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BIOGRAPHICAL, LITERARY, AND SCIENTIFIC

MAGAZINE,

FOR

FEBRUARY 1799,

CONDUCTED BY
ROBERT BISSET, LL. D.

WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF OTHER LITERARY GENTLEMEN.

THIS NUMBER IS EMBELLISHED WITH A PORTRAIT OF THE

RT. REV. SAMUEL HORSLEY, LL.D. AND F.R.s.

LORD BISHOP OF ROCHESTER, &c.

LONDON:

PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY
GEORGE CAWTHORN, BRITISH LIBRARY, NO. 132, STRAND ;
SOLD ALSO BY MESSRS, RICHARDSON, ROYAL-EXCHANGE; W. WEST, PATERNOSTER-
now; J. BATCYARD AND J. WRIGHT, PICCADILLY; P. HILL, EDINBURGH ;

AND ALL TUE BOOKSET LES IN TOWN AND COUNTRY.

BIOGRAPHY.

FROM the extent of our History of Politics and Literature, our - Biography must necessasily exhibit sketches instead of finished pictures. But should or outlines be approved, we intend to fill them up afterwards; and shall esteem.ourselves extremely obliged to any of the friends of the subjects, or to any other gentlemen acquainted with their lives, for cominunications.

In a work, of which the greater part is devoted to history, we think we cannot commence our Biography more properly than with an eminent historian,

It might be expected that as a subject for biography, Mr. Hume, as an historian, would precede any other, even without any reference to comparative merit; because hie, of our British historians, published first: but as he has given a sketch of his own life, an account of him must in many respects be a repetition of what has been already written. We shall, therefore, begin with an account of

DOCTOR ROBERTSON.

William Robertson was born at the parsonage house of Borthwick, Dear Dalkeith, in 1721. His father, a respectable clergyman, and learnied in that species of knowledge which occupied the chief attention of Scotch divines in the earlier part of this century, was called to be one of the ministeis of the city of Edinburgh, in the Old Greyfriars church. At the High-School William received his classical education, and thence removed to the University of the same place. During his continuance at College, a circumstance happened which tended to stimulate the exertion of his powers. Young men, some originally belonging to the saine seminary, others from different Colleges, having formed a connection, instituted a small society for lia

* A Life of him, written by Mr. Dugald Stewart, is said to be ready for the press. From the genius, erudition, and profound philosophy of that gentleman, and from his masterly delineation of the intellectual and moral life and character of Dr. Adam Smith, we may expect, in his Life of Robertson, a most valuable accession to literary biography.

VOL. I.

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