among us. Not to mention the learned correspondence which you hold in forreigne parts, and the extraordinary pains and diligence which you have us'd in this matter both heer, and beyond the Seas; either by the definite will of God fo ruling, or the peculiar sway of nature, which also is God's working. Neither can I thinke that so reputed, and so valu'd as you are, you would to the forfeit of your own discerning ability, impose upon me an unfit and over ponderous argument, but that the satisfaction which you professe to have receiv'd from those incidentall discourses which we have wander'd into, hath prest and almost .conftrain’d you into a perswafion, that what y:ou require from me in this point,

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I neither ought, nor can in confcience deferre beyond this time both of so much need at once, and so much opportunity to trie what God hath determin'd. I will not resist therefore, what ever it is. either of divine, or humane obligement that you lay upon me ; but will forthwith set down in writing, as you request me, that voluntary Idea, which hath long in filence presented it self to me, of a better Education, in extent and comprehenfion farre more large, and yet of time farre shorter, and of attainment farre more certain, then hath been yet in practice. Briefe I shall endeavour to be; for that which I have to say, afsuredly this nation hath extreame need should be done sooner than spok’n. To


tell you therefore what I have benefited herein among old renowned authors, I shall spare ; and to fearch what many modern Ianua's and Didattic's more than ever I shall read, have projected, my inclination leads me not. But if you can accept of these few obfervations which have flowr'd off, and are as it were the burnishing of many studious and contemplative yeers altogether spent in the fearch of religious and civil knowledge, and such as pleas'd you so well in the relating, I here give you them to dispose

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The end then of learning is to repair the ruin of our first parents by regaining to know God aright, and out of that kiowledge to love him, to imitate him,

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to be like him, as we may tlie-neerest by possessing our souls of true vertue, which being united to the heavenly grace of faith makes up the highest perfection. But because our understanding cannot in this body found it selfe but on sensible things, nor arrive so cleerly to the knowledge of God and things invisible, as by orderly conning over the visible and inferior creature, the same method is necessarily to be follow'd in all discreet teaching. And seeing every nation affords not experience and tradition anough for all kinde of learning, and therefore we are chiefly taught the language of those people who have at any time been most industrious after wisdom; so that language is but the instrument convay

ing to us things useful to be known. And though a linguist should pride himselfe to have all the tongues that Babel cleft the world into, yet, if he have not studied the folid things in them as well as the words and lexicons, he were nothing so much to be esteemed a learned man, as any yeoman or tradesman competently wise in his mother dialect only. Hence appear the many mistakes which have made learning generally so unpleasing and so unsuccessfull; first we do amisse to spend seven or eight yeers mcerly in scraping together so much miferable Latin, and Greek, as might be learnt otherwise easily and delightfully in one yeer. And that which cafts our proficiency therein so much behinde, is M4


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