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THE LATE PRESIDENT OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY. On Saturday the Dean of Westminster received a deputation. who presented him with two memorials, ene from 150 men of saience, and the other from L,58T EMPLOYS of MESSRS. AND Spottiswoode AND MesBra. Spattiswoode and requesting the Dean to allow the remains of the late Mr. Spottiswaode to be interred in Westminster Abbey. The Dean, in reply, said that he was deeply sensible of the loss which the country ha.d sustained in the death of the President of the Royal Society. The claims pat forward by the weighty memorials which had been laid beforehim were sufficient evidence of the wide- spread desire that the highest public honour should be paid to the memory of one whose public ciaims had been urged so forcibly. Although, in consideration of the limited space yet remaining for interment within the Abbey, he should have himself suggested a menu- « ment rather than a grave, yet he could not but assent after much anxious consideration to the wish which the memorial expressed. He recognised in the late Mr. Spottiswoode not merely a man of special scientific attainments but one who from his interest in and sympathy with all the many branches and depart- ments of scientific knowledge was peculiarly fitted to represent English science^ in its widest aspect, and was at the moment of his death the chosen and the honoured president of the Hoya Society. He recognized in him also a man of the very highest and most stainless character; one wbotsa great gifts were only equalled by the purity and attractiveness, and he might be allowed to add the devotednese tnd humility of his daily life. And not least of all, he felt that in honouring him they were not only honour- iag one whose name was dear to men of science ar'i of literature and of commerce in every sphere of public and of social life, but one whn-e memory would long be treasured by the working clashes, to whose highest interests and welfare he was so deeply devoted.

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