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Eulogy on Nathaniel Bowditch, LL. D., President of the American Academy of ...
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Page 89 - Item. It is well known, that the valuable scientific library of the celebrated Dr. Richard Kirwan was, during the Revolutionary war, captured in the British Channel, on its way to Ireland, by a Beverly privateer ; and, that by the liberal and enlightened views of the owners of the
Page 89 - This inestimable advantage has made me deeply a debtor to the Salem Athenaeum ; and I do therefore give to that Institution the sum of one thousand dollars, the income thereof to be for ever applied to the promotion of its objects and the extension of its usefulness.
Page 97 - It is a proud circumstance for America, that she has preceded her parent country in such an undertaking ; and we in England must be content, that our language is made the Vehicle of the sublimest portion of human knowledge, and be grateful to you for rendering it more accessible.
Page 42 - the perfection of the analysis. It is very important to reject every empirical process, and to complete the analysis, so that it shall not be necessary to derive from observations any but indispensable data. The intention of this work is to obtain, as
Page 43 - is the work of La Place, affording an example, which is yet solitary in the history of human knowledge, of a theory entirely complete; one that has not only accounted for all the phenomena that were known, but that has discovered many before unknown, which observation has since
Page 90 - their librarian,) made an offer of remuneration to Dr. Kirwan, who respectfully declined it, expressing his satisfaction, that his valuable library had found so useful a destination.
Page 26 - of correcting the apparent distance of the moon from the sun, or a star for the effects of parallax and refraction.
Page 42 - he has accomplished, in a manner deserving the highest praise for its symmetry and completeness ; but, from the abridged manner in which the analytical calculations have been made, it has been found difficult to be understood by many persons, — who have a strong and decided taste for mathematical studies, — on account of the time and labor required to insert the intermediate steps
Page 89 - the library thus captured was sold at a very low rate ; and in this manner was laid the foundation upon which have since been successively established the Philosophical Library, so called, and the present Salem Athenaeum. Thus in early life I found near me a better collection of philosophical and scientific works than could be found in any other part of the United States nearer than Philadelphia. This