Encyclopædia Americana: A Popular Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature, History, Politics, and Biography, Brought Down to the Present Time; Including a Copious Collection of Original Articles in American Biography; on the Basis of the Seventh Edition of the German Conversations-lexicon, Volume 5
Francis Lieber, Edward Wigglesworth
Desilver, Thomas, & Company, 1835 - Encyclopedias and dictionaries
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Page 2 - Bowen, of the said district, have deposited in this office the title of a book, th« right whereof they claim as proprietors, in the words following, to wit: " The Tales of Peter Parley about Africa.
Page 18 - It is called the exchequer saccharium, from the checked cloth, resembling a chess board, which covers the table there, and on which, when certain of the king's accounts are made up, the sums are marked and scored with counters. It consists of two divisions ; the receipt...
Page 514 - MERIDIANS, or Lines of Longitude, are semicircles, extending from the north to the south pole, and cutting the equator at right angles. Every place upon the globe is supposed to have a meridian passing through it, though there be only 24 drawn upon the terrestrial globe ; the deficiency is supplied by the brass meridian. When the sun comes to the meridian of any place (not within the polar circles), it is noon or mid-day at that place.
Page 491 - It was at Rome, on the 15th of October 1764, as I sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the bare-footed friars were singing vespers in the Temple of Jupiter, that the idea of writing the decline and fall of the city first started to my mind.
Page 293 - American affairs as the gentleman alluded to, and so injuriously reflected on; one, he was pleased to say, whom all Europe held in high estimation for his knowledge and wisdom, and ranked with our Boyles and Newtons; who was an honor, not to the English nation only, but to human nature...
Page 12 - ... and privies ; but they are not evidence in cases between strangers. When the judgment is directly upon the point, it is a bar between the same parties, and their privies, and may be pleaded as an estoppel. And in cases, where it need not be so pleaded, it is, as evidence, conclusive between the same parties and their privies. But it is not evidence of any matter, which came collaterally in question in the suit, nor of any matter incidentally cognizable, nor of any matter of inference from the...
Page 5 - Sylva, or a Discourse of Forest Trees, and the Propagation of Timber in his Majesty's Dominions ; to which is annexed, Pomona., or an Appendix concerning Fruit Trees, in relation to Cider, &c.
Page 127 - The vessels usually employed for this service," says Mr. Emerson, "are old shi]>s, purchased by the government. Their construction, as fire-ships, is very simple ; nothing more being wanted than active combustion. For this purpose, the ribs, hold and sides of the vessel, after being well tarred, are lined with dried furze, dipped in pitch and lees of oil, and sprinkled with sulphur ; a number of hatchways are then cut along the deck, and under each is placed a small barrel of gunpowder...
Page 78 - Jiave immortalized his name. He was familiar with the best models of ancient and modern times, and his mind was animated by a mild and gentle spirit of benevolence. His style is fluent and pleasing, pure and harmonious. His most celebrated work is Les Aveniures de Tclemaque, in which he endeavored to exhibit a model for the education of a prince. It was carried off' and published by a valet employed to transcribe the manuscript.