Miscellanea Curiosa: Containing a Collection of Some of the Principal Phænomena in Nature, Accounted for by the Greatest Philosophers of this Age: Being the Most Valuable Discourses, Read and Delivered to the Royal Society, for the Advancement of Physical and Mathematical Knowledge. As Also a Collection of Curious Travels, Voyages, Antiquities, and Natural Histories of Countries; Presented to the Same Society...
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Page 168 - ... and delivered it to be pillaged by his soldiers. This calamity befel Palmyra about the year of our Lord 272; and though Aurelian did not then burn or destroy the buildings, yet the damage it sustained was never retrieved, so as to make any considerable figure ever after. In what ag-e, or from what hand it received its final overthrow, which reduced it to its present miserable condition, we cannot gather from history; but it was probably burnt and desolated in the obscure ages of the world, during...
Page 285 - ... generally very considerable Rains. When the weather breaks many fall Sick, this being the Time of an endemical Sickness, for Seasonings, Cachexes, Fluxes, Scorbutical Dropsies, Gripes, or the like which I have attributed to this Reason. That by the extraordinary Heat, the Ferment of the Blood being raised too high, and the Tone of the Stomach relaxed, when the Weather breaks the Blood palls, and like overfermented Liquors is depauperated, or turns eager and sharp, and there's a crude Digestion,...
Page 318 - Reflexions of Improving, and Manuring of Land in Virginia. ; hitherto, as I have faid, they have ufed none but that of Cowpenning ; yet I fuppofe they might find very good Marie in many places, I have feen both the red and blew Marie at fome breaks of Hills : This would be the propereft Manure for their Sandy Land, if they fpread it not too thick, theirs being, as I have faid, a Ihillow, Sandy Soil, which was the Reafbn I never advifed any to ufe Lime, tho...
Page 288 - I could no way condense, yet were inflamable;" nay, would burn after they pass'd through Water, and that seemingly fiercer, if they were not over-power'd therewith. I have kept of this Spirit a considerable time in Bladders; and tho...
Page 293 - This <ie> the number of Rivers, is one of the chief Reasons why they have no Towns; for every one being more sollicitous for a private Interest and Conveniency, than for a publick, they will either be for making Forty Towns at once, that is, two in every County, or none at all, which is the Countries Ruine.
Page 92 - Marble Pillars 37 Foot high, with their Capitals of moft exquifite Carved Work ; as alfo muft have been the Cornifhes between them, before by Rude and Superftitious Hands they were broken down. Of thefe there are now no more than 58 remaining entire ; but there muft have been a great many more, for they appear to have gone quite round the whole Court, and to have fupported a moft fpacious double Piazza or Cloyfter. Of this Piazza the Walks on the Weft fide, which is oppofed to the Front of the Temple,...
Page 13 - Sound, as I received it from an able seaman, who was at the making of the trial. He told me that, being there in one of the king's frigates, they went with their pinnace into the mid stream, and were carried violently by the current ; that, soon after...
Page 288 - Bladders: and though it appeared as if they were only blown with Air, yet if I let it forth, and fired it with a Match or Candle, it would continue burning till all were spent.
Page 312 - Timber. Thus their Plantations run over vast Tracts of Ground, each ambitious of engrossing as much as they can, that they may be sure to have enough to plant, and for their Stocks and Herds of Cattle to range and to feed in; that Plantations of 1000, 2000, or...