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|Portrait of Sir J.F.W. Herschel,|
based on a painting by
H.W. Pickersgill, R.A.,
and engraved by J. Cook
This chronicle is chiefly written for the many great-great grandchildren of Sir John Herschel. At the same time it will be read by his daughters who still take a lively interest in the matter … the object of this volume is to enable his descendants to form a mental picture of the conditions under which scientists pursued their aims.
|Sample of a heavily edited page |
from the photocopied manuscript
of the Herschel draft biography
Herschel Letters, Manuscripts, etc., 1838-1932. fMSS 001803 B Dibner Library
--Diane Shaw, Special Collections Cataloger, Smithsonian Libraries