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186   ENGLISH MEN OF SCIENCE.   [CHAP.

linguist. My tastes were not determined by after events, but my avocations were rather determined by my scientific habits." (e)

ANALYSIS OF REPLIES.

Having given the replies in gross, it now becomes our business to sort their contents under different heads. It would be useless and even embarrassing to make lengthy extracts from them ; short abstracts will therefore be given, which the reader may verify whenever he pleases by the help of the reference number, printed in parentheses ( ), which is the same both here and in the original.


§ A. INNATE TASTES.

Instances of a strong taste for science being decidedly innate. I have not included among these the whole of the cases to which an a has been affixed:

Physics and Mathematics.-12 cases out of 20 replies. (1) My tastes are entirely innate ;