The Natural History of Remarkable Trees, Shrubs, and Plants

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J. Cumming, 1821

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Page iii - And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
Page 141 - ... no vent but by the gutter, gradually ascends it, and from thence advances slowly to the extremity of the valley, where it is...
Page 24 - ... every branch from the main body throws out its own roots, at first in small tender fibres, several yards from the ground...
Page 139 - Every professed, inveterate, and incurable snuff-taker, (says Lord Stanhope) at a moderate computation takes one pinch in ten minutes. Every pinch, with the agreeable ceremony of blowing and wiping the nose, and other incidental circumstances, consumes a minute and a half. One minute and a half, out of every ten, allowing sixteen hours to a snuff-taking day, amounts to two hours and twenty-four minutes out of every natural day, or one day out of every ten.
Page 124 - Let India boast her plants, nor envy we The weeping amber, or the balmy tree, While by our oaks the precious loads are borne, And realms commanded which those trees adorn.
Page 142 - On the morning of the fourth day, we came out on a large plain, where were great numbers of fine deer; and in the middle stood a tree of unusual size, spreading its branches over a vast compass of ground.
Page xii - All these singularities contribute to one end. " As this plant blossoms late in the year, and, probably, would not have time to ripen its seeds before the access of winter, which would destroy them, Providence has contrived its structure such, that this important office maybe performed at a depth in the earth out of reach of the usual effects of frost...
Page 106 - The kernel is enveloped in a sweet pulp, under a thin green rind ; and the butter produced from it, besides the advantage, of its keeping the whole year without salt, is whiter, firmer, and, to my palate, of a richer flavour than the best butter I ever tasted made from cow's milk.
Page 157 - July and August. The largest leaves are about three inches long, and an inch and a half across the lobes : the glands of those exposed to the sun are of a beautiful red color ; but those in the shade are pale, and inclining to green.
Page 113 - Glasgow was sent by coach to London. It is difficult to ascertain precisely the time taken to bring this article to market; but it may be pretty near the truth to reckon it three years from the time it was packed in India till in cloth it arrived at the merchant's warehouse in London...

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