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Sketch of the Life ^ Writings and Character of John David Michaelis 9 Professor of Philosophy at Gotiingen . AL THOUGH 19 years have elapsed since the decease of this illustrious man , during which time his name has become even
more familiar to English scholars than it was before his death no regular biographical account of him has yetappeared , we believe ,
in our language . It is presumed that an attempt to supply this deficiency ? by a memoir drawn from authentic sources , will be acceptable to the readers of the Monthly Repository .
In the year 1793 a small volume was published , by Professor Hassencamp , of Rinteln , which contains a life of Michaelis by himself , with notes by Hassen * camp ; a memoir on his literary character by Eichhorn ;
observations on the same subject by Schulz , and a Latin cjilogium , pronounced before the Royal Society of Gdttingen , on the occasion of his death , by Heyne . From this volume , and from Schlichtegroll ' s Necrology , ( Supp .
1798 ) the materials for the ensuing memoir have been drawn . Johist David Michaelis was born Feb . 27 , 1717 ) at Halle . His father was Christian Benedict
Michaehs , Professor of Theology and Oriental Languages in the University of Halle ; a man , whose fame has not been entirely eclipsed by the splendour of his son ' s reputation . He received the early
part of his education at home , under masters , who , as he relates , disgusted him by their mechanical method of teaching , and whom he displeased by his impatience
and want of steadiness . They forced him , however , to learn the Latin grammar thoroughly , and he made considerable progress in geography and history under their direction . When 11 years old , he to
( 17 ^ 9 ) was sent the public school of the Orphan-house in Halle , where he continued till he was 15 . His father appears , from the first , to have destined him for
a Professorship , but his early education did not give him the know-, ledge that should have prepared him for that office . He began to learn Greek only about half a
THE MONTHLY REPOSITORY OF Theology and General Literature ,
No , LXI . JANUARY . [ Vol . VI .
BIOGRA PHY .
VOX ,. VI , B
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1811, page unpag, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2412/page/1/