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Excerpt from The Menageries, Vol. 1: Quadrupeds, Described and Drawn From Living Subjects
Natural History has been called the science of observation, as distinguished from other sciences which are founded upon calculation or experiment. From this peculiarity, Natural History is, in many re epcots, the most easily pursued, and the most agreea ble in the pursuit, of all the various branches of human inquiry and study. Its limits as a science are almost boundless for scientific naturalists are daily adding some new or uncommon specimen to our previous collections of animal, vegetable, or mineral nature. At the same time, every detached object of this sci ence - every quadruped, bird, reptile, fish, Worm, or insect - every ower - every piece of metal, crystal, or stone - not only excites greater interest, when we have acquired, by careful investigation, a knowledge of its properties, but leads the mind forward to new subjects of curiosity. As an observer of nature, every man has it in his power to become a naturalist in a. Greater or less degree.
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