them from that order. I do not know but that many of the advocates will object to this statement ; but I presume enough up-on their modesty to believe that they do not mean more than I have stated for them; and if they mean less, the question is reduced to so small a compass as to be worth nothing to their purpose. Believing how-ever, that their views are correctly embodied in my statement, I proceed to dispute them.
I. By facts and incidents from the history of our intellect.
1. The first general fact is that the arts and sciences had their origin with our ancestors, and from them have flown forth to the world. They gave them to Greece, Greece to Rome, and Rome to others. Tytler's An. His. part I. sect. III.
The question is not whether they gave perfect systems, nor whether those systems might not have been discovered by others; but I am only now concerned with the fact of their originating the arts and sciences.