who was truly desirous of studying his system, to be excluded from his lectures by poverty; and was always glad in such a case to give tickets.
He intrusted several of his friends, we are told, with a number of tickets for such persons as they knew to be desirous of studying Phrenology, and too poor to attend his lectures; and he added the special request that their names might not be mentioned to him, lest their feelings should be hurt by the favor he had bestowed.
We have alluded to his spirit as a philosophical inquirer.
In this respect it may be that justice is not universally rendered him. It was his fortune to encounter prejudice of various kinds.
Some, who gave him credit for benevolent intentions, yet considered him almost a mono-maniac, in regard to phrenology at least.
This mistake arose from ignorance.
was an enthusiast.
He could not have endured or encountered a tithe of what he did but for this.
A sober enthusiast, however a candid, reasonable enthusiast, he certainly was. As the grand end he aimed at was man's good, so the grand means to that end, in his estimate, was truth
In one of his works he proposes the question, “What should be the aim of every description of study?”
He answers, “The establishment of truth, and the attainment of perfection;” and he quotes the saying of Confucius, “Truth is the law of heaven, and perfection is the beginning and end of all things.”
reminds us of the words with which he began one of his lectures: “I do not want you to believe what I propose to you; I only want you to hear what I have to say; and then go into the world and see and judge ”