By William Jardine Proudfoot
This can be an account of the occupation of James Dinwiddie (1746-1815). First released in 1868 through Dinwiddie's grandson William Jardine Proudfoot, the paintings relies on Dinwiddie's personal autobiographical notes, trip logbook and private correspondence. The biography lines Dinwiddie's occupation from the medical lectures he gave from 1781 and the magazine sequence Queries and tricks, which he started in 1779, to his stopover at to the chinese language imperial court docket as respectable astronomer in Lord Macartney's undertaking (1792-1794); his place of abode in Beijing and Canton; and his movement to India, the place he used to be appointed Professor of arithmetic, normal Philosophy and Chemistry on the collage of citadel William, Bengal. Dinwiddie's profession was once marked via passionate dedication to the dissemination of clinical wisdom - his travels, lectures and courses have been undertaken for this reason. His lifestyles is an engaging account of a polymathic brain with the intention to fascinate and entertain a modern day readership.
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