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the less the greater, which is absurd. Therefore r and s cannot but coincide; that is, the lines must cut in AL. And a similar proof may be applied, if the point of intersection be taken anywhere else out of the right line AL.

Q. E. D."

Beloe has preserved an equation composed by Porson in Greek.*

Τὶς ὁ ἀριθμός, οὗ τενομένου εἰς δύο ἀνίσους μερίδας, ἡ τῆς μείζονος μερίδος δύναμις μετὰ τῆς ἐλάττονος μεταλαμβανομένη ἴση ἔσεται τῇ τῆς ἐλάττονος δυνάμει μετὰ τῆς μείζονος μεταλαμβανομένῃ.

Or, x2

Required the number, which being divided into two unequal parts, the square of the greater added to the less shall be equal to the square of the less added to the greater. Let x be the number, and y one of the parts. Then x − y = the other part.


.. (x − y)2 + y = y2 + (x − y),
2 x y + y2 y2 + x
x 2 2xy=x
2 y,
x (x − 2y) = (x−2y),


.. x = 1.


showing that practically there are no positive values of the two parts.

* Sexagenarian, vol. ii. p. 309.

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Since the pages relating to Porson's early years were printed off, we have been favoured with the following anecdote by the Rev. John Gunn, of Irstead, near Norfolk.

During Porson's boyhood, a proposal was made at a vestrymeeting to take down the north side of East Ruston Church, and build the brick wall which is now standing on the north side of the nave. But before any resolution was passed, it was desirable to know how many bricks would be required for the purpose; and none of the parishioners present could make a calculation. At last one of them said, "Send for young Porson," who, when he was found, soon told them the requisite number.

Of his mode of examining, when he took part in the University examinations, we can give one anecdote. When Blomfield, afterwards Bishop of London, was candidate, with several others, for the Craven Scholarship, Porson desired them to be at his rooms by a certain hour in the forenoon. On assembling, they had to wait some time for the Professor, who was then greatly sunk in health, being within a year of his death, and found, though the morning was cold, no fire lighted; nor were any other preparations made for their reception. On Porson's appearance, however, the deficiencies were soon supplied, and he proceeded to dictate to them several corrupt verses, which they were show their skill in correcting. Blomfield was able to correct six of the number, and was declared the successful candidate.

As an instance of his critical perspicacity, it may be mentioned that he was of opinion, as he often told Mr. Kidd, that the account of the woman taken in adultery, in the seventh and eighth chapters of St. John's Gospel, must be a pure interpolation; an opinion happily supported by the recently discovered Codex Sinaiticus, a manuscript which is considered to be as old as the fourth century, and in which that passage is not found. This manuscript, also, it may be

added, wants the text of the Three Heavenly Witnesses, which Porson so triumphantly proved spurious.

In regard to his fondness for nice penmanship, it may be remarked, in addition to what has been already said, that he often wasted time, not only in writing with superfluous care, but in producing extremely small writing. Mr. Norgate, the publisher, brother-in-law to Mr. Siday Hawes, has a specimen of his minute writing, comprising, in a circle of an inch and a half in diameter, the Greek verses on music from the Medea of Euripides, with Johnson's translation of them for Burney's History of Music, in all more than 220 words, with a considerable space left blank in the centre. It is written on vellum, a portion of a leaf which fell from the Photius which he copied.

In p. 54, where Heyne's application to Cambridge for the loan of Bentley's manuscripts on Homer is mentioned, it might have been added that the request of Heyne was readily granted, and that the Gottingen professor, in his edition of Homer, acknowledged himself greatly indebted to Bentley's labours, of the merits of which he spoke in the highest terms.


Accents, Greek, advantage of a know-
ledge of, 229, 230. Remarks on them
by Wakefield, Brunck, and Elmsley,


"Adversaria," Porson's, 338.
Eschylus, Porson's desire to edit, 38,
39. Compared with Euripides and So-
phocles, 105-109. Porson's pro-
jected edition of, 122-124.
Alcuin, his revision of St. Jerome's ver-
sion of the New Testament, 67.
Ammonius censured, 187.
Aristophanes, Porson's character of,
41-43. Did not contribute to the
death of Socrates, ib. Porson solicited
to edit, 255. Porson's knowledge of
him, 340, 341. Aristophanica,"
Porson's, 338.

Askew, Dr. his library, 38, 49. Satirised
by Dawes, 313.

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Athenæus, Porson's labours on, 341, 362.
Meditated an edition of, 342
Attwood, Mr. assists in examining Por-
son at Cambridge, 14.

Augustin, St., was probably the cause of
the "Three Heavenly Witnesses"
being introduced into St. John's text,

Babington, Dr., attends on Porson,
829, seqq.

Baker, Sir George, contributes to a fund
for Porson's support at Eton, 15.
Continues his kindness to Porson
after Mr. Norris's death, 22. Por-
son's capriciousness towards him,


Banks, Rev. J. Cleaver, promotes the
subscription for Porson's annuity, 95.
His letter to Burney, ib. Pleased
when Porson was defended, 304.
Porson's intimacy with, 313. Trus.
tee of the annuity fund, 336.
Barker, E. H., attempts to defend
Parr's belief in Ireland's Shakspeare

forgeries, 145. His "Aristarchus
Anti-Blomfieldianus," 176.

Burrow's "Sermon on Evil-speaking,"

passage from, Porson's intention to
illustrate, 352.

Beloe, Rev. W., denied that Porson was
sent to Cambridge to be examined,
14. His account of Porson's life at
Eton, 17. His association with
Porson, 282. His mistake as to
Porson's property, 335.
Bengelius, his strange argument in sup-
port of 1 John v. 7, 62.
Bentley, Dr. Richard, Porson's venera-
tion for him, 28. His merits, ib.
A metrical canon of his, 266. Visited
by Reid, ib. His emendations, 367,
371. Compared with Porson, 374.
Beza, his New Testament retains 1 John
v. 7, 69.


Biography, remarks on, 1-5.
Blomfield, Bishop, his remarks on Valpy's
Stephens's Thesaurus," 176. On
Hermann and his school, 177, 178.
Publishes Porson's " Adversaria" with
Monk, 338.

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Budæus's Commentaries on the Greek
Language, Porson inclined to pub-
lish, 37.

Burges, George, his Greek verses on
Porson, 334.

Burgess, Bishop, attacked Porson after
his death on the " Letters to Travis,"
82. Answered by Bishop Turton,
ib. His patronage of a notion of
Granville Sharp's, 269. His classical
scholarship despised by Porson, 304.
Burgess, Sir James Bland, writes a pro-

logue to Ireland's "Vortigern," 147.
Burney, Dr. Charles, his review of
Huntingford's "Monostrophica," 45.
His opinion of the "Letters to
Travis," 79. Promotes the subscrip-
tion for Porson's annuity, 95, 98,
100. Trustee of the annuity fund,


Butler, Charles, Porson's conversation
with, 332.

Byron, Lord, his account of Porson's

habits at Cambridge, 271, 272. His
addition to a remark of Porson's
about Southey, 306.

Carthew, Rev. T., requested to examine
Porson, 11. His letter to Professor
Lambert, ib.

Casaubon, merits of his Athenæus, 341.
"Catechism for Swinish Multitude,” 402.
Ceres, fragment of a statue of, Porson's
inscription for, 257.

Chalmers, George, his dull " Apology
for the Believers" in the Shakspeare
papers, 152, 153.

Chantrey's bust of Porson, 336.
Charades, some of Porson's, 399.
Charles II, Porson's oration on, 393.
Cicero, Porson's liking for, 342.
Clarke, Dr. Adam, his opinion of the
age of the Dublin MS. of the New
Testament, 71. His account of Por-
son's last illness and death, 320, segg.
Exhibits a stone from Eleusis to
Porson, 321, 322.
Clarke, Dr. E. D., honoured with verses
at his funeral, 335.

Classical literature, advantages of an ac-
quaintance with, 267, 376.

Codex Sinaiticus, 421.

Coray, Porson's respect for his scholar-
ship, 310.

Coffin, Mr., said to be the author of
Eloisa in Dishabille," 290.


Coli aus's Greek Testament omitted

1 John v. 7, 59.

Collier, Rev. Mr., assists in examining

Porson as a boy at Cambridge, 14.
Is one of his examiners for the Craven
scholarship, 32.

Colton, Rev. C. C., his story of Porson,


Complutensian edition of the Greek Tes-
tament, 59, 60.

Coxe, Archdeacon, gives an instance of
Porson's memory, 288. Introduced
Porson to Jacob Bryant, 303.
Cooke, Greek professor at Cambridge,
102. Had been head master at Eton,


Courtney, Sir John, wrote the “Epistle
of Oberea to Sir Joseph Banks,"

Criticism, elegant, 120, 121. Verbal,


Cyprian, no authority in favour of
1 John v. 7, 65.

Dalzel, Andrew, Porson's letter to, 259
-265. Dalzel's reply, 266.
Davies, Dr., head master of Eton, pre-
sents Porson with Toup's Longinus,


Davy, Dr. Martin, letter of Porson to
him, 237. Another, 308. Porson's
esteem for him, ib.

Dawes, author of the "Miscellanea
Critica," Porson's esteem for, 28, 45.
Disrespectfully mentioned by Hunt-
ingford, 45. Satirises Askew, 313.
Dawes, J. N., a letter of Porson's with
that signature, 256, 257.

Disney, Colonel, intimate with Porson,


Disraeli, Isaac, offends Porson, 382.
Concerned in the novel of "Flim-
Flams," 383. His character, 384.
Dobree, P. P., publishes Porson's "Aris-

tophanica," and "Photius," 338, 339.
Don Bellianis, the romance of, 346.
Douglas, Bishop of Salisbury, defends
Porson against Jacob Bryant, 304.
Dryden, Anderson's edition of, 346.
Dublin manuscript of the New Testa-
ment, 58.

Dubois concerned in the novel of
"Flim-Flams," 384.

Dyer, George, wrote notice of Porson in
the "Public Characters," 359.

Edi or, duty of an, 114.

Edwards, Dr., his edition of Plutarch
on Education reviewed, 113.

Egerton, the "black-letter bookseller,"
publishes Porson's "Letters to Tra-
vis," 58, 84.

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