A Popular Catalogue of the Extraordinary Curiosities in the National Institute: Arranged in the Building Belonging to the Patent Office. Curiosities Collected from All Parts of the World, by the Officers of the Army and Navy of the United States ...

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Σελίδα 29 - Since our arrival at this happy spot, we have had a ham, sometimes a shoulder of bacon, to grace the head of the table; a piece of roast beef adorns the foot; and a dish of beans, or greens, almost imperceptible, decorates the centre. When the cook has a mind to cut a figure, which I presume will be the case tomorrow, we have two beefsteak pies, or dishes of crabs, in addition...
Σελίδα 28 - I mean stock to remain in this country, to the United States of America, to found at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men.
Σελίδα 30 - ... twelve feet apart. Of late he has had the surprising sagacity to discover that apples will make pies, and it is a question if, in the violence of his efforts, we do not get one of apples instead of having both of beefsteaks. If the ladies can put up with such entertainment, and will submit to partake of it on plates once tin but now iron (not become so by the labor of scouring), I shall be happy to see them.
Σελίδα 29 - My fine crabtree walking-stick, with a gold head curiously wrought in the form of the cap of liberty, I give to my friend, and the friend of mankind, General Washington. If it were a sceptre, he has merited it and would become it.
Σελίδα 29 - Of late, he has had the surprising luck to discover that apples will make pies ; and it is a question if, amidst the violence of his efforts, we do not get one of apples, instead of having both of beef.
Σελίδα 44 - ... bit of play, and to amuse herself as she pleases. Accordingly, she makes cherries with the stone on the outside ; and a monstrous animal, as tall as a grenadier, with the head of a rabbit, a tail as big as a bed-post, hopping along at the rate of five hops to a mile, with three or four young kangaroos...
Σελίδα 44 - Then comes a quadruped as big as a large cat, with the eyes, colour, and skin of a mole, and the bill and web-feet of a duck — puzzling Dr. Shaw, and rendering the latter half of his life miserable, from his utter inability to "determine whether it was a bird or a beast. Add to this a parrot, with the legs of a sea-gull ; a skate with the head of a shark ; and a bird of such monstrous dimensions, that a side bone of it will dine three real carnivorous Englishmen ; — together with many other productions...
Σελίδα 24 - Well, then, has old Washington defeated sir Henry Clinton, and broke up our army?" "No, sir, not that neither; but worse." "Ah! what can be worse?" "Why, sir, I have seen an American general and his officers, without pay, and almost without clothes, living on roots and drinking water; and all for liberty! What chance have we against such men!
Σελίδα 31 - Resolved, That the declaration, passed on the fourth, be fairly engrossed on parchment, with the title and style of 'THE UNANIMOUS DECLARATION OF THE THIRTEEN UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; 1 and that the same, when engrossed, be signed by every member of congress.
Σελίδα 28 - Smithson's father, scales, umbrella-case, and riding-whip, sword-belt and plume, silver spoons and butter-knife, ornamented spools for winding gold wire, copper plate with his name engraved on it ; minerals of Smithson, a very superb collection, though small; silver candlestick ; an elegant service of silver, containing a great many pieces. These are all very much discolored by sulphurous gas. A marble head of Saint Cecilia, by Thorwaldsen, presented to Mr. Smithson at Copenhagen by Dr. Brandis,...

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