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49 chief support of his race, he would have made it nearer in size to a quartern loaf, than is the diminutive grain of corn, which Nature has thought the best form and bulk for the purpose. Of this kernel, or corn, a considerable part is husk, which adheres so closely, that it is needful to bruise the whole together, and sift out the meal, to separate it. Yet there is "bread enough, and to spare," as far as quantity is concerned, wherever the wickedness, the folly, or the indolence of man does not defeat or check the powers of nature and of his own skill and industry. It is a remarkable fact, and one which ought to impress us with sentiments of admiration and gratitude towards the great and good Author of Nature, that wheat, the best of corn, will grow and thrive in almost any climate where vegetables constitute the food of man. From the equator to the



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