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      §20. Whatever a learned Man may do here, an intelligent
American, who enquired into the Nature of Things, would scarce
take it for a satisfactory Account, if desiring to learn our Archi-
tecture, he should be told, That a Pillar was a thing supported by a
Basis, and a Basis something that supported a Pillar. Would he not
think himself mocked, instead of taught, with such an account as
this? And a Stranger to them would be very liberally instructed in
the nature of Books, and the things they contained, if he should be
told, that all learned Books consisted of Paper and Letters, and that
Letters were things inhering in Paper, and Paper a thing that held
forth Letters; a notable way of having clear Ideas of Letters and
Paper. But were the Latin words Inhaerentia and Substantia, put into
the plain English ones that answer them, and were called Sticking on,
and Under-propping, they would better discover to us the very great
clearness there is in the Doctrine of Substance and Accidents, and
shew of what use they are in deciding of Questions in Philosophy.
Locke Hum II, 13, §20, p. 175