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NOTES TO LETTER IX.
Note 1, page 142, line 15. Those living jellies which the flesh in flame. Some of the smaller species of the Medusa (sea-nettle) are exquisitely beautiful: their form is nearly oval, varied with serrated longitudinal lines; they are extremely tender, and by no means which I am acquainted with can be preserved, for they soon dissolve in either spirit of wine or water, and lose every vestige of their shape, and indeed of their substance: the larger species are found in mis-shapen masses of many pounds weight; these, when handled, have the effect of the nettle, and the stinging is often accompanied or succeeded by the more unpleasant feeling, perhaps in a slight degree resembling that caused by the torpedo.
Note 2, page 142, line last.
And quickly vegetates a vital breed. Various tribes and species of marine vermes are here meant: that which so nearly resembles a vegetable in its form, and perhaps, in some degree, manner of growth, is the coralline called by naturalists Sertularia, of which there are many species in almost every part of the coast.
The animal protrudes its many claws (apparently in search of prey) from certain pellucid vesicles which proceed from a horny, tenacious, branchy stem.
Note 3, page 143, line 7.
Can but the fire and not the form descry. These are said to be a minute kind of animal of the same class; when it does not shine, it is invisible to the naked
Note 4, page 143, line 16. On weeds that sparkle, and on waves that blaze. For the cause or causes of this phenomenon, which is sometimes, though rarely, observed on our coasts, I must refer the reader to the writers on natural philosophy and natural history
Note 5, page 146, line 20. Content would cheer thee trudging to thine home. This is not offered as a reasonable source of contentment, but as one motive for resignation : there would not be so much envy
if there were more discernment.
CLUBS AND SOCIAL MEETINGS.
Non inter lances mensasque nitentes,
Hor. Sat. 2. lib. 2.
O prodiga rerum
Lucan. lib. 4.
Et quæ non prosunt singula, juncta juvant.
Rusticus agricolam, miles fera bella gerentem,
Ovid. Pont. lib. 2.
Desire of Country Gentlemen for Town Associations-Book
clubs—Too much of literary Character expected from them -Literary Conversation prevented: by Feasting: by Cards -Good, notwithstanding, results-Card-club with Eagerness resorted to-Players—Umpires at the Whist Table —Petulances of Temper there discovered—Free-and-easy Club: not perfectly easy or free–Freedom, how interrupted—The superior Member-Termination of the Evening-Drinking and Smoking Clubs—The Midnight Conversation of the delaying Members-Society of the poorer Inhabitants : its Use: gives Pride and Consequence to the humble Character-Pleasant Habitations of the frugal Poor-Sailor returning to his Family-Freemasons' Club
— The Mystery-What its Origin—Its professed Advantages—Griggs and Gregorians-A Kind of MasonsReflections on these various Societies.
CLUBS AND SOCIAL MEETINGS.
You say you envy
If thus your envy gives your ease its gloom, Give wings to fancy, and among us come. We're now assembled; you may soon attendI'll introduce you—“ Gentlemen, my friend."