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since that time I have generally taken care to see them well: supplied with it. They account green corn a delicacy, both blade and Atalk, but the ear, they feldom eat: ftraw of any kind, especially wheat-ftraw, is another of their dainties; they will feed greedily upon oats, but if furnished with clean ftraw never want them; it serves them also for a bed, and, if shaken up daily, will be kept sweet and dry for a confiderable time. They do not indeed require aromatic herbs, but will eat a small quantity of them with great relish, and are particularly fond of the plant called mulk; they seem to resemble sheep in this, that, if their pasture be too succulent, they are very subject to the rot; to prevent which, I always made bread their principal nourishment, and filling a pan with it cut into small squares, placed it every evening in their chambers, for they feed only at ever and in the night: during the winter, when vegetables were not to be got, I mingled this mess of bread with shreds of carrot, adding to it the rind of apples cut extremely thin; for, though they are fond of the paring, the apple itself disgufts them. These however not being a sufficient substitute for the juice of fummer herbs, they must at this time be supplied with water; but (o placed that they cannot overset it into their beds. I must not omit that occasionally they are much pleased with twigs of hawthorn, and of the common briar, eating even the very wood when it is of considerable thickness.
Bess, I have said, died young; Tiney lived to be nine years old, and died at laft, I have reason to think, of fome hurt in VOL. II.
his loins by a fall; Puss is fill living, and has just completed his tenth year, discovering no figns of decay, nor even of age, except that he is grown more discreet and less frolicksome than he was. I cannot conclude withont observing, that I have lately introduced a dog to his acquaintance, a spaniel that had never seen a hare to a hare that had never seen a spaniel. I did it with great caution, but there was no real need of it. Puss discovered no token of fear, nor Marquis the leaft fymptom of hoftility. There is therefore, it should seem, no natural antipathy between dog and hare, but the pursuit of the one occasions the flight of the other, and the dog pursues becaufe he is trained to it: they eat bread at the fame time out of the fame hand, and are in all respects fociable and friendly.
I should not do complete justice to my subject did I not add, that they have no ill scent belonging to them; that they are indefatigably nice in keeping themselves clean, for which purpose nature has furnished them with a brush under each foot; and that they are never infefted by any vermin,
MAY 28, 1784.
Memorandum found among Mr. Cowper's papers,
Tuesday, March 9, 1786. This day died poor Puss, aged eleven years eleven months. She died between twelve and one at noon, of mere old age, and apparently without pain.
T. Bensley, Printer, Bolt Court, Fleet Street, London.