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itself, but also by our own predilection for its subject;-a subject of the greatest importance, and which, we are glad to see, is daily attracting more attention, and to the advancement of some parts of which the following valuable inaugural dissertations, recently published in this university, have contributed, either by original experiment, or judicious compilation and criticism. But, alas, the satisfaction we experience in referring to these real proofs of the abilities and industry of the pupils of this school, is largely mingled with regret, that the untimely death of the first gentleman on the list, has already blasted our expectations that he would have continued to prosecute the subject, with the same intelligence and zeal that are so conspicuous in his only production.
Campbell, Donaldus, M. Diss. In. De Venenis Mineralibus Experimenta quædam, atque Observationes complectens. pp. 41. 8vo. Edinb. 1813.
Bigsby, 7. 7. Diss. In. Quædam de Vi Arsenici Exitiosa complectens. pp. 28. 8vo. Edinb. 1814.
Gordon, Jac. A. Tent. Med. De Arsenico. pp. 54. 8vo. Edinb. 1814.
Kinnis, Joannes, Diss. In. De Effectibus Muriatis Hydrargyri Noxiis. pp. 38. 8vo. Edinb. 1814.
Memoirs of the celebrated Dr. Harvey, from Notes collected
from the Bodleian Library and Ashmolean Museum. (From the London Medical and Physical Journal, for February, 1815.]
Gul. HARVEUS, An. ætat. 10, in Schola Cantuar. primis doctrinæ rudimentis imbutus; 14, Col. Gonvil. et Caii Alumnus; 19, peragravit Galliam et Italiam; 23, Patavii Præceptores habuit Eust. Radium, Tho. Minad. H. Fab. ab Aquapend Consul Angl. 16* fit; 24, Doctor Med. et Chirurg. Reversus Lond. praxin exercuit. et uxorem duxit; 25, Coll. Med. Socius; 37, Anatom. et Chirurg. Professor; 54, Medicus Regius factus. Scripsit de Motu Sanguinis, et de Gen. Animal. Obiit 30 Jun. MD.CLVII. Ætat. 80. (But I well remember that Dr. Alsop, at his funeral sayd, that he was eighty wanting one; and that he was the eldest of nine brethren.)
He lies buried in a vault at Hempsted in Essex, wch. his brother Eliab Harvey built, he is lapt in lead, and on his brest in great letters Dr. William Harvey. I was at his funerall, and helpt to carry him into the vault.
In the library at the Physitians' Colledge, was the following inscription above his statue, (which was in his doctorall robes.)
GUL. HARVEUS, Natus A. D. 1578, Apr. 2. Folkston, in Com. Cantii, Primogenitus Tho. Harvei et Joanæ Halk. Frat. Germani. Tho. Jo. Dan. Eliab. Mich. Mat. Sorores. Sarah, Amey.
* Sic. Edit.
Smyth. #Over Dr. Harvey's picture in the great parlour under the library, at the Physitians' College at Amen-corner, (burnt.)
Borne in the house which is now the post house, a fair stone built house, which he gave to Caius Coll. in Cambridge, with some lands there, in his will. His brother Eliab would have given any money or exchange for it, because 'twas his father's and they all borne there, but the doctor (truly) thought his memory would be better preserved this way, for his brother has left noble seats, and about 3000 pounds per annum at least.
Under his white marble statue, on the pedestall, thus,
STATOR Perpetuus. Dr. Harvey added (or was very bountiful in contributing to) a noble building of Roman architecture (of rustique work with Corinthian pillasters) at the Physitians' College aforesaid, viz. a great parlour, a kind of convocation-house for the fellows to meet in belowe; and a library above. On the outside, on the freeze, in letters three inches long, is this inscription, SUASU ET CURA FRAN. PRUJE ANI, PRÆSIDIS, ET EDMUNDI SMITH, ELECT. INCHOATA ET PERFECTA EST HÆC FABRICA. An. MIOCLIII.
All these buildings and remembrances were destroyed by the generall fire.
He was always very contemplative, and the first yt. I heare of yt. was curious in Anatomie in England. He had made dissections of froggs, toads, and a number of other animals, and had curious observations on them, which papers, together with his goods, in his lodgings at White-hall, were plundered at the beginning of the rebellion, he being for the king, and with him at Oxon; but he often sayd, that of all the losses he sustained, no griefe was so crucifying to him as the losse of these papers, wch. for love or money he could never retrieve or obtaine. When K. Ch. I. by reason of the tumults left London, he attended him and was at the fight of Edge-hill with him; and during the fight, the Prince and D. of Yorke were committed to his care. He told me that he withdrew with them under a hedge, and tooke out of his pockett a booke and read; but he had not read very long before a bullet of a great gun grazed on the ground neare him, which made him remove his station; he told me yt. Sir Adrian Scrope was dangerously wounded there, and left for dead amongst the dead men, stript, which happened to be the saving of his life. It was cold clear weather, and a frost that night; which staunched his bleeding, and about midnight, or some hours after his hurt, he awaked, and was faine to drawe a dead body upon him for warmeth sake.
After Oxford was surrendered, which was 24 July, 1646, he came to London, and lived with his brother Eliab, a rich merchant in London, on hill, opposite to St. Lawrence, Poultry, where was then a high leaden steeple, (there were but two, viz. this and St. Dunstan's in the east,) and at his brother's country house at Roehampton. His brother Eliab bought, about 1654, Cockaine-house, now (1680) the Excise Office, a noble house, where the doctor was wont to contemplate on the leads of the house, and had his severall stations, in regard of the sun, or wind. He did delight to be in the darke, and told me he could then best contemplate.
He had a house heretofore at Combe, in Surrey, a good air and prospect, where he had caves made in the earth, in which in summer time he delighted to meditate. He was pretty well versed in mathematiques, and had made himselfe master of Mr. Oughtred's Clavis Math. in his old age; and I have seen him perusing it, and working problems not long before he dyed, and that book was always in his meditating apartment. His chamber was that room which is now the office of Elias Ashmole, esq. where he dyed, being taken with the dead palsey, which took away his speech; as soon as he was attaqued, he presently sent for his brother and nephews, and gave one a watch, another another thing, &c. as remembrances of him. He dyed worth 20,000 pounds, wch, he left to his brother Eliab. In his will, he left his old friend, Mr. Tho. Hobbes, 10 pounds, as a token of his love.
He was woat to say, that man was but a great mischievous baboon.
He would say, that the Europeans knew not how to order or govern our woemen, and that the Turks were the only people [who] used them wisely.
He had been physitian to the Lord Ch. Bacoo, whom he esteemed much for his witt and style, but would not allow him to be a great philosopher, Said he to me, “He writes philosophy like a Ld. Chancellor," speaking in derision.*
About 1649, he travelled again into Italy, Dr. George, now Sir George Ent, then accompanying him.
At Oxford he grew acquainted with Dr. Charles Scarborough, then a young physitian, (since by Ch. II. knighted) in whose conversation he much delighted; and whereas before, he marched up and downe with the army, he took him to him and made him ly in his chamber, and said to him, “ Prithee leave off thy gunning, and stay here, I will bring thee into practice.” For twenty years before he dyed, he took no manner of care about his worldly concerns, but his brother Eliab, who was a very wise and prudent manager, ordered all not only faithfully, but better than he could have done for himselfe. He was, as all the rest of the brothers, very cholerique, and in his younger days wore a dagger (as the fashion then was, nay I remember my old schoolmaster, Mr. Latimer, at seventy, wore a dudgeon, with a knife and bodkin, as also my old grandfather, Lyte, and alderman Whitson, of Bristowe, wch. I suppose was the common fashion in their young dayes,) but this Dr. would be apt to drawe out his dagger upon every slight occasion.
He was not tall, but of the lowest stature, round faced, olivaster (like wainscott) complexion; little eie, round, very black, full of spirit; his haire was black as a raven, but quite white twenty yeares before he dyed.
I first sawe him at Oxford, 1642, after Edgehill fight, but was then too young to be acquainted with so great a doctor. I remember he came severall times to our Coll. (Trin.) to George Bathurst, B. D. who had a hen to hatch egges in his chamber, which they dayly opened to see the progress and way of generation. I had not the honour to be acquainted [with] him till 1651, being my cos. Montague's physitian and friend. I was at
This must relate to Bacon's physiological opinions as exemplified in his Historia Vite & Mortis, the work which produced so much wit in the Tristram Shandy, concerning radical heat and radical moisture. Harvey's mode of inquiry was exactly such as Bacon pointed out in his Nov. Organum. But it must be admitted, that Bacon's only physiological work savours much of precedents, in the Lord Chancellor style.-EDIT.