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15.-The History of Arabia before Ma


16.-A Translation of the Hamafa.

17.-A Tranflation of Hariri.

18.-A Tranflation of the Facahatul Khu


Of the Cafiah.


19.—The History of Persia from Authorities in Sanfcrit, Arabick, Greek, Turkish, Perfian, ancient and modern.


Firdaufi's Khofrau nama.

20.—The five Poems of Nizami, translated in profe.

A Dictionary of pure Perfian. Je



21.-A Tranflation of the Shi-king. 22.-The text of Can-fu-tsu verbally trans


23.-A Hiftory of the Tartar Nations, chiefly of the Moguls and Othmans, from the Turkish and Perfian.

We are not authorised to conclude, that he had himself formed a determination to complete. the works which his genius and knowledge had thus sketched; the task seems to require a period, beyond the probable duration of any human life; but we, who had the happiness to know Sir William Jones, who were witneffes of his indefatigable perfeverance in the pursuit of knowledge, and of his ardour to accomplish whatever he deemed important; who faw the extent of his intellectual powers, his wonderful attainments in literature and science, and the facility with which all his compofitions were made, cannot doubt, if it had pleafed Providence to protract the date of his exiftence, that he would have ably executed much, of what he had fo extensively planned.

I have hitherto principally confined my discourse to the pursuits of our late Prefident in Oriental literature, which, from their extent, might appear to have occupied all his time; but they neither precluded his attention to profeffional ftudies, nor to fcience in general: amongst his publications in Europe, in polite literature, exclusive of various compofitions in profe and verfe, I find a tranflation of the fpeeches of ISEUS, with a learned comment; and, in law, an Effay on the Law of Bailments :

upon the fubject of this laft work, I cannot deny myself the gratification of quoting the fentiments of a celebrated hiftorian: "Sir William "Jones has given an ingenious and rational "effay on the law of Bailments. He is perhaps the only lawyer equally converfant with "the year books of Westminster, the commen"taries of ULPIAN, the Attic pleadings of "IsUs, and the fentences of Arabian and Perfian Cadhis."

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His profeffional ftudies did not commence before his twenty-fecond year, and I have his own authority for afferting, that the firft book of English jurifprudence which he ever studied, was FORTESCUE's effay in praise of the laws of England.

Of the ability and confcientious integrity, with which he discharged the functions of a Magistrate, and the duties of a Judge of the Supreme Court of Judicature in this fettlement, the public voice and public regret bear ample and merited testimony. The fame penetration which marked his fcientific researches, diftinguished his legal investigations and decifions; and he deemed no inquiries burthenfome, which had for their object fubftantial juftice under the rules of law.

His addreffes to the jurors, are not lefs dif

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tinguished for philanthropy, and liberality of sentiment, than for just expositions of the law, perfpicuity, and elegance of diction; and his oratory was as captivating as his arguments were convincing.

In an epilogue to his commentaries on Afiatick poetry, he bids farewell to polite literature, without relinquishing his affection for it; and concludes with an intimation of his intention to ftudy law, expreffed in a wifh, which we now know to have been prophetic.

Mihi fit, oro, non inutilis toga,

Nec indiferta lingua, nec turpis manus!

I have already enumerated attainments and works, which, from their diversity and extent, feem far beyond the capacity of the most enlarged minds; but the catalogue may yet be augmented. To a proficiency in the languages of Greece, Rome, and Asia, he added the knowledge of the philosophy of those countries, and of every thing curious and valuable that had been taught in them. The doctrines of the Academy, the Lyceum, or the Portico, were not more familiar to him than the tenets of the Vedas, the mysticism of the Sufis, or the religion of the ancient Perfians ; and whilft with a kindred genius he perufed with


rapture the heroic, lyric, or moral compofitions, of the most renowned poets of Greece, Rome, and Afia, he could turn with equal delight and knowledge, to the fublime fpeculations, or mathematical calculations, of BARROW and NEWWith them alfo, he profeffed his conviction of the truth of the Chriftian religion, and he justly deemed it no inconfiderable advantage, that his researches had corroborated the multiplied evidence of revelation, by confirming the M Jaick account of the primitive world. We all recollect, and can refer to, the following fentiments in his eighth anniversary discourse.

"Theological inquiries are no part of my prefent fubject; but I cannot refrain from "adding, that the collection of tracts, which "we call from their excellence the Scriptures, "contain, independently of a divine origin, "more true fublimity, more exquisite beauty,

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purer morality, more important history, and "finer ftrains both of poetry and eloquence, "than could be collected within the fame compass from all other books, that were "ever compofed in any age, or in any "idiom. The two parts, of which the "Scriptures confift, are connected by a chain " of compofitions, which bear no resemblance "in form or style to any that can be produced

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