Punch,  31 (1856), 129.

Genius Afloat



News-Commentary, Drollery


Steamships, Scientific Practitioners, Medical Practitioners, Heroism, Nationalism

    Responds to a voyage of Emperor Napoleon III in the French steamer 'Le Newton', named in honour of Isaac Newton. Observes: 'After we have replied to the compliment by launching a Pascal or a La Place [i.e. after Blaise Pascal and Pierre S, marquis de Laplace] we may ourselves do honour to English genius and English devotion'. Adds: 'We may then have a Francis Bacon three-decker and a Florence Nightingale frigate', named after Francis Bacon (1st Viscount St Alban) and Florence Nightingale.

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