English chemist and clergyman
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A language can never be properly fixed, till all the varieties with which it is used have been held forth to public view, and the general preference of certain forms have been declared, by the general practice afterwards.
Joseph Priestley, English chemist and clergyman, Rudiments of English Grammar, 1761
Posted on November 27, 2003 at 2:35 PM