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been done towards mental improvement, in circumstances generally worse than their own, and that a defect in talents frequently arises from a defect in self cultivation : and that there is much less room for excuse than is generally supposed: in short, that no quarter should be shewn to those who while away time, and permit a sort of religious gossipping to engender in them the disgraceful habits of indolence or sloth. It is hoped, and not unreasonably, that they will see from a perusal of this work, that the divine Providence is never parsimonious in affording all necessary advantages, and if duly improved, neither they, nor the people to whom they minister, will have much cause to complain of a deficiency of gifts through inadequate supplies of Providence, or inefficient influence from grace. Those who consider such cases as that here exhibited without profit, must have an incurable hebitude of disposition, with which it would be in vain to contend, as they have reconciled themselves to its indulgence, and thus have become "such as cannot teach, and will not learn."

The great human family speedily divided into branches. .

The surname of CLARKE originated from the office of clerk .

The knowledge of letters not common in ancient times in Eng-

land

Withred, king of Kent, A. D. 700, signed a charter of Liberties

with the sign of the Cross, because he could not write

Henry the First, the only one of his family that could write .

BOLDON Book contains a Survey of the Bishoprick of Durham,

in 1183 . ..

Adam, the Clerk, mentioned as tenant in it .

Various instances of surnames in that and Domesday, de-

rived from offices and employments,

Different kinds of names among the Romans.

Difference between the prænomen, nomen, and cognomen ..

Ingenui among the Romans, the same as gentleman among

the English

. . . . .

Family of CWKE Originally English

Went over to Ireland in the seventeenth century, and settled

in the county of Antrim .. . . . .

Matrimonial connexions . . .

.

Hugh Stuart Boyd, allied to the family of Clarke by mar-

riage, and still holds some of the estates .

Short pedigree of the Clarke family . . . . (note)

Anecdote of William Clarke, great-great-grandfather of Adam

Clarke . . .

. (note)

John Clarke, the great-grandfather, has 19 children,-18 sons

and 1 daughter .

. . . (note)

Horseman Clarke died of hydrophobia in consequence of being

spattered with the foam of a mad dog : (note)
The Clarke family lost their estates, in consequence of the ab-

sence of a material witness in a trial at law (note)

JOHN CLARKE, father of Adam, takes his degree of M. A. at

Edinburgh and Glasgow . .

Enters as Sizer in Trinity College, Dublin, being intended

for the church

His prospects in the church blighted by a premature mar-

riage . .

Licensed as a public parish schoolmaster . . . .

Marries Miss HANNAH Mac LEAN, descended from the Mac

Leans of Mull . . .

Feud between the Mac Leans and Mac Donalds . .
Mr. JOHN CLARKE embarks for America, with the promise of a

professorship in one of the new Universities there

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Is prevented from sailing by his father
Gets into difficulties in consequence of breaking up his es-

tablishment

Settles in an obscure village in the county of Derry, cal

Moybeg . .

Adam, his second son, boru .

No register of the time of his birth preserved .
TRACY CLARKE, the eldest son, licensed by the Consistorial Co

of Derry, as a parish schoolmaster . . .

Bound apprentice to a surgeon . . .

Goes to Dublin, and studies anatomy under Dr. Cleghorne,

of Trinity College . .

Sails in a slave ship to Guinea and the West Indies: .

His journal destroyed by the captain of the ship . .

Various instances of cruelty witnessed by him during his

voyage

Is disgusted with the horrid nature of the traffic, abandons

it, and establishes himself as a surgeon, near Liverpool,

Adam Clarke very hardy in his infancy ,

His uncle, the Rev. J. Mac Lean, remarkable for his

strength

. . . . .

One of his aunts very diminutive

The district remarkable for having produced tall strong men

Adam gets well through the small pox by naturally adopting the

cool regimen

His early religious impressions and conversations with a

school-fellow · · · · · · · ·

Anecdote of Dr. Barnard . . . . . . . .

Adam has a horror of becoming fat.

Has his fortune told by a spae-man .

Is a very inapt scholar . : . . .

Prediction of a neighbouring schoolmaster concerning

Unfitness of many public teachers for their employment :

Adam abandons his Latin grammar in despair.

Is severely reproved by the master, and taunted by his

school-fellows ..

His intellect becomes suddenly enlightened, and he advances

in his learning rapidly.

Reflections upon this sudden revolution :
Advice to schoolmasters . . .
Adam never makes any great progress in arithmetic
Depressed state of the family .
The prices of various branches of education in Ireland at the

latter end of the 18th century
Mr. John Clarke cultivates his farm according to the rules laid

down by Virgil in his Georgics.

Adam and his brother alternately work in the farm, and instruct

each other . .

Read the Eclogues and Georgics of Virgil in the midst of

scenes similar to those described in that work .

Fragments of a Satire written by Adam on one of his school-

fellows . . . . . . . . .

Scholia on ditto.
The love of reading in Adam and his brother becomes intense

They lay by their half-pence and pence to buy books

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