Life of John Pickering, Volume 2

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private distribution, 1887 - Lawyers - 534 pages
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Page 336 - ... other combinations so different from ours, prove that if man came from one stock, his languages did not. A late grammarian has said that all words were originally monosyllables. The Indian languages disprove this. I should conjecture that the Cherokees, for example, have formed their language not by single words, but by phrases. I have known some children learn to speak, not by a word at a time, but by whole phrases. Thus the Cherokee has no name for father in the abstract, but only as combined...
Page 461 - Every man acquainted with the common principles of human action will look with veneration on the writer who is at one time combating Locke, and at another making a catechism for children in their fourth year. A voluntary descent from the dignity of science is perhaps the hardest lesson that humility can teach.
Page 445 - That the Secretary of the Treasury be requested to report to the House of Representatives, at its next session, upon the propriety of establishing a system of telegraphs for the United States.
Page 278 - ... Greek, for which I am indebted to you also, I have read with great pleasure. Early in life, the idea occurred to me that the people now inhabiting the ancient seats of the Greeks and Romans, although their languages in the intermediate ages had suffered great changes, and especially in the declension of their nouns, and in the terminations of their words generally, yet having preserved the body of the word radically the same, so they would preserve more of its pronunciation.
Page 524 - The death of one, thus variously connected, is no common sorrow. Beyond the immediate circle of family and friends, he will be mourned by the bar, amongst whom his daily life was passed ; by the municipality of Boston, whose legal adviser he was; by clients, who depended upon his counsels; by all good citizens, who were charmed by the abounding virtues of his private life ; by his country, who will cherish his name more than gold or silver ; by the distant islands of the Pacific, who will bless his...
Page 327 - Agréez en même temps l'hommage de la mienne ainsi que l'assurance de la considération très distinguée avec laquelle j'ai l'honneur d'être, Monsieur, Votre très humble et très obéissant Serviteur. JN Niépce A Francis Bauer, Angleterre Chalon-sur-Saône le 4 mai 1828 . Remerciements . Nouveau matériel acheté à Paris . Encouragement de Lemaitre et Daguerre . Nicéphore va reprendre ses "points de vue...
Page 438 - ... substantially the same. In short, the affinities of the different people of the globe, and their migrations in ages prior to authentic history, can be traced only by means of language; and among the problems which are ultimately to be solved by these investigations, is one of the highest interest to Americans — that of the affinity between the original nations of this continent and those of the old world; in other words, the source of the aboriginal population of America. And one of the fruits...
Page 470 - I have the honor to be, Gentlemen, your most obedient and humble servant, G. WASHINGTON.
Page 523 - It is certain that he was familiar with at least nine, — the English, French, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, German, Romaic, Greek, and Latin; of these he spoke the first five. He was less familiar, though well acquainted, with the Dutch, Swedish, Danish, and Hebrew; and had explored, with various degrees of care, the Arabic, Turkish, Syriac, Persian, Coptic, Sanscrit, Chinese, Cochin-Chinese, Russian, Egyptian hieroglyphics, the Malay in several dialects, and particularly the Indian languages of...
Page 523 - barren ground," supposed to be congenial to " Hebrew roots," is refuted by the richness of his accomplishments. His style is that of a scholar and man of taste. It is simple, unpretending, like its author, clear, accurate, and flows in an even tenor of elegance, which rises at times to a suavity, almost Xenophontean. Though little adorned by flowers of rhetoric, it shows the sensibility and refinement of an ear attuned to the harmonies of language. He had cultivated music as a science, and in his...

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