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PART III. FKOM HIS SETTLEMENT AT JENA TO HIS DEATH. (1790-1805.)
The duties of his new office naturally called upon Schiller to
devote himself with double zeal to History: a subject, which from
choice he had already entered on with so much eagerness. In the
study of it, we have seen above how his strongest faculties and
tastes were exercised and gratified: and new opportunities were now
combined with new motives for persisting in his efforts. Concerning
the plan or the success of his academical prelections, we have
scarcely any notice: in his class, it is said, he used most
frequently to speak extempore; and his delivery was not
distinguished by fluency or grace, a circumstance to be imputed to
the agitation of a public appearance; for, as Woltmann assures us,
' the beauty, the elegance, ease, and true instructiveness with '
which he could continuously express himself in private, were '
acknowledged and admired by all his friends.' His matter, we
suppose, would make amends for these deficiencies of manner: to
judge from his introductory lecture, preserved in his works, with
the title, Wltat is Universal History, and uith what views should
it be ttvdied, there perhaps has never been in Europe another
course of history sketched out on principles so magnificent and
philosophical.1 But college exercises were far from being his
ultimate object, nor did he rest satisfied with mere visions of
perfection: the compass of the outline he had traced, for a proper
Historian, was scarcely greater than the assiduity with which he
strove to fill it up. His letters breathe a spirit not only of
diligence but of ardour; 1 The paper entitled Hints on the Origin
of Human Society, as indicated in the Mosaic Records, the Mission
of Moses, the Laws of Solon and Lycurgus, are pieces of the very
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