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GEORGE BERKELEY, D.D.
LATE BISHOP OF CLOYNE IN IRELAND.
TO WHICH IS ADDED,
AN ACCOUNT OF HIS LIFE;
SEVERAL OF HIS LETTERS
THOMAS PRIOR, ESQ. DEAN GERVAIS, MR. POPE, &c.
IN THREE VOLUMES,
DR. GEORGE BERKELEY, the learned and ingenious bishor of Cloyne in Ireland, was a native of that kingdom, and the so. of WILLIAM BERKELEY of Thomastown, in the county of Kilkenny, whose father went over to Ireland after the Restoration, (the family having suffered greatly for their loyalty to Charles I.) aud there obtained the collectorship of Belfast.
Our author was born March 12, 1684, at Kilcrin near Thomastown, received the first part of his education at Kilkenny school under Dr. Hinton, and was admitted a pensioner of Trinity-college, Dublin, at the age of fifteen, under the tuition of Dr. Hall. He was admitted fellow of that college June 9, 1707, having previously sustained with honour the very trying examination which the candidates for that preferment are by the statutes required to undergo.
The first proof he gave of his literary abilities was Arithmetica absque Algebra aut Euclide demonstrata, which from the preface he appears to have written before he was twenty years old, though he did not publish it till 1707. It is dedicated to Mr. Palliser, son to the Archbishop of Cashel, and is followed by a Mathematical Miscellany, containing some very ingenious observations and theorems inscribed to his pupil Mr. Samuel Molyneaux, a gentleman of whom we shall have occasion to make further mention presently, and whose father was the celebrated friend and correspondent of Mr. Locke.
• To authenticate the following account of Bishop Berkeley, it is thought proper to inform the reader, that the particulars were for the most part communicated by the Rev. Robert Berkeley, D. D. rector of Middleton, in the diocess of Cloyne, brother to the Bishop and the wbole was drawn up by the Rey. Joseph Stock, D. D. late F.T .