After the lapse of five years Dr. Carpenter follows with his promised introduction to Professor Williamson’s recent ‘Foraminifcra.’ The subscribers to the Ray Society, like other unreasonable people, have undoubtedly complained of the delay. But no one, we think, who understands the nature of scientific research will feel that the subscribers to the Ray Society have lost anything. To be sure, five years makes a large vacancy in any man’s existence, but then, when it has been industriously used, what may not be the advantage ? That the five years have been employed to the advantage of the members of the Ray Society and the readers, we leave Dr. Carpenter himself to set forth :

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