Biographical Memoirs of Adam Smith, William Robertson, Thomas Reid. to Which Is Prefixed a Memoir…

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byDugald Stewart

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1877 edition. Excerpt: ... NOTES AND ILLUSTRATIONS. Note A, p. 110. The information contained in the following Note (for which I am indebted to the friendship of Dr. Carlyle) cannot fail to be acceptable to those to whom the Literary History of Scotland is an object of curiosity. "The Select Society owed its rise to the ingenious Allan Ramsay, (son of the poet of that name,) and was intended for Philosophical Inquiry, and the improvement of the Members in the Art of Speaking. They met for the first time in the Advocates' Library, in May 1754, and consisted only of fifteen, who had been nominated and called together by Mr. Ramsay and two or three of hia friends. At that meeting they formed themselves into a society, into which the Members were ever after elected by ballot, and who met regularly every Friday evening, during the sittings of the Court of Session, both in summer and winter. "This Society continued to flourish for several years, and became so fashionable, that in 1759 their number amounted to more than 130, which included all the literati of Edinburgh and its neighbourhood, and many of the nobility and gentry, who, though a few of them only took any share in the debates, thought themselves so well entertained and instructed, that they gave punctual attendance. In this Society, which remained in vigour for six or seven years, Dr. Robertson made a conspicuous figure. By his means it was, and by the appearances made by a few of his brethren, that a new lustre was thrown on their order. From the Revolution (when the Church had been chiefly filled with incumbents that were illeducated) down to this period, the clergy of the Established Church had always been considered in a subordinate light, and as far inferior to the members of the other learned...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1877 edition. Excerpt: ... NOTES AND ILLUSTRATIONS. Note A, p. 110. The information contained in the following Note (for which I am indeb...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:172 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.37 inPublished:May 5, 2014Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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