Bark Hut, at the Approach of Rain to keep me and my Cargo from
I shall next proceed to an account of the Method I have observed
in giving the Natural History of these Countries; To begin therefore
with Plants, I had principally a Regard to Forest-Trees and Shrubs,
shewing their several Mechanical and other Uses, as in Building,
Joynery, Agriculture, and others used for Food and Medicine. I have
likewise taken notice of those Plants, that will bear our English
Climate, which I have experienced from what I have growing at Mr.
Bacon's, Successor of the late Mr. Fairchild at Hoxton,
where many have withstood the Rigour of several Winters, without
Protection, while other Plants, tho' from the same Country, have
perished for Want of it.
There being a greater Variety of the feather'd Kind than of any
other Animals (at least to be come at) and excelling in the Beauty
of their Colours, besides having oftenest relation to the Plants
on which they feed and frequent; I was induced cheifly (so far as
I could) to compleat an Account of them, rather than to describe
promiscuously, Insect and other Animals; by which I must have omitted
many of the Birds, for I had not Time to do all, by which Method
I believe very few Birds have escaped my Knowledge, except some
Water Fowl and some of those which frequent the Sea.
Of Beasts there are not many Species different from those in the
old World, most of these I have Figur'd, except those which do not