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A COLLECTION OF THE ANCIENT AND MODERN AUTHORITIES,
WITH LETTERS FROM DISTINGUISHED MERCHANTS

AND MEN OF SCIENCE.

"If we have unearned luck
Now to 'scape the serpent's tongue,
We will make amends ere long."

MIDSUMMER Night's DREAM, Act V., Sc. 2.

“ But chain ten thousand fathoms down
The sluggish calm below.":

J. T. FIELDS.

CAMBRIDGE:

PUBLISHED BY JOHN BARTLETT.

1849.

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THE ICHTHYOSAURUS.

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A COLLECTION OF THE ANCIENT AND MODERN AUTHORITIES,
WITH LETTERS FROM DISTINGUISHED MERCHANTS

AND MEN OF SCIENCE.

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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1849, by

JOHN BARTLETT,

in the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

CAMBRIDGE:

METCALF AND COMPANY,

PRINTERS TO THE UNIVERSITY.

The Sea-Serpent, or Ichthyosaurus, is a Massachusetts fish, recognized as such in more than one work on Ichthyology. Its habits are, therefore, worthy of investigation. It is presumed that two thousand persons in New England have seen the Serpent, or at least suppose that they have seen him, which is equally satisfactory. The author, not having had the good fortune to enroll himself among this favored number, does not pretend to give any opinion with regard to the animal, but simply offers the result of his investigations on this vexed question, and leaves it to the reader to decide for himself. This romance, written in an off-hand way, is designed to show in a more prominent light some of the peculiar traits in the character of this Saurian. The author and the printer have done their best to make it prose ; if the reader makes anything else of it, like Andrew Jackson, he must take the responsibility. I am deeply indebted to Professor Agassiz and Amos Lawrence, Esq., for their valuable letters on this subject, which will be found under their proper head. The designs for the engravings were made by Lieut. H. C. Flagg, U. S. N., drawn by Billings, and engraved by Marsh.

CAMBRIDGE, Aug. 4, 1849.

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