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been deemed most inexceptionable, because most conversant with its
subject, namely, the testimony of neighbors.
"Of the second insinuation of deficiency of scholarship, I
have to say that I consider Professor Brooks a good scholar, clear,
communicative, and correct in his instruction of classes. He is still
young, a diligent student and constantly adding to his acquisitions.
Indeed I may appeal to the manner in which he has conducted this
very controversy as a proof of his scholarship, for I think a
discerning mind can discover in his communications the caution, the
perspicuity, the directness and the correctness of the scholar."
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