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[p. 92] substituting in their place such studies as could only be mastered by ‘might of mizen strength,’ and which would enable their successful votaries to leave behind them monuments inscribed with the strong, deep, manly characters which distinguish the institutions of our pilgrim fathers. For this reason, he was totally adverse to the multiplication of colleges,—‘collect the rays of science into one or two focuses, from whence they may diverge and enlighten the whole land–if you would illumine a spacious apartment,’ says Lord Bacon, ‘do not place a farthing candle in its corners, but light a torch in its centre, beware of suffering your streams to flow on a level with the original fountain.’ The whole tendency of the address must have quashed the hopes of those who have expected him to be the great patron of innovations. The commons halls were decorated with the utmost beauty, and the illumination, it was said, resembled the scenes of the Arabian nights. I was very sorry that I could not stay to see it.


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