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CHAPTER IV.

ED UCATION.

Preliminary-Education praised throughout or nearly soMerits in Education-Merits and demerits balancedDemerits-Summary-Conclusion.

I NOW pass on to the education which the scientific men had in their youth, in the hope that my results may give assistance to those who are endeavouring to frame systems of education suitable to the wants of the day. What I have to say is very partial ; it refers solely to the opinions the scientific men entertain of the merits and faults of their own several educations in bygone days. Their views are remarkably unanimous, considering the very different branches of inquiry they are interested in, and the great dissimilarities in their education.