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OR A POPULAR VIEW OF
NATURAL LANGUAGE, IN ALL ITS VARIED DIS-
AND AS CORRESPONDING WITH
Instinct, Intelligence and Reason ;
A PHYSIOLOGICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE ORGANS OF VOICE; AN
BY BENJ. F. TAYLOR, A. M.
W I TH AN INTRODUCTION
HAMILTON LIT. AND THEO. INSTITUTION.
HAMILTON, N. Y.:-J. & D. ATWOOD:
ENTERED according to Act of Congress, in the year 1842, by J. & D. ATWOOD, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the Northern District of the State of New York.
To manifest indifference, where we apprehend censureto ask for sympathy, where we cannot hope for praise-to pronounce the sentence "mene tekel,” upon every similar effort—to perpetrate the most daring deeds of literary piracy, and then, pirate-like, attempt to scuttle the good ship that we have rifled, are too much "tricks of the trade," either to obtain credence or disarm criticism.
The old Sculptor, who placed the Parian statue in the forum, that every passer-by might mark thereon, what seemed faulty to him, met a fate, which has many parallels in this "age of print."
A Grecian disfigured the nose because it was Roman, and a Roman battered the lip because it was Grecian. A crippled soldier deprived it of an arm, a gladiator demolished an eye, and a boor mutilated the bust; and when the artist went forth to profit by the comments of his teachers, he saw the beautiful creation that had heaved, as with life, beneath his chisel, and become human-intellectual-noble, beneath the tracings of his graver, dashed from its pedestal, a heap of misshapen fragments. As he sadly gathered them up, he learned that while demolition is the pastime of the many, the design and the execution are the unremunerated labors of the few.
I do not claim a martyr's niche, as some do, for I wrote all for love—the love of the subject; and if my reader feels half the pleasure in the perusal, that I experienced in the production of it, he will have as little claim to such a distinction as I have.
Indeed, so deeply am I interested in the subject, that I contemplate its continuation in a subsequent volume. If this