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The Government of the Royal Society


WE have so often maintained in these columns that Science cannot now be propelled on its onward course by the efforts of unassisted individuals only, and that the State must itself, sooner or later, put its shoulder vigorously to the wheel, that there is some danger lest we should be thought to undervalue the force of private enterprise. We, on the contrary, attach very high importance to such enterprise, which exists amongst us in England more abundantly than perhaps in any other country in the world. It exists in two forms—in that of detached individual effort, and in that of voluntarily associated bodies, the Scientific Societies. To the latter only we propose now to address ourselves.

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The Government of the Royal Society . Nature 3, 1–2 (1870).

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