History of the British Colonies: Possessions in Africa and Australia

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J. Cochrane and Company, 1835 - Great Britain

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Page 11 - tis, to cast one's eyes so low! The crows and choughs, that wing the midway air, Show scarce so gross as beetles : Half way down Hangs one that gathers samphire; dreadful trade! Methinks, he seems no bigger than his head: The fishermen, that walk upon the beach, Appear like mice; and yon...
Page 178 - When a storm arises on the 25th, 26th, or 27th of March (and not before) in any point, the succeeding summer is generally dry four times in five. 4. If there be a storm at SW or WSW on the 19th, 20th, 21st, or 22nd of March, the succeeding summer is generally wet five times in six.
Page 260 - On the 3d, the main channel of the river was much contracted but very deep, the banks being under water from a foot to eighteen inches : the stream continued for about twenty miles on the same course as yesterday, when we lost sight of land and trees, the channel of the river winding through reeds, among which the water was about three feet deep, the current having the same direction as the river. It continued in this manner for near four miles more ; when, without any previous change in the breadth,...
Page 496 - Supposing a line to be drawn from the parallel of 34.40. to the eastward, it will strike the Murray River about 25 miles above the head of the lake, and will clear the ranges, of which. Mount Lofty and Mount Barker are the respective terminations. This line will cut off a space whose greatest breadth will be 55 miles, whose length from north to south will be 75, and whose surface exceeds seven millions of acres;* from which, if we deduct two * There is an obvious error in this calculation.
Page 496 - ... for his family a peaceful and prosperous home. All who have ever landed upon the eastern shore of St. Vincent's Gulf, agree as to the richness of its soil, and the abundance of its pasture.
Page 537 - Bambouk, situated near the head of the river, and so enclosed between its main stream and the great branches of the Kokoro and the Faleme, as to form almost a complete island, is the next object of commercial importance to the French on the Senegal. It is almost entirely a country of mountains, whence flow numerous streams, almost all of which roll over golden sands. But the main depositaries, where the metal is traced as it were to its source, are two mountains, Natakon and Semayla. The former composes...
Page 281 - Australis, and if taken together, and considered with respect to the mass of vegetable matter they contain (calculated from the size as well as the number of individuals), nearly equal to all the other plants of that country, are vertical, or present their margin, and not either surface towards the stem, both surfaces having consequently the same relation to light.
Page 360 - ... of — 1 stallion, 3 mares, 3 colts, 2 bulls, 5 cows, 29 sheep, 19 goats, 49 hogs, 25 pigs, 5 rabbits, 18...
Page 579 - ... gruel. The Mandingoes convey it to the eastern and southern districts of Africa, and through the medium of the Arabs, it reaches Morocco, and even Egypt. If the fruit be injured, it is burned, the ashes being mixed with rancid palm oil, and serving for soap. The flowers are large, white, and handsome, and on their first expansion, bear some resemblance, in their snowy petals and violet mass of stamens, to the White Poppy (Papaver somniferum).
Page 496 - From the above account it would appear that a spot has, at length, been found upon the south coast of New Holland, to which the colonist might venture with every prospect of success, and in whose valleys the exile might hope to build for himself and for his family a peaceful and prosperous home.

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