, the wife of Dr. Joseph Verati, a very ingenious lady, was born in
, the wife of Dr.
Joseph Verati, a very ingenious lady, was born in 1712,
and died at Bologna, of which she was a native, in 1778.
Such were her acknowledged talents and learning, that,
in 1732, she was honoured with a Doctor’s degree, after,
having disputed publicly in Latin, and her reputation
became afterwards completely established by a course of
lectures on experimental philosophy, which she delivered
from 1745 to the time of her death. Madame tie Bocage,
in her “
Letters on Italy,” informs us that she attended
one of those lectures, in which Madame Bassi developed
the phenomena of irritability, with precision and depth.
The greater part of the literati of Europe, to whom she
was well known, bore testimony to her learning, particularly in the Greek, Latin, French, and Italian; nor was
she less distinguished for her numerous exertions of charity
to the poor and the orphan. We do not find that she published anything, but was the theme of much poetical praise.A collection of these tributes of applause appeared in 1732,
with her portrait, and an inscription, “
L. M. C. Bassi,
Phil. Doct. Coll. Academ. Institut. Scientiar. Societ. Ætat.
Ann. xx.” and with the following allusion to Petrarch’s
, they carried him to Durham, where his bones rested in peace till the time of the reformation, when the wife of Dr. Whittingham, then dean of that church, and one of
was born in the north of England, in the beginning of the sixth century, and educated under the Scottish monks in the famous abbey of rcolmhill, celebrated for having been the seat of learning for British and Irish monks in that age. The Scottish and Irish monks were then stimulated by the fervency of pious zeal to convert the pagan Saxons to the Christian religion, and for that purpose Cuthbert with some others settled in the island of Liridisferne, about four miles from Berwick. Egfred, king of Northumberland, invited Cuthbert to his court, where he converted and baptized many of his nobles, and acquired such reputation, that he received episcopal ordination at York, as bishop of the Northumbrian Saxons. But his love of solitude induced him to return to Lindisferne, since called Holy-island, where he founded a monastery, the remains of which are yet to be seen. There he lived to a great age, and died in the year 686, leaving behind him a great number of disciples. Whatever may be said of those zealous monkish saints who lived from the fifth to the eighth century, it is certain they were better men than their successors have represented them. They never pretended to work miracles, but the latter monks have made them perform many, even after their deaths. There can remain little doubt but Cuthbert was interred in Holy-island, where he resigned his breath; but the monks, ever fertile at invention, have told us many ridiculous stories concerning him. They say that he was first buried at Norham, in Northumberland; but, not relishing the damp situation, he appeared in person to his monks, and desired them to carry his bones to Melrose, about twenty miles farther up the Tweed. His request was complied with; but Melrose not being agreeable to him, he again appeared to his monks, and desired them to put him into a stone boat, and sail with him down the Tweed to Tilmonth, where he rested some years. The stone boat was left with a farmer, who made it a tub for pickling beef in, which enraged St. Cuthbert so much, that he came in the night-time and broke it in pieces. The monks, although almost tired with carrying the saint so often, were obliged to travel with him once more, and rested at Chester; but that place not being agreeable, they carried him to Durham, where his bones rested in peace till the time of the reformation, when the wife of Dr. Whittingham, then dean of that church, and one of the translators of the psalms ascribed to Sternhold and Hopkins, ordered them to be taken up and thrown upon a dunghill.
every house in his parish. He lived the last ten years of his life with his only daughter Elizabeth, the wife of Dr. Gastrell, bishop of Chester, sometimes at Oxford,
Soon after his marriage he relinquished the practice of
physic, and retired, in order to turn his studies to divinity.
In March 1682, he took both deacon’s and priest’s orders,
and was soon after presented to the rectory of Braybrooke
in Northamptonshire, by lord Griffin. In 1684 he was
chosen lecturer of Ipswich, and a year after, vicar of St.
Lawrence Jewry, and lecturer of St. Christopher’s in London. In 1689 he accumulated his doctor’s degree in divinity, while king William was at Cambridge. In 1707
he was chosen president of Sion college, having been a
benefactor to their building and library. He continued to
preach in his church of St. Lawrence Jewry till he was
turned of eighty; and, when he was thinking of retiring,
he printed a book entitled “
The principles and duties of
the Christian religion,” &c.
eldest died single; the second married Mr. Harrison, a barrister in Ireland, and the youngest became the wife of Dr. Francis Marsh, afterwards archbishop of Dublin.
It is not ascertained whether his wife survived him; but
it is well known that he left three daughters, Phosbe,
Joanna, and Mary. The eldest died single; the second
married Mr. Harrison, a barrister in Ireland, and the
youngest became the wife of Dr. Francis Marsh, afterwards
archbishop of Dublin. In this sketch of bishop Taylor’s
life, we have principally followed a recent valuable publication, “
The Life of the Rt. Rev. Jeremy Taylor, D. D.
&c. By the rev. Henry Kaye Bonney, M. A. of Christ’s
college, Cambridge, prebendary of Lincoln, and rector of
King’s Cliffe, in the county of Northampton,”