Il mourut l'an 1616, et fut enterre hors la Porte Occidentale d'Edinbourg, dans l'Eglise de Sainct Cudbert.'" There can be no doubt that Napier's devotion to mathematics was not due to old age and the gout, and that he died in 1617 and not in 1616; still these sentences were written within eighteen years of Napier's death, and their author seems to have had some special sources of information.
Save for the consequences of these phonetic changes, Umbrian morphology and syntax exhibit no divergence from Oscan that need be mentioned here, save perhaps two peculiar perfect-formations with -1- and -nci-; as in ampelust, fut.
Des que leur traduction fut prete, ils envoyerent de Paris un grand nombre de colporteurs charges de la vendre au prix de revient et meme, dans certaines circonstances, a des prix reduits; et ils couvrirent la depense par des dons volontaires" (E.
in his Histoire des Mathematiques (pp. 448-449), gives the following footnote, communicated to him by Lalande: "Ce fut Chestermonhall" (an obvious misprint for Chester Moor Hall) "qui, vers 1750, eut l'idee des lunettes achromatiques.