Memoirs, Volume 1

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Page vii - To promote and encourage the knowledge of the antiquities of America , and of the natural history of the country, and to determine the uses to which the various natural productions of the country may be applied...
Page 243 - Sun, which appeared as red as blood, and more than three times as large as usual. The air all this time, which was very dense, was of a dirty yellowish green colour.
Page 308 - I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.
Page 3 - ... and experiments; astronomical, meteorological, and geographical observations; and improvements in agriculture, arts, manufactures, and commerce; and in fine, to cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest, honor, dignity, and happiness of a free, independent, and virtuous people.
Page 194 - ... discharged from a cannon? Must not the sun diminish exceedingly by such a waste of matter; and the planets, instead of drawing nearer to him, as some have feared, recede to greater distances through the lessened attraction?
Page 384 - ... part which is four is not very tart, nor the other very fweet. Two apples growing fide by fide, on the fame limb, will be often of thefe different taftes, the one all four, and the other all fweet. And, which is more remarkable, the fame apple will frequently be four on one fide, end, or part, and the other fweet, and that not in any order or uniformity ; nor is there any difference in the appearance of the one part from the other.
Page 373 - Barbadoes tar, and from which may be collected, by one man, feveral gallons in a day. The troops, in marching that way, halted at the fpring, collected the oil, and bathed their joints with it. This gave them great relief, and freed them immediately from the rheumatic complaints with which many of them were affected. The troops drank freely of the waters : — they operated as a gentle purge.
Page 370 - The oylter-fliells are ib united by a very ftrong cement, that they fall only when undermined, and then in large bodies, from one to twenty tons weight. They have the appearance of large rocks on the mores, and are wafted by the frequent wafhing of the fea.
Page 373 - Barbadoes tar ; and from which one man may gather several gallons in a day. The troops sent to guard the Western posts halted at this spring, collected some of the oil, and bathed their joints with it. This gave them great relief from the rheumatic complaints with which they were affected. The waters, of which the troops drank freely, operated as a gentle purge.
Page 86 - Though involved in all the calamities and distresses of a severe war, the government discovered all the attention and readiness to promote the cause of science, which could have been expected in the most peaceable and prosperous times; and passed a resolve, directing the Board of War to fit out the Lincoln galley to convey me to Penobscot, or any other port at the eastward, with such assistants as I should judge necessary.

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