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    Naturevolume 105pages334335 (1920) | Download Citation



    MR. J. A. POTT, who died recently at the age of fifty-five, was a scholar whose importance as a moving force in his generation cannot be estimated by the popularity of his work during his lifetime. As an archaeologist he contributed to the Antiquary for 1904 two articles on Neolithic and other remains found near Harlyn Bay, Cornwall. He made the first translation into English of two important treatises of Thomas a Kempis, entitled "The Founders ofthe New Devotion,"and the "Chronicle of the Canons Regular of Mount St. Agnes."These were followed by two series of graceful renderings of poems from the Greek Anthology. Just beforehis premature death, due to overwork in recruiting during the war, he had completed a verse and prose translation of the Epigrams of Martial, which will shortly be published. A fine scholar and man of letters, Mr. Pott exercised an inspiring influence over a large group of friends drawn from circles largely differ ing both socially and intellectually. The charm of his personality depended on the fact that, happy as he was himself in living, he was still happier in making his life a blessing to others.

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