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CONTENTS OF BOOK III :—
CHAPTER I. INTRODUCTION:—SUMMARY VIEW OF TIIE HISTORY OF
II. INTRODUCTION (CONTINUED) :—SUMMARY VIEW OF THE
III. INTRODUCTION (CONTINUED) :—SUMMARY VIEW OF THE
IV. ANOTHER GROUP OF ARCHEOLOGISTB AND CLASSICAL
V. THE FOUNDER OF THE GRENVILLE LIBRARY.
VI. BENEFACTORS 0F RECENT DAYS.
VII. RECONSTRUCTORS AND PROJECTORB.
‘ 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 tire Commissioners appoinlea' to inquire into the Constitution and Management of tire Britt's/a Museum (1850), p. 36.
GENERAL VIEW OF THE HISTORY OF THE
Notices of the Life of Joseph PLANTA, third Principal-
history of the integral parts of the British Museum, and Huron! with that of the men by whom these integral parts, taken on“
severally, were first founded or first gathered. We have “M”