CHAPTER VI.
STUDIES.

DURING all these varied and absorbing occupations, what time can he have had for study? Dr. Sutcliffe, in after life, often congratulated himself that he lent Carey a Latin grammar, which he believed to have been the first elementary work he had ever perused in that language or any other. Dr. Ryland used to tell with delight how the shoemaker visited his study, at the end of six weeks, master of Latin. In an almost incredible time he acquired the Dutch language. Greek and Hebrew were both acquired without a teacher, and within seven years he could read his Bible in six or seven languages. He one day purchased for a few pence, an old book in the French language. In the course of three weeks he could read it with great satisfaction. To him the acquirement of a language was so easy that he had but to lay a book before him while engaged in some laborious occupation and study it as a mere matter of amusement. An extract from a letter written to his father while he was at Moulton shows by what rigid employment of time all this had been accomplished. "On Monday I confine myself to the learned languages, and oblige myself to translate something. On Tuesday to the study of science, history, composition, etc. On Wednesday I preach a lecture, and have been for more than twelve months on the Book of

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