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Page 10 - The valuable collection of manuscripts formed by Sir Eobert Cotton at the end of the sixteenth and beginning of the seventeenth centuries...
Page 9 - His collection, which at the time of his death in 1753 was contained in his residence, the Manor House, Chelsea, consisted of " books, drawings, manuscripts, prints, medals, and coins, ancient and modern antiquities, seals, cameos and intaglios, precious stones, agates, jaspers, vessels of agate and jasper, crystals, mathematical instruments, pictures, and other things...
Page 9 - for the purchase of the Museum, or Collection of Sir Hans Sloane, and of the Harleian Collection of Manuscripts ; and for providing one General Repository for the better reception and more convenient use of the said collections ; and of the Cottonian Library, and of the additions thereto.
Page 10 - Collection may be preserved and maintained, not only for the inspection and entertainment of the learned and curious, but for the general use and benefit of the publick,' Parliament covenanted to pay for it the sum of 20,000/.
Page 9 - An Act for the purchase of the Museum or Collection of Sir Hans Sloane, Bart., and of the Harleian Collection of MSS., and for providing one general repository for the better reception and more convenient use of the said Collection, and of the Cottonian Library, and of the additions thereto.
Page 9 - Sir Hans Sloane, an eminent physician in London, was for sir Hans sixteen years President of the Royal College of Physicians, Sloanei and in 1727 succeeded Sir Isaac Newton in the Presidential Chair of the Royal Society. He was throughout his long life a diligent and miscellaneous collector, having, as stated in the Preamble of the Act of Incorporation of the Museum, " through the course of many years, with great labour and expense, gathered together whatever could be procured, either in our own...
Page 28 - The alcoves round the hall are devoted to the Introductory or Elementary Morphological Collection (still incomplete) , 'designed to teach the most important points in the structure of the principal types of animal and plant life, and the terms used in describing them*.
Page 22 - ... age, sex, season, or locality ; for fixing the limits of geographical distribution, or determining the range in geological time, must be not only exceedingly numerous (so numerous, indeed, that it is almost impossible to put a limit on what may be required for such purposes), but they must also be kept under such conditions as to admit of ready and close examination and comparison.