Gallinula Americana: The Soree.
This Bird, in Size and Form, resembles our Water-Rail. The whole
Body is cover'd with brown Feathers; the Under-part of the Body
being lighter than the Upper. The Bill and Legs are brown. These
Birds become so very fat in Autumn, by feeding on Wild Oats, that
they can't escape the Indians, who catch Abundance by running
them down. In Virginia (where only I have seen them) they
are as much in Request, for the Delicacy of their Flesh, as the
Rice-Bird is in Carolina, or the Ortolan in Europe.
Gentiana Virginiana, Saponariae, folio, flore caeruleo longiore.
This Plant grows in Ditches and shady moist Places, rising usually
sixteen Inches high, with upright strait Stems, having long sharp
pointed Leaves, set opposite to each other, spreading horizontally.
From the joints of the Leaves come forth four or five monopetalous
blue Flowers; which, before they open, are in Form of a Rolling-Pin;
but, when blown, are in shape of a Cup, with the Verge divided into