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most perfectly my affection and love for you? Can I or
can truth say more than that for this world I am yours ? ”
Assuredly he made his profession good, and no fairer light
falls upon his character than that which reveals his relations
to his wife. Never, I believe, existed a manlier, purer,
steadier love. Like a burning diamond it continued to shed
for six-and-forty years its white and smokeless glow.

Faraday was married on June 12, 1821; and up to this
date Davy appears throughout as his friend. Soon after-
ward, however, disunion occurred between them, which,
while it lasted, must have given Faraday intense pain. It
is impossible to doubt the honesty of conviction with which
this subject has been treated by Dr. Benoe Jones, and there
may be facts known to him, but not appearing in these
volumes, which justify his opinion that Davy in those days
had become jealous of Faraday. This, which is the preva-
lent belief, is also reproduced in an excellent article in
the March number of Fraser’s Magazine. But the best
analysis I can make of the data fails to present Davy in
this light to me. The facts, as I regard them, are briefly
these:

In 1820, Oersted, of Copenhagen, made the celebrated
discovery which connects electricity with magnetism, and
immediately afterward the acute mind of Wollaston per-
ceived that a wire carrying a current ought to rotate
round it own axis under the influence of a magnetic pole.
In 1821 he tried, but failed, to realize this result in the
laboratory of the Royal Institution. Faraday was not pres-
ent at the moment, but he came in immediately afterward,
and heard the conversation of Wollaston and Davy about
the experiment. He had also heard a rumor of a wager
that Dr. Wollaston would eventually succeed.

This was in April. In the autumn of the same year
Faraday wrote a history of electro-magnetism, and repeated
for himself the experiments which he described. It was

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