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ANIMALS—CLIMATE.

paration of the pine bark. Kalm tells us the honey bee cannot live through the Winter in Canada.[1] They furnish then an additional proof of the remarkable fact first observed by the Count de Buffon, and which has thrown such a blaze of light on the field of natural history, that no animals are found in both continents, but those which are able to bear the cold of those regions where they probably join.

We have it from the Indians also that the common domestic fly is not originally of America, but came with the whites from Europe.[2]



QUERY VII.




A NOTICE OF ALL WHAT CAN INCREASE THE PROGRESS OF HUMAN KNOWLEDGE?


Under the latitude of this query, I will presume it not improper nor unacceptable to furnish some data for estimating the climate of Virginia.[3] Journals of observations on the quantity of rain, and degree of heat, being lengthy, confused, and too minute to produce general and distinct ideas, I have taken five years observations, to wit, from 1772 to 1777, made in Williamsburgh and its neighborhood, have reduced them to an average for every month in the year, and stated those averages in the following table, adding an analytical view of the winds during the same period.


  1. I. 126.
  2. We have the same account from South America. Condamine in his Voyage de la riviere des Amazones, pa. 95, says “Divers Indiens ont rapporté qu'ils avoient vu sur les bords de la riviere de Coari dans le haut des terres, un pays decouvert, des mouches et quantité de betes à cornes, objets nouveaux pour eux, et qui prouvent que les sources deces rivieres arrosent des pays voisins des colonies Espagnoles du haut Perou.”
  3. Musschenb., 23, 65.