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FARADAY. 351

himself free fromthe distractions of society. He was bright
and joyful—boylike, in fact, though he is now sixty-two.
His work excites admiration, but contact with him warms
and elevates the heart. Here, surely, is a strong man. I
love strength, but let me not forget the example of its
union with modesty, tenderness, and sweetness, in the char-
acter of Faraday.”

Faraday’s progress in discovery, and the salient points
of his character, are well brought out by the wise choice of
letters and extracts published in these volumes. I will not
call the labors of the biographer final. So great a char-
acter will challenge reconstruction. In the coming time
some sympathetic spirit, with the requisite strength, knowl-
edge, and solvent power, will, I doubt not, render these
materials plastic, give them more perfect organic form, and
send through them, with less of interruption, the currents
of Faraday’s life. “ He was too good a man,” writes his
present biographer, “for me .to estimate rightly, and too
great a philos0pher for me to understand thoroughly.”
That may be, but the reverent affection to which we owe
the discovery, selection, and arrangement of the materials
here placed before us, is probably a surer guide than mere
literary skill. The task of the artist who may wish in
future times to reproduce the real though unobtrusive
grandeur, the purity, beauty, and childlike simplicity of
him whom we have lost, will find his chief treasury already
provided for him by Dr. Bence Jones’s labor of love.

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