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and breciling of Carps, with some observations bow to angle for them.
In chap. 9. are some observations concerning the Bream, the Tench, and Pearch, with some directions with what baits to fish for them.
In chap. 10. are several observations of the nature and breeding of Eeles,with advice how to figh for them
In chap. II are some observations of the nature and breeding of Barbels, with some advice how,art with what baits to fifa for them; as also for the Gudgion and Bleak.
In chap.12. are general directions how and with what baits to fish for the Ruffe or Pope, the Roch, the Dace,and other smal fish, with directions how to keep Ant-flies and Gentles in winter with some c. ther observations not unfit to be known of Anglers.
In chap. 13. are observations for the colouring of your Rod and Hair.
Thesedirectionsthe Readermay take asaneafeinhissearch aftersome particular Fish, and the baits proper for them; and he will shew himselfe courteous in mending or passing by fome errors in the Printer, which arenotso many but that they may be pardoned.
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taken Sir; a good morning to you; I have stretch'd my legs up Totnam Hil to overtake you, hoping B
you towards Ware, this fine pleasant fresh May day in the Morning.
Viator. Sir, I shall almost answer your hopes: for my purpose is to be at Hodsden (three miles short of that Town)I wilnot say, before I drink; but before I break my fast: for I have appointed a friend or two to meet me there at the thatcht house, about nine of the clock this morning; and that made me so early up, and indeed, to walk so fast.
Pifc. Sir, I know the thatcht house very well: I often make it my resting place, and taste a cup of Ale there, for which liquor that place is very remarkable; and to that house I shall by your favour accompany you, and either abate of my pace, or mend it, to enjoy such a companion as you seem to be, knowing that (as the Italians say) Good company makes the way seem shorter. Viat. It may do so Sir, with the
help help of good discourse, which (me thinks) I may promise from you, that both look and speak so chearfully. And to invite you to it, I do here promise you, that for my part, I will be as free and open-hearted, as discretion will warrant me to be with a stranger.
Pifc. Sir, I am right glad of your answer; and in confidence that you speak the truth, I shall (Sir) put on á boldnesse to ask, whether pleasure or businesse has occafioned Journey.
Viat. Indeed , Sir, a little businesse, and more pleasure : for my purpose is to bestow a day or two in hunting the Otter (which my friend that I go to meet, tells me is more pleasant then any hunting whatsoever:) and having dispatcht a little businesse this day, my purpose is to morrow to follow a pack of dogs of honeft Mr. who hath appointed me and my friend to
meethim upon Amwel hill to morrow morning by day break.
Pisc. Sir, my fortune hath anfwered my desires; and my purpose is to bestow a day or two in helping to destroy some of those villanous vermin: for I hate them perfectly, because they love fish so well, or rather because theydestroysomuch: indeed, so much, that in my judgment, all men that keep Otter dogs ought to have a Pension from the Commonwealth toincourage them to destroy the very breed of those base Otters, they do so much mischief.
Viat. But what say you to the Foxes of this Nation would not you as willingly have them destroyed? for doubtlesse they do as much mischief as the Otters.
Pifc. Oh Sir, if they do, it is not so much to me and my Fraternitie, as that base Vermin the Otters do. Viat. Why Sir, I pray, of what