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55r (SM volume 39)


55r (SM volume 39)


(pencil) Current carries away all the mud / mixed with the Water - by which means / he has deepen'd a considerable part / of the River, these Bufalo's driven forward / by men in small boats continue to work the whole day - / Landed a little below the Ponte Majore / from hence to the Torre di tre Ponti / wc is 24 Miles, the Appian way is found / to be a masonry 25 palms deep & / without reachg the bottom - / Linea Appia - 9'-6" depth of the river / The Banks of this river are form'd of Earth / wc has passed the fire ^full of Cinders, sea & land / shells &c / In order to make this Canal the[y] ploughed / with Buffalo's at ten feet deep below the / surface of the Water - no instruments but



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