Anguis Annulatus: The Chain-Snake.
This Serpent was of the Size of the Figure; it was the only one
of the Kind I ever saw, nor was it known to any of the Inhabitants
I shew'd it to; therefore as it wanted a Name, the best I could
think of was, that of Chain-Snake, from some Resemblance of a Chain
that seems in many Places to environ the Body, tho' these Marks
extend but half Way round; the Belly being marked, as the Piece
cut off represents: The Colour of this Snake was of a dark dusky
Blue, except the Chain-like Marks of the Back, which were yellow,
as were likewise some square Spots on the Belly: The angular Form
of its Lips were singular. It seemed not to be of the Viper Kind.
Frutex Lauri longiore folio.
This Shrub is a Native of Virginia, and grows in wet Swamps
and standing Waters; it rises from the Ground with many Stems to
the Height of eight or ten Feet, of a reddish Colour. The Leaves
are placed alternately an Inch from one another, and are in Shape
like those of a Bay, stiff and shining; at the Pedicles of the Leaves
grow the Flowers, which are tubulous, of a pale red Colour, and
set on Stalks two and three Inches long; these Flowers are succeeded
by small conic Seed-Vessels about the Size of large Peas, which
when ripe open in two Parts, and display many small black Seeds.
It retains the Leaves all the Winter.