Publications of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts Volume 3

Publications of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ... with the demands of the age, shall create, develop, and satisfy new and unheard-of requisitions and aspirations, --which, so far from adapting itself to the community, shall mould that community unto itself, and which through every change and progress shall still be far in advance of the body social, guiding it, leading it, urging it onward. " That men are born with faculties for progress, with inward promptings to investigation accompanied by the capacity to conduct it, is a sufficient indication that the Creator and Supreme Disposer meant these powers to be cultivated. And the experience of all humanity teaches, that His providence is so exerted as to reward intellectual triumphs by temporal blessings, conferred, if not on the individual, at least upon the race. We know that strong taste, impulses and capacities for ' searching out the secrets of nature, developing the beauties of art, discovering the laws of existence and of thought, are sparsely and diversely conferred. And since, without the support and aid of society, these lofty impulses cannot be gratified, the conclusion is inevitable, --that it is a duty of the State to promote the culture of special mental powers as well as the education of general capacity, and thus to ensure for the benefit of the Commonwealth the maximum spiritual activity of its citizens. I will not attempt to follow, expand, or illustrate this argument. To you its pursuit, expansion, illustration are in no wise necessary. Indeed, an excuse is needed for the allusion to what is so self-evident and palpable. Woiild that the apology were not at hand! But till our own America may boast a University where all her sons, whatever their peculiar bent or taste, may find an opportunity to gain new light more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 463g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236859529
  • 9781236859525