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Bark Hut, at the Approach of Rain to keep me and my Cargo from Wet.

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

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