Report of the Marlborough College Natural History Society (founded April 9th, 1864), for the Year Ending ...

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C. Perkins, 1869 - Natural history
 

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Page 4 - I am fully convinced that species are not immutable ; but that those Belonging to what are called the same genera are lineal descendants of some other and generally extinct species, in the same manner as the acknowledged varieties of any one species are the descendants of that species. Furthermore, I am convinced that Natural Selection has been the most important, but not the exclusive, means of modification.
Page 84 - There is a stream (I name not its name, lest inquisitive tourist Hunt it, and make it a lion, and get it at last into guidebooks), Springing far off from a loch unexplored in the folds of great mountains, Falling two miles through rowan and stunted alder, enveloped Then for four more in a forest of pine, where broad and ample Spreads, to convey it, the glen with heathery slopes on both sides : Broad and fair the stream, with occasional falls and narrows ; But, where the glen of its course approaches...
Page 25 - The ice was here, the ice was there, The ice was all around : It cracked and growled, and roared and howled, Like noises in a swound...
Page 9 - Consequently, if my theory be true, it is indisputable that before the lowest Silurian stratum was deposited, long periods elapsed, as long as, or probably far longer than, the whole interval from the Silurian age to the present day; and that during these vast, yet quite unknown, periods of time, the world swarmed with living creatures.
Page 4 - I can entertain no doubt, after the most deliberate study and dispassionate judgment of which I am capable, that the view which most naturalists entertain, and which I formerly entertained — namely, that each species has been independently created — is erroneous. I am fully convinced that species are not immutable...
Page 79 - The planets and the stars are the lumps which have flown from the potter's wheel of the Great Worker ; — the shred-coils which, in the working, sprang from His mighty lathe : — the sparks which darted from His awful anvil when the solar system lay incandescent thereon ; — the curls of vapor which rose from the great cauldron of creation when its elements were separated.
Page 51 - Thomas Simon most humbly prays your Majesty to compare this his tryal piece with the Dutch, and if more truly drawn and embossed, more gracefully ordered, and more accurately engraven, to relieve him...
Page 22 - If I quench thee, thou flaming minister, I can again thy former light restore, Should I repent me; but once put out thy light, Thou cunning'st pattern of excelling nature, I know not where is that Promethean heat That can thy light relume.
Page 25 - ... of September. On this day it slowly sweeps around the sky, with its face half hidden below the icy sea. It still continues to descend ; and, after it has entirely disappeared, it is still so near the horizon that it carries a bright twilight around the heavens in...
Page 5 - Owing to this struggle for life, any variation, however slight and from whatever cause proceeding, if it be in any degree profitable to an individual of any species, in its infinitely complex relations to other organic beings and to external nature, will tend to the preservation of that individual, and will generally be inherited by its offspring.

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