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thinking on those subjects, far more liberal than formerly. In short, among the rulers of a bigotted and ignorant people, this respectable nobleman will probably occupy a diftinguished rank, in the recording pages of future historians.
It has been generally believed, that the government is much afraid of having that free mode of reasoning which now prevails in France, introduced into Spain ;~ and probably it is fo :-Nor is it to be doubted, but the infection will spread thither fooner or later. It has also been suppufed, that the late armaments were fecretly intended to favour the cause of the king of France against his subjects, with a view to reinstate him upon the throne, had circumítances appeared to be favourable for it. But what truth was in these allegations, we pretend not to say.--It is easier to say, that if these were his real intentions, it was probably more lucky for the king of Spain, that he has been prevented from interfering in that quarrel; as it is highly probable, had the subjects of the two states been suffered to mix freely together, they might have catched the so much dreaded difease, as the French did in America; and have carried it with them into the heart of their own country, long before the time it could otherwise find its way thither.
Spain had carried on a sort of desultory war with the piratical states of Barbary, which is now also concluded ; so that at present, that country enjoys the most profound peace. Long may it continue fo! Nor, from the pacific temper of the minister, do we expect, that she will be easily induced to disturb that tranquillity, with an intention to forward the ambitious views of the Empress of Rullia, who wishes to get them heartily to espouse her cause.
The late king of Spain was of a mild pacific difpofition, and remarkable for the upright integrity of his mind, though his talents were much below par.-What will be the bent of the dispositions of the present king, is not yet known.-While Prince of Asturias, he was much esteemed at court.-Some have fupposed, that the stiffnefs of the Sparilh court in her late struggle with Britaja, was to be ascris bed solely to him.
LITERARY WEEKLY INTELLIGENCER,
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9. 1791.
Enfete. BOTANICAL' researches, whin united with a disposition to philanthropy, are highly ufful. They bring to dight many plants that may prove beneficial to man, by being transported from the places of their native growth, to other favourable situations, where they have not been planted by nature.
In his researchés, perhaps, the botanist should be tow his chief attention to the discovery of such plants as afford a wholesome nourishment to man himself, especially if they thrive in situations where the common kinds of esculent plants do not abound. The Ensete of Abyffinia, according to Mr Bruce's account, must be ranked in this class. It profpers only in marshy wet situations, without any culture. It rises with a thick fucculent item, to the height of eight feet, which being foft and pliable, bends by its own weight at the top. The leaves, and whole figure of the plant, has some refemblance to the Banana, though it differs from that in many obvious particulars. VOL. I.
The part of the Banana tree which forms the food of man, is the fruit. It is the stalk only of the Enfete which is eatable. “The figs of the Ensete are not earable ; they are of a tender, foft substance, wa ery, tasteless, and in colour, and comistence fimilar to a rotten apricot; they are of a conical form, crooked a little at the lower end, about an inch and a half in length, and an inch in breadth, where thickest. In the inside of these is a large stone, half an inch long, of the ihape of ả bean, or Cashew nut, of a dark brown colour ; and this contains a finall feed, which is seldom hardened into fruit, but confifts only of skin.
66 When you make use of the Enfete for eating, adds Mr Bruce, you cut it immediately above the small detached roots, and perhaps a foot or too higher, as the plant is of age : You strip the green from the upper part, till it becomes white; when soft, like a turnip well boiled, if ate with milk and butter, it is the best of all food, wholesome, nourishing, and easily digested.” It might add much to the conveniences of life were this plant to be transplanted to some parts of the West Indies, or other tropical climates. suited to its nature. They have already in the East Indies a plant which does not grow in swamps, but in deep wa. ter, the Nymphæa aquítica, which affords food to a great part of the natives of these countries.
The general appearance of this plant so much resem. bles that of the Banana, that Mr B. with great proban bility, conjectures it has been cften mistaken for that plant by modern authors. " The Hippopotamus, he shrewdly observes, is generally supposed to represent a. Nile, that has been so abundant as to be destructive. When therefore we see upon the obelisks the HippoDvacuus destroying the Banana, we may suppose it 1: cent that the extraordinary inundation had gone fo T::!, as not only to destroy the wheat, but also to retard or hurt the growth of the Enfete, which was to supply.