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Travels Through the States of North America and the Provinces of Upper & Lower Canada During the Years 1795, 1796 & 1797 (America Through European)

Weld, Isaac

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ISBN 10: 0678005354 / ISBN 13: 9780678005354
Published by Augustus M Kelley Pubs
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0678005354 Hardcover, Volume 2, non library book, no dust jacket. Very light foxing to page edges, inside clean an unmarked. Bookseller Inventory # CORV-BBC-0K76268

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Title: Travels Through the States of North America ...

Publisher: Augustus M Kelley Pubs

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1799 Excerpt: ...on approaching near them, although they are dead; but what is remarkable, hogs, so far from being afraid of them, pursue and devour them: MOUNTAINS. oj them with the greatest avidity, totally regardless of their bites. It is supposed that the great quantity of fat, with which they are furnilhed, prevents the poison from operating on their bodies as on those of other animals. Hog's lard, it might therefore reasonably be conjectured, would be a good remedy for the bite of a snake: however, I never heard of its beingtried; the people generally apply herbs to the wound, the specific qualities of which are well known. It is a remarkable instance of the bounty of providence, that in all thole parts of the country where these venomous reptiles abound, those herbs which are the most certain antidote to the poison are found in the greatest plenty. The South-west Mountains run nearly parallel to the Blue Ridge, and are the first which you come to on going up the country from the sea-coast in Virginia. These mountains are not lofty, and ought indeed rather to be called hills than mountains; they are not seen till you come within a very few miles of them, and the ascent is so gradual, that you get upon their top almost without perceiving it. The soil here changes to a deep argilaceous earth, particularly well suited to the culture of small grain and clover, and produces abundant crops. As this earth, however, does not i 1 not absorb the water very quickly, the farmer is exposed to great losses from heavy falls of rain; the feed is liable to be washed out of the ground, so that sometimes it is found necessary to sow a field two or three different times before it becomes green; and if great care be not taken to guard such fields as lie on a declivity by proper trenches, ...

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