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Page 85 - President, Council, and Fellows of the Royal Society of London, for improving Natural Knowledge.
Page 21 - Some have complained that inscriptions on tomb-stones convey no general information, except that individuals were born and died, accidents which must happen alike to all men. But the death of a species is so remarkable an event in natural history that it deserves commemoration ; and it is with no small interest that we learn from the archives of the University of Oxford, the exact day and year, when the remains of the last specimen of the Dodo, which had been permitted to rot in the Ashmolean Museum,...
Page 146 - He next detached the skin on the side on which the animal had lain, which was well preserved ; the weight of the skin was such, that ten persons found great difficulty in transporting it to the shore. After this, the ground was...
Page 69 - In memory of Sir Hans Sloane, Bart., President of the Royal Society and of the College of Physicians, who died in the year of our Lord 1753, the ninety-second year of his age, without the least pain of body, and with a conscious serenity of mind ended a virtuous and beneficent life. This monument was erected by his two daughters, Elizabeth Cadogan and Sarah Stanley.
Page 149 - ... colour. Among the separate parcels of hair are some rather redder than the short hair just mentioned, about four inches long, and some bristles nearly black, much thicker than horse-hair, and from twelve to eighteen inches long. The skin, when first brought to the Museum, was offensive to the smell.
Page 133 - The Mammoth, or Elephant's bones and tusks, are found throughout Russia, and more particularly in Eastern Siberia and the Arctic marshes. The tusks are found in great quantities, and are collected for the sake of profit, being sold to the turners in the place of the living ivory of Africa, and the warmer parts of Asia, to which it is not at all inferior.
Page 72 - 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 21 - The discovery of America, and that of a passage to the East Indies by the Cape of Good Hope, are the two greatest and most important events recorded in the history of mankind.
Page 24 - ... of birds, fish, flowers, and shells, drawn and miniatured to the life. He told us that one book ' stood him in .£300 ; it was painted by that excellent workman whom the late Gaston Duke of Orleans emploied. This gentleman's whole collection, gatherM by himselfe travelling over most parts of Europe, is estimated at .£8000. He appear"d to be a modest and obliging person '. 29.
Page 87 - God and good of man, my collection in all its branches may be, if possible, kept and preserved together whole and entire, in my manor house, in the parish of Chelsea, situate near the Physic Garden, given by me to the Company of Apothecaries, for the same purposes...