The connection of Bath with the literature and science of England
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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC
By: Joseph Hunter
Excerpt from book: III. ANNOTATI0N THE PRECEDING PAPER, WRITTEN AT THE EXPIRATION OF TWENTY-SIX YEARS.  The authority here is the remarkable and often quoted passage in Solinus: but I do not pretend, in a paper such as this, to cite authorities for every statement, though I believe they exist, and may easily be found by those who wish for them.  The benefactors here spoken of are Mr. Wiltshire and Dr. Nott, of whom previously. Dr. Nott was the editor of the works of Surrey and Wyat. He spent some months at Bath and Clifton in the interval, not a very long one, between his fall in the Cathedral Church of Winchester and his death, the somewhat remote consequence of that sad accident.  So it then appeared. Six-and-twenty years have since passed, and there is the building, the library, the museum, the public lectures, and there are friends and supporters also, some of the old stock, now the Nestors of the Institution: others who have since taken up their abode in Bath, and who show themselves not inferior to the founders in the interestwhich they take in its prosperity: yet it is to be wished, if for nothing else but for the honour of Bath, that so valuable a gift, transmitted from a generation almost passed away, should not perish in the hands of a race less alive to its value and importance.  The proof of this is found in the Julius Vitalis inscription, about which so much has been written.  Following some indifferent authority, I had before called this person John Chandler, but his name was certainly Thomas. Since this paper was written, I have had the good fortune to ascertain that his treatise in praise of the cities of Bath and Wells is not lost. Having occasion in 1834, soon after I had left Bath, to search for historical manuscripts in the libraries at Cambri...