On seeing his book printed, my scholarly husband would feel that his life work had not been lost. At present he is very unhappy about it, having met with no financial assistance in his great task.
Skickas inom vardagar. Excerpt from Essays of an Americanist: Ethnologic and Archologic; II. Graphic Systems and Literature; IV. Linguistic The word "Essays" appears on the title of this book in the sense in which old Montaigne employed it - attempts, endeavors.
The articles which make up the volume have been collected from many scattered sources, to which I have from time to time contributed them, for the definite purpose of endeavoring to vindicate certain opinions about debated subjects concerning the ancient population of the American continent.
In a number of points, as for example in the antiquity of man upon this continent, in the specific distinction of an American race, in the generic similarity of its languages, in recognizing its mythology as often abstract and symbolic, in the phonetic character of some of its graphic methods, in believing that its tribes possessed considerable poetic feeling, in maintaining the absolute autochthony of their culture - in these and in many other points referred to in the following pages I am at variance with most modern anthropologists; and these essays are to show more fully and connectedly than could their separate publication, what are my grounds for such opinions.
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