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AND

CORRESPONDENCE

OF

THE LATE

SIR JAMES EDWARD SMITH, M.D.

FELLOW OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF LONDON;

MEMBER OF THE ACADEMIES OF

STOCKHOLM, UPSAL, TURIN, LISBON, PHILADELPHIA, NEW YORK, ETC. ETC.

THE IMPERIAL ACAD. NATURÆ CURIOSORUM,

AND

THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES AT PARIS;
HONORARY MEMBER OF THE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY OF LONDON ;

AND

PRESIDENT OF THE LINNÆAN SOCIETY.

EDITED

BY LADY SMITH.

" How delightful and how consolatory it is, among the disappointments and
anxieties of life, to observe Science, like Virtue, retaining its relish to the last !”

Sketch of a Tour on the Continent, vol. ii. p. 60.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. II.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR

LONGMAN, REES, ORME, BROWN, GREEN, AND LONGMAN,

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MEMOIR

AND

CORRESPONDENCE

OF

SIR JAMES EDWARD SMITH.

CHAPTER VII.

Correspondence of Edmund Davall, Esq.,-Sir James Edward

Smith, and the Marchioness of Rockingham;--and two Letters from Professor Afzelius.

THE late Mr. Davall, of Orbe, was one whose fondness for natural science led him to cultivate an acquaintance with the subject of these pages, which soon settled into a warm personal affection on either side, and remained unimpaired through their lives.

An Englishman by birth, he was destined by circumstances to reside in Switzerland: but although he lived in a beautiful country, surrounded by objects most pleasing to him, yet he seems to suffer the pangs of an exile whenever he writes to his friend. The yearnings of desire to be among those who assimilate in pursuits, in intellectual and moral taste, cannot be more forcibly expressed than in the

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