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51r (SM volume 39)


51r (SM volume 39)


(pencil) At the Fountain di Castana found the road / buried under a modern Eruption - / At Sessa about one Mile from / Between Castana & Sana Agatha leave / Monte Massico on the left hand, here were / found many grains of Gold some years ago / which having enrich'd several individuals the / King took possession of the mine & the gold / has disappear'd ever since; the mountain / is chiefly composed of a white clay wc / seems to be a decomposition of Lava like / that at the Solfaterra & is employ'd / by the Inhabitants to make earthen ware / & to take spots of Oil out of cloth / At Sessa about one mile from St / Agatha on the great Appian way to / Brundusium (Brindisi), several remains of buildgs / in the Town you find some old Altars



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