Life and Letters of Thomas Campbell Volume 1

Life and Letters of Thomas Campbell Volume 1

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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. 1849 edition. Excerpt: ...he, 'if those distant bodies had ceased to exist two millions of years ago, we should still see them, as the light would travel after the body was gone.'... These were Herschel's words; and if you had heard him speak them, you would not think he was apt to tell more than truth. "After leaving Herschel, I felt elevated and overcome; and have, in writing to you, made only this memorandum of some of the most interesting moments of my life. T. C." A few days later he writes: --"Septemher 19, 1813. "I cannot tell you how much a kind letter, when I receive it in the morning, contributes to give a cheerful tone to my thoughts for the rest of the day.... Worthing is a pleasant-looking place. I made the jaunt in company with an American gentleman, who knew my brother Archibald intimately, and spoke of him in kindness itself.... The parrot left my lodgings yesterday. It is bought for eight guineas, being an excellent speaker, by an elderly lady who, I suppose, had advertised for a 'companion;' but, alas, the dear children are those of a widower, who is obliged to leave them to the charge of a nursery-maid. The poor mother died very suddenly. "I intend to be home on Wednesday... T. C." The impression left upon Campbell's mind by this conversation appears to have been a little too strong: Herschel's opinion never amounted to more than hypothesis, having some degree of probability. Sir John Herschel remembers his father saying--" If that hypothesis were true, and if the planet destroyed were as large as the earth, there must have been at least 30,000 such fragments;" but always as an hypothesis--he was never heard to declare any degree of conviction that it was so. NoVl847. W. B. # Once more at Sydenham, Campbell resumed...show more

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  • Paperback | 140 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 263g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236536185
  • 9781236536181