[front pages have several short clippings pasted in: on "engaging
manners," "first love," "courtesy." "a friend," "deeds are
greater than words," (Carlyle) "An eloquent extract.".]
1859. Beloit College.
Note Book No. 5.
Frances E. Willard
Bought of O.A. Willard.
January 7, 1860.
[14 pages of notes by Oliver Willard on Dr. Haven's Lectures in1859 on "The History of Modern Philosophy."]
Note Book No. 5.
(Continued from Oliver's Ledger.)
(Frances E. Willard.)
January 7, 1860Several days have elapsed since the filling out of my
old Note Book, but I have now come into possession of another,
which I find of value even at the first, from the Notes Oliver
has made in it on a subject in which I am especially interested.
-3 1486 6h2 p9382 f49 6h2 "01993298 ldd9288."
-I have this week been reading a very interesting little book on
"The Lessons in Proverbs," by Richard Chenevix Trench. Here
are my notes and extracts: "The people, though they do not always
analyze the compliment paid to them in the use of their proverbs,
always feel it; they feel that a writer or speaker using these is
putting himself on their ground, is entering on their religion,
and they welcome him the more cordially for this."
"The same satisfaction which the educated man finds in referring
the particular matter before him to the universal law which rules
it, a plainer man finds in the appeal to a proverb. He is doing
the same thing; taking refuge, that is, as each man gladly does,
from his mere self, and single fallible judgment, in a larger
experience, and in a wider conviction."
"Alliteration was at one time an important element in our early
English versification, it almost promised to contend with rhyme
itself, which should be the most important; and perhaps if some
great master in the wit had arisen, might have retained a far
greater hold on English poetry than it now possesses. At
present.... though subsidiary, it cannot be called altogether
unimportant; no master of melody despises it; on the contrary,
the greatest, as in our days Tennyson, makes the most frequent,
though not always the most obvious use of it." Martial's epigram
upon epigrams: "Three things must epigrams
like bees, have all-