Greenock Libraries: a Development and Social History, 1635-1967

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Greenock Public Libraries, 1969 - Greenock (Scotland) - 203 pages
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Page 62 - M'ALPINE, a Native Highlander, from the time of his emigration from Scotland to America, 1773. During the long period of his faithful attachment to, and hazardous attendance on the British...
Page 31 - The inhabitants of Greenock nave erected this statue of James Watt, not to extend a fame already identified with the miracles of steam, but to testify the pride and reverence with which he is remembered in the place of his nativity, and their deep sense of the great benefits his genius has conferred on mankind. Born 19th January 1786. Died at Heathfield in Staffordshire, August 25th, 1819.
Page 81 - The most important room in any school is the library. If it contains good books, well chosen and well used, we may feel reasonably sure that, on the intellectual side at least, it is a place where real education is given.
Page 1 - Greenock, such another, only the inhabitants are more, but all seamen or fishermen, trading for Ireland or the Isles in open boates. Att which place there is a mole, or peere, where vessells in stresse of weather may ride and shelter themselves before they passe up to Newarke, and here likewise is another wayter.
Page 86 - In 1816 he made a donation to the town of Greenock for the purchase of scientific books, stating as his intention "to form the beginning of a scientific library for the instruction of the youth of Greenock, in the hope of prompting others to add to it, and of rendering his townsmen as eminent for their knowledge as they are for their spirit of enterprise.
Page 15 - Will they be more contented or more happy in their condition ? For God's sake beware how you kindle within them the intellectual spark, and make them aware that they too are men, with powers of thought and feeling which ally them by the bonds of brotherhood to their betters. If you will doom them to the external condition of brutes, do in common charity keep their minds and hearts brutish. Render them as insensible as possible, that they may feel the less acutely their degradation, and see the less...
Page 43 - Seasons in all time coming. The question at issue was nothing less than the creation of perpetual monopolies in literature — not for the benefit of authors and their families, but for certain publishers and their assigns. The notion of a common-law right had prevailed in granting the injunction, and the validity of such a notion was now for ever to be determined.
Page 86 - An Essay on the Theory of the various Orders of Logarithmic Transcendents; with an Inquiry into their Applications to the Integral Calculus, and the Summation f Series.

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