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Beyond Penn's Treaty

The Life of Thomas Eddy; Comprising an Extensive Correspondence

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with any useful observations, they will be highly
acceptable,—please to describe the observation, and
the instruments used.

The mind that could pass from the inspirations of
the Muse to such deep questions of philosophy, was
one of no ordinary range; and, by the very point of
the questions, as well as from his own suggestions,
we conceive a high idea of his powers, and feel dis-
tressed to think, that so laborious and sagacious a
man should have died so young; for much might
have been expected from a scholar in the prime of
life, pursuing such a course. There are but few in
this country, who had, at the same time, leisure, in-
clination, and talents, to make such philosophical

The early education of Mr. Eddy

was, as the fact
is given by himself, miscellaneous and scanty. The
most approved schools in his youthful days were very
indifferent, compared with those of modern times,
and but little more than the first elements of educa-
tion could be had in them. He was in a good mea-
sure self-taught, and by observing a right course, he
was constantly at school, while in the course of his
business, and gained a knowledge of the world as he
proceeded in the duties of life. Such knowledge, if
not at first entirely correct, has a self correcting prin-
ciple in it, which is experience.

His mind was so well disciplined, that every thing
he gained he kept; and in gathering up his treasures
of knowledge, he always calculated on ulterior views,
which were not then, even to his own mind, fully
developed. He was ambitious of attainment, but
never suffered his vanity to interfere with the means
of gaining knowledge, for he was at great pains in
getting the opinion of the wise and good on every
subject; but he never followed the opinions of any
man, until he had studied the subject thoroughly,