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The companion for the orchard

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Pages: 268

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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Henry Phillips

Excerpt from book: ACORN. 9 Lucan compares Pompey to an old oak, hung with superb trophies. The oak is a tree of slow growth, requiring a century before it will arrive to its full perfection. ' In Dodsley's Annual Register for 1758, p. 116, mention is made of an oak in Langley-wood, near Downton, Wilts, the property of the Bishop of Salisbury, supposed to be of near one thousand years growth. It was six feet two inches in diameter, contained about ten tons of timber, and was sold for forty pounds. In the St. James's Chronicle, No. 5038, it is said that an oak was felled a few days before at Morley, in Cheshire, which produced upwards of a thousand measurable feet of timber. Its girth was fourteen yards, and one branch contained two hundred feet. Its existence could be traced back for eight hundred years, and it was supposed to be the largest tree in England : as a proof of it, the trunk had been used some years for housing cattle, and it is said Edward the Black Prince once dined under it. Pliny, in his Natural History, states, that hard by the city of Ilium, there were oaks near the tomb of Ilius, which were planted from acorns when Troy was first called Ilium. He also says, " the great forest Hercynia is full of large oaks, that have never been topped or lopped. It is supposed," adds 'this naturalist, " that they have been there ever since the creation of the world, and (in regard to their immortality) surmounting all miracles whatever. The roots of these trees run and spread so far within the ground that they meet each other, in which encounter they make such resistance, that they swell and rise upwards to a great height, in the form of arches." Linnaeus mentions fourteen species of the oak-tree : Miller extended them to twenty-three: and Aitou dcscribes twenty-eight species of thi...  

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