1724-1734 Volume 7

1724-1734 Volume 7

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1809 edition. Excerpt: ...though it be very hard before it is exposed to the air, yet it is afterwards very easily crumbled to dust. Thus, on any storm, or melting of snow, this shale is considerably wasted; and as the large stones are gradually disengaged, they must necessarily fall down. That it is only at these times that the mountain wastes, is affirmed by the most intelligent of the neighbouring inhabitants; and that this decay is not perpetual, Mr. M. can affirm of his own knowledge; having not only taken a close survey of it, but also climbed up the very precipice, without seeing any other shivering in the mountain than what the treading of his own feet in the loose crumbled earth occasioned. Elden-hole is a huge perpendicular chasm of unknown depth. Mr. Cotton says, that he sounded 884 yards, and yet the plummet drew. But he might easily be deceived, unless his plummet was of a very great weight; for otherwise the weight of a rope of that length, would be so great, as to make the landing of the plummet scarcely perceivable. Be that as it may, the depth is doubtless very considerable; and as we have no where in England so good an opportunity of searching the bowels of the earth to so great a depth; it is extraordinary no curious person has ever had the courage to venture down. It is said indeed, that a poor fellow was hired to be let down with a rope about his middle, 20O yards; and that he was drawn up again out of his senses, and died a few days after. But probably if any intelligent and prudent person was to be let down in a proper machine, he would not be much in danger, and his fatigue would be very inconsiderable. The ebbing and flowing well is far from being regular, as some have pretended. It is very seldom seen by the neighbours themselves; and Mr. M....
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  • Paperback | 308 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 16mm | 553g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236527240
  • 9781236527240