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Memoirs of the new Insect: interspersed with sketches of other singular characters. These species of Insects of late are become exceeding numerous (like the green louse, when first brought to Amsterdam, from a single one, has proceeded such swarms as to be of alarming consequence); their colours are various, and cast their coats, like the cametion, sometimes to ten different shades in a day. It is difficult to distinguish the male of these reptiles from the female, as the voice and manner approaches nearer to the feminine than masculine. Liquor they are peculiarly fond of, and when in a state of inebriation are so troublesome, that great care should be taken lest they sting you. They are in being all the year round; chiefly to be found in the boxes of the theatres, public gardens, concerts, &c. You may hear them long before they come to view, by a shrill squeak of demme, gad zounds, blood and thunder, d-n'd boar, &c. The celebrated Linnaeus attributes their generation to the putrified essence of lavender, bergamot, marchalle powder, violets, pomatums, snuff, grease, &c. &c. Although their first appearance has a terrible aspect, they are as harmless and inoffensive, when sober, as new born babes. A buckling of this species differs from a buck, much in the same manner as a hornet from a wasp.

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[1792]
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London : printed for J. Ridgway, York Street, Piccadilly; and sold by all other booksellers, [1792]

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[2],86p. ; 120.

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ESTC T124080

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Electronic reproduction. Farmington Hills, Mich. : Thomson Gale, 2003. (Eighteenth century collections online). Available via the World Wide Web. Access limited by licensing agreements.

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