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By JOHN MARTYN, F. R. S.
Profeffor of BOTANY in the University of Cambridge.
THE SECOND EDITION.
Printed by R. Reily, for T. OSBORNE, in Gray's-Inn.
* Gen. iv. z.
HE Feeding of cattle, how mean and contemptible foever it may appear to us, is ie very ancient and in the most early ages of the world, was esteemed to be honourable. The first Man was a Gardener, and a Hufbandman: and of his fons we read, that one was a Husbandman, and another a Shepherd. The fame employment seems to have been chiefly followed by the Patriarchs after the Flood: for we find that Abraham, who is called a mighty Prince †, was a feeder of cattle; his great wealth confifting in fheep, oxen, affes, and camels . Ifaac, Efau, Jacob, and the reft of his pofterity continued the fame way of life, applying themfelves wholly to the care of their flocks and herds; with which they travelled from place to place, as they found convenience of pafturage. Mofes was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, when he was called by God, and appointed to be the Deliverer