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ihe spit; let him be rosted very leisurely, and often basted with Claret wine, and Anchovis, and butter. mixt together, and also with what moisture falls from him into the pan : when you have rosted him sufficiently, you are to hold under him (when you unwind or cut the tape that ties him) such a dish as you purpose to eat him out of, and let him fall into it with the sawce that is rosted in his belly; and by this means the Pike will be kept unbroken and complete; then to the fawce, which was within him, and also in the pan, you are to add a fit quantity of the best butter, and to squeeze the juice of three or four Oranges: lastly, you may either put into the Pike with the Oysters, two cloves of Garlick, and take it whole out when the Pike is cut off the Spit, or to give the fawce a bogoe, let the dis (into which you let the Pike fall) be rubed with it; the using or not using of this Garlick is left to your discretion.
This dish of meat is too good for any but Anglers or honest men; and, I trust, you wil prove both, and therefore I have trusted you with this Secret. And now I shall proceed to give you some Observations concerning the Carp.
Pisc. HE Carp is a stately,
a good, and a subtle
fish, a fish that hath not (as it is said) been long in England, but said to be by one Mr.Mafcall (a G ntleman then living at Plumsted in Sussex) brought into this Nation : and for the better confirmation of this, you are to remember I told you that Gesner sayes, there is not a Pike in Spain, and that except the Eele, which lives longest out of the water, there is none that will endure more hardness, or live longer then a Carpwill out of it, and so the report of his being brought out of a forrain Nation into this, is the more probable.
Carps and Loches are observed to breed several months in one year,
which most other fish do not, and it is the rather believed, because you shall scarce or never take a Male Carp without a Melt, or a Female without a Roe or Spawn; and for the most part very much, and especially all the Summer season; and it is observed, that they breed more naturally in Ponds then in running waters, and that those that live in Rivers are taken by men of the best palates to be much the better meat.
And it is observed, that in some Ponds Carps will not breed, especially in cold Ponds ; but where they will breed, they breed innumerably,if there be no Pikesnor Pearch to devour their Spawn, when it is cast upon grass, or flags, or weeds, where it lies ten or twelve dayes bes fore it be enlivened.
The Carp, if he have water room and good feed, will
grow to a very great bigness and length: I have
heard,to above a yard long; though I never saw one above thirty three inches, which was a very great and
Now as the increase of Carps is wonderful for their number; fo there is not a reason found out, I think, by any, why the should breed in some Ponds, and not in others of the same nature,for soil and all other circumstances; and as their breeding, so are their decayes also very mysterious; I have both read it, and been told by a Gentleman of tryed honestie, that he has knowne fixtie or more large Carps put
into several Ponds neer to a house,where by reason of the stakes in the Ponds, and the Owners constant being neer tothem,itwasimpossible they should be stole away from him, and that when he has after three or four years emptied the Pond, and expected an increase from them by breeding young ones (for that they might do