The Correspondence of John Ray: Consisting of Selections from the Philosophical Letters Published by Dr. Derham, and Original Letters of John Ray in the Collection of the British Museum

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Ray Society, 1848 - 502 pagine
 

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Pagina 92 - It is to be observed, that the Spring before this Sickness, there was a numerous company of Flies, which, were like for bigness unto Wasps...
Pagina 458 - Dear Sir, — The best of friends. These are to take a final leave of you as to this world : I look upon myself as a dying man — God requite your kindness expressed any ways towards me an hundred fold, — bless you with a confluence of all good things in this world, and eternal life and happiness hereafter ; grant us an happy meeting in heaven.
Pagina 141 - Just as I left Bononia I had a lamentable spectacle of Malpighi's house all in flames, occasioned by the negligence of his old wife. All his pictures, furniture, books, and manuscripts, were burnt. I saw him in the very heat of the calamity, and methought I never beheld so much Christian patience and philosophy in any man before ; for he comforted his wife, and condol'd nothing but the loss of his papers, which are more lamented than the Alexandrian Library, or Bartholine's Bibliothece at Copenhagen.
Pagina 400 - Tis true, of late years I have diverted myself by searching out the various species of insects to be found hereabouts ; but I have confined myself chiefly to two or three sorts, viz. Papilios diurnal and nocturnal, Beetles, Bees, and Spiders. Of the first of these I have found about 300 kinds, and there are still remaining many more undiscovered by me, and all within the compass of a few miles. I have now given over my inquisition, by reason of my disability to prosecute, and my approaching end,...
Pagina 151 - ... than lying so long in the earth, as they must needs have done, will necessarily induce. Now in this same Isle of Malta we found also many shell-like stones, which why we should not esteem to have been originally the shells of fishes I see no reason ; for if in one and the same place we find many teeth and bones of fishes entire and unpetrified, and likewise stones exactly imitating the shells of other fishes, a great presumption to me it is that these were originally the things whose shape only...
Pagina 482 - As a geologist, the fame of llay must rest on his three physico-theological discourses concerning the primitive Chaos and Creation, the General Deluge, and the Dissolution of the World...
Pagina 56 - I know not, except that their threads being thus winged, became able to sustain them in the air. They will often fasten their threads, in several places, to the things they creep up ; the manner is, by beating their bums (we crave pardon, gentle reader, for the philosopher's expression), or tails, against them as they creep along.
Pagina 169 - ... the bank, out of which the flame issued, looked much like slate and cinder of coals. One thing I cannot but admire, that is the long continuance of this burning. I find mention of it in ' Augustine de Civitate Dei,
Pagina 358 - This day, a large tiger was baited by three bear-dogs, one after another. The first dog he killed ; the second was a match for him, and sometimes he had the better, and sometimes the dog ; but the battle was at last drawn, and neither cared for engaging any further.
Pagina 81 - ... sailing and mounting up into the air, as yet I find the ancients were silent, and I think I was the first who acquainted you with it; but that is best known to yourself, and I challenge it only by way of emulation, not envy, there being nothing more likely than that several persons following the same studies, may many of them light upon one and the same observation. I am no Arcana man, and methinks I...

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