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our childhood rambles, on the plants and animals we saw. She told me that crabs were 'sea-spiders,' and periwinkles (Littorince) 'seasnails.' I feel sure she had never read ` De Maillet ! ' . . . ." (a, e)

(5) " I believe I inherited my general taste for scientific pursuits from my grandmother ; but my choosing . . . . for special investigation resulted from a positive fascination which the very obscurity of the subject exerted upon my mind. It was perhaps a mere desire to unravel the marvellous. My scientific tastes were largely promoted by the attractive teaching of [ .. . various professors]." (a, c, e, g)

(6) " Thoroughly innate. I had no regular instruction, and can think of no event which especially helped to develop it. Bones and shells were attractive to me before I could consider them with any apparent profit, and books of natural history were my delight. I had a fair zoological collection by the time I was 15. My father had no scientific knowledge ; nevertheless, he encouraged me in all my tastes, giving me