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Eleven Letters from the Rex Mi, lometime Rector of St. Juda's Seca and now Rector of St. Mary's in. Bide 2 Revi Mr. MASON, B. D
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the Earth, full as wide as my Hat crown, out of which issued fast very hot Steams (like the Smoak out of Chimnies,) that tinged the holes all about their Edges with seemingly very fair Brimstone : And to speak our thoughts ingenuously, we did not care to come nearer them than fix or seven yards, least the ground should prove so hollow, as to sink in and bury us before we were dead.
26. Our first entrance upon this uneven spot, was by crossing a little plain which was so sulphureous that it would bear nothing but deadish coloured long Grass or rather Weeds, with a few short, and brittle, or rottenish Bushes: At last we arrived at what is vulgarly called the Devils Coppers on a hill side ; there were two or three of them, two yards asunder from each other in an almost direct line, and they were each three foot in diameter; we had no convenience for plumming them ; however they seemed not to be very deep, and had but a small stream running from them, which looses itself among the long Grass: the Water in them was of a mud colour, and rose to within a foot of the surface of the ground, boiling fiercer than ever I saw a Sugar Copper, and sending up very strong Clouds of Steam into the Air ; no kind of Grass would grow within twelve yards of them, the Soil being wholly Sulphur, and so excessive hot, that
we immediately perceived it to be warm,
thorough thick Shoes that we had bought on purpose for this expedition. A Negro-man was strangely frighted, and altered his black colour to yellowish at first sight of them ; we could not dissuade him from believing that Jumbee (that is to say the Devil) had his residence underneath them. We stood above two yards off from them. 27. Some of our company went considerably
the Hill, where they discovered nothing new, but only found a continuation of this fulphurous Earth, with large quantities here and there of pure Brimstone, fome of which they brought away, not only as a specimen to show their Neighbours (very few of whom were at so much pains to undergo for Curiosity's fake this fatiguing Journey,) but likewise for real use. The rest of us descended back to the Plain, on the south side whereof was a Pond about forty yards over, and knee deep, that had no Springs, but is plentifully supplied by the Rains, which in that warm Latitude fall so heavily that no body stirs out of doors in them, unless compelled to it by unavoidable necessity. As I was dirty all over from head to foot by scrambling up and down so
many Precipices, I walked into and late down in it, on purpose to wash myself clean, which I soon did: Upon cutting up a piece of Clay from the bottom that consisted entirely of it, I found Ꭰ .
it to my great surprize as beautifully veined as the finest hard Castile Soap; and indeed I should not be found guilty of an Hyperbole, in asserting it to look as fair as the nicest polished blue veined Marble.
28. Near to this Pond grew a convenient bed of common Rushes, upon which we spread our Table-cloth, and then sitting down around it each Gentleman on his Cloak cross-legged, (that is to say Turkish or Taylor fashion,) we made a hearty Dinner upon a quarter of cold roasted Lamb with a good Sallad, wishing a health to all our Friends round this great Mountain in a glass of rich Madeira Wine: And after dinner we fate two hours at least to refresh Nature which was a little fatigued, making what Observations we could upon so lonesome, and if I may be indulged in the term, beauteously dismal situation.
29. At first the Sky was perfectly clear and serene, and we perceived several Mountain Kites (not unlike the English ones as near as we could guess, át fifty or fixty yards distance) hovering over our heads; but in a quarter of an hour or less, the Clouds fell down the vast cavity apace almost close to us, rendering the Air on a sudden raw and cold: After a hasty and heavy thower of rain that once moré washed me clean, they " ounted up again out of the top of rim of the