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on, but which shall seem so, to those unacquainted with their works.
I have so much reading to go through with this month, that I have but few hours for correspondents.
I have already discussed five volumes in German, two in French, three in English, and not without thought and examination. * *
Tell —— that I read Titan by myself, in the afternoons and evenings of about three weeks. She need not be afraid to undertake it. Difficulties of detail may, perhaps, not be entirely conquered witd, or that in doing it I may find myself incompetent; but I go on in hope, secure, at all events, that it will be the means of the highest culture.
In addition to other labors, Margaret translated, one evening every week, German authors into English, for the gratification of Dr. Channing; their chief reading being in De Wette and Herder.
It was not very pleasant, she writes,
for Dr. C. takes in subjects more deliberately than is conceivable to us feminine people, with our habits of
sh; and it has suggested so much to me, that I am very sorry I did not talk it over with you. It is quite gratifying, after my late chagrin, to find Sir James, with all his metaphysical turn, and ardent desire to penetrate it, puzzling so over the German philosophy, and particularly what I was myself troubled about, at Cambridge,—Jacobi's letters to Fichte.
Few things have ever been written more discriminating or more beautiful than his strictures upon the Hindoo character, his portrait of Fox, and his second letter to Robert Hall, after his recovery from derangement.
Do you remember what he says of the want of brilliancy in Priestley's moral sentiments?
Those remarks, though slight, seem to me to show the quality of his mind more decidedly than anything in the book.
That so much learning, benevolence, and almost unparalleled fairness of mind, should be in a great measure lost to the world, for want of earnestness of purpose, might impel us to attach to the latter attribute as m