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inted by R. Rery, for T. OSBORNE, in Gray

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By JOHN MARTYN, F. R. S.

Professor of Botany in the University of Cambridge.

THE SECOND EDITION.

L O N D ON:
Printed by R. Reily, for T. OSBORNE, in Gray's-Inn,

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HE Feeding of cattle, how mean and contemptible foevet lit

may appear to us, is very ancient and in the most early ages of the world, was esteemed to be honourable. The first Man was a Gardener, and a Husbandman: and of his fons we read, that one was a Husbandman, arid anothet a Shepherd *. The same employment seeins to have been chiefly followed by the Patriarchs after the Flood : for we find that Abraham, who is called a mighty Prince t; was a feeder of cattle ; his great wealth consisting in fheep, oxen, asses, and camels #. ' Ifaac, Efau, Jacob, and the rest of his posterity continued the fame way of life, applying themselves wholly to the care of their flocks and herds; with which they travelled from place to place, as they found convenience of pasturage. Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, when he was called by God, and appointed to be the Deliverer

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