The Life of Sir Charles Linnaeus, Knight of the Swedish Order of the Polar Star, &C. &C: To Which Is Added, a Copious List of His Works, and a Biographical Sketch of the Life of His Son (Classic Reprint)

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Biographical essays and tracts on linneus, we certainly are not deficient in. The subjoined Ltsr contains a review of all those which I could procure knowledge of. A variety of authentic and valuable information has not yet been no ticed by the literary world. Of this description are the ac counts published at Hamburg/z, those contained in the letters to Baron halle R, &c. No collection of facts had ever been made, because no plan for a perfect and complete biography had till now been projected. The richness of those merely nominal biographical tracts, is therefore reduced to a small number of materials of real intrinsic value, consisting of frag ments and sketches, the purport of which is a mere repetition, or a copy of two original portraits in miniature. These have, however, been so much mutilated and disfigured by false fea tures and imperfect skill in foreign countries, that the original touches of the pencil of truth scarcely remain distinguish able. False statements are always the more prejudicial to ge nuine fact, if time has so strongly stamped them with credit, that they ultimately convert history into fiction.

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