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1749 Excerpt: ...only Pieces of Amber, that are small, less solid,
and of an ugly Colour. But the Wood is by no means to be derived
from the Trees which grow here; for such prodigious large Trunks,
lying flat, and stretching their Roots and Branches a great many
Fathoms round, are not to be seen any where else. Neither is it
like the Wood of Trees; because there are no Signs neither of Pith
nor Bark, and there are no Divarications or Knots of the Branches,
nor Stalks for Leaves. Neither is there any Change of Fibres, but
they are all alike in every Part of the Trunk; not to mention that
it appears of a woody Structure, but not to have grown in round
Layers of Fibres, but rather plain. But your Connoijfeurs have,
long ago, left off admiring subterraneous Woods, after a great many
different Kinds of them dug up in Europe were submitted to their
Examination. Francifcus Stellutus Lynceus describes a Kind of Wood,
found in the Pits in the Dukedom of Spokto or Umbria, vtry
elegantly waved, and fit to exercise the Genius's of Artists, first
discovered by Prince S. Angeli Frederick Cqfius and P. Kircber
mentions the lame. Another Kind of fossil Wood of Germany, was
discovered by the Industry of D. Pillingen in Misnia, who explained
the Production of it in a learned Commentary. I have a Piece of
subterraneous Wood transmitted to me from Lunenberg, which is both
more solid and heavy than that of Prussia. But I have been made
acquainted with the Wood dug up together with the Amber upon the
Sudavian Shore, and in the inner Parts of Prvjsia, by Letters from
several Friends, which I can very well give Credit to. And
Bartholini and Borricbeus, whose Testimonies I make no doubt of,
mention both Barks and Wood dug out of the Pits at Copenhagen, out
of which there was got Amber in considerab...
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