Biographical Memoir of James Dinwiddie, L.L.D., Astronomer by William Jardine Proudfoot

By William Jardine Proudfoot

This can be an account of the occupation of James Dinwiddie (1746-1815). First released in 1868 by way of Dinwiddie's grandson William Jardine Proudfoot, the paintings relies on Dinwiddie's personal autobiographical notes, shuttle logbook and private correspondence. The biography lines Dinwiddie's profession from the medical lectures he gave from 1781 and the magazine sequence Queries and tricks, which he all started in 1779, to his stopover at to the chinese language imperial courtroom as legitimate astronomer in Lord Macartney's challenge (1792-1794); his place of dwelling in Beijing and Canton; and his circulation to India, the place he was once appointed Professor of arithmetic, common Philosophy and Chemistry on the university of fortress William, Bengal. Dinwiddie's profession was once marked by means of passionate dedication to the dissemination of clinical wisdom - his travels, lectures and guides have been undertaken for this reason. His lifestyles is an interesting account of a polymathic brain on the way to fascinate and entertain a modern day readership.

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A flash of lightning struck the sea 1-J- miles distant, throwing up the water all round the point struck for about 50 yards, representing a vast flower pot in fireworks. " The morning of the 8th March was ushered in by the firing of cannon from the citadel, in honor of the Stadholder's birthday, and all the gentlemen of the embassy, in full uniform, were invited on shore to a sumptuous entertainment on the occasion, by the Governor. A much varied day was spent, finishing up with fireworks, and a ball which lasted to a late hour.

Windows of oyster shells, with panes about one inch and a quarter square, wrought upon hinges similar to the doors. Sometimes in the middle a piece of silk flowed in a pretty manner, and very transparent. Every arrangement for the prosecution of the journey was completed on the evening of the eighth, when the British band played up for the first time, seemingly with as little impression on the Celestial seamen as upon the Cochin-Chinese at Turon. At noon, the next day, the famous passage up the Peiho commenced, and, in regular succession, the boats moved forward by human labor, the men exerting themselves like horses.

Dinwiddie continued to struggle with difficulties until confinement to Dublin preyed seriously on his mind. The grand obstacle to a change was the apparatus, which he could neither redeem nor dispose of, unless at a greatly reduced price. Seeing no prospect of freeing himself, and unwilling to remain logger in this hopeless condition, he resolved to leave, even without the instruments, "which were arranged to remain in the possession of his landlord, but subject to the supervision of a young relative, •who had been the close companion of his travels, and who was now about to settle in Dublin.

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