Excerpt from Life of Thomas Young, M.D., F. R. S., &C., And One of the Eight Foreign Associates of the National Institute of FranceNeedham's Select Lessons, and Tom Telescope's Newtonian Philosophy.The next half-year, I spent almost entirely at home. My father had a neighbour of the name of Kingdon', a man of great ingenuity, who, though originally a tailor, had raised himself by his talents and g...
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to a respectable situation in life - being at that time a land-surveyor and also land-steward to several gentlemen in the neighbourhood. His daughters had always treated me, when a child, with great kindness, and I was in consequence very fond of going to his house, where I found many books relating to science and particularly a Dictionary of Arts and Sciences, in three volumes, folio, which I began to read with the most intense interest and delight; at his house I also found several mathematical and philosophical instruments, the use of many of which I learnt, with the assistance of his daughters and his nephew.In March 1782, when nearly nine years of age, I was sent to the school of Mr. T. Thompson, at Compton in Dorsetshire, where I continued for nearly four years, having only left it for six months, during the year 1784. Mr. Thompson was a man of liberal and enlarged mind, who possessed a tolerable collee tion of English and classical books, which his pupils were allowed to make use of. It was his custom likewise to allow them a certain degree of discretion in the employment of their time - the following is the list of books which I read with Mr. Thompson in the school.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.