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LIFE AND WRITINGS
JAMES BEATTIE, LL.D.
LATE PROFESSOR OP MORAL PHILOSOPHY AND LOGIC IN
INCLUDING MANY OF HIS ORIGINAL LETTERS.
IN THREE VOLUMES.
SIR WILLIAM FORBES
OF PITSLIGO, BART.
ONE OF THE EXECUTORS OF DR BEATTIE.
Mihi quidem quanquam est ereptus, vivit tamen, semperque vivet.
PRINTED FOR ARCH. CONSTABLE AND CO. EDINBURGH;
AND JOHN MURRAY, LONDON.
LIFE OF JAMES BEATTIE, LL.D.
In the month of October, 1773, the chair of professor of natural and experimental philosophy, in the university of Edinburgh, became vacant, by the death of Dr James Russel, by whom it had been long ably filled. As that event had been for sometime foreseen, several gentlemen had turned their thoughts towards it as candidates. But the magistrates, who are the electors, very properly resolved to be in no hurry in filling up the vacancy, in order that there might be time and opportunity to dispose of the chair in such a manner, as might best support the re