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are seldom pleasins; they do not compose one nass, but are only a confused number of pinnacles. The confusion is however avoided, by placing them in succession, not in clusters; and a clump of such trees is therefore more acroenble when it is extended rather in length than in breadth.
Theee tre s tocether must forri either a riclit line, or a trinaele: to discuise the regularity, the distancos should be very different. Dis. tinctions in their shapes contribute also to the same end; and variety in their Erowths still more. When a strait line consists 01 two trees nearly similar, and of a third ruch lower than they are, the oven direction in which they stand is hardly discernible.
If rumbler crowths at the extremity can discompose the strictest regularity, the use of it is thereb recorriended unon other occasions, It is indeed the variety peculiarly proper for clumps: every apparent artifice affecting the objects of nature, discusts; and clurips are such distinguished objects, so liable to the suspicion of having been left or placed on purpose to be so distinguished, that to divert the attention from these simptons of art, irregularity in the coriposition is more inportant to them than to a wood or to a trove; being also less extensive they do not aduit so rich variety of outline: but variety of crowths is inost observable in a small compass; and the several cradations often may be cast into beautiful figures,
The extent and the outline of a wood or a grove engage the attention more than the extremities; but in clumps these last are of the most consequence: they determine the fom of the whole; and both of then are Eenerally in sicht: creat care should therofore be taken to take them agreeable and different. The ease with wich they way be compared forbids all similarity between then: for every appearance of equality sucsests an idea of art; and therefore a clump as broad as it is lonc, seens less the work of nature than one which stretches into len th.
Another peculiarity of clumps, is the facility with which t'ey admit a mixture of trees, and of shrubs; of wood, and of crove; in short, of every species of plantation. None are more beautiful than those wlich are so corposed, Cuch compositions are, however, more proper in compact than in straegling clumps: they are inost arroeuble when they fo2ti on lass: if the transitions ironi very lofty to very humble Crowths, 1r011 thicket to open plantations, be frequent and sudden, the disorder is more suited to rude than to elegant scenes.
XXIII. The occasions on which independent clumps ruy be applied, are many, They are often desirable its beautiful objects in therlevos; they are sometimes necessary to break an extent of lawn, or a continue line, whether of cround or of plantation; but on all occasions & jealousy of art constantly attends then, whici irrecul rity in their figure will not always alone remove. Thouch elevations show theri to advantage, yot a