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of ardor and patience—the one prompting the attack, the
other holding him on to it till defeat was final or victory
assured. Certainty in one sense or the other was necessary
to his peace of mind. The right method of investigation
is, perhaps, incommunicable ; it depends on the individual
rather than on the system, and the mark is missed when
Faraday’s researches are pointed to as merely illustrative
of the power of the inductive philosophy. The brain may
be filled with that philosophy, but without the energy and
insight which this man possessed, and which with him were
personal and distinctive, we should never rise to the level
of his achievements. His power is that of individual genius,
rather than of philosophic method; the energy of a strong
soul expressing itself after its own fashion, and acknowl-
edging no mediator between it and Nature.

The second volume of the “Life and Letters,” like the
first, is an historic treasury as regards Faraday’s work and
character, and his scientific and social relations. It contains
letters from Humboldt, Herschel, Hachette, Dela Rive, Du-
mas, Liebig, Melloni, Becquerel,0ersted, Plucker, Du Bois-
Reymond, Lord Melbourne, Prince Louis Napoleon, and many
other distinguished men. I notice with particular pleasure
a letter from Sir John Herschel in reply to a sealed packet
addressed to him by Faraday, but which he had permission
to open if he pleased. The packet referred to one of the
many unfulfilled hopes which Spring up in the mind of fer-
tile investigators:

“ Go on and prosper, ‘ from strength to strength,’ like a
victor marching with assured step to further conquests; and
be certain that no voice will join more heartin in the paeans
that already begin to rise, and will speedily swell into a
shout of triumph, astounding even to yourself, than that of
J. F W. Herschel.”

As an encourager of the scientific worker, this fine spirit
is still active.

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