I have not been able to differ from you
in sentiment concerning any thing else in your _Suppositions_. In the
present case I lie open to conviction, and shall be the gainer when
informed. If I am right, you will know that, without my adding any
more. Too much said on a merely speculative matter, is but a robbery
committed on practical knowledge. Perhaps I am too much pleased with
these dry notions: however, by this you will see that I think it
unreasonable to give you more trouble about them, than your leisure
and inclination may prompt you to.
I am, &c.
Since my last I considered, that, as I had begun with the reasons of
my dissatisfaction about the ascent of water in spouts, you would not
be unwilling to hear the whole I have to say, and then you will know
what I rely upon.
What occasioned my thinking all spouts descend, is, that I found some
did certainly do so. A difficulty appeared concerning the ascent of
so heavy a body as water, by any force I was apprised of, as probably
sufficient. And, above all, a view of Mr. Stuart's portraits of
spouts, in the _Philosophical Transactions_.
Some observations on these last will include the chief part of my
difficulties. Mr. Stuart has given us the figures of a number
observed by him in the Mediterranean: all with some particulars which
make for my opinion, if well drawn.
The great spattering, which relators mention in the water where the
spout descends, and which appears in all his draughts, I conceive to
be occasioned by drops descending very thick and large into the place.
On the place of this spattering, arises the appearance of a bush,
into the centre of which the spout comes down. This bush I take to
be formed by a spray, made by the force of these drops, which being
uncommonly large, and descending with unusual force by a stream of
wind descending from the cloud with them, increases the height of
the spray: which wind being repulsed by the surface of the waters
rebounds and spreads; by the first raising the spray higher than it
otherwise would go; and by the last making the top of the bush appear
to bend outwards (_i. e._) the cloud of spray is forced off from the
trunk of the spout, and falls backward.
The bush does the same where there is no appearance of a spout
reaching it; and is depressed in the middle, where the spout is
expected. This, I imagine, to be from numerous drops of the spout
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We have brought the people from all parties, united them in the one faith, made them one in the unity of the Spirit, with the exception of a few erratic spirits, but we have not had more of these than they had in the time of the apostles.Page 75
We are now making the record on which.Page 96
No manâs faith not as broad as the Bible is broad enough for us.Page 170
There is not an item in any religion in the world that is right that did not come from the Bible.Page 181
When at home he spends many hours alone, and some of the friends inquired whether he did.Page 213
During this time he uttered some dozen or two of the most horrid oaths he could think of.Page 222
Those Jews who had such a desire for proselyting, should have been Christians, and the Christians who have no zeal for proselyting should have been Jews.Page 230
The relation a thing believed sustains to the believer, is the main cause of its effect upon him.Page 256
can not be saved, be they never so diligent to frame their lives according to the light of nature or the laws of that religion which they possess; neither is there salvation in any other, but in Christ alone, who is the Savior only of his body, the church.Page 260
We are not speaking of _subtle principles_, requiring the utmost stretch of intelligence or learning to understand, or even to perceive them, when clearly set forth.Page 283
â See Luke xii.Page 294
not afford an hour or two every morning in primping, turning himself first this way and then that before a glass, smoothing down his hair, stroking his mustache and fitting on his attire.Page 295
Is it more probable that they were sprinkled of John, in the river of Jordan, than that they were immersed in the river of Jordan? It is a fact that âJohn was baptizing in Enon, near Salim, because there was much water there.Page 300
This, my friends, is the wisdom of God.Page 308
They are frequently few, weak and uninfluential; can get no preacher to their vicinity; or if they do get one once in a great while, they entertain him with an account of their weakness and inability to pay, make him sacrifice more to preach for them than they all sacrifice to support him.Page 314
Were his teachings perfect? If they were, they were not of man, for no mere man ever gave the world perfect teachings.Page 315
We need members that will attend the public worship, sing, pray, exhort, and stand at their post.Page 321
In closing the year, it is well enough for us to cast an eye back over the ground, not to amend the year now closing, for that is impossible, but to see where the delinquency has been, and determine that a similar delinquency shall not be found in the work of the coming year.Page 325
The subject is profound, and so is the treatment.