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and perspicuous the narrative of his life, the better. The name of this philosopher will undoubtedly be enrolled by the historian with those of the illustrious few of whom Englishmen are justly proud —it will often be repeated in the same breath with the names of Bacon, Newton, and Boyle. w
Dr. Priestley endured the ordeal of persecution with a philosophic serenity which must have been admirable even to his enemies. Posterity will do justice to the memory of this great man, and the author of this sketch has felt the purest intellectual pleasure in the production of even an imperfect memorial of departed genius.
Addison, his valediction, 41 Appendix, containing extracts from Dr. Priestley's works, illustrative of his character, 95. Birmingham, cause of the riots at, 23—commemoration of the French Revolution celebrated in this town, 25—outrages of the rioters, 26—several of them tried at Warwick, 30. Beddoes, Dr. his experiments with orygen gas, ridiculed, 62. Education, its importance demonstrated, 81. Fashionable world, excessive dissipation and depravity of, 87. Franklin, Dr. the principal philosopher of America, 36—the intimate friend of Dr. Priestley, 55.
PRIESTLEY, JOSEPH, born at Field-head, near Leeds, 10—his favourite studies, 11—sent to Daventry to complete his education, 12—chosen pastor to a congregation of Dissenters—deserted by his flock—circulates proposals for opening a school, but without success, 13—removes to Nantwich, where he officiates as
pastor, and opens an academy—appointed Professor in the languages and belles lettres in Warrington academy, ‘.14—publishes his rudiments of English grammar—charts
of biography and universal history—marries—publishes his history of electricity, 15—appointed pastor to a congregation in Leeds—publishes his history of vision, light and colours—becomes a Socinian, 16—presented with a gold medal by the Royal Society, and elected F.R.S.— appointed librarian to the Earl of Shelburne—independence of his principles, 18—settles near Birmingham— controversy with Dr. Horsley, 19—aversion of the High Church party to the Doctor, 22—riots in Birmingham, 26—fortitude of the Doctor when the mob were destroying his house, 27—escapes to Worcester, 28—arrives in the capital—appointed successor to Doctor Price, 32— embarks for America, 33—his reception in that country —his wife dies, 36—gradual decline of the Doctor, 38– serenity at the hour of death, 41–testimony of respect to his memory, 43—description of his person and manners, 43 to 49—his precepts to young clergymen, 51– critical observations on his writings, 54—his metaphysical opinions controverted, 69—his excellent precepts concerning education, 81—his advice to young men, 83 —excellence of his moral character, 87.
Priestley, Mrs. an account of her death, 36—her. character, 47.
Pringle, Sir John, 57.
Spirited Vindication of the moral conduct of Dr. Priestley, by a minister of the Gospel, 88. Savile, Sir George, a steady patriot, 67. Stanhope, Earl of, 57. Thompson, Mr. a letter from, respecting Doctor Priestley’s pursuits in America, 34. Women, their influence over the morals and behaviour of men, 85—a friendly hint to that beautiful part of the human species, 86. Young men. Dr. Priestley's advice to, 83.
Page 27, line 15:—For “on seeing the flames of his dwelling ascend, he exclaimed, &c.” read, on hearing the shouts of the mob, he exclaimed, &c.
N. B. Dr. Priestley's house was demolished by the rioters with different instruments, and not consumed by fire. He observes in his “ Appeal,” “They could not get any fire, though one of them was heard to offer two guineas for a lighted candle; my son, whom we left behind us, having taken the precaution to put out all the fires in the house; and others of my friends got all the neighbours to do the same. I afterwards heard that much pains was taken, but without effect, to get fire from my large electrical machine, which stood in the library.”