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150 SCIENCE FOR WOMEN.
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entirel amount y of free , we lus may time perhaps which must form remain some ide to them a of in the the enormous present surp
_ing day , calculations after every are duty sometimes of domestic made life as has to been the proportion , fulfilled . Astound in which
the wealth of the nation might be multiplied , were all its land brought into cultivation ; but there are other wastes in our country
of which we hear far less than of undrained marshes or neglected heaths , —a soil , much of which is as unimproved as the fens of
Lincolnshire or the sands traversed by the South-Western , yet which , if duly tilled , might bring forth richer produce than ever
rewarded even the reclaimants of the Bedford Level . Mensuration tell to a rood how much of England yet remains to be brought
it may under miht the be ploug made h , to statistics produce calculate ; but what to line a quarter can measur how much e the leisur wheat e g
of English ladies , what rule in arithmetic compute the results which miht be effected were this utilizedas it might be , and all the
latent g powers , now lying dormant in , so many minds , called forth irt _i ; heir full energy , and directed to great and useful ends !
Beferring again to the particular science before instanced , were the botanical studies _connneiLced at school still carried on in after
life , as they probably would be , time thus bestowed might , in an economical point of view , prove a rich investment ; for though every
plant in the kingdom may have been baptized and registered by our botanists , its family ascertained , and prominent features noted ,
yet there are still multitudes of whose character little is known , and all may have latent properties and virtues not yet fully .
ascertained . Among the lowly but most useful tribe of lichens , for lehow probable is it that the benefits we already derive
from examp them , are but a sample of what might be obtained were every variety carefully studied ; and if only the simple test of treating
them , with sal-ammoniac and lime-water , to discover what kinds may ield an available dyewere generally knownand often had recourse
y to , it is not impossible , that some fair experimentalist , might yet restore to us the ruby tints which blush with such unfading glow
in the works of the " old masters , " and banish for ever those treacherous fading pigments which so soon cheat modern pictures
of half their beauty . The Herbal , in days of superstition and comparative ignoranceheld its place next to the Bible and the
cookerybookand what was , oftentimes mere error and folly was conned with , an attention which it is therefore surely not too much to claim
for modern light and truth ; and if the girls of to-day would only become as well versed in London as their grandmothers were in
Culpeper , we might expect that the utilization of the resources of the vegetable kingdom would soon make rapid progress . Especially
does this apj ) ly to the case of emigrants . Among these , men , . having in their early days so much to learn to fit them for their
various professions , had perhaps no leisure to devote to botanizing ;
but if a few of the hours that were frittered away by their wives .
150 Science For Women.
150 SCIENCE FOR WOMEN .
English Woman’s Journal (1858-1864), May 1, 1862, page 150, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/ewj/issues/ewj_01051862/page/6/