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Another of his visitors, while at Bologna, has put on record a testimony to the same effect, which, although it does not expressly allude to Mezzofanti's speaking the language, yet evidently supposes his acquaintance with it, and which moreover is interesting for its own sake. I allude to Dr. "W". JF. Edwards, of Paris, author of an able and curious essay addressed to the historian, Amedee Thierry, " On the Physiological Characters of the .Races of Man, in their Relation to History." In this essay, while combating the popular notion, that in England the ancient British race has been completely displaced by the various northern conquerors who have overrun the countey, Dr. Edwards alleges in support of his own work, which he heard expressed by Mezzofanti, and which, although founded on purely philological principles,* he regards as a singular confirmation of his own physiological deductions.
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