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SOME ACCOUNT of the LIFE and WRITINGS of the late PROFESSOR GREGORY,

MDF. R. S.—BY JAMES JOHNSTONE, M. D. and Soc. Reg. Medic. Ediub. Socius,
Frap the " Memoirs of the Literary and Philosophical Society of Manchester.")
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uw of the Ro; al College of Physicians in of expression, with precision of judgment, Lisborga, and Profetior of Medicine in the and extentive knowledge. With the circle Carrerity of Edinburgh, born at Aberdeen of science, he potselled a great share of com11735, was third ton of JAMES GREGORY, mon sense, and of the knowledge of men. M. D. Profefior of Medicine in King's Col- This he displays in his writings ; and eviheren Amueen; and of Anne daughter of dently carried into his profeflion a spirit conLeksi George Culmers, Principal of genial to that'of the Gerrards and Beatties, Keg, Cullege there. The family of Dr. gentlemen with whom he lived in the clo

is of great antiquity in Scotland, and left habits of friendship. be for mure than a century patt produced a Having finished at Aberileen his course of inconf Gentlemen, of the first distinc- Study in languages, arts, and philosophy, in leo a the learned world. James Greco: 1742 he went to Edinburgh, to profecute !, Proiellor of Mxhematics, first at St. the study of medicine. A rews, cod afterwards at Edinburgli, the Having attended the excellent courses of Dacia's grandfathur, was one of the most the late Dr. Alexander Monro, the celebra

12 Mathematicians of the last age, the ted Professor, and father of Anatomy there age e Matematics. He invented the Re. -of Dr. Alfton, on the Materia Medica, and fietsz Telescope, improved by Sir Ifaac Botany-of Dr. Plummer, on Chemistry--fata. His Üprica Pronica, and other of Dr. Sinclair, the elegant and favourite schon Mai mutical works, are fill in Sigh es- tar of Boerhaave, on the luftitution of Media

cine-of the fagacious Rutherford, on the Dari Gregory of Oz ford, another of the Practice of Medicine-she went to Leyden in bahan, the Doctor's cousin, publihed an 1745, and to Paris in 1546, for father imCat and complete Treatise of Astrono- provement. B7, fs an'est upon the principles, and expla- While at Leyden, he received a {pontane

di the doctrine, of Sir Isaac Newton. ous mark of the esteem in which he was held s Gregory, M. D. the Doctor's eldest by those among whom, and by whom, he &c. f bceed d their father as Profellor had been educated, in liaving the degree of

Yeae ia King's College, Aberdeen : Doctor of Playsıc conferred upon him by the en e Dintor, of whom we write, has left University of Aberdeen ; and when he retura bola who now beslis the office of Profeffor ned there from Paris, he was appointed Profef.

- Botentions of Medicine in the Uni- for of Philosophy in King's College. He held Set of Einburgh, made vacant by the this professorship for three or four years, and

of Dr. Cuilen to be sole Professor of during that time he gave lectures, or rather But, after his father's death. It seems a complete course, according to the method y be the destiny of this fanuly, to enlarge of education in that univerfity, on the folhet ce, and inftruet mankind; and we hope, lowing important branches of knowledge. Bg hold this honourable sittinction. 1. Mathematics. 2. Natural and Experimer

Insigh Dr. Gregory's father died when tal Philosophy. 3. Ethics, and Moral Phim
- du was very young, his education was lofophy.
t's y and succeísfully conducted by able In 1754 he went to London, where he
cual pertons, who were attached to was chosen Fellow of the Royal Society, and
o femer and family, as well as to the duty cultivated the acquaintance, and fixed the
at owed w their pupil. In fucli a fiappy esteem and friendihip, of some of the most
Baw. for improremcit, Dr. Gregory made distinguished liceraci there. Edward Mon-
• Find progreis is lis Audies. At Aber- tague, Esquire, an eminenc mathematician,
site e hume teroughly acquainted with and worthy man, maintained a firm friend.

ir tai laagges, and with his own ; Thip for the Doctor, founded on the similaListe de tinthed his course of philosophy, and rity of their manners and studies. His Lady, » Matematical studies ; for like the rest of Mrs. Montague, and George Lord Lyttelton, fuerancetturs, he was deeply versed in ma- were of the number of his friends; and it is stakal know ledge. And in this admira- not improbable but he would have continued ell, where abftract science itself has in London, and practifed there in his prceleone a fignal reformation, and has learn- feffion, if the death of his brother James GreSans freak the language of common sense, gory, M. D. and Profetior of Physic in King's * t alorn itself with the graces of taste College, Aberdeen, in 1756, had not occasiTesquence, Dr. Gregory cultivated an gnev his being recalled to tais native university,

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to fill the chair of Professor of Physic, vacant Clerk ; yet at nine o'clock in the morning by his brother's death. His occupations in of the tenth of February 1773 he was found phyfic now began to be active : he gave a dead in his bed. * course of lectures in phyfic, and practised in Dr Gregory was tall in person, and rehis profession, with universal applause. markable for the sweetness of his disposition

In 1766, on the mournful occision of the and countenance, as well as for the ease and death of Dr. Robert Whytt, the mgenious openness of his manners. He was an uniProfessor of the Theory of Phyfic at Edin. versal and elegant scholar, an experienced burgh, Dr. Gregory was called to succeed learned, fagacious and humane physician-a him, as his Majesty's first Phyfician in Scot- profeffer; who had the happy talent of inteland; and about the same time he was cho resting his pupils, and of directing their atsen to fill the chair of Professor of the Prac- tention to subjects of importance, and of extiče of Physic, which was just resigned by plaining difficulties with fimplicity and clearDr. Rutherford ; the Trustees of that Uni. ness. He entered with great warmth into versity being ever attentive to support the the interests and conduct of his hearers, and high reputation of the celebrated school of gave such as deserved it every encouragement physic there, by drawing to it, from every and artistance in his power : open, frank, quarter, physicians of the most approved tis- social, and undisguised in his life and manlents and qualifications in the several branches ners, sincere in his friendships, a tender husof medicine they are appointed to teach. hand and father: an unaffected, chearful, canDr. Gregory gave three successive courses of did, benevolent man-a faithful christian. practical lectures. Afterwards by agreenient Dr. Gregory's unexpeetel death, in with his ingenious colleague, Dr. Cullen, height of his usefulness, ind with appearanthey lectured alternate sessions, on the Prac- ces which afforded hopes of its continuance for tice and Institutions of Medicine, with just a much longer period, was universally laand universal approbation, till the time of mented as a public, no less than a private Dr. Gregory's death.

loss; and science, genins, and worth will The Doctor having attained the first dig- long weep over his grave, nities of his profession in his native country, Dr. Gregory married in 1752, Elizabeth, and the most important medical station in the daughter of William Lord Forbes: he loft university, far from relaxing from that at

this amiable lady in 1761: the left the Doctention to the duties of bis profetion which tor three fons and three daughters, viz. had raised him, endeavoured to meric the James Gregory, M. D. Now Profeffor of rank he leid in it, md in the public esteem, Medic ne in Edinburgli-Dorothea-Anneby ftill greater exertions of labour and aflidu Elizabeth Willian, student of Baliol College, ity. It was during this time of business and Oxford, and now in orders:-Johtimall now occupation, that he prepared and published living, except Elizabethi, who died in 1771. his practical Syllabus for the use of students, which, it it had been finished, would have proved a very useful book of practice ; I. COMPARATIVE Vew of the State and and likewise, those admired Lectures on the Faculties of Man with those of the ANIMAL Duties, Cffice, and Studies of a Physician. WORLD.

Dr. Gregory, for many years before his This work was first read to a prirate lideath, felt the approach of disease, and ap- terary society at Aberdeen, and without the prehended, from an hereditary and cruel most diftant view to publication. Mary gout, the premature death, which indeed hints are thrown out in it on subjects of con. too soon put a period to his life and useful- fequence, with less formality, and more free. ness. In this anxious expectation, be had dom, than if publication had been originally prepared that admirable proof of paternal fo- intended. The size of the book may have licitude and sensibility, “ A Father's Legacy suffered by this circumstance ; but the value to bis Daughters.” But for some dıys, and of the matter has probably been increased, by even that preceding his death, he had been a greater degree of originality, and of van as well as usual i, at midnight, he was left in riery. good spirits by Docwr Johnstone, late Phy. The author put bis came to the second edi. fician in Worcester, at that time his Clinical tion of this work; many additions are allo

HIS WORKS.

* He too, Dr. Johnstone, junior, of Worcetter, has lately fallen a much lamented mar. iyr to a voble discharge of duty, in atrending the pritoners ill of a fever in Worcester jail (733: lle aliei, at an early perioa', to great and deferred eminence in his profillon : and will be cier regretted is a pi; fic an of great ability and scoins, and as one of the tot pleasing and benevolent of men ; prematurely snatched from his friends and country, wlieni Decont highly agreeable and ufciul to them.

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joined to it; and it is dedicated to George to himself

, and to the University - Non defiLord Lyttelton, who always professed a high cit alter aureus, siteem for the author and his writings. This This Gentleman published in 1774, a smal work, in fine, if the author had left no other, tract of his father's, entitled “ A FATHER'S sauft convince every one, that, as a man of LEGACY TO HIS DAUCHTERS :” which fcience, he pofleffed extenfive knowledge, was written solely for their use (about eight Exquisite taste and judgment, and great libe- years before the author died) with the tenrality of mind and thought ; and that, as dereft affection, and deepest concern for their 1-andsomely said by our instructive poet, Mr. happiness. This work is a most amiable ILyley, in quoting this engagéig little vo- display of the piety and goodness of his heart, Lame, in his * Eilay on Writing History." and his consummate knowledge of human na# He united the noblest affections of the ture, and of the world. It manifests such Le rt to great elegance of mind ; and is just folicitude for their welfare as strongly rely ranked amongtt che most amiable of mo- commends the advice which he gives. ral writers."

" Adieu, ye lays, that fancy's flowers II. OBSERVATIONS on the Duties and

adorn, OFFICES of a PHYSICIAN, and on the Me- The soft amusement of the vacant mind ! thod of PROSECU TING EXQUIRIES in Phi.

He seeps in duft, and all the Muses mourn ; LOSOPHY.

He, whom each virtue fired, each grace reThis work was first published in 1970, fined, by one, who beard the Professor deliver them

Friend ! teacher ! pattern ! darling of mania lectures; but they were acknowledged,

kind ! and republished in a more correct form, by He sleeps in duf! -Ah how should I purthe author, in 1772.

sue III. The next work published by Profef- My theme !—To beart-consuming grief refor Gregory is intitled, ELEMENTS of the

figned, PRACTICE of Physic for the ule of STU- Here on His recent grave I fix my view ; DEXTS, 1972, republished 1774.

And pour my bitter tears-Ye flow'ry lays The Doctor intended this work as a

adieu ! TEXT BOOK, to be illustrated hy his lectures

Art thou, my Gregory, for ever fied! on the practice of phyfic ; but he died before

And am I left to unavailing woe! te lad finished it, and before he had finished

When fortune's storms atlail this weary head, tbe first course of lectures which he gave on

Where cares long fince have shed untimely that text.

snow, The Doctor's death happened while he was

Ah ! now for comfort whither shall I go! Bectan ng on the Pleurily. His fon, Dr.

No more thy foothing voice my anguish Les Gregory, finithed that course of lec

chears : Cures, to the general satisfaction of the Uni- Thy placid eyes with smiles no longer glow, velity; and he therein gave ample proof of My hopes to cherish, and allay my fears.His fireness for the station of Profellor of Me.

• Tis meet that I thould mourn--Flow forth erunt, which he now fills with great honour

afresh my tears !” *

To the PHILOLOGICAL SOCIETY of LONDON. GENTLEMEN, THE account you have given of the late Mr. Hendersor in your last Magazine, and espe

cially that part of it written, as I am informed, by Dr. Currie, of Liverpool, (whole finne appears very honourably in the Manchester Philosophical Transactions) has afforded general fatisfaction. It would, however, have been more compleat, had you added a list of the characters which he performed. To supply this deficiency, I have compiled from memoTy and enquiry the following catalogue, in which I have arranged the parts as ner as pollible according to the order of their performance, and believe the list to be tolerably acThose parts which he performed in London, I have marked with an asterisk.

I am, &c.
Bath, Jan, 12, 1786.
CHARACTERS.

PLAYS.
CHARACTERS.

PLAYS.
i Hamlet
Hamlet

Macbeth

Macbeth 2 Ode on the Jubilee

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6 Capt. Bubadil Every Man in his Hua 3 Richard 11. Richard III. 4 Benedick Much Ado About No.

7 Bayes

The Rehearsal
thing
8 Don Felix The Wonder

9 Ear?

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