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With respect, however, to the identit? of the Isle of Serpents with Leuc?, or the island of Achilles, when we consider the ex- pressions of v?rious ancient writers, denoting that it was close off the northern mouth of the Danube, though fairly out in the sea; ?nd when we tind that the Isle of Serpents is in a direct line, half a degree of longitude (bythe chart) from the coast as it at present exists, a coast too that, in all probability, as we shall presently have occasion to mention, has, according to the usual progress of all deltas, gained upon the sea, we cannot help hesitating in giving our assent to those who confidently state them to be the same island; and we endearour to look for Leuce,'if it still exists as an island, nearer to the shore. Dr. Clarke, who saw the island, estimates it at near one mile in length, and less than half a mil? in breadth; but in a very few p?ges afterwards, he says, that, according to Philostratus, it is ' thirty studies o? three miles and three-quarters in length,' and tlmt ? this account corresponds with its appearance,' as he saw it; although he had so recently estimated it at about a quarter of that length ? He says, too, that ? a part of its history, considered by Soymaas Chius as being the most marvellous, was, that the main land could not thence be discerned, although distant only forty stndia, or five miles.' But even if this statement of what $cymnus Ghius says were correct*, how, we may ask, does a distance of five miles, even supposing the coast to have remained unaltered, ?orrespond with half a degree of longitude under the latitude of 45 �, which must involve a distance of more than t?enty-four miloa ? Perhaps we ought not ?o lay too great stress upon the fact that ?h? aspect of the Isle of ?erpents, as represented by those on board the Blonde, is not strictly such as to entitle it to the appella- tion of white; being a cliff of moderate height, with the land in the centre? of a somewhat conical shape, and green; because, at the ? of y?r when they were there, or if the birds had altogether

  • ?he p?ssag? ot Scymnus Chlus is s? veto 40 ot t?e Prsgmen? in vol. H. 0? ?he

?0 ? the di?tma? m eralied f?ur hundred atadi? in?temi of g0rty, as IIr. C. quot? it. Og I)emmtrius, ?nnu? ?hiu? elsewhere says-- Dig,tiz?d by Google