A Brief Biographical Dictionary

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Julian Willis Abernethy
Arundel Print, 1881 - Biography - 497 pages
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Page viii - ... and the doubts created in a compiler's mind from conflicting statements. When we have read a few of his remarks, we turn over a few pages, to see whether " knowledge is power " in his mind, while he had pen in hand, and we read as follows, page 6, " At the close of his undertaking, the compiler has become abundantly aware, from experience, of the truth of a common remark, that there is nothing so liable to error and corruption as that most happy invention of figures; and he believes it will not...
Page x - He next observes — 186 editor on the other hand has himself solely to blame ; and as this may sometimes aid in accounting for discrepancies, a few illustrations will perhaps be acceptable. " For instance, the figures 8, 3, 5, frequently get put in each other's places, owing probably to a rough resemblance among them, especially in indistinct manuscript Examples occurring in the preparation of the present work, of 6 in the copy appearing as 9 in the proof, and instances in other works of these figures...
Page ix - In a former part of the preface, the compiler tells us " a figure that is not of established certainty is marked with an asterisk" in the work under review, and "the plan of this volume does not admit of a variation of dates being discussed, or even stated; and only allows an established uncertainty to be intimated by an asterisk.
Page x - ... himself solely to blame ; and as this may sometimes aid in accounting for discrepancies, a few illustrations will perhaps be acceptable. " For instance, the figures 8, 3, 5, frequently get put in each other's places, owing probably to a rough resemblance among them, especially in indistinct manuscript Examples occurring in the preparation of the present work, of 6 in the copy appearing as 9 in the proof, and instances in other works of these figures being interchanged, make it tolerably evident...
Page x - ... instance, the figures 8, 3, 5, frequently get put in each other's places, owing probably to a rough resemblance among them, especially in indistinct manuscript Examples occurring in the preparation of the present work, of 6 in the copy appearing as 9 in the proof, and instances in other works of these figures being interchanged, make it tolerably evident that they sometimes get inverted by the printer, either in sorting the type or in the act of composition Cases of 6 and 0 have been remarked...
Page x - ... of 6 and 0 have been remarked in correcting these proof sheets, and in the Biographie Universelle, John Hubner appears as born in 1608 for 1668. The figures 1 and 7 have also been interchanged The same figure repeatedly consecutively, 1779 becoming 1799; and, vice versa, 1669 for 1699, 1445 for 1455 The culprit years, however, which most frequently sin in this way are 1668 and 1688.
Page 475 - Comparative View of the Social Condition of England and France " (2 vols. 8vo, 1844). Nov. 27. — Ada Augusts, the Countess of Lovelace, at Great Cumherland Place, 37 years of age {the same as her father); only child of Lord Byron ("sole daughter of my house and heart"). Her tastes, however, in violent contrast to his, turned to mathematics and metaphysics ; and even the " Vestiges of Creation" ia sometimes ascrihed to her pen.
Page 4 - Historian and Missionary .... fl. 1067 Adam of Orleton. Bishop of Winchester 1285 . . 1375 Adam of Murimuth. Chronicler Ed.III&Kd II BORN.
Page 94 - Charles de Valois. Count of Maine and Anjou, brother of Philip IV 1270. . 1325 Charles the Bold. Duke of Burgundy. Life bv Barland; Kirk, 1863 " 1433.. 1477 Charles Albert. King of Sardinia (1831-49) 1798. . 1849 Charles Alexander, DI
Page 223 - One of the Discoverers of the Mississippi River — ab. 1730 Joly, Claude. French Political Writer. (Maxim» for r'.ductitiim of a Prince) 1607.

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