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Index:Personal recollections, from early life to old age, of Mary Somerville.djvu

Personal recollections, from early life to old age, of Mary Somerville.djvu

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CONTENTS.


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CHAPTER I.
introduction—parentage—life in scotland in the last century—early education—school 1
CHAPTER II.
freedom—religious education—jedburgh 24
CHAPTER III.
edinburgh—youthful studies and amusements—politics—the theatres of the time 41
CHAPTER IV.
edinburgh supper parties—tour in the highlands—mutiny in the fleet—battle of camperdown 61
CHAPTER V.
first marriage (1804)—widowhood—studies—second marriage 73
CHAPTER VI.
somerville family—dr. somerville's character—letters—journey to the lakes—death of sir william fairfax—reminiscences of sir walter scott 83
CHAPTER VII.
life in hanover square—visit to france—arago—cuvier—rome 104
CHAPTER VIII.
education of daughters—dr. wollaston—dr. young—the herschels 127
CHAPTER IX.
society in london—coronation of george iv.—letter to dr. somerville 140
CHAPTER X.
death of margaret somerville—letter from mrs. somerville to the rev. dr. somerville—life at chelsea—the napiers—maria edgeworth—tour in germany 152
CHAPTER XI.
letter from lord brougham—writes "mechanism of the heavens"—anecdote of the roman improvisatrice—letters from sir john herschel and professer whewell—elected hon. member of the royal astronomical society—notice in the académie des sciences, and letter from m. biot—pension—letter from sir robert peel—begins to write on the connection of the physical sciences—visit to cambridge—letters from professor sedgwick and laplace 161
CHAPTER XII.
paris—arago, lafayette, mm. bouvard, poisson, lacroix, &c., marquise de laplace, dupin, f. cooper—legitimiste society—majendie—visit baron louis—letter from lafayette 183
CHAPTER XIII.
return to england—letter from hallam—treatise on the form and rotation of the earth and planets—second edition of "the connexion of the physical sciences"—letters from maria edgeworth, miss berry, lord brougham, mrs. marcet, admiral smyth—double stars—eclipse of double stars—letter from admiral smyth—sir william herschel—nebulæ—letter from lord rosse—letter from sir john herschel—sir james south's observatory—mr. john murray—miss berry—lord dudley—mr. bowditch and other distinguished americans—mrs. browning washington—letter from the rev. dr. tuckerman—sir william fairfax attacked by highwaymen 198
CHAPTER XIV.
rome, naples, and como—baden—winter at florence—siena—letter from lord brougham—mr. mountstewart elphinstone—life at rome—campagna cattle 230
CHAPTER XV.
albano—popular singing—letters from mrs. somerville—gibson—perugia—comet of 1843—summer at venice—letters from mrs. somerville and miss joanna baillie—elected associate of the college of resurgenti and r. i. academy of science at arezzo 243
CHAPTER XVI.
publishes "physical geography"—letter from humboldt—christmas at collingwood—letter from mrs. somerville—faraday—letter from faraday—keith johnston's maps—winter at munich—salzburg—lake of garda—miniscalchi—poem by caterina brenzoni—letter from brenzoni—letter from mrs. somerville—éloge by miniscalchi—winter at turin—baron plana—camillo cavour—colline near turin—genoa—teresa dovia—florence—miss f. p. cobbe—vivisection—excursions in the neighbourhood—cholera—misericordia—pio nono in tuscany—comet—tuscan revolution—war in lombardy—entry of victor emmanuel into florence—letters from mrs. somerville—my father's death—letter from miss cobbe 286
CHAPTER XVII.
spezia—genoa—begins molecular and microscopic science—turin—spezia—british fleet—letters from mrs. somerville—garibaldi—severe illness—florence—my brother's death—naples—eruption of vesuvius—j. s. mill—change in public opinion on women's education—eighty-ninth year—describes her own character—thoughts on a future life—progress in knowledge of geography—victoria medal—medal from royal italian geographical society—letter from menebrea—rome, capital of italy—aurora borealis 329
CHAPTER XVIII.
eclipse—visits of scientific men—life at naples—darwin's books—remarks of civilization—fine aurora borealis—death of herschel—summer at sorrento—bill for protection of animals—ninety-second year—letter from professor sedgwick—grand eruption of vesuvius—last summer at sorrento, plants found there—conclusion 354