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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1752 Excerpt: ...never gives any Quarter), in his Comparifon of antient and modern Learning, numbers Divinity, Law, ire. among thole Tarts of Knowl.Jge wherein we excel the Ancients. Defec Defeft indeed,,for which both he and all the Anti-. ents Hand moft juftly cenfured by my worthy and; ingenious Friend Mr. W---tt--n, Batchelor of Divinity, in his incomparable Treatife of antient and modern Learning; a Book never to be fufficiently. valued, whether we confider the happy Turns and Flowings of the Author's Wit, the great Ufefulnefs of his lublime Difcoveries upon the Subjeft of Flies and Spittle, or the laborious Eloquence of his Style. And I cannot forbear doing that Author the Jultice of my publick Acknowledgments, for the great Helps and Liftings I had out of his incomparable Piece, while I was penning this Treatiie. But, befides thefe Omiffions in Homer, alreadymentioned, the curious Reader will alfo obferve feveral Defefts in that Author's Writings, for which he is not altogether fo accountable. For whereas every Branch of Knowledge has received fuch wonderful Acquirements fince his Age, efpecially within thefe laft three Years, or thereabouts; it is al;noft impoffible, he could be fo very perfeft in modern Difcoveries, as his Advocates pretend. We freely acknowledge him to be the Inventor of the Compa/s, of Gun-po--u:der, and the Circulation of the Blood. But I challenge any of his Admirers, to fhew me in all his Writings a compleat Account of the Spleen. Does he not alfo leave us wholly to fcek in the Art of political Wagering? What can be saore defective and unfatisfaftory than his long Diffcrtation upon lea? And as to his Method of Salivation without Mercury, fo much celebrated of late, it is, to my own Knowledge and Experience, a Thing very little to be relied on....
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