Titel: First English reading book: Engelsch leesboek voor instituten, gymnasiën en hoogere burgerscholen: met Nederlandsche woordenlijst
Auteur: Herrig, Ludwig
Uitgave: Arnhem: J. Voltelen, 1869 *
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Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: IWO 513 H 21
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Leesvaardigheid, Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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manded the latter, was preparing to resist,
but at the commmand of the king he sub-
mitted, and led off his men. James went
to rest a little before midnight; but he had
not been long asleep when he was waked
to receive a message from the prince, re-
quiring that he should leave the palace at
ten in the morning (as the prince intended
to enter London by noon), and retire to
Ham-house, near Richmond in Surrey. Ja-
mes objected to Ham as damp and cold,
and proposed Rochester. At nine next
morning he received permission to go to
that city, and at noon, having taken leave
of the nobility who were in town, he en-
tered the royal barge, and went down the
river followed by the Dutch guards in
The English, as every one who reads their
history must know, are a generous and a
forgiving people, and are attached to their
monarchs. The assembled crowds, there-
fore, though James had done all in his
power to deprive them of their religion and
liberty, could not see him thus quitting the
palace of his fathers, a captive, as it were,
in the hands of foreigners, without sorrow,
which was testified by their looks. The
king, however, went on and reached his
destination. Here he deliberated on what
he should do; his friends urged him not to
think of leaving the kingdom, as it was the
very thing his enemies wished him to do,
as was proved by their leaving the rear of
the house he was in unguarded. But James
was resolved on flight, in which resolution
he was confirmed by a letter from the queen;
and on the 22nd of December he got up
after midnight, and went out through the
garden with his natural son, the duke of
Berwick, and three other persons, and got
on board a vessel which conveyed him to
The prince entered London at two o'clock
on the day the king had left it. All classes
crowded to do him homage. After a long
debate in parliament it was determined
that the late king had abdicated the govern-
ment, and that the throne was vacant; and
the prince and princess of Orange were pro-
claimed king and queen of England.
\Th. Keightly.)
Sir Isaac Newton, the greatest of modern
mathematicians, was born on Christmas-
day, -1642, at Woolsthorpe, in the county
of Lincoln.
Isaac went to two little day-schools till
he was twelve years old, when he was sent
to the grammar-school at Grantham, where
he boarded in the house of an apothecary;
he soon gave proofs of surprizing genius,
and astonished his acquaintance by his
mechanical contrivances.
Instead of playing with other boys at
juvenile games, he constantly busied him-
self in making machines and models, in
wood of differents kinds. For this purpose
he got little saws, hatchets, hammers, and
all sorts of tools, which he knew how to
use with great dexterity. He even went so
far as to make a wooden clock. A new
windmill was set up about this time near
Grantham, and young Newton's imitating
genius contrived to make a perfect model,
which was considered at least equal to the
workmanship of the original. These con-
trivances engrossed so much of his thoughts
that he was apt to neglect his tasks, and
dull boys were sometimes put over him in
his form. His acquisition of drawing, which
he acquired without any assistance, was
equally remarkable with his mechanical in-
The mother of Sir Isaac, to save ex-
pence, recalled her son from school, to
make him serviceable at Woolsthorpe, in
managing the farm; but it was soon found
that all the business committed to Isaac's
care was forgotten or neglected.
This conduct of her son induced his
mother to send him to Grantham school
again for nine months; and then to Trinity
college, Cambridge, where he was admitted
June 5, 1600, and soon noticed by Dr. Isaac
Barrow, who, perceiving his talents, con-
tracted a great friendship for him. The
progress of his studies here were of no
common kind. The first mathematical book
that he read was Des Cartes' Geometry,
and he made himself master of it by dint
of genius and application, without going
through the usual steps, or having the as-
sistance of any person. His next book was
the 'Arithmetic of Infinites,' by Dr. Wallis.
On these books he wrote comments as he
read them, and reaped a rich harvest of
discoveries, or more properly, indeed, made
almost all his mathematical discoveries as
he proceeded in their perusal.
He procured a prism, to try some ex-
periments upon Des Cartes' doctrine of co-
lours, and soon satisfied himself that the
hypothesis of that philosopher was distitute
of foundation; and the further prosecution
of the subject satisfied him respecting the
real nature of light and colours; and he
soon after drew up an account of his doc-