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C. W. Quin, in the London Garden, says: "We are pleased to learn that at the last meeting of the French Academy of Science, held on July 29th, Prof. Asa Gray, the well-known American botanist, was elected corresponding member of the botanical section of that learned body by thirty-two votes out of forty. Mr. Charles Darwin, who was the other candidate, only polled five votes. Although, of course, we should have been glad if the honor had fallen on our own countryman, we most cordially congratulate Professor Asa Gray on the well-earned distinction conferred on him, a sentiment in which we are perfectly sure that his unsuccessful rival will join most heartily. It will be seen by this that if one wants to consider the feelings of all, and particularly those of M. DecaLsne and the gentlemen who compose the French Academy of Science, it is not well to do too much. Professor Gray, however, is also an indefatigable worker in the cause of science".
[To the above we may add that here in America, where Mr. Darwin and his labors are highly esteemed even by those who may not always agree with his conclusion, it would have been a source of gratification had Mr. Darwin been elected, and we are sure this sentiment would have been heartily shared in by Professor Asa Gray, worthy as he is himself of any honor the French Academy can bestow. - Ed. G. M].