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Devotion To Science








M. Agassiz, the celebrated palaeontologist, is known to have relinquished
pursuits from which he might have been in the receipt of a considerable
income, and all for the sake of science. Dr. Buckland knew him, when
engaged in this arduous career, with the revenue of only 100l.: and
of this he paid fifty pounds to artists for drawings, thirty pounds for
books, and lived himself on the remaining twenty pounds a year! Thus did
he raise himself to an elevated European rank; and, in his abode, au
troisieme, was the companion and friend of princes, ambassadors, and
men of the highest rank and talent of every country.

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