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Nics; and the QUACKERIES of its' to explain for themselves.
the third method, which forms indeed the
and reviving ideas once impressed tion; the Topical Memory, 'or Lorient thrida on the mind, is a faculty, whose fullness Ancients, kiow'n by the name of Mine-4 of rigour is rarely coeval with the for- monics, and a-kin 'to tlfe Ars: Memoramation of the buman intellect. Man has tiva or Artificial Icinor ihtihe-910therefore recourse to art, for supplying derns. The principles of thich this art? those resources, which are denied to him is grounded will be adverted to': Hereas by nature. As to the readiest means of after ; and its practice, at least in the effecting this end, so indispensably re- present day, I shall abstain filimentatge quisite to the acquisition and retention ing upon, as that has betti sò abiye deof knowledge, the philosophers and veloped on a former occasion, I''stall rhetoricians of every age are found at content myself, therefore, with a sumvariance: nor do they differ less widely, mary notice of the origin and priigre's ct in pointing out the fittest mode of cul- this art among the ancienis, prévioissly tivating and improving the memory, than to entering upon a wide: field; the guack agriculturists differ is to the mode of eries of its professors, and the patriotaide cultivating and improving the same coil. conferred on them in the prxteenth Some cómend for the natural aids of a century. well-directed practice and constant ex- The most important of 'homári'dis." ercise: others scruple not to call in mes coveries owe their birth to accidental. dicine to the assistance of the retentive cases; and I know not, therefore; ' tuka faculty; and many insist upon the agency chance should not be aceined silentful of impressions, derived from 'external a mother of invention, as ni'ressieva. objecis, with which a certain association Simonides, the ceann, was indebited för of ideas is connected. In respect to the the invention of Moemtonics' toa casu. first of these methods, we find Quinc. alıy. We are told, that this inercenary tilian among its warmest supporters: prett being hired at a tupper' zo'eulize " If, (says hie) I should be asked in what the prowess of his patrul, Scopas, virconsists the real and greatest art for im- tor in wrestling at the Olympic Games, proving the memory, I would say, in he was suddenly callei gray from table, labour and exercise; and that nothing is on heing informed, that run outis on so efficacious as learning much by heart, white horses were waiting fir hin át; thinking much, and this daily, if possible."* These maxims are strongly en- * Vide, vol. xxiv..p. 105; et seq Monthly forced by various modern writers; aud Magazine, signed Common SENSE, amongst those of our own country, by + So Anacreon, Caliímachus, and others, Beattie and Koos, who may he consulted designate him, from the ardous with which with advartage, by such as feel an in- he prostituted the Muses for lucre : nor could terest in this subject. The second me
the Romans brend the works of a feilow-poet' thod I have mentioned, as being founded with a more opprobrious epithet, than isi
monidis Cantilena. To this charge, al.
leged against 'Simonides even in his Si quis tamen unam in 1ximamque a me
dwa times, Simonides more artfully than artem Memoriæ quærat, exercitatio est et wittily pleaded :, “!!!!d rather leave labos; multa ediscere, multa cogitare, 'et s1 where withal for my enemies to prey apun ieri potest, quotidiè, potentissimum est. when I am dead, than become a burden to Jast. Orat. lib. xi. c. 2.
my friends in my life-time.". MOSTALY Mag, No. 194.