Proceedings of the Public Meeting Held at Freemasons' Hall on the 18th June, 1824, for Erecting a Monument to the Late James Watt

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John Murray, 1824 - Steam-engines - 96 pages
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Page 57 - to others. I have heard him refuse the honour universally ascribed to him, of being the inventor of the Steam Engine, and call himself simply its improver; though, in my mind, to doubt his right to that honour would be as inaccurate as to question Sir Isaac Newton's claim to his greatest discoveries, because
Page 14 - That the late James Watt, by the " profound 'science and original genius " displayed in his admirable inventions, " has more than any other man of this " age exemplified the practical utility " of knowledge, enlarged the power of " man over the external world, and " both multiplied and diffused the
Page 24 - country, we look as men to the benefits which Mr. Watt's inventions have imparted, and are still imparting, to the whole race of man ; or whether, as members of that great and powerful community of which he was a member, we confine ourselves to contemplate the special benefits which he conferred upon this
Page 23 - inadequate I feel myself to do justice to my own sentiments in this respect, I cannot but be gratified that I have a public opportunity to bear my humble acknowledgment of gratitude for his services, and of respect for his memory. Gentlemen :—whether, abstracting ourselves for a moment from all
Page 84 - such a duty as is this day to be performed, all political distinctions are forgotten ! We seem to rise into a higher region of light and truth, of genius and of science, where none of those passions darken, and none of those baser emotions discompose the atmosphere, that are
Page 26 - ago, murdered and devoured our intrepid but unfortunate navigator, Captain Cook, have, within that short period, become acquainted with many of the comforts of life, and made a greater progress, perhaps, towards improvement, than remains for them to make, in order to entitle themselves to
Page 34 - I feel most forcibly my own want of power to do justice to my sentiments on this occasion, and that I gladly relieve myself from any further prosecution of the attempt by proposing to you the following Resolution : " That those benefits, conferred by Mr.
Page 57 - imitation ; he was not only entirely free from jealousy, but he exercised a careful and scrupulous self-denial, and was anxious not to appear, even by accident, as appropriating to himself that which he thought belonged
Page 35 - which owes a tribute of national " gratitude to a man who has thus ho" noured her by his genius, and promoted " her well-being by his discoveries.
Page 41 - world ; the rather because the other two prosecutions are ever culpable of much perturbation and injustice: but this is a work truly divine, which cometh in aura leni without noise or observation."—Fragments of Valerius Terminus, on the Interpretation of Nature.

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