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INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY
A PREPARATORY VIEW OF THE FORCES WHICH
CONCUR TO THE PRODUCTION
J. FREDERIC DANIELL, For. Sec. R.S.;
PROFESSOR OF CHEMISTRY IN KING'S COLLEGE, LONDON;
LECTURER ON CHEMISTRY AND GEOLOGY IN THE HON. EAST INDIA COMPANY'S MILITARY
SEMINARY AT ADDISCOMBE;
MICHAEL FARADAY, D.C.L., F.R.S.,
MY DEAR FARADAY,
To you I dedicate this attempt to place amongst the elements of science the great discoveries with which you have adorned this prolific age. I know that you will not be displeased that I have thought them capable of being made the subject of familiar teaching.
The success of even this humble effort, should I not fail in my purpose, will be owing to you; for to your kind encouragement and ever ready explanations I owe the facilities which I have enjoyed in following you closely in your splendid career.
I must, however, be careful not to make you responsible for too much. You know that the consequence of repeating all your experiments has been that I have myself been led to experiment; and it may be that I have incorporated with your views speculations of my own of by no means so just a nature. My unaffected conviction is, that, in what I may differ from you, mine will be found to be the error, while yours must be the chief credit in what we may agree.
But whatever you may think of my philosophy, I have the happiness to feel assured that you will not lightly regard the sentiment of sincere affection with which I subscribe myself,
My dear FARADAY,
Your faithful Friend,
J. FREDERIC DANIELL.