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Ancient and Modern Writers, by Charles Sumner
Α Ρ Ρ Ε Ν DI X.
Aspects of the Planets
INI RODUCTIO N.
Sect. I, – THE IMPORTANCE AND USES OF CORRECT
No one will hesitate to admit, that next in value to the capacity of discerning or discovering truth, and of feeling the blessed relations which we sustain to the Being who made us, and to our fellow-creatures, particularly those with whom we are more immediately connected, is the power by which intelligence and emotion are communicated from one mind to another.
By it the great and the gifted of past times have bequeathed to us many a rich legacy of thought and deed; and by it those of the present either re-create the old materials, or fashion new ones, for the delight and improvement of their own generation; and transmit to the future to beings yet unborn their treasures of wisdom, of genius, and of love. This power, it is needless to say, is language, oral and written, especially the latter.
But as oral speech has its tones and inflections, its pauses and its emphases, and other variations of voice,