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to a man, whose severities, even now, not seldom furnish the dreams, by which the blind fancy would fain interpret to the mind the painful sensations of distempered sleep; but neither lessen nor dim the deep sense of my moral and intellectual obligations. He sent us to the University excellent Latin and Greek scholars, and tolerable Hebraists. Yet our classical knowledge was the least of the good gifts, which we derived from his zealous and conscientious tutorage. He is now gone to his final reward, full of years, and full of honors, even of those honors, which were dearest to his heart, as gratefully bestowed by that school, and still binding him to the interests of that school, in which he had been himself educated, and to which during his whole life he was a dedicated thing.
From causes, which this is not the place to investigate, no models of past times, however perfect, can have the same vivid effect on the youthful mind, as the productions of contemporary genius. The Discipline, my mind had undergone, “Ne falleretur rotundo sono et versuum cursu, cincinnis et floribus; sed ut inspiceret quidnam subesset, quæ sedes, quod firmamentum, quis fundus verbis; an figuræ essent mera ornatura et orationis fucus: vel sanguinis e materiæ ipsius corde effluentis rubor quidam nativus et incalescentia genuina;" removed all
obstacles to the appreciation of excellence in style without diminishing my delight. That I was thus prepared for the perusal of Mr. Bowles's sonnets and earlier poems, at once increased their influence, and my enthusiasm. The great works of past ages seem to a young man things of another race, in respect to which his faculties must remain passive and submiss, even as to the stars and mountains. But the writings of a contemporary, perhaps not many years elder than himself, surrounded by the same circumstances, and disciplined by the same manners, possess a reality for him, and inspire an actual friendship as of a man for a man. His very admiration is the wind which fans and feeds his hope. The poems themselves assume the properties of flesh and blood. To recite, to extol, to contend for them is but the payment of a debt due to one, who exists to receive it.
There are indeed modes of teaching which have produced, and are producing, youths of a very different stamp; modes of teaching, in comparison with which we have been called on to despise our great public schools, and universities
« In whose halls are hung Armoury of the invincible knights of old”modes, by which children are to be metamorphosed into prodigies. And prodigies with a vengeance have I known thus produced! Pro digies of self-conceit, shallowness, arrogance, and infidelity! Instead of storing the memory, during the period when the memory is the predominant faculty, with facts for the after exercise of the judgement ; and instead of awakening by the noblest models the fond and unmixed Love and ADMIRATION, which is the natural and graceful temper of early youth ; these nurselings of improved pedagogy are taught to dispute and decide; to suspect all, but their own and their lecturer's wisdom; and to hold nothing sacred from their contempt, but their own contemptible arrogance: boy-graduates in all the technicals, and in all the dirty passions and impudence, of anonymous criticism. To such dispositions alone can the admonition of Pliny be requisite, “ Neque enim debet operi. bus ejus obesse, quod vivit. An si inter eos, quos nunquam vidimus, floruisset, non solumn libros ejus, verum etiam imagines conguitos remus, ejusdem nunc honor præsentis, et gratia quasi satietate languescet? At hoc pravum, malignumque et, non admirari hosinen wir ratione dignissimum, quia videre, completi, nec landare tantum, verum etiam amare con tingit. Plin. Epist. Lib. l.
I had just entered on my verterath yout, when the manets of Mr. Briez, t#ky i Aimber, and just theo pabished bou a marin
pamphlet, were first made known and presented to me, by a school-fellow who had quitted us for the University, and who, during the whole time that he was in our first form (or in our school language a Grecian) had been my patron and protector. I refer to Dr. Middleton, the truly learned, and every way excellent Bishop of Calcutta :
“Qui laudibus amplis Ingenium celebrare meum, calamumque solebat, Calcar agens animo validum. Ņon omnia terræ Obruta! Vivit amor, vivit dolor! Ora negatur Dulcia conspicere; at flere et meminisse* relictum est."
Petr. Ep. Lib. I. Ep. I. It was a double pleasure to me, and still remains a tender recollection, that I should have received from a friend so revered the first knowledge of a poet, by whose works, year, after year, I was so enthusiastically delighted and inspired. My earliest acquaintances will not have forgotten the undisciplined eagerness and impetuous zeal, with which I laboured to make proselytes, not only of my companions, but of all with whom I conversed, of whatever rank, and in whatever place. As my school
* I am most happy to have the necessity of informing the reader, that since this passage was written, the report of Dr. Middleton's death on his voyage to India has been proved erroneous. He lives and long may he live; for 1 dare prophecy, that with his life only will his exertions for the temporal and spiritual welfare of his fellow men be limited.
finances did not perut me to purchase copies I made, within less than a year and au hali, more than forty transcriptions as the best puth sents I could otter to those, who had in any way won my regard. And with almost equal delight did I receive the three or four following publications of the same author,
Though I have seen and known enough of mankind to be well aware, that I shall perhaps stand alone in my creed, and that it will be well, if I subject myself to no worse charge than that of singularity; I am not therefore deterred from avowing, that I regard, and ever have regarded the obligations of intellect ainong the most sacred of the claims of gratitudo, A valuable thought, or a particular train of thoughts, gives me additional pleasure, when I can safely refer and attribute it to the con, versation or correspondence of another, My obligations to Mr. Bowles were indeed important, and for radical good. At a very premature age, even before my fifteenth year, I loud be wildered myself in metaphysicks, and in theolon gical controversy. Nothing else pleased me, History, and particular facts, lost all imtares! in my mind. Poetry (though for a school-boy of that age, I was above par in English versification, and had already produced two or three compositions which, I may venture to say, with out reference to my age, were somewhat abore