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that of 1795, afterwards rendered famous by the further discoveries of Encke. This goodly list of achievements, of course, can only be appreciated by astronomers, but we may all thereby gain some feeble notion of her unremitting intellectual activity and scientific ardour. The sublimity of her work and daily contemplations ennobled her life, homely although it was during its earlier stages. We may search her letters and diaries in vain for a trace of littleness, egotism, or ungenerous sentiment. She was lifted high above detraction or envy. She lived in a world of thought and lofty endeavour. That long-pursued daily task of “minding the heavens " imparted something of heavenly calm and repose to her solitary but honoured old age.


[As no other sources exist for a biographical sketch of Caroline Herschel but the delightful memoir published a

short time since, I am indebted to the kindness of Mr. John Murray and the Herschel family for permission to make such use as I should think fit of that work-_“Memoir and Correspondence of Caroline Herschel," by Mrs. John Herschel. Murray: London, 1876. Those who possess libraries will add this volume to the shelf devoted to the classic biographies of our language, but busy readers may be glad of a briefer summary of a good and beautiful life devoted to the highest objects. I must also acknowledge my indebtedness to Lady Herschel for the use of a portrait lent especially for my book.]




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