The Life of James Watt: With Selections from His Correspondence

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D. Appleton & Company, 1859 - Inventors - 424 pages
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Page 266 - Dictionary was written with little assistance of the learned, and without any patronage of the great ; not in the soft obscurities of retirement, or under the shelter of academick bowers, but amidst inconvenience and distraction, in sickness and in sorrow.
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