A History of the New York Academy of Sciences, Formerly the Lyceum of Natural History

A History of the New York Academy of Sciences, Formerly the Lyceum of Natural History

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...he was Commandant of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and was a very regular attendant upon our meetings, as I think will appear from the minutes. He was in every way a true friend of science, and without pursuing any special branch, he fostered a taste for knowledge among all his associates and subordinates; was mainly instrumental in establishing the Brooklyn Naval Lyceum, and in all his cruises, whether on the coast of Mexico or in the seas of Japan, he was ever ready to aid in obtaining material for scientific research. His history of the U. S. Expedition to Japan, in three volumes, quarto, is a testimonial to his patriotism, his judgment and his zeal. Such were some of the prominent members of the Institution at the time when it occupied its new building, just half a century ago. I might (did time and space permit) also allude to others whom I afterwards joined in welcoming. Some of these, as Brevoort, Lawrence, Dinwiddie and Van Nostrand, are veterans, still on the stage of life. One or two who have passed away I cannot refrain from mentioning. One evening, at a meeting of the Lyceum in its Hall on Broadway, appeared a bright, ruddy youth of engaging and modest manner, who, by way of introduction, brought a box of beautiful and perfect specimens of Pandora trilineata, a pretty bivalve shell dredged in New York harbor. As this shell had rarely been seen except in single and worn valves, the stranger at once became of interest to the conchologists present, and soon after became a member of the Society, and his zeal and attainments in conchological and mineralogical study soon gained him the notice and friendship of the collectors and laborers in these departments. CHARLES M. WHEATLEY, for this was his name, afterwards became widely known for his...show more

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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236485858
  • 9781236485854