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I AM sure that many readers of NATURE will heartily thank Prof. Boyd Dawkins for his valuable articles just published in your journal on the need of establishing natural history museums in the principal towns of our country. The ideas set forth cannot fail to be reciprocated by a largely increasing number of students who, like myself, are suffering under the disadvantages of not having local museums for reference and in which to compare specimens and examine the various natural history objects which I wish to study. In addition to a museum, I think such buildings should contain lecture-rooms specially fitted up for scientific lectures, as the value of able discourses is frequently lost for want of clearness in illustration.

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WATTS, W. Natural History Museums. Nature 16, 161–162 (1877) doi:10.1038/016161c0

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