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AM long since persuaded, that to say, or do ought worth Memory and Imitation, no purpose or respect should sooner
move us, than simply the love of God, and of Mankind. Nevertheless to write now the reforming of Education, tho' it be one of the greateft and noblest Designs that can be thought on, and for the want whereof this Nation perishes, I had not yet at this time been induc'd, but by your earneft Intreaties and serious Conjurements; as having my mind for the present half diverted in the pursuance of some other Assertions, the Knowledge and the Use of which cannot but be a great furtherance both to the enlargement of Truth, and honest Living, with much more Peace. Nor Mould the Laws of any private Friendship have prevaiļd with me to divide thus, or transpose my former Thoughts, but that I see those Aims, those Actions which have
won you with me the Esteem of a Perfon fent bither by some good Providence from a far Country, to be the occafion and the incitement of great good to this INand. And, as I hear, you have obtain'd the same Repute with Men of most approved Wisdom, and some of highest Authority among us.
Not to · mention the learned Correspondence which you hold in foreign Parts, and the extraordinary Pains and Diligence which you have us'd in this Matter both here, and beyond the Seas; either by the definite Will of God so ruling, or the peculiar fway of Na. ture, which also is God's working. Neither can I think that, ro reputed, and so valu'd as you are, you would, to the forfeit of your own diseerning Ability, impose upon me an unfit and over-ponde rous Argument, but that the Satisfaction which you profefs to have receiv'd from those incidental Difa courses which we have wander'd into, hath prest and almost constrain'd you into a Persuasion, that what you require from me in this point, I neither ought, nor can in conscience defer beyond this Timo both of so much need at once, and so much Oppore tunity to try what God hath determin'd. I will not refift therefore, whatever it is, either of Divine, or human Obligement, that you lay upon me; But will forthwith set down in Writing, as you request
that voluntary Idea, which hath long in silence presented itself to me, of a better Education, in Exa tent and Comprehension far more large, and yet of Time far shorter, and of Attainment far more cera rain, than hath been yet in Practice. Brief I Ihalt
endeavour to be; for that which I have to say, äffüredlý this Nation hath extreme heed should be done sooner than spoken. To tell you therefore what I have benefited herein among old renowned Authors, I Mall spare; and to search what many modern Januas and Dida 7ics, more than ever! Shall read, have projected, my Inclination leads me not. But if you can accept of these few Observa. tions which have fower'd off, and are, as it were, the burnishing of many ftudious and contemplative Years, altogether fpent in the search of religious and civil Knowledge, and such as pleas'd you so well in the relating, 1 here give you them to dispose of.
The end then of Learning is to repair the Ruins of our first Parents, by regaining to know God aright, and out of that Knowledge to love him, to imitate him, to be like him, aś we may the nearest by po helsing our Souls of true Virtue, which being united to the heavenly Grace of Faith makes
the highest Perfection. But becaufe our Understanding cannot in this Body found itself but on sensible things, nor arrive so clearly to the Knowledge of God and things invisible, as by orderly conning over the visible and inferior Creature, the fame Method is necessarily to be follow'd in discreet teach. ing. And seeing every Nation affords not Experience and Tradition énough for all kinds of Learning, therefore we are chiefly taught the Languages of thofe People who have at any time been most industrious after Wirdom; fo that Language is but
Strophe 2. Modò quis deus, aut editus deo Priftinam gentis miseratus indolem, (Si fatis noxas luimus priores, Mollique luxu degener otium) Tollat nefandos civium tumultus Almaque revocet studia sanctus, Et relegatas fine fede Musas Jam penè totis finibus Angligenům; Immundasque volucres, Unguibus imminentes Figat Apollineâ pharetra, Phineámque abigat pestem procul amne Pegaseo.