The prevalent theory was that of Beccher with various modifications, which made the acid principle a compound of earth and water regarded as elements. In the instance before us, these advantages were enjoyed to the full extent, and turned to the best use. The invaluable discoveries just alluded to had opened a new world to the inquirer into nature; and the labours of those distinguished experimentalists had conspired to commence a fresh era in science.
He was buried in the churchyard at High Laver, near Oates, under a decent monument.
Ordinary talents and firmness must have sunk under such general hostility. Veen, at Amsterdam, receiving assurance from the local authorities that timely warning should be given him of pressing danger. It is said that at length, probably as a softening to the mortification incident to the public discovery of his passion for Vanessa, he desired that Stella might be publicly owned as his wife; but her health was rapidly declining.
That he afterwards refused to join in the wild and intemperate actions committed by the Parliament, and supported the royal cause against the continually increasing demands of those with whom he had previously acted, is not to be ascribed to inconsistency in his conduct, but to the development of designs and measures at all times repugnant to his principles.
While an undergraduate he was chosen to write a welcome on the occasion of a visit which Cromwell paid to that University, just after the conclusion of his peace with the Dutch. It was however long before Lavoisier gained a single convert. It is hardly a sufficient justification of a man of so much independence of spirit to reply, that such examinations were opposed by the prejudices of the age in which he lived.
The parliamentary successes in the west compelled the Prince to migrate, first to Scilly, thence to Jersey, from which place he departed into France in July, But, alas! A graver charge against him is, that he overlooked or undervalued the immense body of information to be obtained from examining the effects of diseased actions after death, and devoted himself too exclusively to the study of the symptoms during life, and the effect of remedies upon them.
But the ignorant and brutal ruffians who were then in power had already condemned him to the scaffold, on which he was executed, May 8, , for the pretended crime of having adulterated snuff with ingredients destructive to the health of the citizens!
These are some of the most important subjects of his papers; and during the whole of this period he advanced steadily in the course which was pointed out to him by the unerring rules of inductive inquiry, to which his original genius supplied the commentary. I found myself in the midst of works executed upon principles with which I was 39 unacquainted; I felt my ignorance, and stood abashed; all the indigested notions of painting which I had brought with me from England, where art was in the lowest state it had ever been in indeed it could not be lower , were to be totally done away and eradicated from my mind.
He continued after his elevation to reside principally at Portmore, occasionally at Lisburne.