The Count de Lacepede, a great and comparatively unknown naturalist, was born at Agen in 1756 His friend, the great Buffon, obtained for him the post of keeper of the cabinets in the King's garden at Paris, in which position he pursued with many advantages his scientific studies His writings were voluminous, and among them we may mention his natural history of oviparous quadrupeds and serpents, reptiles, fish, and cetaceous animals He died in 1825, having lived through the troublesome times of the Revolution as a man of science who was universally respected