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arc now confined in one of the public prisons , where the author of the last letter was introduced to them , in order , it p ossible , to bring them to their right senses : but he found that thev were deplorably ignorant , obstinately persisting in their awful delusion . "
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have raised him to a deservedly high rank in the commonwealth of learning . The attainments which he had made in Eastern literature had eminently qualified him f © r both the arduous undertakings which he had planned ; for one of which , the more perfect and complete collation of all the known manuscripts of the New Testament , he had made
as an individual , unprecedented collections . But it was not as a mere man of learning that his death is to be lamented by us . As a Literary Association , we have sustained a severe loss of great versatility of talents and variety of knowledge ; enlivened by a brilliant vivacity of conversation , which rendered his society so eagerly sought by the few whose acquaintance in this place his health would allow him to cultivate
. ; but which , in more favourable circumstances , would have qualified him to act an eminently useful part , not only as connected with this Institution , but as a member of society at large . " The following extract from the 13 th and last Report will give the reader some idea of the nature and present state of the Society : —
" The Papers this year have not been numerous , but some have been of considerable importance . In April , Mr . Clennell read an i Essay on the Expediency of disclosing the Processes ot Manufactures , ' a subject which , was afterwards discussed at one or two meetings . In May , an Essay was read , * On the Nature of Style , and the Causes of its
Diversity , by Mr . W . Turner , jun . In August , Mr . O . Gray gave an * Account of some Experiments on the-Root of the Crocus Vernus , as a Substitute for Wheat Flour , ' with specimens of bread , &c . In September , Mr . Turner read a * Sketch of the History of the Society , from its First Establishment to the End of its Twelfth
Year , ' which was ordered to be printed as an Introduction to the New Catalogue of the Society ' s Books , Philosophical Apparatus , and other property . At the November meeting was read ' Dr . FcnwickVi Memoir of the Life , -Character , and Professional Merit of the kite Dr . Clark ; ' and also Dr . RamsayV , shorter c Summary of Dr . Clark ' s Character , both as a JVTa . 11 and a Phvsician . ' In .
December , Mr . Turner read an ' Outline of the Lectures on Optics and Astronomy proposed to be delivered in the Earl } ' Part of 1 & 06 , hi the New Jnstitution established under the Patronage . , of
IITERARY , LITERARY and PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY OF NEWCAS TLE-UPON- rrNE .
We have received from a correspondent the annual Reports of this Society , from the latest of which it appears that it is in an unusually flourishing state . It was established in 1793- The early view ' s of its projectors were limited to meetings for literary discussion . In 1794 , however , it was resolved to establish a general library , and this measure greatly increased the number of the members . The library now contains a vast number of volumes ,, some of them , we observe , extremely valuable . In
1802 , a New Institution , for Philosophical Lectures , grew out of the former institution , and is connected with it . The Rev . W . Turner is the lecturer . We have seen some of the syllabuses of his lectures , which give us a high idea , both of him as a philosophical lecturer , and of the growing- state of science in Newcastle . A Report of the state of the Society at large is published every year , in which , after the manner of the French Academy , the deaths of eminent and active members are noticed , and their eloge briefly pronounced . "We copy from the 13 th Report the following beautiful character ( we suppose , from the able pen of the Secretary ) of Professor Carlyle : —
€ < Among the deceased members of the past year , the Society has particularly to regret the loss of the Rev . Joseph Dacre Carlyle , B . D . late Vicar of this town , and Professor of Arabic in the University of Cambridge ; of whose merit as a polite and elegant scholar the world has already had ample proof , in * Select Specimens of Arabic Poetry , * and expects , with confidence , a poweriul additional testimony ,, in those Poetical Effusions , inspired by the interesting scenery of the Troad , which will shortly be laid before the public . But his meditated services to the cause of Science and Religion would , doubtless ,
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1807, page 49, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2376/page/49/