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Kay's Originals Vol. 1


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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 339 ‘Ma’am, you might as well ask me to get him made Archbishop of Canterbury !’ The mother of the poetic genius withdrew, looking highly indignant at the fit of laughter it was impossible to suppress.” Not much of Mr. Rowland Hill’s time was devoted to authorship. Besides his controversial pamphlets, and one or two published sermons, his “ Village Dialogues,” “ Hymns and Token for Children,” “ Warning to Professors,” etc., were the only productions submitted to the public. His long life, almost unexampled for its activity, was brought to a termination in 1833, at the age of eighty-nine.’ He retained his faculties and usual vivacity of spirit almost to the very last. His remains were interred with great solemnity under the pulpit of Surrey Chapel, in presence of a large and respectable concourse of people. Mrs. Hill died only three years before. No. CXXXVI. JAMES GREGORP, M.D., PROFESSOR OF THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE IN THE UKJYERSITY OF EDINBURGH. DR. JAMES GREGORY, the son of Dr. John Gregory, sometime Professor of Medicine in King’s College, Aberdeen, and afterwards in the University of Edinburgh, was born in the former city in 1753, and received the earlier part of his education at the grammar school instituted by Dr. Patrick Dun. In consequence of his father’s removal to Edinburgh in 1765, he subsequently studied at the University there, and took his degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1774. He then repaired to Leyden, where he attended the lectures of the celebrated Gobius-the favourite student and immediate successor of the great Boerhaave. Dr. John Gregory died in 1773, before the education of his son had been completed ; and, according to a previous arrangement, Dr. Cullen succeeded to . the Practice of Physic. From this period the Professorship of the Institutes of Medicine was kept open by various means till 1778, when Dr. Gregory, then only in his twenty-third year, was appointed to the vacant chair. Although young, he was eminently qualified for the situation, from the extent of his When we last heard him, it w&s at his own Chapel in Blackfrim’ Road. He began thus :- “It is t i e I were to give over preaching now, for the following reaaons among others-mt, I am losing my memory-second, my lunp are gone.” Ee wag then standing in the pulpit, supporting himself with a stout staff.
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