On the extent and aims of a national museum of natural history


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Seite 2 - As thus he spake, each bird and beast behold Approaching two and two — these cowering low With blandishment; each bird stooped on his wing. I named them as they passed, and understood Their nature; with such knowledge God endued My sudden apprehension.
Seite 22 - As the opportunities of ascertaining the anatomical structure of large marine animals are generally accidental, I have availed myself as much as possible of all that have occurred ; and, anxious to get more extensive information, engaged a surgeon, at a considerable expense...
Seite 113 - ... of lectures on the characters, principles of classification, habits, instincts, and economical uses of such class. The most elaborate and beautiful of created things — those manifesting life — have much to teach — much that comes home to the business of man, and also to the highest elements of his moral nature. The nation that gathers together thousands of corals, shells, insects, fishes, birds, and beasts, and votes the requisite funds for preparing, preserving, housing and arranging them,...
Seite 20 - Even the sea-monsters draw out the breast, they give suck to their young ones: the daughter of my people is become cruel, like the ostriches in the wilderness.
Seite 11 - Ai the purpose of a Museum of Natural History is to .... impart and diffuse that knowledge which begets the right spirit in which all Nature should be viewed, there ought to be no partiality for any particular class, merely on account of the quality which catches and pleases the passing gaze. Such a Museum should suhserve the instruction of a People ; and should also afford objects of study and comparison to professed Naturalists, so as to serve as an instrument in the progress of Science.
Seite 22 - An adequate exhibition of the Cetacea, both by means of stuffed specimens and skeletons, also always formed a prominent element in his demand for space. " Birds, shells, minerals," he wrote, " are to be seen in any museum ; but the largest, strangest, rarest specimens of the highest class of animals can only be studied in the galleries of a national one.
Seite 88 - ... name has been made a battle cry by some, but, though more than ten years ago he pleaded in a well-known memorial for the retention of the Natural History in its present abode, this gentleman has but the better vindicated the fairness of his judgment by withdrawing his urgency on that point : — ' The locality of the Museum of Natural History has been made a party-question, and my name has been cited, both in and out of the House, as an advocate for or against this or that particular position....
Seite 47 - ... feathers, bleached bones, and other decorative materials, which are brought in profusion by the male, and variously arranged to attract, as it would seem, the female by the show of a handsome establishment
Seite 110 - ... quarter of the globe, were undergoing a careful examination and submitted to a critical identification with the view of having them ready for exhibition, as soon as circumstances would permit. The arrangement of many hundred thousands of specimens was no easy task. In fact, I could never have undertaken it alone. But I had, as professor, to train young men intending to be professional naturalists, and I availed myself of this circumstance to advance the work of the museum, by adopting a method...
Seite 68 - ... to admit are babies of a few weeks old, which take very little room ! Are these the facts which result from a sincere belief in the pleasure and improvement derived by the lower orders from the contemplation of natural history ? As regards specimens of extinct animals, Professor Owen observes : ' It is the common experience of officers of National Museums that no specimens of natural history so much excite the interest and wonder of the public, so sensibly gratify their curiosity, are the subjects...

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