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15.—The History of Arabia before Mahommed.
16.-A Translation of the Hamafa.
18.-A Translation of the Facahatul Khulafa.
Of the Cafiah.
19.—The History of Persia from Authorities in Sanscrit, Arabick, Greek, Turkish, Persian, ancient and modern.
Firdausi's Khofrau nama. 20.—The five Poems of Nizami, translated in prose. A Dictionary of
21.-A Translation of the Shi-king.
22.–The text of Can-fu-tsu verbally translated.
23.-—A History of the
of the Tartar Nations, chiefly of the Moguls and Othmans, from the Turkish and Persian.
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 witnesses of his indefatigable perseverance in the pursuit of knowledge, and of his ardour to accomplish whatever he deemed important; who saw the extent of his intellectual powers, his wonderful attainments in literature and science, and the facility with which all his compositions were made, cannot doubt, if it had pleased Providence to protract the date of his existence, that he would have ably executed much, of what he had so extensively planned.
I have hitherto principally confined my discourse to the pursuits of our late President in Oriental literature, which, from their extent, might appear to have occupied all his time; but they neither precluded his attention to professional studies, nor to science in general : amongst his publications in Europe, in polite literature, exclusive of various compositions in prose and verse, I find a translation of the speeches of Isæus, with a learned comment ; and, in law, an Effay on the Law of Bailments : upon the subject of this last work, I cannot deny myself the gratification of quoting the sentiments of a celebrated historian : “Sir William
Jones has given an ingenious and rational essay on the law of Bailments. He is per
haps the only lawyer equally conversant with " the year books of Westminster, the commen“ taries of ULPIAN, the Attic pleadings of “ Isæus, and the sentences of Arabian and « Perhan Cadhis,'
His professional studies did not commence before his twenty-second year, and I have his own authority for asserting, that the first book of Englis jurisprudence which he ever studied, was Fortescue's essay in praise of the laws of England.
Of the ability and conscientious integrity, with which he discharged the functions of a Magistrate, and the duties of a Judge of the Supreme Court of Judicature in this settlement, the public voice and public regret bear ample and merited testimony, The same penetration which marked his scientific researches, distinguished his legal investigations and decisions ; and he deemed no inquiries burthensome, which had for their object substantial justice under the rules of law.
His addresses to the jurors, are not less dis
tinguished for philanthropy, and liberality of sentiment, than for just expofitions of the law, perspicuity, and elegance of di&ion; 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, expressed in a wish, which we now know to have been prophetic.
Mihi fit, oro, non inutilis toga,
I have already enumerated attainments and works, which, from their diversity and extent, seem 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 Perhans; and whilst with a kindred genius he perufed with
rapture the heroic, lyric, or moral compositions, of the most renowned poets of Greece, Rome, and Asia, he could turn with equal delight and knowledge, to the sublime speculations, or mathematical calculations, of BARROW and New
With them also, he professed his conviction of the truth of the Christian religion, and he justly deemed it no inconsiderable advantage, that his researches had corroborated the multiplied evidence of revelation, by confirming the Maick account of the primitive world. We all recollea, and can refer to the following sentiments in his eighth anniversary discourse. “ Theological inquiries are no part
of my present subject; 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,
purer morality, more important history, and “ finer strains both of poetry and eloquence, " than could be collected within the same
compass from all other books, that were ever composed in any age,
any “ idiom. The two parts, of which the
Scriptures consist, are connected by a chain “ of compositions, which bear no resemblance " in form or style to any that can be produced