Page 105, note 1. Natura semper sibi similis is an expression of Malpighi's, though here given as the faith of the great Swedish botanist and scholar who gave his name to and took for his device the delicate little twin-flowered Linnaea of northern forests of the Old and New Worlds. Mr. Emerson delighted to find this rare flower among the older woods near Walden.

Page  327 The maxim of the broad and high-minded Leibnitz (1646-1715), Everything is for the best in the best of possible worlds, would have recommended him: and his theory of monads, each a mirror of the universe; their effort; the continuity of unorganized and organized creation, and "preestablished harmony," seemed to lead the way to the Evolution doctrines of the nineteenth century.

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