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ELEMENTS OF CHEMISTRY,
INORGANIC AND ORGANIC.
J. C. BUCKMASTER,
LATE STUDENT IN THE GOVERNMENT SCHOOL OF MINES ;
EXAMINER IN CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICS
IN THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF PRECEPTORS; AND
SECOND EDITION, ENLARGED.
PREF A C E.
I HAVE prepared this little work in the hope that it may be found useful in promoting the scientific education of the senior classes in Middle-class Schools. I trust it will not be without its value to pupil teachers, schoolmasters, and the students of classes in Mechanics’ Institutions.
Having been engaged as a teacher of physics, both to boys and adults, I have always found the experimental sciences very popular subjects of instruction; and if this little book should contribute, in however small a degree, towards the scientific industrial education of the working classes, or stir up in some obscure worker a desire to learn, I shall be content to have done something for that class which has always had my warm and earnest sympathy.
For some years I have taken a deep interest in Working Men's Institutions. I believe that many of them contain the elements of great usefulness, and may yet be made to take an important part in the secondary education of the working classes.
The true elevation of the working classes chiefly depends on their own efforts, judiciously aided by the State. A comprehensive and liberal system of education would do much to remove many of those disadvantages under which they have hitherto laboured..
The political liberty of the present day is quite equal to the intellectual condition of the people. To advance the one and neglect the other is to invert the natural order of