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TABLE OF CONTENTS.
VII. On Sleep, Dreaming, Revery, and Trance;
VIII. On Voice and Language; Vocal Imitation,
IX. On natural and inarticulate Language, or
X. On legible Language, imitative and sym-
XI. On the literary Education of former Times;
and especially that of Greece and Rome
XII. On the Dark or Middle Ages
XIII. On the Revival of Literature
BOOK OF NATURE.
ON MATTER, AND A MATERIAL WORLD.
In the comprehensive range of science proposed to be treated of in the SURREY INSTITUTION, the department to which I shall have the honour of inviting your attention will be that of NATURAL PHILOSOPHY, or PHYSICS, in the most extensive sense of these terms: that branch of science which makes use of the individual principles and discoveries of every other branch within the range of nature, as the architect makes use of the bricks, the mortar, the wood, and the marble of different artisans, and builds up the whole into a perfect edifice; which takes a bird's-eye view, as it were, of a picturesque and spreading landscape from some commanding eminence; and, without having laboured in the details of arranging the ground, of cultivatin, the soil, of planting the woods, of giving flexure to the rivers, of enriching the scenery with flocks, herds, bridges, and buildings, points out the general connection of part with part, and the harmony which flows from the combined effect. This, indeed, is to