Sketches of Royal Society and Royal Society Club

Sketches of Royal Society and Royal Society Club

by Taylor and Francis
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0714624055

ISBN-13: 9780714624051

Pub. Date: 11/19/1971

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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Section VIII. Mr. Alexander Dalrymple, F.R.S. Having thus given a slight account of all the Presidents of the Royal Society in my time, I shall now proceed to say something

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Section VIII. Mr. Alexander Dalrymple, F.R.S. Having thus given a slight account of all the Presidents of the Royal Society in my time, I shall now proceed to say something of some of my other colleagues in the Society Club. Alexander Dalrymple, who was Hydrographer to the Admiralty in the earlier years of my Secretaryship, was the son of Sir James Dalrymple, Bart., of Hailes, and of Lady Christian, daughter of the Earl of Had- dington, a very amiable and accomplished woman; and brother of the celebrated judge and historian Lord Hailes. Having left the school of Haddington before he was fourteen, and not being sent to any other, or to the University, Alexander's scholastic endowments were very limited. His eldest brother was wont to make him translate some of the Odes of Horace to keep up his Latin. But going abroad entirely his own master, before he was sixteen years of age, no progress was made in his Latin: he says, indeed, as he never found any use for it, he took no pains to keep it up. His family had interest enough with Alderman Baker, Chairman of the East India Company, to obtain for him a writership in the Company's service, which suited young Dalrymple, who had conceived a strong desire to go to the East Indies, by reading ' Menhoff's Voyages' and a novel called 'Joe Thomson.' He was for a short time placed in an academy at Enfield to be instructed inwriting and accounts, qualifications respecting which he was to be examined, and some demur was made to this part of hiscertificate. He was, however, appointed a writer on the Madras establishment. But here was another defect. He wanted a few months of sixteen years of age; and, when mentioned, Lady Christian strongly objected to her son tacitly assenting to countenance what was untrue, though it was urged that th...

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ISBN-13:
9780714624051
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/19/1971
Series:
Social History of Science, No. 9 Series
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.63(d)

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