for yourselves whether it be true.
If you do not find it true to nature, have done with phrenology; but if it be true, you cannot learn it one minute too soon.”
Of the particular denominational tenets of Spurzheim
we are not informed, but his biographer has much to say of the general religious temper of his mind.
This was infused, too, into his philosophy as well as his conduct.
We are told that the great aim of all his inquiries into human nature, was, to search out the will of God in the creation of man. Obedience to His laws he considered as the highest wisdom, and most expansive freedom.
In speaking of theories of man's invention, he remarked, “We say a great deal, and we think we do a great deal; we would be wise above what is given, and work upon the works of God; but it is all nothing.
Thy will be done!
The Father is always overlooked.
We look to him perhaps amid great trials and on great occasions; but not in smaller things.
We say, “they are too little.”
It is this in which we err. Can anything that concerns his children, be too little for a Father .”
It is in every way characteristic of this illustrious man that while he resided in Boston
, he spent a great part of his time in visiting our public institutions, our hospitals, prisons, house of industry, churches, and schools.
He was also present at the public exhibitions of our university, and showed a hearty interest in every effort at improvement, in individuals and in the community.
His heart was with us in every attempt at improving our laws, at keeping up the purity of morals in the community, reforming the vicious, raising the condition of the poor, and particularly in the