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8 > Page 8 of Address delivered at the anniversary celebration of the birth of Spurzheim : and the organization of the Boston Phrenological Society, January 1, 1838 / by Elisha Bartlett.

8 which I shall speak, is the separation which they make of our true humanity from those accidental and factitious circumstan- ces with which it is interwoven and overlaid. By revealing to us the essential nature of humanity, in its complex physical and spiritual constitution, it exposes, also, the manifold illusions, which this humanity has always and everywhere worn. In the clear liaht of Phrenology, man, for the first time, stands be- fore us as man,-whatever, and however unlike and diverse may be the accidents of his environment. If there is any one moral truth, which can claim to be a central truth,-the truth of truths,-it is that of the entire, essential, absolute oneness and equality of human nature. All right rests upon this, its only immutable basis; all order flows from this, its sole inexhausti- ble fountain. I do not claim for Phrenology the merit of hav- ing first asserted or promulgated this truth. Always, through- out all time, and in every country, have there been SEERS, who have read the sublime record written on their own hearts;- always, too, have there been PROPHETS and TEACHERS, who have uttered it. It is a doctrine, also, of inspiration. It was proclaimed by Moses, and it runs through all the teachings of Christ. I do not claim for Phrenology, I say, the merit of hav- ing first asserted and promulgated this truth ; but I do claim for it the next highest merit of having given to that which was, before, only matter of argument or speculation, or of dogmatic statement, merely, the fixed and positive and everlasting attri- butes of science. What was precept became law, unchangea- ble and eternal, and universally binding in its obligations. In spite of all the teachings of sages and philosophers and prophets, blind to the light of wisdom, and deaf to the oracles of Revelation, men, generally, have never believed this truth. They do not yet believe it. At least they do not feel it, and they never have felt it. The feeling,-and in this case the feeling is equivalent to the belief,-is almost universal, that the circumstances, by which each man and woman is accidentally surrounded, have wrought a change in that man's or woman's nature, and rendered it unlike that of an individual surrounded