education of the young, in which he was desirous of aiding us by the results of his own observation and reflection.
At the same time “his modesty and his habits of patient investigation prevented him from judging hastily of what he noticed.”
We have been led, almost inadvertently, into these sketches.
The subject has a charm in it. It is the contemplation of human nature in its best estate.
If any other apology than this were necessary for such a tribute, the reader might be reminded of Spurzheim
's celebrity as a public man. Hence no little curiosity concerning him,--a curiosity not always gratified by an impartial statement of facts.
Nor can we forget that he came among us an advocate, however mistaken, for great and sacred interests.
In these he labored.
To these he devoted himself as a victim.
We are told that the great exertions which Dr. Spurzheim
made during his residence in Boston
, proved at last too powerful even for his strong and vigorous constitution, which seemed more energetic in proportion to his labors, while it was actually sinking under them.
Besides his course on the anatomy of the brain, which he delivered at the Medical School, he lectured every day, alternately, at the Boston Athenaeum
, and at Cambridge
His great physical and mental effort during the delivery of his lectures, was obvious from the large drops that rolled down his face, forming a striking contrast with the easy, calm, systematic, persuasive and sportive character of his delivery.
But these efforts brought on an exhaustion of his system, which was rendered dangerous by his frequent rides at night, when returning home from his lectures.
At one of his last lectures in Boston