Gregory, Olinthus Gilbert, Lld
Gregory, Olinthus Gilbert, Ll.D., was born at Yaxley, in Huntingdonshire, Jan. 29, 1774. He was educated under Mr. Weston, a celebrated mathematician, and published, at 19, a text-book called Lessons Astronomical and Philosophical. Through the interest of Dr. Hutton, he was appointed in 1802 mathematical master at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, where he obtained the professor's chair. He published a large number of mathematical treatises, of which it is not our place to give an account. But Dr. Gregory possessed qualities of a still nobler and better kind than those of a scientific philosopher. He was a decided Christian — a man who had not only studied the literature of the sacred volume, but made it the rule of his life, as well as the source of his inward peace and hope. On what firm and enlightened grounds his own faith was established in the truth and fundamental principles of the Gospel, appears from his Letters to a Friend on the Evidences, Doctrines, and Duties of the Christian Religion ( Lond. 1812, 2 vols. 8vo); a treatise which has long maintained a high reputation. He also wrote Memoirs of John Mason Good, M.D. (Lond. 1828, 8 vo): — Memoirs of the Rev. Robert Hall (prefixed to the editions of Hall's collected Works); and a number of articles in the Eclectic Review and other journals. He died Feb. 2, 1841. — Jamieson, Relig. Biog. 233; English Cyclopaedia.