The Life of Sir Charles Linnćus ...: To which is Added, a Copious List of His Works, and a Biographical Sketch of the Life of His Son

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B. and J. White, 1794 - 435 páginas
 

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Página 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.
Página 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...
Página 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.
Página 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.
Página xii - Linnseus's books are characterised by religious sentiment, nevertheless they had the misfortune of being considered at Rome as heretical and materialistic productions. In 1758 they were inserted in the catalogue of forbidden books ; no one durst either print or sell them under pain of having every copy confiscated or publicly burnt. This proceeding was implicitly condemned during the papacy of the excellent and truly enlightened Ganganelli, Pope Clement XIV. Linnaeus himself mentions this occurrence...
Página 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.
Página 274 - On Sundays the whole family usually came to spend the day with us. We sent for a peasant who played on an instrument resembling a violin, to the sound of which we danced in the barn of our farmhouse. Our balls...
Página 276 - Fahlun, he almost found it impossible to recollect his name. " His passions were strong and violent. His heart was open to every impression of joy ; and he loved jocularity, conviviality and good living. He was an excellent companion, pleasant in conversation, full of strong hits of fancy and seasonable and entertaining stories ; but at the same time, suddenly roused to anger and boisterous ; the sudden effervescence of this fiery passion subsided, however, almost at the very moment of its birth,...
Página 162 - In the beginning of the following year he also acted an important part in the uegociations respecting the accession of Frederick I. to the throne, and gained constantly greater influence during the reign of this monarch, who appointed him counsellor of the Swedish empire, and chancellor of the university of Lund ; and in 1739, when a great change took place in the senate and ministry, in which he took an active part, he was made president of chancery, minister for the foreign and home departments,...
Página 201 - ... number of small works. This objection seems only to prove what progress botany has made under him. Nothing, perhaps, evinces better how far a science is advanced, than the facility of writing books of mediocrity on such a science, and the difficulty of composing works which contain novelty of matter.

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