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ous languages, was pronounced inimitable; and persons of the finest taste and judgment considered themselves as obliged in getting some specimens for their cabinets of curiosities.

She modelled her own bust in wax, at a looking-glass, and decorated it afterwards with artificial pearls of her own making, which many persons imagined were real, till they were convinced of the contrary by pricking them with a needle.

Still these various pursuits were only relaxations from her studies, which she followed with such intenseness of application, that at the age of eleven she instructed her brothers in their lessons.

Her father perceiving her uncommon thirst for knowledge, gave her Seneca's morals to read, and took such great delight in aiding her inclination,

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that comparatively in a very short time, she not only understood the Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Syriac, Chaldee, Arabic, and Ethiopic languages, but also the English, French, and Italian. She was also well versed in geography, astronomy, and philosophy, and had a competent acquaintance with history and divinity.

With all this various and profound knowledge, she was remarkable for the humility of her disposition. Her prodigious acquirements, and the fame which they procured her, did not make her proud, or lead her into a vain conceit of her abilities.

At the age of fourteen she was courted in marriage by a gentleman of high rank and great wealth; but, after deliberate consideration, she declined the

flattering offer, and devoted herself to a single life.

If any doubts could be entertained of the truth of the surprizing things recorded of her literary accomplishments, they must be completely dispelled when it is known, that her merits were celebrated by such men as Rivetus, Vossius, Spanheim, Salmasius, and Huygens. Those great scholars were proud of her correspondence, and by their means she became the friend of Gassendi, Balzac, Mersennus, Bochart, and other famous men in France.

Her fame, indeed, was so universally spread, that personages of the most exalted rank honoured her with their company and confidence.

When Christina, queen of Sweden,

paid her a visit, and entered into a familiar conversation with her, Anna secretly took a likeness of her majesty, which was so exceedingly striking as to excite the admiration and astonishment of all who beheld it.

The first thing published by this extraordinary woman was a Latin poem on the institution of the university of Utrecht, in 1636; but afterwards the famous professor of divinity, Spanheim, of Leyden, prevailed with her to print several learned performances in He-brew, Latin, Greek, and French. This surprising monument of female genius was published in 1648, under the title of the "Smaller Works of Anna Maria Schurman."

This learned lady died at Wiewert, a village in Holland, in 1678, after having recommended her soul to the

Almighty with sentiments of fervent devotion and resignation.


NOTHING can be more pleasing and instructive than to observe the progress of great talents, virtue, and industry, from obscurity to distinction and wealth.

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Riches and honours are real blessings, when possessed by those who have acquired them by merit, or who know how properly to estimate and use them. Neither is an antient and noble lineage to be undervalued, since it may be properly considered as a stimulas to worthy deeds, and a restraint from mean actions.

But it is more glorious to be the

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