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Book ii, choice Collection of Minerals from the Hartz Mountains,
Thtfocn- given to the Public by King George The Fourth,
B"^,tm* The Persepolitan sculptures were received in the year
Museum 1825; the Minerals from the Hartzgebirge, in the year
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CONTENTS OF BOOK III:—
Chapter I. Introduction :—Summary View Of The History or The British Museum During The PrincipalLlbrarianshif Of Joseph Planta.
II. Introduction (continued) :—Summary View Of The
III. Introduction (continued) :—Summary View Of The
History Of The British Museum During The
IV. Another Group Of Archaeologists And Classical
V. The Founder Of The Grenville Library.
1 The comprehensive character of the British Museum— the origin of which may be traced to the heterogeneous nature of Sir Hans Sloane's bequest—doubtless makes it difficult to provide for the expansion of its various branches, according to their relative demands upon the space and light which can be applied to their accommodation. Any attempt, however, now to diminish that difficulty by segregating any portion, or by scattering in various localities the components of the vast aggregate, would involve a sacrifice of great scientific advantages which are not the less inherent in their union because that union was, in its origin, fortuitous. ....
'Some passages of our evidence ... illustrate the difficulty of drawing a line of separation, for purposes of management
and superintendence, between certain Collections
Its occurrence \i. e. the occurrence of such a difficulty] indicates strongly the value to Science, of the accidents which have placed in near juxtaposition the Collections of mineralogy [and] of forms of existing and extinct animal and vegetable life. The immediate connexion of all alike with the Library of the Museum is too important to allow us to contemplate its dissolution.'—Report of the Commissioners appointed to inquire into the Constitution and Management of the British Museum (1850), p. 36.