Observations on the Late Contests in the Royal Society

Observations on the Late Contests in the Royal Society

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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. 1784 edition. Excerpt: ...Narrative," p. 20, 21. This high-minded fpeech, which foreboded fuch a long courfe of diffenfions and difputes in the Royal Society, excited no fmall decree of alarm in the O breafts of many of the peaceable members, who wimed that the time of the ordinary meetings fhould be devoted only to philofophical purpofes. I wasmyfelf particularly ftartled, when I heard it pronounced. Hitherto I had been attached to the caafe of Dr. Hutton, and fincerely rejoiced in the teftirnonies of refpect he had received; believing, at the fame time, that after hisobtaining them, nothing more would occur, to interrupt the general bufinefs of the Society. But upon hearing Dr. Horfley's declarations, I began to afk myfelf where the matter would end: and what part fliould be sfted by one who &ad no other wifli than to fce the great objects of fcience and natural knowledge regularly and harmotiioufly purfued. I reflecled that the caufesmuft be be powerful indeed, which would juftify the interruption, for the whole feafort or longer, of the valuable defigns of the Society's ordinary meetings. Here then, to allude to a phrafe of the evermemorable John Hales, of Eaton, when he renounced the dodtrine of Calvin, . I found myfelf obliged to bid good night to Dr. Horfley. The profpedt which now appeared of a continued fcene of altercation and debate, induced the Prefident to invite a number of gentlemen to his houfe, ori the firft of January 1784, for the pur pofe of confidering what meafures ought to be taken for preferving the peace of the Society. At this meeting I was not prefent. I underftand that it was numerous, and that among the gentlemen who attended were many of the Society's oldeft and moft refpeclable members. An account was given them of the proceedings of...show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123656524X
  • 9781236565242