The ablest survey is G. M. Abbot's _A Short History of the Library
Company of Philadelphia_. He lists, however, only the first books
ordered in 1732 through Peter Collinson.
[i-95] Cited in Abbot, _op. cit._, 5.
[i-96] Photostat used as source is in the William Smith Mason
Collection in Evanston, Ill.
[i-97] "The Letters and Papers of Cadwallader Colden, Vol. II,
1730-1742," _Collections of the New York Historical Society_ (New
York, 1919), II, 146-7. See also A. M. Keys, _Cadwallader Colden: A
Representative Eighteenth-Century Official_ (New York, 1906), 6-7.
[i-98] _American Philosophy: The Early Schools_, 330.
[i-99] _An Historical Account of the Origin and Formation of the
American Philosophical Society_ (Philadelphia, 1914); J. G.
Rosengarten, in "The American Philosophical Society," tends to agree
with Du Ponceau.
[i-100] _Writings_, II, 229.
[i-101] _The History of the Royal Society of London ..._ (2d ed.,
London, 1702), 61.
[i-102] _Ibid._, 64.
[i-103] _Writings_, II, 230.
[i-104] In 1750 he wrote: "Nor is it of much importance to us, to know
the manner in which nature executes her laws; 'tis enough if we know
the laws themselves. 'Tis of real use to know that china left in the
air unsupported will fall and break; but _how_ it comes to fall, and
_why_ it breaks, are matters of speculation. 'Tis a pleasure indeed to
know them, but we can preserve our china without it" (_Writings_, II,
434-5). We remember that even Sir Isaac Newton confessed that "the
_cause_ of gravity is what I do not pretend to know" (_Works of
Richard Bentley_, London, 1838, III, 210). He observed that "Gravity
must be caused by an agent acting constantly according to certain
laws; but whether this agent be material or immaterial, I have left to
the consideration of my readers" (_ibid._, 212).
[i-105] _Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography_, XIII, 247-8
[i-106] Franklin was unable to prevail upon Johnson to accept the
provostship of the Academy. In 1752 he printed Johnson's _Elementa
Philosophica_ and suggested in _Idea of the English School_ that it be
used in the Academy. In a letter of 1754 Franklin informs Johnson that
the grammatical and mathematical parts were already being used--the
rest would be when the instructors and pupils were ready for it (E. E.
Beardsley, _Life and Correspondence of S. Johnson, D. D._, 2d ed., New
York, 1874, 180-1). In the _Elementa Philosophica_ Johnson stresses
the use of mathematics in man's study of nature (p. xv). Through
mathematics, an indispensable aid in "considering that wonderful and
amazing Power, that All-comprehending Wisdom, that inimitable Beauty,
that surprizing Harmony, that immutable Order, which abundantly
discover themselves in the Formation and Government of the Universe,
we are led to
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into good and honest hearts, believe it to be the salvation of their souls.Page 47
â They were looking at it in the literal sense, and did not see how they could eat his flesh, or how the eating of it could give life.Page 56
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It is a divine cause, producing a divine effect.Page 218
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Paul and James are both speaking of the faith that justifies man, but neither of them are speaking of faith _alone_.Page 273
The remark of the apostle, âLet a man examine himself, and so let him eat,â is misapplied almost invariably every time it is quoted.Page 293
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