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BY THE ACQUIREMENT OF WHICH ALL NUMERICAL QUESTIONS
TO PEN OR PENCIL.
IN THE FORMER PART WILL BE FOUND
THE GREAT UTILITY OF FRACTIONS
IN THE FORMATION AND PROVING OF RULES,
AND, IN THE LATTER,
REDUCING THE LARGEST SUMS OF MONEY, WEIGHTS, MEASURES,
TIME, AND SPACE, TO THEIR LOWEST DENOMINATIONS,
BY MEANS OF
ORIGINAL QUADRANTAL RATIONALE;
ALSO, A MODE OF PERFORMING
BY DANIEL HARRISON.
PRINTED FOR THE AUTHOR, AND SOLD BY HENRY HARRIS,
BY ALL BOOKSELLERS.
MARQUESS OF LANSDOWNE, K.C. B.
I TENDER you my sincere and grateful acknowledgements for permitting me to dedicate this Work to your Lordship ; and I trust that the public will see reason to own, and attest, that such influential
patronage has not been unworthily bestowed. Let me not be charged with abusing your generosity, if I take this opportunity of laying before your Lordship a brief history of myself, and, of the publication here ushered into the world. The obscurity of my situation seems to warrant, and to justify, the measure ; whilst the character of the book, whatever be its merits, will, from such a narrative, be more justly appreciated.
In the ardour and enterprize of youth I volunteered to serve as a substitute, in the Second Somerset Militia. From thence I enlisted, in 1811, into the 9th Regiment of Infantry, and was immediately promoted to the rank of Serjeant.
I was present at several of the most signal engagements in the Peninsular War; at Salamanca, Burgos, Vittoria, St. Sebastian, Invasion of France, Bayonne, &c.
I accompanied the Regiment to America ; and from thence to France, on the return of Bonaparte from Elba. In 1817, I was discharged, in consequence of a reduction in the forces; and, because of a deafness contracted by the severity of the service.
My military career was both arduous and dangerous; yet, unhappily, it was too short to entitle me to a pension. Thus thrown entirely upon my resources for procuring a livelihood, I have devoted the subsequent part of my life to a daily school, in Bath ; and, amidst the toils of this laborious and ill-paid occupation, I have prosecuted the inquiries, and matured the system, exhibited in the following pages.
·After having faithfully served my King and Country in the Field of Battle, I now humbly proffer the best services I have at command towards the instruction and benefit of my fellow-men, in that branch of scientific knowledge, to which I am devotedly attached.
I have every confidence that both your Lordship and the public will view, with approbation, the motives by which I am actuated; consider with candour, the circumstances under which I have laboured, and estimate, with justice, the merit of my production.
With unfeigned gratitude and respect,
Your deeply obliged and most
obedient humble servant,
Bath, January, 1837.