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REFLECTIONS ON THE DECLINE OF SCIENCE IN ENGLAND,
AND ON SOME OF ITS CAUSES.
HAD I INTENDED TO DEDICATE THIS VOLUME, I SHOULD HAVE INSCRIBED
IT TO A NOBLEMAN WHOSE EXERTIONS IN PROMOTING EVERY OBJECT THAT
CAN ADVANCE SCIENCE REFLECT LUSTRE UPON HIS RANK. BUT THE
KINDNESS OF HIS NATURE MIGHT HAVE BEEN PAINED AT HAVING HIS NAME
CONNECTED WITH STRICTURES, PERHAPS TOO SEVERELY JUST. I SHALL,
THEREFORE, ABSTAIN FROM MENTIONING THE NAME OF ONE WHO WILL FEEL
THAT HE HAS COMMANDED MY ESTEEM AND RESPECT.
29th April, 1830.
Of the causes which have induced me to print this volume I have
little to say; my own opinion is, that it will ultimately do some
service to science, and without that belief I would not have
undertaken so thankless a task. That it is too true not to make
enemies, is an opinion in which I concur with several of my
friends, although I should hope that what I have written will not
give just reason for the permanence of such feelings. On one
point I shall speak decidedly, it is not connected in any degree
with the calculating machine on which I have been engaged; the