Life and Correspondence of Abraham Sharp: The Yorkshire Mathematician and Astronomer, and Assistant of Flamsteed; with Memorials of His Family, and Associated Families

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S. Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, Limited; [etc., etc.,], 1889 - 342 pages
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Page 42 - Observer' at a salary of 100£ per annum, his duty being 'forthwith to apply himself with the most exact care and diligence to the rectifying the tables of the motions of the heavens and the places of the fixed stars, so as to find out the so much desired longitude of places for the perfecting the art of navigation.
Page 175 - ... by an instrument described in Gilbert's work " De Magnete." The new invention of logarithms, however, was the subject which chiefly occupied his thoughts; and in his lectures at Gresham. college he proposed an alteration of their scale from the form given them by their inventor, Lord...
Page 167 - Bradford, where he ended his days about the year 1743 (should be, in 1742) ; and where I have seen not only a large and very fine collection of mechanical tools, the principal ones being made with his own hands, but also a great variety of scales and instruments made with them, both in wood and brass, the divisions of which were so exquisite, as would not discredit the first artists of the present times...
Page 47 - Upon hearing occasionally that you had sent a letter to Dr. Wallis about the parallax of the fixed stars to be printed, and that you had mentioned therein with respect to the theory of the moon, I was concerned to be publicly brought upon the stage about what, perhaps, will never be fitted for the public, and thereby the world put into an expectation of what, perhaps, they are never like to have.
Page 277 - the bosom of the Church of England, he ever cherished for her " institutions the most unshaken regard, while his whole soul " was in harmony with the sacred strain — ' Glory to God in the " highest, on earth peace, good will towards men ;' on which his " life presented one beautiful comment of glowing piety and un
Page 291 - The petition was referred to the Right Hon. the Lords of the Committee for Trade and Plantations, and upon their recommendation, and as a testimony of his respect for the memory of the Rev. David Clarkson, the father of the petitioner, King William III.
Page 11 - Soveraigne Lord Charles the Second, by the grace of God of England, Scotland, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c.
Page 277 - Virtue he aimed to rescue his native Country from the guilt and inconsistency of employing the arm of Freedom to rivet the fetters of Bondage, and established for the Negro Race, in the person of Somerset, the long-disputed rights of Human Nature.
Page 225 - Whilst they were delivering it to him we heard great shooting of cannon and muskets ; all run presently to the works, which the enemy was storming. Here for threequarters of an hour was very hot service, but at length they retreated. They made a second attempt, but were also beaten off...
Page 277 - Freed by competence from the necessity, and by content from the desire, of lucrative occupation, He was incessant in his labours to improve the condition of mankind, Founding public happiness on public virtue.

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