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AND To REDUCE THE TRUTH to It's on I GINAL PURITY,
BY JACOB BRYANT, ESQ.
Observations and Inquiries relating to various
AND FORTY-O N E PLATES, N EATLY ENGRAv E D.
A C C O U NT
LIFE AND WRITINGS
JACO B B R Y ANT, ESQ.
THE earliest authentic account we can obtain of the birth of this learned and celebrated writer, is from the Register Book of Eton College, in which he is entered “ of Chatham, in the county of Kent, of the age of twelve years, in 1730,”—consequently, born in 1718. Whence a difference has arisen between the dates in this entry, and the inscription on his monument, hereafter given, we are unable to explain.
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The two royal foundations of Eton, and King's College, Cambridge, justly boast of this great scholar and ornament of his age. He received his first rudiments at the village of Lullingstone, in Kent; and was admitted upon the foundation, at Eton College, on the Sd of August, 1730, where he was three years captain of the school, - previous to his removal to Cambridge. He was elected from Eton to King's College in 1736; took the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1740; and proceeded Master in 1744.
He attended the Duke of Marlborough, and his brother, Lord Charles Spencer, at Eton, as their private tutor, and proved a valuable acquisition to that illustrious house; and, what may be reckoned, at least equally fortunate, his lot fell among those who knew how to appreciate his worth, and were both able and willing to reward it. The Duke made him his private secretary, in which capacity he ac