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John Hutton Balfour


    IN Prof. Balfour, whose death we announced in our last issue (p. 365), has passed away another of that group of eminent teachers, including Goodsir, Syme, Simpson, Christison, &c., which maintained the reputation and added lustre to the fame and prestige of the Medical School in our great northern University during the middle decades of this century; one, too, of that band of working British botanists of the first half of the century which counted amongst its members the Hookers. Munby, Carmichael, Greville, Walker Arnott, Babington, Parnell, Prior, the Macnabs, &c., the majority of whom have now left us; and where are their successors? By his death a figure—in later years picturesque with grey locks and patriarchal beard—familiar all over Scotland, and where scientific men do congregate, has been removed. Few men were more universally esteemed and popular, and few quit their sphere of active and busy life leaving behind them more pleasant reminiscences than he whose decease we have recorded. Compelled by failing health to retire about five years ago from public life, his powers since then gradually weakened, until on the nth inst. he quietly breathed his last.

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