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56 To deal in works and acts, which are matters rather of pro-
gression and proficience, than of magnificence and memory; to
endow the world with sound and fruitful knowledge ; and to be
conversant not only in the transitory parts of good government,
but in those acts also which are in their nature permanent and
perpetual," were, in the esteem of Lord Bacon, the noblest exer-
cise and employment of man. In adopting this test of merit, and
applying it to Mr. Burke, we find him not inferior to Lord Bacon's
standard of worth and usefulness.

It rarely happens that minds possessing the faculty of philoso-

phic and speculative disquisition are endued also with the qualities

required for public business. The tranquil exercitations of the

closet or academy are soon choked with the dust of the camp,

VOL. III, New Series.


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