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and Convenience: fome to heal the moft ftubborn and dangerous Diftempers (23), to alleviate and eafe the Pains (24) of our poor infirm Bodies, all the World over: And fome defigned for the peculiar Service and Good of particular Places, either to cure fuch Diftempers as are peculiar to them, by growing more plentifully there than elfèwhere


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(25); or elfe to obviate fome Inconvenience there, or to fupply fome conftant Neceflity, or Occafion, not possible, or at leaft not. : to be fupplied any other Way (26). , ’Tis, for Infance, an ad

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Ç• 3 • To this may be added Elsner’s Observations concerning the Vertues of divers Things in his Observations de Vincetoxico Scropbularum remedio. F. Germ. T. 1. Obf. 57. John Benerovinus, a Physician of Dort, may be here confulted, who wrote a Book on purpose to fhew, that every Country hath every Thing ferving to its Occafions, and particularly Rémedies afforded to all the Diftempers it is subject unto. V. Bener. ”Avtipneia, Batav. five Introd. ad Medic, indigenam. (26) The Defcription Dr. Sloane gives of the Wild-Pine is, that its Leaves are channelled fit to catch and convey Water down into their Refervatories, that these Reservatories are fo madę, as to hold much Water, and close at Top when full, to hinder its Evaporation; that these Plants grow on the Arms of the Trees in the Woods every where [in those Parts] as also on the Barks of their Trunks. And one Contrivance of Nature in this Vegetable, he faith, is very admirable. The Seed hath long and many Threads of Tomentum, not only that it may be carried every where by the Wind – but also that it may by thofe Threads, when driven through the Boughs, be held faff, and fick to thę Arms, and extant Parts of the Barks of Trees. So

to Drought, that when the Waters every where

fail, there are Vegetables which contain not only

Moisture enough to fupply their own Vegetation

and Wants, but afford Drink also both to Man

and other Creatures, in their great Extrémities

(27); and a great deal more might teit: - - - - - ‘ “ ’ o

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So foon as it sprouts or germinates, although it be on the under Part of a Bough,—its Leaves and Stalk rife perpendicular, or ftrait up, because if it had any other Position, the Ci-, ftern (before-mentioned, by which it is chiefly nourished –) made of the hollow Leaves, could not hold water, which is neceffary for the Nourishment and Life of the Plant – Scarcity of Warer, this Refervatory is necessary and fufficient, not only for the Plantit felf, but likewife is very useful to Men, Birds, and all forts of Infests, whether they come in Troops, and feldom go away without Refreshment. . Id. ib. p. 188. and Phil. Tranfałt. No 251. where a Figure is of this notable Plant, as also in Lowthorp's Abridg. V. 2. p. 669. The Wild-Pine, fo called, Érc, hath Leaves that will hold ar Pint and a half, or Quart of Rain Water; and this Water refreshes the Leaves, and nourishes the Root. When we find these Pines, we fick our Knives into the Leaves, juft above the Root, and that lets out the Water, which we catch in our Hats, as I have done many times to my great Relief. Dampier’s Voy. to Campeachy, ch. 2. p. 56. : - , : . . . (27) Navarette tells us of a Tree called the Bejuco, which twines about other Trees, with its End hanging downwards; and that Travellers cut the Nib offit, and presently a Spout of Water runs out from it, as clear as Crystal, enough and to ípare for fix or eight Men. I drank, faith he, to my Satisfaction of it, found it cool and fweet, and would drink it as often as I found it in my Way. ... It is a Juice and natural Water. It is the common Relief of the Herds-men on the , Mountains. When they are Thirfty, they lay hold on the Bejuco, and drink their Fill. Collest. of Voy and Trav. Vol. 1. in thế suppl. to Navarette's Account of China, p. 355. The Waterwith of 3samaica hath the fame Ufes, concerning which, my before-commended Friend, Dr. Slame, favoured me with this Account from his Original Papers: This Vine growing on dry Hills, in the Woods where no Water is to be met with, its Trunk, if cut into pieces two or three Tards long, and held by either End to the Mouth, affords fo plentifully a limpid, innocent, and refreshing E e 4 Water,


of a like Nature, and Things that bear fuch plain

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: manifest the Super-intendançe of the infinite

reatOr. - - - _Thus I have given a Sketch of another Branch of the Creation, which (although one of the meaneft, yet) if it was accurately viewed, would abundantly manifest it felf to be the Work of GodBut because I have been fo long upon the other Parts, although lefs than they deferve, I muft therefore content my felf with those general Hints I have given; which may however ferve as Speci

mens of what might have been more largely faid

about this inferiour Part of the animated Creat10n. - · · · · · -

As to the Inanimate Part, fuch as Stones, Minerals, Earths, and fuch-like, that which I have al: ready faid in the Beginning fhall suffice.

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&#29 AV IN G in the preceding Books cari H 2: ried my Survey as far as I care at Řs: prefent to engage my" felf, all that remaineth, is to draw fome Inferences from the foregoing Scene of the great Creator's Works, and fo conclude this Part of my intended Work,

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That - G o D’s Works are Great and Excellent.

HE first Inference I shall make, shall be by way of Confirmation of the Text, That the Works : Lordare great (1). And thisis necessary to be obferved, not against the Atheift only, but all other carelefs, incurious Obfervers of God’s Works. Many of our ufeful Labours, and fome of our beff Modern Books shall be condemned with only this Note of Reproach, That th: are - - albOllt:

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