Hand-book of Universal Biography

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G.P. Putnam, 1852 - Biography - 821 pages

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Page 203 - Poems, compiled with great variety of Wit and Learning, full of delight.
Page 303 - HERMIPPUS redivivus : or, the sage's triumph over old age and the grave. Wherein a method is laid down for prolonging the life and vigour of man.
Page 67 - Arnauld was a man of extensive erudition, and an indefatigable and excellent writer on a variety of subjects, literary and philosophical as well as theological. His works extend to no less than forty-five quarto volumes. Though in social life nis manners were mild and simple, he was of an impetuous disposition.
Page 199 - Every year of his life was marked by new experiments. We are indebted to him for the first certain knowledge of the absorption of air in calcination and combustion, and of the increase of weight which metals gain by oxidation. He first studied the chemical phenomena of the atmosphere^ and was thus the predecessor of Mayow, Hales, Cavendish, and Priestley.
Page 479 - Athenian Letters, or the Epistolary Correspondence of an Agent of the King of Persia, residing at Athens during the Peloponnesian War.
Page 108 - ROBERT, inventor of the panorama, was born at Kells, in Ireland, about 1740; and, having failed in business, became a miniature and portrait painter. He settled at Edinburgh, in that capacity; and, while viewing the landscape from the Calton Hill, was first struck with the idea of representing similar scenes in a circular picture. Eminent artists treated the project as chimerical ; but he persisted, and ultimately succeeded in accomplishing what may be considered as the triumph ot pictorial illusion.
Page 242 - Potomac, about four leagues from its mouth, where was an Indian village. Here he acquainted the prince of the place with his intentions, and by presents to him, and his principal men, conciliated his friendship so much as to obtain permission to reside in one part of the town until the next harvest, when it was stipulated the natives should entirely quit the place. Thus the governor took peaceable possession of the country of Maryland, and gave to the town the name of St.
Page 202 - ... surprise in an Indian war, fell into an ambuscade, by which he lost nearly one half of his troops, and received himself a mortal wound. All his officers on horseback, except colonel, afterwards general, Washington, who acted as aid, being killed, the army retreated precipitately, near 40 miles, to Dunbar's camp, where the general, who was conveyed there in a tumbril, expired.
Page 532 - He bore all these disgraceful punishments with unshrinking fortitude, and continued to employ nis pen in the same cause until the revolution, when the king offered him the rich deanery of Durham ; but this he refused, as inadequate to his sufferings and services, which he thought merited a bishopric. He finally received a present of 1000, and a pension of 300 per annum for the life ot himself and his son.
Page 106 - An Apology for the true Christian Divinity, as the same is preached and held forth by the People in scorn called Quakers.

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