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parts or fruits of the same tree; that misel-
toe is bred upon trees, from seeds which
birds let fall thereon; of the rose of Jericho,
that flowereth every year upon Christmas
Eve; of Glastonbury thorn ; that Sferra
Cavallo hath a power to break or loosen iron;
that bays preserve from the mischief of
lightning and thunder ; that bitter almonds
are preservatives against ebriety

359 to 375 Chap. 7. Of some insects and the properties

of several plants. Of the death-watch; the
presages drawn from oak-apple insects; whe-
ther all plants have seeds; whether the sap
of trees runs to the ground in winter; of

the effects of camphor; with many others 375 to 384 The Third Book; the particular part continued.

Of popular and received tenets concerning

385 to end
Chap. 1. That an elephant hath no joints, &c. 385 to 396
Chap. 2. That the horse hath no gall 396 to 398
Chap. 3. That a pigeon hath no gall

399 to 403 Chap. 4. That a beaver, to escape the hunter, bites off his testicles or stones

403 to 407 Chap. 5. That a badger hath the legs of one side shorter than of the other

408 to 409 Chap. 6. That a bear brings forth her cubs informous or unshaped

410 to 412 Chap. 7. Of the basilisk

413 to 422 Chap. 8. That a wolf first seeing a man begets a dumbness in him

422 to 424 Chap. 9. Of the long life of the deer 424 to 431 Chap. 10. That a kingfisher, hanged by the bill, sheweth where the wind lay

431 to 434 Chap. 11. Of griffins

434 to 437 Chap. 12. Of the phenix

437 to 445 Chap. 13. Of frogs, toads, and toad-stone . 446 to 452 Chap. 14. That a salamander lives in the fire 452 to 455 Chap. 15. Of the amphisbæna

455 to 458 Chap. 16. That young vipers force their way through the bowels of their dam

458 to 465




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Chap. 17. That hares are both male and female 466 to 473 Chap. 18. That moles are blind

473 to 476 Chap. 19. That lampries have many eyes

477 to 478 Chap. 20. That snails have no eyes

479 to 481 Chap. 21. That the chameleon lives only upon air

482 to 493 Chap. 22. That the ostrich digesteth iron . 494 to 497 Chap. 23. Of the unicorn's horns

498 to 503 Chap. 24. That all animals of the land are in their kind in the sea .

504 to 506 Chap. 25. Concerning the common course of

our diet, in making choice of some animals
and abstaining from eating others

507 to 514 Chap. 26. Of the spermaceti whale

515 to 517 Chap. 27. Compendiously, of the musical note

of swans before their death; that the flesh of
peacocks corrupteth not; that they are
ashamed of their legs; that storks will only
live in republicks and free states; of the
noise of a bittern by putting the bill in a
reed; that whelps are blind nine days; of
the antipathy between a toad and a spider,
a lion and a cock; that an ear-wig hath no
wings; of worms; that flies make that hum-
ming noise by their mouths or wings; of
the tainct or small red spider; of the glow-
worm ; of the providence of pismires in bit-
ing off the ends of corn

517 to 532 Chap. 28. That the chicken is made out of the

yolk of the egg; that snakes sting; of the
tarantula ; the lamb of Tartary; the swift-
ness of tigers; with sundry queries . 533 to end.

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When and where Religio MEDICI was written-Surreptitiously printed in 1642

Two impressions of that edition in the same year--Authorized edition of 1643 Observations by Sir K. Digby-Ross's Medicus Medicatus-Annotations on the obscure Passages Supposed author of the Annotations—Subsequent Editions of Religio Medici - Translations into Latin, Dutch, French, German, &c.--Present edition-Imitations and Works with a similar title.

So few particulars have been transmitted to us of the earlier years of Sir Thomas Browne's life, that it is not easy to determine precisely at what period he composed his Religio Medici, or where he resided at the time. Dr. Johnson seems to have supposed that it was written in London ;-but internal evidence exists to disprove this. Dr. Watson, in his History of Halifax,' mentions that “he was said to have fixed himself, as a physician, in his juvenile years, in the parish of Halifax, and to have written his Religio Medici, in 1630,- at Shipden-Hall, near Halifax." This date, however, must be incorrect :-he did not receive his diploma till 1633, and can scarcely, even in common parlance, be said to have fixed himself in any place as a physician, three years before that event. Besides, the period named is otherwise disposed of in the accounts we have of his life ;-for some time after he took his degree of master of arts (June, 1629), he is said to have resided in Oxfordshire, and thence to have proceeded on his travels, first in Ireland, with his father-in-law Sir Thomas Dutton, and afterwards on the continent, till 1633, when he received his degree of Doctor of physick at Leyden, just before his return. His residence near Halifax, then, must be sup

1 Watson (Rev. John) History and Antiquities of the Parish of Halifax, in Yorkshire, 4to, Lond. 1775, p. 458. 2 Wright says,

About the year 1630, he lived at Shipden Hall, &c." Antiquities of the Town of Halifax, in Yorkshire. Leedes : 1738. 12mo, p. 152.

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