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JOURNAL OF SCIENCE,
DAVID BREWSTER, LL.D.
F.R.S. LOND. AND EDIN. F. S. S. A. M.R.I.A.
CORRESPONDING MEMBER OF THE INSTITUTE OF FRANCE; CORRESPONDING MEMBER OF THE ROYAL
PRUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES; MEMBER OF THE ROYAL SWEDISH ACADEMY
OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF GOTTINGEN, &c. &c.
JOURNAL OF SCIENCE.
Art. I.—Biographical Notice of the late Sir J. E. Smith,
President of the Linnæun Society, with an estimate of the
The characters of the illustrious dead, their virtues, their diligence and attainments, are interesting and profitable subjects of contemplation. An opportunity is given us to take a view of the periods in which they lived, -to notice the progress or decline of sound philosophy,—and to form an estimate of the influence of their labours on the advancement of knowledge in general, and of that department of it particularly in which they excelled. From general views we often return with advantage to a study of detail. Such discussions have often a favourable effect in stimulating the zeal, and directing the energies of young students in those fields of inquiry where master minds have been successful ; and at any rate those who cannot attain their excellence, may at least avoid their errors.
In this article we propose to give a short biographical notice of the late Sir J. E. Smith, President of the Linnæan Society,
* Read before the Royal Society of
of Edinburgh, January 5, 1829.