After taking his degree he wavered between classics and mathematics, but finally chose the latter.
For what are the classics but the noblest recorded thoughts of man?
He was educated at Winchester and University College, Oxford, where he took a first class in classics and a second in mathematics, besides taking a leading part in the Union debates.
And in the scientific region the great apologetic classics, like Butler, are hopelessly out of date.
With the systematic study of the Latin, and to a slight extent also of the Greek classics, he conjoined that of logic in the prolix system of Crousaz; and he further invigorated his reasoning powers, as well as enlarged his knowledge of metaphysics and jurisprudence, by the perusal of Locke, Grotius and Montesquieu.