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20.] There was nothing dcncieiit, nothing superfluous ; but the whole, in the strictest sense, ‘ was very good,’ (Genes, i.

31.] and cal* cuiated in the iiighest degree to answer the purpose of its Orbat Autuoh.

It has also been further delayed owing to a very serious illness with which I have recently been afflicted, but from which, with humble thanksgivings to the Almighty Dispenser of Life and Health, I am now rapidly recovering Having thus at length, however, been permitted to bring the Work to a close, I trust there may be reason to hope that my readers will find it not altogether unworthy of their kind patronage, or in any way derogating from the high character which its precursors have so generally borne.

It will be seen at the first glance, that the whole of the articles are printed in alphabetical order ; so that, the name of any animal being previously known, its Koological character and its habits can be instantly ascertained ; while those persons who wish to study ttiis branch of Natural History according to the most approved modern system will only have to refer to this “ Introduction,” and they will find not only an outline of Cuvier’s celebrated arrangement, as developed in the last edition of his ‘ Regne Anunal ’ with those alterations and additions required by the present advanced state of the science, but, under each Class and Order, references to the different genera, &c. Thus, this Classified Index will be the means of supplying the necessary systematic information.

But whether the articles be so consulted, or merely read in a more desultory way, I believe that a vast fund of instruction and amusement will be found here collected. Many of the most celebrated standard zoological works have been put under contribution, and accurate information has been gleaned from all.

Nor is it among the least of the advantages which, I presume, this volume will be found to possess over most others on this subject, that, beside numerous entirely new articles, and condensed abridgments of the more elaborate writings of many acknowledged authorities, 1 have had an opportunity of making * The four volumes already published have humble an opinion of my own literary powers as met with a defrree of favour far beyond their will ever ensure me from being much injured by merits from the public in general, and have the intuxica Ung effects of over-doses of praiw. troni the critical bench as might possibly make ** Averse alike to flatter or offend, I a younger man conceited. Not free from faults, nor yet too vain to I however, to that I have earned these mend.” i “ golden opinions,” i trust tliat I have so iv Sntrotructtan* myself acquainted with many interesting facts now for the first lime recorded in a popular digest of Animated Nature.

In a word, the natural method would be the whole science, and each step towards it tends to advance the science to perfection.*’ * I * “ When the Almiorty Crbator willed to ' brinpr into existence this tnuiuiane system, he I formed it according to a preconcerted plan, with I all Its parts bcaulitully linked together and mu- I tually corresponding. in measure, and nunif/er, and weight.* [Wisdom, ' xi.

It would be easy to extend my Introductory Remarks to a considerable length by dilating on the uses and advantages to be derived from an acquaintance with Natural History ; nor would it be difficult to show how much that is bright and beautiful in Nature is for ever lost to him who has never become conversant with the study.

But my inclination is to avoid what some ill-natured critics might term twaddle, and my limits forbid me to descant on a theme which others (who are far better qualified than I can ever possibly become) have treated with all the ardent enthusiasm that is inherent in the breast of every true votary of Nature.

Marvellous, indeed, as they are all, the most astounding manifestations of Supreme Intelligence are unquestionably displayed In his character as Lord and Giver op Life,** as the Creator and Preserver I of all that “ live, move, and have their being.” It is therefore that portion of the I ** wondrous whole” which we term The Animal Kingdom that demands our !

especial regard, and is in the highest degree calculated to gratify a laudable curiosity, as well as to reward the labours of the most diligent research. Hepburn of Whittingham, an enthusiast in the pursuit of Natural History ; and, besides having the merit of being truly i practical, his directions to the Amateur Collector have been framed with more than ordinary attention to economy.

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