TO SIR WILLIAM JACKSON HOOKER, K.H. D.C.L. OXON. F. R. S. c. c. DIRECTOR OF THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS AT KEW, THIS WORK, INTENDED TO ILLUSTRATE THE STATE OP AGRICULTURE AND HORTICULTURE DURING THE MOST FLOURISHING PERIODS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD, IS INSCRIBED, NOT ONLY AS AN ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF MANY KIND ATTENTIONS, BUT ALSO AS A TESTIMONY OF RESPECT FROM THE AUTHOR, FOR ATTAINMENTS, WHICH HAVE PLACED THEIR POSSESSOR IN THE FIRST RANK OF EUROPEAN BOTANISTS, AND FOR SERVICES AFFORDED TO SCIENCE BY THE INTRODUCTION AND CULTURE OF EXOTIC PLANTS, WHICH HAVE RENDERED THE ESTABLISHMENT OVER WHICH HE PRESIDES, THE ADMIRATION OF FOREIGN NATIONS, AND THE BEST EVIDENCE OF THAT EXTENSIVE INTERCOURSE WITH EVERY PART OF THE GLOBE, WHICH BINDS GREAT BRITAIN IN FRIENDLY TIES TO THEM ALL. (Typographical errors above are due to OCR software and don't occur in the book.)
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