Life of Benjamin Silliman, M.D., LL.D., Late Professor of Chemistry, Mineralogy, and Geology in Yale College: Chiefly from His Manuscript Reminiscences, Diaries, and Correspondence, Volume 1

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C. Scribner, 1866 - Chemists - 418 pages
 

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Page 15 - Then join the saints, wake every cheerful passion: When Christ returns, he comes for your salvation. 51 FIRST PART. LM SHOW pity, Lord; O Lord, forgive, Let a repenting rebel live ; Are not thy mercies large and free ? May not a sinner trust in thee...
Page 99 - May 15th, 1858. was liberal almost to a fault, and furnished her table even luxuriously. Our habits were, indeed, in other respects far from those of teetotalers. No person of that description was in our circle. On the contrary, agreeably to the custom which prevailed in the boarding-houses of our cities half a century ago, every gentleman furnished himself with a decanter of wine, — usually a metallic or other label being attached to the neck, and bearing the name of the owner. Healths were drunk,...
Page 301 - From my successive classes, and especially from my private pupils, I withheld no important fact with which my experience had made me acquainted, and I, in turn, invited a frank communication of their knowledge and of their objections to my views. With Horace I often said to them, " Si quid novisti rectins istis, candidus imperti ; si non, his utere mecum.
Page 265 - A word of thine almighty breath Can sink the world, or bid it rise : Thy smile is life, thy frown is death. 2 When angry nations rush to arms, And rage, and noise, and tumult reign, And war resounds Its dire alarms, And slaughter...
Page 264 - When angry nations rush to arms, And rage and noise and tumult reign, And war resounds its dire alarms, And slaughter spreads the...
Page 103 - The deficiencies of Dr. Woodhouse's courses were, in a considerable degree, made up in a manner which I could not have anticipated. Robert Hare, my fellow-boarder and companion at Mrs. Smith's, was a genial, kind-hearted man, one year younger than myself and was already a proficient in chemistry upon the scale of that period...
Page 95 - ... which occurred to me on the first view of the question of changing professions. On the other hand, the study of Nature appeared very attractive. In her works there is no falsehood, although there are mysteries to unveil, which is a very interesting achievement. Everything in Nature is straightforward and consistent. There are no polluting influences ; all the associations with these pursuits are elevated and virtuous, and point towards the infinite Creator.
Page 18 - HOW doth the little busy bee Improve each shining hour, And gather honey all the day From every opening flower...
Page 109 - Speak for yourself, sir," I replied ; " for, although I am accounted a heretic in England, I do believe what you call ' this mummery of Christianity. ' * Dr. Priestley, whom I saw on various occasions, when invited to dine, accepted the invitation, but took out his memorandum-book and noted the engagement, remarking that he had now only an artificial memory.
Page 97 - ... appointment] obtained a few books on chemistry and kept them secluded in my secretary, occasionally reading in them privately. This reading did not profit me much. Some general principles were intelligible, but it became at once obvious to me that to see and perform experiments and to become familiar with many substances was indispensable to any progress in chemistry, and of course I must resort to Philadelphia, which presented more advantage to science than any other place in our...

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