Literary anecdotes and contemporary reminiscences, of professor Porson and others, from the papers of E.H. Barker

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Edmund Henry Barker
J. R. Smith, 1852
 

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الصفحة 135 - August 1774, when he was in his fifteenth year : and in that great seminary, he 65 almost, from the commencement of his career, displayed such a superiority of intellect, such facility of acquirement, such quickness of perception, and such a talent of bringing forward to his purpose all that he had ever read, that the upper boys took him into their society, and promoted the cultivation of his mind by their lessons, as well, probably, as by imposing upon him the performance of their own exercises....
الصفحة 101 - The same reason which hindered me from keeping my fellowship by the method you obligingly pointed out to me, would, I am greatly afraid, prevent me from being Greek Professor. Whatever concern this may give me for myself, it gives me none for the public. I trust there are at least twenty or thirty in the University equally able and willing to undertake the office; possessed, many, of talents superior to mine, and all of a more complying conscience. This I speak upon the supposition that the next...
الصفحة 64 - In this pursuit he soon acquired undisputed pre-eminence. He got the medal of course, and was elected a Fellow in 1781. In 1785 he took his degree of Master of Arts : but long before the period had elapsed when he must either enter into holy orders or surrender his Fellowship, he had (after the most grave and deliberate investigation, to which he had brought all that acute gift of examination that has been made so perceptible in his letters to Mr. Archdeacon Travis) made up his mind on the subject...
الصفحة 102 - University, that trifling gain would be as much exceeded by keeping the Professorship a sinecure, and bestowing it on a sound believer, as temporal considerations are outweighed by spiritual. Having only a strong persuasion, not an absolute certainty, that such a subscription is required of the Professor elect, — if I am mistaken, I hereby offer myself as a candidate ; but if I am right in my opinion, I shall beg of you to order my name to be erased from the boards, and I shall esteem it a favour...
الصفحة 98 - Noble madam, Men's evil manners live in brass; their virtues We write in water.
الصفحة 138 - ... he had with unparalleled difficulty just completed, when the beautiful copy which had cost him ten months of incessant toil, was burnt in the house of Mr. Perry, at Merton. The original being an unique, entrusted to him by his College, he carried with him wherever he went ; and he was fortunately absent from Merton on the morning of the fire. Unruffled by the loss, he sat down without a murmur, and made a second copy as beautiful as the first. It is extant in his library, and is quite ready for...
الصفحة 124 - It became the topic of astonishment beyond the district, and when he had reached his fourteenth year, had engaged the notice of all the gentlemen in the vicinity. Among others, he was mentioned as a prodigy to an opulent and liberal man, the late Mr. Norris...
الصفحة 101 - ... possessed, many, of talents superior to mine, and all of a more complying conscience. This I speak upon the supposition that the next Greek Professor will be compelled to read lectures : but if the place remains a sinecure, the number of qualified persons will be greatly increased. And though it were even granted, that my industry and attention might possibly produce some benefit to the interests of learning and the credit of the University, that trifling gain would be as much exceeded by keeping...
الصفحة 135 - Hewitt heard of his extrardinary propensities to study, his gift of attention to whatever was taught him, and the wonderful fidelity, with which he retained whatever he had acquired. He took him and his brother Thomas under his care, and instructed them in the Classics.
الصفحة 61 - ... son's unparalleled acquirements. From the earliest dawn of intellect, Mr. Porson began the task of fixing the attention of his children, three sons and a daughter, and he had taught Richard, his eldest son, all the common rules of arithmetic, without the use of book or slate, pen or pencil, up to the cube root, before he was nine years of age.

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