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clearly demonstrates this organ to be the master, piece of nature's work.
Is that sense hy which we distinguish the different qualities of bodies; such as heat and cold, hardness and softness, roughness and smoothness, figure, solidity, motion, and extension.
These three senses, HEARING, SEEING, and FEELING, are deemed peculiarly essential among masons.
Is that sense by which we distinguish odours, the various kinds of which convey different impressions to the mind. Animal and vegetable bodies, and indeed most other bodies, while exposed to the air, continually send forth effluvia of vast subtilty, as well in the state of life and growth, as in the state of fermentation and putrefaction. These effuvia, being drawn into the nostrils along with the air, are the means by which all bodies are smelled. Hence it is evident, that there is a manifest appearance of design in the great Crea. tor's having planted the organ of smell in the inside of that canal, through which the air continually passes in respiration.
Enables us to make a proper distinction in the choice of our food. The organ of this sense guards the entrance of the alimentary canal, as that of smelling guards the entrance of the canal for respiration. From the situation of both these organs, it is plain that they were intended by nature to distinguish wholesome food from that which is
Every thing that enters into the sto. mach must undergo the scrutiny of tasting ; and by it we are capable of discerning the changes which the same body undergoes in the different compositions of art, cookery, chemistry, pharmacy, &c.
Smelling and tasting are inseparably connected, and it is by the unnatural kind of life men commonly lead in society, that these senses are rendered less fit to perform their natural offices.
On the mind all our knowledge must depend ; what, therefore, can be a more proper subject for the investigation of masons ? By anatomical dissection and observation, we Lecome acquainted with the body ; but it is by the anatomy of the mind alone we discover its powers and principles,
To sum up the whole of this transcendent measure of God's bounty to man, we shall add, that memory, imagination, taste, reasoning, moral
perception, and all the active powers of the soul, present a vast and boundless field for philosophical disquisition, which far exceeds human inquiry, and are peculiar mysteries, known only to nature, and to nature's God, to whom we and all are indebted for creation, preservation, and every blessing we enjoy.
Of the Sever Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The seven liberal ARTS and SCIENCES are next illustrated in this section : it may not therefore be improper to insert here a short explanation of them.
Grammar teaches the proper arrangement of words, according to the idiom or dialect of any particular people ; and that excellency of pronun, ciation, which enables us to speak or write a language with accuracy, agreeably to reason and
Rhetoric teaches us to speak copiously and fluently on any subject, not merely with propriety alone, but with all the advantages of force and elegance ; wisely contriving to captivate the hearer by strength of argument and beauty of expres
sion, whether it be to entreat and exhort, to ada monish or applaud.
Logic teaches us to guide our reason discretionally in the general knowledge of things, and directs our inquiries after truth. It consists of a regular train of argument, whence we infer, deduce, and conclude, according to certain premises laid down, admitted, or granted ; and in it are employed the faculties of conceiving, judging, reasoning, and disposing ; all of which are naturally led on from one gradation to another, till the point in question is finally determined.
Arithmetic teaches the powers and properties of numbers, which is variously effected, by letters, tables, figures, and instruments. By this art, reasons and demonstrations are given, for finding out any eertain number, whose relation or affinity to another is already known or discovered.
Geometry treats of the powers and properties of magnitudes in general, where length, breadth, and thickness, are considered, from a point to a line, from a line to a superficies, and from a superficies to a solid.
A point is a dimensionless figure ; or an indivisible part of space.
A line is a point continued, and a figure of one oapacity, namely, length.
A superficies is a figure of two dimensions, namely, length and breadth.
· A solid is a figure of three dimensions, namely, length, lreadth and thickness.
Of the Advantages of Geometry. By this science, the architect is enabled to construct his plans, and execute his designs; the general to arrange his soldiers ; the engineer to mark out ground for encampments ; the geographer to give us the dimensions of the world, and all things therein contained, to delineate the extent of seas, and specify the divisions of empires, kingdoms and provinces ; by it, also, the astronomer is enabled to make his observations, and to fix the duration of times and seasons, years and cycles. In fine, geometry is the foundation of architecture, and the root of the mathematics.
Music teaches the art of forming concords, so as to compose delightful harmony, by a mathema