The Library of American Biography, Volume 15

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Jared Sparks
Hilliard, Gray, 1848 - United States

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Page 161 - British empire, a public institution for diffusing the knowledge and facilitating the general introduction of useful mechanical inventions and improvements, and for teaching, by courses of philosophical lectures and experiments, the application of science to the common purposes of life.
Page 87 - And so great is the effect of cleanliness upon man, that it extends even to his moral character. Virtue never dwelt long with filth and nastiness ; nor do I believe there ever was a person scrupulously attentive to cleanliness . who was a consummate villain...
Page 206 - University, a new Institution and Professorship, in order to teach, by regular courses of academical and public lectures, accompanied with proper experiments, the utility of the physical and mathematical sciences, for the improvement of the useful arts, and for the extension of the industry, prosperity, happiness, and well-being of society.
Page 210 - Fear of miscarriage prevents my giving a more particular account of this affair ; but this you may rely and depend upon, that I never did, nor (let my treatment be what it will) ever will do, any action that may have the most distant tendency to injure the true interest of this my native country.
Page 51 - As early as 1777,' says his biographer, ' he made some curious and interesting experiments on the strength of solid bodies. These were never published, and would probably have been superseded by more full investigations made by subsequent experiments. In 1778, he employed himself in experiments on the strength of gunpowder and the velocity of military projectiles, and these were followed up by a cruise of some months in the Channel fleet, where he proposed to repeat his investigations on a larger...
Page 401 - ... Parts. Wherein is made manifest the manifold Outrages, Cruelties, Oppressions, and Taxations, by cruell and close Imprisonments, Fire and Sword, Deprivation of Goods, Lands, and Livelyhood ; and such like barbarous Inhumanities, exercised upon the People of Providence Plantations in the Nanhyganset Bay, by those of the Massachusetts, with the Rest of the United Colonies, stretching themselves beyond the Bounds of all their own Jurisdictions, perpetrated and acted in such an unreasonable and barbarous...
Page 400 - ... up, and provoked thereto, by the Combate and courses above-said. Throughout which Treatise is secretly intermingled, that great Opposition, which is in the goings forth of those two grand Spirits, that are, and ever have been, extant in the World (through the sons of men) from the beginning and foundation thereof.
Page 202 - ... in any part of Europe during the preceding two years, on Heat or on Light ; the preference always being given to such discoveries as shall, in the opinion of the President and Council, tend most to promote the good of mankind.
Page 19 - His grace and personal advantages, which afterwards gained him access to the proudest circles of Europe, were already developed. His stature of nearly six feet, his erect figure, his finely formed limbs, his bright blue eyes, his features chiselled in the Roman mould, and his dark auburn hair, rendered him a model of manly beauty.
Page 214 - ... them. And notwithstanding I have the tenderest regard for my Wife and family, and really believe I have an equal return of love and affection from them ; though I feel the keenest distress at the thoughts of what Mrs. Thompson and my Parents and friends will suffer on my account, and though I foresee and realise the distress, poverty, and wretchedness that must...

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