Mason & Dixon p. 195

Greenwood Village, CO on a Sunday in January

“His Lordship, as Mason relates, requir’d a People who liv’d in quite another relation to Time,– one that did not, like our own, hold at its heart the terror of Time’s passage,– far more preferably, Indifference to it, pure and transparent as possible. The Verbs of their language no more possessing tenses, than their Nouns Case-Endings,– for these People remain’d as careless of Sequences in Time as disengaged from Subjects, Objects, Possession, or indeed anything which might among Englishmen require a Preposition.”