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MOST EMINENT PERSONS IN EVERY NATION,
BUT MORE ESPECIALLY OF
Those who have signalized themselves in America.
IN FOUR VOLUMES.
Embellished with a number of PORTRAITS of the most diftinguished
By JAMES GARDIE, A M.
Printed and Published by PAUL R. JOHNSON,
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HALLER, (ALBERT VAN) an eminent physician, was born at Bern, on the 16th October 1708. From his infancy, he shewed a very great genius for literature of every kind, and according to the accounts which are given us, the progress of his studies at the earliest periods of life, was rapid, almost beyond belief. When other children were only beginning to read, he was studying Boyle and Moreri, and at nine years of age, he was able to translate Greek, and was beginning the study of the Hebrew,
Not long after this, however, the course of his edu cation was somewhat interrupted by the death of his father, an event which happened when he was in the 13th year of his age. After this, he was sent to the public school at Bern, where he exhibited many spe. cimens of early and uncommon genius. He was greatly distinguished for his knowledge in the Greek and Latin languages; but he was chiefly remarkable for his poetical genius, and his essays of this kind, which were published in the German language, were read and admired throughout the whole empire.