Excerpt from Chemistry No Mystery, or a Lecturer's Bequest: Being the Subject-Matter of a Course of Lectures, Delivered by an Old Philosopher, and Taken in Short-Hand by One of the Audience, Whose Name Is Not Known
But of all our visitors one holds a pre-eminent seat in my me... mory, as having conferred on us a great and lasting benefit. He was an infirm and care-worn Old man, whose mind, however, enjoyed its primary vigour, while his body was fast sinking under the weight of disease, and old age. What had been his avocations 1 know not, but he was thoroughly acquainted with scientific information, and delighted in impart ing it to those around him, and on this account we gave him the name of the Old Philosopher.
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