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1804. Excerpt: ... Section m From his appointment to be Professor
of Natural Philosophy, Logic, -and Rhetoric, in the University of
Aberdeen, till the Period of the Publication of the Essay on Truth.
Mr. BEATTIE had, as I have already observed, published proposals
for printing his poems. Many of his pieces were shewn to his
friends, and from their opinion of the merit they possessed, the
genteelest part of the inhabitants of Aberdeen were desirous of
cultivating his acquaintance, and were anxious to be favoured with
a perusal of his verses. His situation as master of the Grammar
School, was also the means of introducing him into the best company
in the town of Aberdeen. In May, 1760, about two months after he
printed his proposals, Mr. Beattie had accepted of an invitation to
dinner from the parents of one of his. scholars. It required little
sagacity to discover his superior abilities; and besides, his fame
had gone before him. He was, however, at last requested to recite a
part of a poem he had written. It had in a great measure escaped
his memory. The specimen it was then in his power to give produced
a great desire in those who heard it, to hear the whole. He
accordingly went to his lodgings, and returned to the company with
his manuscript. He was informed, however, either while he was going
or returning from the place where he lived, of the sudden and
unexpected death of Professor William Duncan. This information he
naturally communicated to those persona to whom he was about to
shew his poetical effusions. There were now, it will be remembered,
two vacant professorships in Marischal College, because Dr. Gerard
had a year before been chosen Professor of Divinity on the death of
Dr. Pollock, and the chair of Moral Philosophy had not yet been
filled. It was suggested by M..
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