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William Kirby


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William Kirby : The Habits and Instincts of Animals

Elizabeth Barrett to Lady Margaret Cocks, ?4 November 1835: 'The Bridgewater treatises seem to me (I have not read them all) very unequal [...] They are not consistent in their character. For instance .. Kirby! Who, except a man of science, has understanding for everything in him [...] it was all I could do to get thro' with him, & more than I could do to make out his meaning in many places. His introduction interested me above all the rest, in its subject: but [...] its is written in a very superficial manner, & indicates that he has touched Hebrew as the Mahometan did Paradise, with one foot.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Elizabeth Barrett      Print: Book


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