Consolations in Travel or, the Last Days of a Philosopher

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HuMPHUY Davy was bom at Penzance, in Cornwall, on the 17th of December, 1778, and died at Geneva on the 29th of IM ay, 1829, at the age of fifty. He was a pliilosopher who turned knowledge to wisdom; he was one of the foremost of our Eng Ksh men of science; and this book, written when he was dying, which makes Reason the companion of Faith, shows how he passed through the light of earth into the light of heaven, f His father had a small patrimony at Varfell, in Ludgvan. His mother had lost in early childhood bbth her parents within a few hours of each other, and had been adopted by John Tonkin, an eminent surgeon in Penzance, to whom, therefore, so to speak, Humpluy Davy became grandson by adoption. There were five such grandchildren Humphry, the elder of two boys, the other boy being named John, and three girls. At a preparatory school and at the Penzance Grammar School Humphry Davy was a noticeable boy. He read eagerly and showed great quickness of imagination, delighted in legends, when eight years old told stories to his companions, and as a boy wrote verse. There was a Quaker saddler who made for himself an electrical machine and mechanical models, in which young Davy took keen interest, and from that saddler, Robert Dunkin, came the first impulse towards experiments in science. At fifteen Davy was placed for further education at a school in Truro. A year later his father died, and John Tonkin apprenticed him, on the 10th of February, 1795, to Dr. Eorlase, a surgeon in large practice at Penzance. Medical practitioners in those days dispensed their own medicines, and the inquiring mind of this young apprentice being let loose upon a store-room of chemicals, experimental chemistry became his favourite pursuit.(Typographical errors above are due to OCR software and don't occur in the book.)About the Publisher Forgotten Books is a publisher of historical writings, such as: Philosophy, Classics, Sc