A Lecture on the Geography of Plants

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Harvey and Darton, 1827 - 94 pages

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Page 47 - And the mixed multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, "Who shall give us flesh to eat? We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick: But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes.
Page 47 - And wherefore have ye made us to come up out of Egypt, to bring us in unto this evil place? it is no place of seed, or of figs, or of vines, or of pomegranates ; neither is there any water to drink.
Page 17 - This is, as I have already told you, a delightful place ; more beautiful scenery I have never beheld, nor expect to behold ; but the charms of it, uncommon as they are, have not in the least alienated my affections from Weston. The genius of that place suits me better, it has an air of snug concealment, in which a disposition like mine feels peculiarly gratified ; whereas here I see from every window, •woods like forests, and hills like mountains, a wildness, in short, that rather increases my...
Page 64 - If he feel strongly the beauty of picturesque scenery, he can scarcely define the various emotions which crowd upon his mind ; he can scarcely distinguish what most excites his admiration — the deep silence of those solitudes, the individual beauty and contrast of forms, or that vigour and freshness of vegetable life, which characterize the climate of the tropics.
Page 38 - According to Humboldt, the Olive is cultivated with success in every part of the Old World, where the mean temperature of the year is between 58° and 66° ; the temperature of the coldest month not being under 42°, nor that of the summer below 71°— 73°. These conditions are found, as I have said, in Spain, Portugal, the South of France, Italy, and Turkey.
Page 4 - Their knowledge of wood seemed to be limited to some heath of a dwarfish growth, with stems no thicker than the finger, and accordingly they knew not what to think of the timber they saw on board. Not being aware of its weight, two or three of them successively seized on the spare top-mast, evidently with the view of carrying it off; and as soon as they became familiar with the people around them, they showed that desire of possessing what they admired, which is so universal among savages.
Page 60 - The fashion of smoking tobacco was introduced into England by Sir WALTER RALEIGH, in the reign of JAMES I. The custom was followed by almost all the nobility and high officers of the realm, to the great dissatisfaction of the fastidious monarch. So universally prevalent was this fashion, that his majesty could not readily find any one to write or preach against it. He therefore wrote a tract himself...

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