The Life of Sir Charles LinnŠus ...: To which is Added, a Copious List of His Works, and a Biographical Sketch of the Life of His Son (Google eBook)

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B. and J. White, 1794 - 435 pages
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Page 275 - Polish ; but, regardless of these defects, we passed our time very merrily. While we were dancing, the old man, who smoked his pipe with Zoega, who was deformed and emaciated, became a spectator of our amusement, and sometimes, though very rarely, danced a Polish dance, in which he excelled every one of us young men. He was extremely delighted whenever he saw us in high glee, nay, if we even became very noisy. Had he not always found us so, he would have manifested his apprehension that we were not...
Page 274 - ... and displayed a serenity and an openness of countenance, which proved how much his soul was susceptible of amity and good fellowship. " Our life was much happier when we resided in the country. Our habitation was about half a quarter of a league distant from his house at Hammarby, in a farm-house, where we kept our own furniture and other requisites for housekeeping.
Page 274 - It consisted either of anecdotes relative to the learned in his profession with whom he got acquainted in foreign countries, or in clearing up our doubts, or giving us other kinds of instruction. He used to laugh then most heartily, and displayed a serenity and an openness of countenance, which proved how much his soul was susceptible of amity and good fellowship.
Page 274 - ... as long as he pleased, and generally till about ten o'clock. We then wandered about till twelve upon the adjacent rocks, the productions of which afforded us plenty of entertainment. In the afternoon we repaired to his garden, and in the evening we usually played at the Swedish game of trisset in company with his wife.
Page 274 - In winter we lived directly facing his house and he came to us almost every day in his short red robe de chambre with a green fur cap on his head and a pipe in his hand. He came for half an hour but stopped a whole one and many times two.
Page 273 - For two whole years," relates Fabricius, namely from 1762 till 1764, " have I been so fortunate as to enjoy his instruction, his guidance and his confidential friendship. Not a day elapsed, on which I did not see him, on which I was not either present at his lectures, or as it frequently happened, spent several hours with him in familiar conversation. In summer we followed him into the country. We were three, Khun, Zoega, and I, all foreigners.
Page 268 - Whenever he found an opportunity of expatiating on the greatness, the providence, and omnipotence of GOD╗ which frequently happened in his leftures and botanical excursions^ his heart glowed with a celestial fire, and his mouth poured forth torrents of admirable eloquence.
Page 79 - A compir le belle imprese L'arte giova, il senno ha parte; Ma vaneggia il senno e l'arte Quando amico il Ciel non Ŕ.
Page 274 - Hammarby, in a farm-house, where we kept our own furniture and other requisites for housekeeping. He rose very early in summer, and mostly about four o'clock. At six he came to us, because his house was then building, breakfasted with us, and gave lectures upon the natural orders of plants as long as he pleased, and generally till about ten o'clock. We then wandered about till twelve upon the adjacent rocks, the productions of which aiforded us plenty of entertainment.
Page 324 - ... to by naturalists, it being the last that was published under his own care and inspection. It appeared at Stockholm in 1766. An edition, greatly enlarged, was published at Leipsic by Gmelin in 1788, and contains numerous species not included in any of the preceding. " No nation," says Dr Stoever, " can produce so complete a repertory of natural history as the above. With infinite labour, exertion, and judgment, all the recent discoveries and observations in all the branches of natural science...

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