General Biography; Or, Lives, Critical and Historical, of the Most Eminent Persons of All Ages, Countries, Conditions, and Professions, Arranged According to Alphabetical Order Volume 10

General Biography; Or, Lives, Critical and Historical, of the Most Eminent Persons of All Ages, Countries, Conditions, and Professions, Arranged According to Alphabetical Order Volume 10

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1815 edition. Excerpt: ...an extensive acquaintance with the Hebrew language, when he was invited by M. de Caylus, Bishop of Auxerre, to pursue the study of divinity, first at the seminary of his diocese, and afterwards at Amersfort. Having, however, no inclination for the church, he returned to his oriental studies at Paris. His diligence and constant attendance at the royal library recommended him to the Abbe Sallier, keeper of the manuscripts, who made him known to his friends, and procured for him a moderate maintenance under the character of student of the Oriental languages. The view of some manuscripts in the language of the Zend, or that of the supposed writings of Zoroaster, inspired him with an irresistible desire to visit India, in search of those works; and an expedition being in preparation at L'Orient for that country, as he was unable, by the application of his friends, to procure a passage thither, he entered as a common soldier, and left Paris with his knapsack on his back. The minister, however, when apprized of this instance of literary zeal, directed that he should be provided with a free passage, and proper accommodations. He arrived at Pondicherry in August 1755; and after encountering many hardships from sickness and fatigue, and disappointment in his plans, in consequence of the war between France and England, he went to Surat where he employed himself in the translation of some manuscripts which he had obtained. The capture of Pondicherry obliged him to return to Europe in an English ship. He spent some time in London and Oxford, and in 1762 arrived at Paris with no other property than 180 manuscripts and some Indian curiosities. A pension was procured for him by the Abb Barthelemi and other friends, with the title of Oriental interpreter in the...show more

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  • Paperback | 368 pages
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  • English
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  • 1236625498
  • 9781236625496