But the inconsistency has in part been explained by Gunkel, who has rightly emphasized that the writer did not freely invent his materials but derived them in the main from tradition, as he held that these mysterious traditions of his people were, if rightly expounded, forecasts of the time to come.
But these forecasts were ultimately upset, not only by Lord Spencer's illness and his removal.
But in its cool spirit it forecasts the coming age, whose master is John Locke.
The official figures are supplemented from time to time by numerous private forecasts, for instance those in " Neild's circular."
Although he strictly limited his prophetic pretensions to the estimate of tendencies and probabilities, his forecasts were none the less in demand.