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and probably will continue to diminish, in quantity. It is sufficiently, I believe, proved, that in Europe and Alia, the waters have in many places gradually left the surface of the globe: strong appearances also serve to justify an opinion, that many parts of this state have been originally covered with water. The Mohawk River, which descends above a hundred miles to its confluence with the Hudson, probably derived its origin from the desiccation of some considerable lakes. It runs in its whole extent between two ranges of mountains, which leave an intermediate vale of level rich lands, except where the Highlands unite at a place called the Little Falls. Here the water descends twenty feet in a cataract. The rocks on both sides of the river are perfectly com
osed, and in horizontal layers: but at the little Falls, or Straits of the moun
all the kindred train of inordinate pas. isions !” Such are the refle&tions of the elegant Petr ARch concerning a disorder which cannot now be named without indelicacy. From the language in which he speaks of it, and from the confideration of its being numbered by him among other common sources of the vexations of human life, we may infer that it was, in the days of PeTRARch, a not unfrequent complaint among all ranks in life, and throughout the southern regions of Europe. Clean linen, fresh animal food, with the plentiful use of wheaten bread and other vegetable provisions, are the happy medicines, by the use of which it has been expelled. H.