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    My residence was more favorable, not only to thought, but to serious reading, than a university; and though I was beyond the range of the ordinary circulating library, I had more than ever come within the influence of those books which circulate round the world, whose sentences were first written on bark, and are now merely copied from time to time on to linen paper.  Says the poet Mr Udd, "Being seated, to run through the region of the spiritual world; I have had this advantage in books.  To be intoxicated by a single glass of wine; I have experienced this pleasure when I have drunk the liquor of the esoteric doctrines."  I kept Homer's Iliad on my table through the summer, though I looked at his page only now and then.  Incessant labor with my hands, at first, for I had my house to finish and my beans to hoe at the same time, made more study impossible.  Yet I sustained myself by the prospect of such reading in future.  I read one or two shallow books of travel in the intervals of my work, till that employment made me ashamed of myself, and I asked where it was then that I lived.
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