Tract on Comets: And Particularly on the Comet that is to Intersect the Earth's Path in October, 1832

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Hilliard, Gray, 1832 - 89 sider
 

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Side 74 - In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
Side 71 - ... become dry and painful. If the Harmattan last four or five days together, the skin of - the hands and face comes off; to prevent this, the natives rub their bodies all over with grease. "After what has been said of the fatal effects of the Harmattan on vegetables, it may be thought that this wind must be very unhealthy, whereas quite the contrary is observed Intermittent fevers are completely cured by the first breath of the Harmattan. Patients reduced by the excessive bleeding practised in that...
Side 63 - ... satifactorily recognised. There are several instances on record, of a peculiar state of the atmosphere, that has been ascribed to the presence of matter from this source. The following are Mr. Arago's statements and reasoning upon this subject. " The fog of 1783 began nearly on the same day (the 18th of June) in places very distant from each other, as Paris, Avignon, Turin, Padua ; " It extended from the northern coast of Africa to Sweden ; it was also observed in a great part of North America;...
Side 60 - ... Sydenham, who was an advocate for the influence of comets ; to the dissertations of Lubinietski, &c. Mr. Forster has moreover, 1 ought to say, so extended, in his learned catalogue, the influences of comets, that it would seem there is scarcely a phenomenon which is not to be ascribed to them. " Hot and cold seasons, tempests, hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, violent hail-storms, great falls of snow, heavy rains, overflowings of rivers, droughts, famines, thick fogs, flies, grasshoppers,...
Side 70 - ... into Europe. This opinion reminds me of what an old English traveller, Matthew Dobson, says of the effects of a periodical wind on the west coast of the continent of Africa, which is called the Harmattan. On reading over the original narrative just as I was about to send these pages to the press, I was so struck with several points of resemblance between the properties of the air, where this wind prevails, and that which is filled by the dry fogs of Europe, that I determined to give here a short...
Side 51 - ... the danger of death to each individual, resulting from the appearance of an unknown comet, would be exactly equal to the risk he would run, if in an urn there was only one single white ball of a total number of 281,000,000 balls, and that his condemnation to death would be the inevitable consequence of the white ball being produced at the first drawing.
Side 63 - Sinebier found that the hair hygrometer of Saussure, which in real fogs stands at 100°, ranged in the midst of this, as low as 68°, 67°, 65°, and even 57°. " Besides all this, there was one very remarkable quality in the fog or smoke of 1783 ; it appeared to possess a phosphoric property, a light of its own. I find, at least in the accounts of some observers, that it afforded, even at midnight, a light which they compare to that of the full moon, and which was sufficient to enable one to see...
Side 71 - ... characteristics. When it lasts some time, the branches of orange and citron trees die; the covers of books (even when they are shut up in tight trunks, and have additional covering of linen,) warp as if they had been before a large fire. Pannels of doors, window-shutters, and articles of furniture crack and often break. The effects of this wind upon the human body are not less remarkable ; the eyes, lips, and palate become dry and painful. If the Harmattan last four or five days together, the...
Side 84 - Pole, which had originally been very near to Hudson's Bay, was changed to a more easterly position ; but the countries which it abandoned had been so long a time, and so deeply frozen, that evident vestiges still remain of its ancient polar rigour.
Side 24 - Damoiseau, therefore undertook this long and minute calculation, and the result was, that the comet of 6^ years will cross the plane of the ecliptic, that is, the plane in which the earth moves, on the 29th of October, 1832, before midnight. Now, as the earth during its course round the sun never quits...

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