Sketch of the Mosquito Shore: Including the Territory of Poyais, Descriptive of the Country; with Some Information as to Its Productions, the Best Mode of Culture, & C. ... (Livre numérique Google)

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W. Blackwood, 1822 - 355 pages
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Page 93 - The fig-tree, not that kind for fruit renown'd, But such as, at this day, to Indians known, In Malabar or Decan spreads her arms, Branching so broad and long, that in the ground The bended twigs take root, and daughters grow About the mother tree, a pillar'd shade, High overarch'd, and echoing walks between...
Page 254 - I proceed to discriminate their relative proportions and value, it may be proper to observe, that the business of sugar planting is a sort of adventure in which the man that engages must engage deeply. — There is no medium, and very seldom the possibility of retreat. A British country gentleman, who is content to jog on without risk on the...
Page 205 - The emerald, the ruby, the topaz, sparkle in its plumage, which is never soiled by the dust of the ground. It inhabits the air; it flutters from flower to flower; it breathes their freshness; it feeds on their nectar, and resides in climates where they blow in perpetual succession.
Page 245 - Liquor is said to have a good appearance, in the second copper, when the froth, in boiling, arises in large bubbles, and is but little discoloured. When, from such scumming and evaporation, the liquor is again sufficiently reduced to be contained in the third copper, it is laded into it ; and so on to the last copper, which is called the teache. This arrangement supposes four boilers or coppers, exclusive of the three clarifiers. In the teache, the subject is still further evaporated, till it is...
Page 264 - The mode of culture is the same with all the different species, and there is this advantage attending them all, that they will flourish in the driest and most rocky soils, provided such lands have not been exhausted by former cultivation. Dryness, both in respect of the soil and atmosphere, is indeed essentially necessary in all its stages ; for if the land is moist, the plant expends itself in branches and leaves...
Page 57 - ... and by that glorious planet Venus, which appears here like a little moon, and glitters with fo refulgent a beam as to cafl a (hade from trees, buildings, and other objects, making full amends for the fhort flay and abrupt departure of the crepufculum or twilight fij.
Page 260 - THAT beautiful vegetable wool, or substance called cotton, is the spontaneous production of three parts of the earth. It is found growing naturally in all the tropical regions of Asia, Africa, and America; and may justly be comprehended among the most valuable gifts of a bountiful Creator, superintending and providing for the necessities of man.
Page 56 - ... to harmonize the mind, and produce the most calm and delightful sensations. The moon too in these climates displays far greater radiance than in Europe : the smallest print is legible by her light ; and in the moon's absence her function is not ill supplied by the brightness of the...
Page 55 - The climate of this part of the American continent is greatly superior to that of most other parts of the same vast portion of the globe, either in higher or lower degrees of latitude. It is equally superior to the climate of the West India islands generally, for persons whose health and constitutions have become impaired from the effects of the latter very frequently acquire a sudden restoration of both after an arrival in Honduras.
Page 220 - ... to start, so as to be easily detached from the bone. These plates vary in thickness, according to the age and size of the animal, and measure from an eighth to a quarter of an inch in thickness. A large turtle is said to afford about eight pounds of tortoiseshell ; or, according to M.

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