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curiosity, for fix Spanish dollars: it live'd with me seven months, but then dye'd of a flux. He was too young to lhew me many pranks; therefor, i shal onely tel you he was a great thief, and love'd strong liquors; for, if our backs were turn'd, he would be at the punch-bowl, and very often would open the brandy-case, and put it very carefully into its place again. He slept lyeing along, in a human posture, with one hand under his head. t He could not swim, but i know not whether he might not have been capable of being taught. If, at any time, i was angery with him, he would figh, fob, and
til he found that i was reconcile'd to him; and, though he was but about twelve months old
* Doctor Tyson relates of his pygmie: “ Once it was made drunk with punch, but it was observe'd, that, after that time, it would never drink above one cup, and refused the offer of more than what he found agreed with him.” (Ana. tomy, &c. p. 30.)
+ “After our pygmie was taken," says doctor Tyson," and a little used to wear cloaths, it was fond enough of them; and what it could not put on its' self, it would bring in its' hands to some of the company, to help ‘iť to put [it] on. It would lie in a bed, place its' head on the pillow, and pull the cloaths over 'ir', as a man would do”...It
ful of lice, he ads, exactly like those on human bodys : Signor Rbedi observeing in moft animals a particular sort of louse.
when he dye’d, yet he was stronger than any man,
“I myself,” says lord Monboddo, “ saw at Paris one of these couran-outangs], whose skin was stuf d...He had exactly the shape and features of a man; and particularly i was inform'd that he had organs of pronunciation as perfect as we have. He live'd several years at Versailles, and dye'd by drinking spirits. He had as much of the understanding of a man as could be expected from his education, and perform'd many little officeës to the lady with whom he live'd; but never learn'd to speak. I was wel inform'd too," ads his lordship, “ of one of them belong. ing to a French gentleman in India, who used to go to market for him, but was likewise mute.” +
* Voyage to Borneo, 1718, p. 37. This young outang display'd more intelligence, and even possess'd much more strength, at the age of twelve months, than a buman being (as he is callid) was ever known to do at the age of twelve years. See Tysons Anatomy, &c. p. 23.
+ Origin and progress of language, i, 175. In a note, after quoteing a passage from Rousseau, who rejects “ with great contempt, the notion of those who think that speech is natural to man,” his lordship observes : “ Now if we get over that prejudice, and do not insist that other arts of life, which the ouran-outangs want, are, likewise, natural to man, it is imposfible we can refuse them the appellation of men." He, The writeër or compileër of these pageës was, a few years ago, told by a lady, who had it from another, of her own acquaintance, an eyewitness, of an ourang-outang, in the East-Indies, which was six feet high, and sat at table in the dress of a military officer : a guest
, excessively disgusting to the fair and delicate fpectatress !
The king of Dahomé, in Africa, is say'd to have a guard of men, who very much resemble monkeys, or, in other words, of monkeys, who very much resemble men; and which are, doubtless, ourang-outangs. The Mocoes or Eboes, according to Edwards, “ appear to be the lowest and most wretched of all the nations of Africa,” and “ the conformation of the face, in a great majority of them, very much resembles that of the baboon."*
Collins, in his description of the natives of New-Holland (or New South-Wales), says, “ Their noseës are flat, nostrils wide, eyes much funk in the head, and cover'd with thick eye
elsewhere, in the same, volume, says he had heard of these human animals being seven feet high.
* History of the Weft-Indies, ii, 75. The three attendants of the Birman officer, who visited colonel Symes, squated upon their heels on the deck, in an attitude and manner much refembleing baboons, allthough they were wel-proportion'd strong men. (Embassy to Ava, i, 324.)
brows. Many," whom he faw, “ had very prominent jaws; and there was one man, who, but for the gift of speeclls might very wel have pass’d for an ourang-outang. He was remarkablely hairy; his arms appear'd of an uncommon length; in his gait he was not perfectly upright; and, in his whole manner, seem'd to have more of the brute, and less of the human species about him than any of his countrymen.” “ The gift of speech," however, which he must, if at all, have acquire'd in his infancy, wil not, alone, pre. vent his actually being what he “might very
wel have pass’d for."
“I could produce,” says Rousseau, “ several instanceës of human quadrupeds : particularly that of the child, who was found, in 1344, near HelseCassel, where he had been suckle'd by wolves, and who use’d to say, afterward, at prince Henrys court, he would rather return to live with the wolves again, than to live among mankind.+ He had contracted so invincible a habit of walking on his hands, that it was necessary to faften pieceës of wood to him so as to keep him upright on his feet. It was the fame,” he says,
+ It is, by no mean, credible, that this wolf-boy lay'd this, or could utter a Gngle fyllable.
“ with another child, found, in 1694, in the foreis of Lithuania, and train'd up among bears. M. de Condillac says, he did not shew the least sign of reason, but walk'd on his hands and feet, and had no articulate speech, but utter'd some uncouth founds, unlike the language of other
The little favage, carry'd from Hanover to the court of Engleland, some years ago , was, with great difficulty brought to walk upon his legs. * In 1719, two other savageës were found in the Pyrenean mountains, runing up and down like quadrupeds." +
A girl was caught, in 1731, in the environs of Chalons sur-Marne, and educateëd in a convent. She relateëd as soon as she was able to speak, that she had live'd in the woods with a female companion, and that she had unfortunately kil'd her, by a violent blow on the head, one day, when, upon finding a chaplet under their feet, they disputeëd about the exclusive possession of it.
The young favage of Aveyron, a child, about eleven or twelve years of age, who had been
* This was Peter the wild boy, who, to the editours knowlege, could, when he saw him, walk very wel, on two legs, though he could scarcely utter three words, king, cwen, Lunny, and endeavour to sing a few musical notes.
† Rousseau, On the inequality of mankind, note 3.