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William Whiston


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William Whiston : Astronomical Year, The: Or an Account of the Great Year MDCCXXXVI. Particularly of the Late Comet, Which was foretold by Sir Isaac Newton

'There is no Reading that so changes the Scene upon one, and carries one so completely out of one's self I think, as Astronomical Speculation: unless indeed the Study of the Ancient prophecies and modern Calculations of this World's final Dissolution: when we read Burnet on the Conflagration, or Whiston on the expected Comet, how little seem to Common Objects of our Care!'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Hester Lynch Thrale      Print: Book


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