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DIVERSIONS OF PURLEY:
AN ESSAY ON ENGLISH VERBS,
REMARKS ON MR. TOOKE'S WORK,
ON SOME TERMS EMPLOYED TO DENOTE SOUL OR SPIRIT.
BY JOHN BARCLAY.
And I come after, glening here and there,
The following Essay on English Verbs treats of their formation from one another, and of the effect of certain terminating syllables — a subject which has not yet received that attention from our Lexicographers and Grammarians which it deserves.
The Remarks on “ The Diversions of Purley” are mostly a selection from Notes, written on perusal of that Work. .
In the Remarks on some Names of the Soul, I have ventured to differ from authors, whose opinion it may well appear presumption in me to controvert: but I have not done so rashly, or without a careful consideration of the subject; and I have stated, at great length, my reasons for differing from them. It may not be superfluous to add, that I consider it purely a philological question.
Calcots, June, 1826.