Germany, Hungary; Bohcmia, and Polnnd, were obliged to have recourse to it to makerhemselves uhrlerflood. The habit they had acquired from dieir childhood made it very _easy to them, whilst those persohs in our time; who have been a: college, however well they have been abie to translarc, . and though. they have made rhymes and verse; in that language, have
v ' wr- Very much embgrralsod xvhm they attempted to speak it." i ct i &m.
with perfect freedom. Indeed, he
arried this so very sar, that because isch-ne persoiis have supposed that it hurts the tender brains os children to
wake them in a morning 'hastily '
and to drag them out of their sleep (into which they are more deeply plunged than we are) osa sudden _and by violence, lie-caused me to be
awakened by the sound of some'
musical instrument, and was never withouta person sor that purpose. This one example will suffice sor the
zrest, and will evince the providencg- whom yousi observe men os honon;
* The great obfgr-ver of nature Syde-nham says, " That were a man possessed ofa remedy that would do equal good to the human body as riding slowly on horseback twice a
day, he would be in posseffion of the philosophers stone.
medy abused! How many hectical persons are sent out of the world by the use of it in their particular complaints by the ignorance of those wctho do not know that every thing in this world is relative, and thatthere is nothing so dangerous. as well in medicine as in cycry thing else, as the: improper application of excellence lest-if," '
* The following account of the mischiefs of telling an untruth was given to the
compiler by Daniel Braithwaite, esq. ofthe past-office: *
A hanknote had been ltolen out of a letter; it was traced to the Rank, the clerks of
which said they had paid it to a young man that very much resembled a person who was observed to have been present when the letter was delivered at the General Past-office. This was strong prcsumprion; to make it, however, much stronger, the character of the young man was inquired into, and it-apptared by the evidence of his brother clerks at the office, that he lived in a manner superior to what they could afford, and that he had often told them that they did not lZ-ve well enough sor him. This had great weight with the jury; he was convicted and executed. It appeared unfortunately soon after his
kxecution, that' the young man had lived in the most frugal manner to support his aged
and distresscd mother; and that, to prevent his being reazed by his young friends for not living in the way they did (which would have completely put a stop to his pious excrtions in favour of his mother), he had recourse to an untruth, which terminated so sa
tally and so dlsgracesully a virtuous, usesul, and benevolent lise, tainted only by a little foolish vanity.