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Conclusion.       §19. Having thus given an account of the original, sorts, and
extent of our Ideas, with several other Considerations, about these
(I know not whether I may say) Instruments, or Materials, of our
Knowledge, the method I at first proposed to my self, would now
require, that I should immediately proceed to shew, what use the
Understanding makes of them, and what Knowledge we have by
them. This was that, which, in the first general view I had of this
Subject, was all that I thought I should have to do: but upon a
nearer approach, I find, that there is so close a connexion between
Ideas and Words; and our abstract Ideas, and general Words, have
so constant a relation one to another, that it is impossible to
speak clearly and distinctly of our Knowledge, which all consists
in Propositions, without considering, first, the Nature, Use, and
Signification of Language; which therefore must be the business of
the next Book.
Locke Hum II, 33, §19, p. 401