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SKETCHES

OP THE

ANIMAL AND VEGETABLE PRODUCTIONS

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BY

MARY ROBERTS,

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PUBLISHED UNDER THE DIRECTION OF
THE COMMITTEE OF GENERAL LITERATURE AND EDUCATION,
APPOINTED BY THE SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING

CHRISTIAN KNOWLEDGE.

LONDON:
SOLD AT THE DEPOSITORY OF THE SOCIETY,
77, Great Queen Street, Lincoln's-Inn Fields;

AND AT THE PUBLISHER'S,
JOHN W. PARKER, WEST STRAND,

M.DCCC. XXXIX,

PREFACE.

WRITERS on Natural History have spoken concerning the animals and plants of different zones and climates indiscriminately; I venture to separate them, and to select from among the forests and savannas of the New World such as most especially illustrate the sdom and beneficence of their Creator. These sketches will not be confined merely to the details of Natural History; they will comprise whatever is most beautiful or curious, either in the scenery by which the subjects of them were surrounded, or in their wonderful adaptation to the sites which they are designed to occupy.

I may not venture to assert that this idea is exclusively my own, yet, assuredly, it has not been generally adopted; for the history of plants has, in

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most cases, been separately treated, that of animals also, as well as scenery. But the uniting of them will better suit my purpose; for how much more beautiful is the effect produced by the concentration of many rays of light than by the separation of one prismatic colour, however brilliant,

TABLE OF CONTENTS.

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ACACIA, or LOCUST-TREE-Account of — When first

brought into Europe-Ancient specimens, where

-Anecdote of a farmer on Long Island

ACCUMULATION of decayed vegetables in Demerara, mixed

with earth, to the depth of one hundred and fifty

feet

Agaves-Description of—Where found—Juice of the

Agave a favourite beverage in Mexico

AGOUTI .

ALACO TREE

ALPACA

AMERICA-Reflections on the animals of-Climate and

local peculiarities .

AMERICAN ARGALI

ANCIENT MOUNDS near St. Louis-Moral reflections

near Mexico-By whom supposed to

have been erected

ANDES—Magnificent Scenery of, associated with animals

and plants

ANT-BEAR—Where found-Wonderful adaptation to its

mode of life.

ANTELOPE, WOOL-BEARING
APOLOCERINE GROUP_Three species of-Where most

numerous-Characteristics of each
ARMADILLO—Three species of - Assigned to different

parts of America-Singular construction of
ASSES, WILD-Found amid the grandest scenery in

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America

ATMOSPHERIC PHENOMENON observed in the Andes

BAMBOOS—Hollow species of — Useful as water-plants in

dry mountainous places-Silex found in the bark-

Sir Humphry Davy's experiment

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