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340 FRAGMENTS OF SCIENCE.

time was almost without a parallel: his glory was without
a cloud. He had added to his other discoveries that of
Faraday, and after having been his teacher'for seven years,
his language to him was this: “ It gives me great pleasure
to hear that you are comfortable at the Royal Institution,
and I trust that you will not only do something good and
honorable for yourself, but also for science.” This is not
the language of jealousy, potential or actual. But the
chlorine business introduced irritation and anger, to which,
and not to any ignobler motive, Davy’s opposition to the
election of Faraday to the Royal Society is, I am per-
suaded, to be ascribed.

These matters are touched upon with perfect candor
and becoming consideration in the Volumes of Dr. Bence
Jones, but in “ society” they are not always so handled.
Here a name of noble intellectual associations is surrounded
by injurious rumors which I would willingly scatter for-
ever. The pupil’s magnitude and the splendor of his posi-
tion are too great and absolute to need as a foil the humilia-
tion of his master. Brothers in intellect, Davy and Fara-
day, however, could never have become brothers in feeling;
their characters were too unlike. Davy loved the pomp
and circumstance of fame, Faraday the inner consciousness
that he had fairly won renown. They were both proud
men. But with Davy pride projected itself into the outer
world, while with Faraday it became a steadying and dig-—
nifying inward force. In one great particular they agreed.
Each of them could have turned his science to immense
commercial profit, but neither of them did so. The noble
excitement of research, and the delight of discovery, con-
stituted their reward. I commend them to the reverence
which great gifts greatly exercised ought to inspire. They
were both ours, and through the coming centuries England
will be able to point with just pride to the possession of
such men.

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