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BEING

A Memoir

OF

FRANZ CARVEL, BRUSHMAKER,

WRITTEN BY HIMSELF;

AND OF

HAROLD FREMDLING, ESQUIRE,

WRITTEN AND NOW REPUBLISHED BY

· FRANCIS DRAKE, ESQ.

WITH

DISCUSSIONS AND REVELATIONS RELATING TO SPECULATIVE

PHILOSOPHY, MORALS, AND SOCIAL PROGRESS.

LONDON:
LONGMAN, BROWN, GREEN, LONGMANS, & ROBERTS:

1857.

The right of Translation is reserved.

DOMANA rusi TIO ILLUNCA

NO

LONDON: PRINTED BY W. CLOWES AND SOXS, STAMFORD STREET,

AND CHARING CROSS.

FIRST MEMOIR;

BEING THAT OF

FRANZ CAR VEL,

A DISCIPLE OF IMMANUEL KANT, AND BRUSHMAKER IN

THE PARISH OF ST. MARYLEBONE:

WRITTEN BY HIMSELF.

Nothing is there to come, and nothing past,

But an eternal Now doth ever last."--Couley.

FRANZ CARVE L.

CHAPTER I.

THE PRESENT, SO CALLED. Till I was thirteen I understood the terms Present, Past, and Future, as the great multitude understand them. I say the great multitude, without reference to illustrious exceptions in Germany, and the very few exceptions elsewhere. The great multitude hold this opinion—that the past cannot be again present, and the present cannot be future till the future comes to be present. To say the same thing by example :- people in general think that a man who lives in what is called the present age cannot have a waking communication with people who lived a hundred years ago, or who will live a hundred years hence. I say that this was my opinion till I was thirteen years old ; yet even before this time I had met with a passage in one of our old poets that staggered me. He is speaking of absolute infinite existence; and he says of it,

Nothing is there to come, and nothing past,

But an eternal Now doth ever last.” It is, I think, a striking fact, that even when a boy

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