Lives of Learned and Eminent Men,: Taken from Authentic Sources, Adapted to the Use of Children of Four Years Old and Upwards. In Two Volumes..

Front Cover
Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy, ... and N. Hailes, 1823 - Biography - 204 pages
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 139 - Columbus was the first European who set foot in the New World which he had discovered. He landed in a rich dress, and with a naked sword in his hand. His men followed, and kneeling down, they all kissed the ground which they had so long desired to see. They next erected a crucifix, and prostrating themselves before it, returned thanks to God for conducting their voyage to such a happy issue.
Page 42 - WHAT shall I do to be for ever known, And make the age to come my own...
Page 164 - ... wind blowing against him, by observing how much farther he could leap in the direction of the wind, or blowing on his back, than he could leap the contrary way, or opposed to the wind ; an early mark of his original infantine genius. After a few years spent here, his mother took him home ; intending, as she had no other child, to have the pleasure of his company ; and that, after the manner of his father before him, he should occupy his own estate.
Page 107 - ... four hours, he committed them to the care of the keepers of his <chapel, who from time to time gave him notice how the hours went; but as in windy weather the candles were...
Page 171 - De j'Hospital, one of the greatest mathematicians of the age, to the English who visited him. " I represent him to myself as a celestial genius, entirely disengaged from matter.
Page 175 - It is further observed, concerning this part of his character, that he never talked either of himself or others, nor ever behaved in such a manner, as to give the most malicious censurers the least occasion even to suspect him of vanity. He was candid and affable, and always put himself upon a level with his company. He never thought either his merit or his reputation sufficient to excuse him from any of the common offices of social life. No singularities, either natural or affected, distinguished...
Page 169 - In 1696, Mr. Montague, then Chancellor of the Exchequer, and afterwards Earl of Halifax, obtained for him, of King William, the office of Warden of the Mint ; in which employment he was of signal service when the money was called in to be recoined. Three years after he was appointed Master of the Mint, a place of considerable profit, which he held till his death. In 1699 he was elected a member of the Royal Academy of Sciences at Paris. In 1701 he was, for the second time, chosen MP for the university...
Page 136 - October, after public prayers for success, he ordered the sails to be furled, and the ships to lie to, keeping strict watch, lest they should be driven ashore in the night. During this interval of suspense and expectation, no man shut his eyes; all kept upon deck, gazing intently towards that quarter where they expected to discover the land, which had been so long the object of their wishes.
Page 167 - As he sat alone in a garden, he fell into a speculation on the power of gravity; that as this power is not found sensibly diminished at the remotest distance from the centre of the earth to which...
Page 136 - Pinta observed a cane floating, which seemed to have been newly cut, and likewise a piece of timber artificially carved. The sailors aboard the Nigna took up the branch of a tree with red berries, perfectly fresh. The clouds around the setting sun assumed a new appearance; the air was more mild and warm, and, during night, the wind became unequal and variable. From all...

Bibliographic information