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LIFE, WRITINGS, AND CHARACTER,
LITERARY, PROFESSIONAL, AND RELIGIOUS,
OF THE LATE
JOHN MASON GOOD, M.D.
F.R.S. F.R.S. L. MEM. AM. PHIL. Soc. AND F.L.S. OF PHILADELPHIA,
ETC. ETC. ETC.
BY OLINTHUS GREGORY, LL.D.
PROFESSOR OF MATHEMATICS IN THE ROYAL MILITARY ACADEMY,
Nemo vir magnus sine aliquo afflatu divino unquam fuit. Cicero.
HENRY FISHER, SON, AND CO.
38, NEWGATE STREET.
In undertaking the Work which is now laid before the public, I yielded with reluctance to the solicitation of esteemed friends, whose judgment I preferred to my own.
From the commencement to the close I have had to struggle with the apprehension, that in assuming the labours of a biographer, I have aimed to accomplish that for which I am unduly qualified ; and the prevailing state of ill health under which the whole has been carried forward, has at once augmented this feeling, and tended, I fear, to prove its correctness.
On looking over the sheets as the printing has approached its termination, I have noticed many things which I could wish altered, and a few which I believe had been better omitted: but all must now remain. Yet, if I hence approach the public with weaker anticipations of success, than I have on some former occasions indulged, I am not entirely without hope that the Memoirs of my deceased Friend, which are thus presented, will, notwithstanding their many imperfections, by the delineation of a character of far from ordinary occurrence, and of more than ordinary value, serve to stimulate the activity of some, and to confirm the best principles of others.
The Memoirs are divided into three Sections: in the First of which I have traced the leading incidents in Dr. Good's life, and endeavoured to shew their influence in the formation of his intellectual, literary, and professional character; in the second, I have given analyses of greater or less fulness, according to the nature and interest of the subjects, of his principal published Works, as well as of two which are yet unpublished ; in the third, I have endeavoured to mark the changes in his religious sentiments, and to trace, so far as I have been able, the connexion between the circumstances in which he was successively placed, the trains of emotion which they occasioned, and their permanent issue in the avowal of sentiments which have been always found