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of the Wesleyan University. One cause of its being hard reading is, we believe, its cumbrous Latinized style, a style which, thougb it may make the vulgar stare, can only make the judicious grieve. We had the curiosity to count the words of Latin origin in two pages taken at random, and found that they made thirty-eight per cent of the whole." Yielding, penetrable, plastic, he breathes an atmosphere vital with transforming agencies. Himself the overflowing source of an irrepressible outgoing efficiency, forever busy in modifying and molding the character of his associates, he is at the same time the very attractive centre of a thousand confluent streams, no less potent and eager to tinge his nature with their own various bues and properties, with natural tendencies to transition and transformation so manifold and urgent, and under so many circumstances so adapted and efficacious," etc., etc. This beats Dr. Johnson.
Why should there be such a thing, we asked ourselves as we read, as a “ Wesleyan ” University? There cannot be Wesleyan mathematics as distinct from Episcopal or Universalist Mathematics. The rocks tell the same story to the Wesleyans as to anybody else, if they will read them right; the stars do not change their orbits to suit a Calvinist or a Lutheran. A Unitarian pump raises water in just the same way as a Romanist pump. If sects desire to propagate their peculiar tenets let them do as the Germans do — found theological professorships in some central University, where all creeds and doctrines sball be represented, and where, by manly comparison of opinion, the truth shall be promoted. But why should the grand cause of universal knowledge be mixed up with theological disputes, and every little denomination jealously found its own little school, that its young men may never have the opportunity to hear any theological dogmas but its own ? Our sectarian colleges are too often a hinderance, not a help to the cause of sound learning. Let every man believe with his whole heart tbe theological doctrine he professes ; but an honest man will never claim infallibility, nor be afraid to let young men encounter the views of any and all men as sincere and earnest as himself. THACKERAY'S LECTURES. THE ENGLISH HUMORISTS;. THE FOUR
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