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George H. Head, Esq. Banker, Carlisle.




FOOTNOTES


[1] In America, the term _mast_ is not confined to the fruit of the
beech, but is used as a general name for all kinds of forest fruits,
including even grapes and berries.

[2] The peculiarities in the structure of the plumage of different species
of birds might, if duly attended to, prove of essential service to the
systematic ornithologist, as conducing, along with other circumstances,
to the elucidation of the natural affinities of birds. On this subject,
I would refer the system-makers to the valuable observations of Mr
MACGILLIVRAY in the Edinburgh New Philosophical Journal for 1828.

[3] After the summer showers, the ground is seen covered with multitudes
of very small frogs, of a brownish-black colour, which many of the
inhabitants foolishly suppose to have descended from the clouds. Some
of these I have occasionally found in the stomach of the Black-billed
Cuckoo.









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