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And if it be thus , I fain would ask , wherein consists the mighty difference between the honours of a poor Scotch college , and those of a poor American university ? When I use the term poor , I beg I may not be misunderstood . I am referring to an anecdote in the life of Dr . Johnson , who , when he visited the University of St . Andrew ' s , I thiak , heard great complaints of the poverty of the College , and , in the pure strain of urbanity for which
he was renowned , comforted them with the persuasion that they would get rich by Degrees . I have not yet heard that the American literary men are attempting to get rich in this way . I believe they never sell their honours . And I would have your correspondent
in Cambridge be so good as to recollect , that we Dissenters cannot expect to receive literary distinctions from the Church Universities of England at any rates : and therefore , if we are desirous
of having them , in order to render our names profitable to the booksellers who pay us for the use of them , or to give celebrity to an academical institution or a school , or to add an importance to our own dear selves , we are
compelled either to receive them for nothing from a transatlantic seat of learning , or to pay the price of the day to one of the royal institutions of Scotland . I have seen the whole process of doctor-making , and I have known the cost of it ; but having for many years resided at an inconvenient
distance from these seats of learning and springs of honour , I cannot tell how the ** commutation strange" is now brought about , nor on what terms ; but , until I learn otherwise , 1 ^ shall apprehend the same elaboration is employed which some thirty years ago I witnessed " pour 6 riger en oracle " the voice of a reverend divine in the
West of England , now dead ; m order that theology might , through his honoured lipa , be better distilled , and better suit a certain class of professing Christians-Let me enter a caveat , however , against lessening the merit of those
gentlemen who have received their academical titlqs as the fit reward of their industry at college , or the extraordinary abilities they there displayed . I know some who richly deserve the honours they wear , and I respect those honours when J see them appended to
their names . Those gentlemen digmfy their titles $ their titles add nothing to them . But who of us , Mr . Editor , that are not Cambridge or Oxford men , are so aristocratical as to think that we should
be " guilty of petty treason / ' were we to receive , and to avail ourselves of , a diploma from Boston , or even from Evansville 01 : the Prairie of Birkbeck ? If any body of professors can qualify a man to act either as a divine , a
physician or a philosopher , they may surely give him an authority to instruct others when his college education is completed . The " Go teach all nations , ' * is the property of one as well as of another set of learned men , nor will our American brethren suffer the mo ^
ther country to monopolize this privilege , although a Cambridge , and after him an Oxford scholar , be disposed to enter the lists with them to forbid them the prizie . ** Of all the cants that are canted in this canting world , " surely the cant of a monopoly of learning is the most intolerable .
With a high respect for true genius and learning , even in a plain Mr ., I am , Sir , from every assumption of a literary aristocracy , A DISSENTER .
Sir W . Scott * s Judgment on the Patent Coffin Case . Consistory Court , Doctors * Commons , Nov . 8 . The office of the Judge promoted by Gilbert against Bus-ward and Boyer .
THIS important and novel proceeding , which had been argued at great length on a former day , came on for judgment before Sir Wm . Scott this morning , who proceeded to the following effect : —
This suit is brought by John Gilbert , parishioner of St . Andrew , Holborn , against John Busward and Wm . Boyer , churchwardens , for the offence of obstructing the interment of his wife , Mary Gilbert . The criminating articles state in substance , that she was a parishionerthat she died 2 nd March
, , J 819 ; the body was deposited in an iron coffin , and proper notice given of the intended interment on the 9 th ; but that the churchwardens prevented by force the burial taking place , and in consequence thereof the body was deposited in the bone-house ; that such
Sir JF . Scott * 9 Judgment on the Patent Coffin Case . 695
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Dec. 2, 1820, page 695, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2495/page/7/