An Account of the Late Eruption of Mount Vesuvius. In a Letter from the Right Honourable Sir William Hamilton, K. B. F. R. S. to Sir Joseph Banks, Bart. P. R. S

W. Hamilton
1795 Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London  
E v e r y day produces some new publication relative to the late tremendous eruption o f mount Vesuvius, so that the va rious phenomena that attended it will be found on record in either one or other of these publications, and are not in that danger of being passed over and forgotten, as they were for merly, when the study of natural history was either totally neglected, or treated of in a manner very unworthy o f the great Author of nature. I am sorry to say, that even so late as in the
more » ... s of the earthquakes in Calabria in 1783, printed at Naples, nature is taxed with being malevolent, and bent upon destruction. In a printed account of another great eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 1631, by A n t o n io S a n t o r e l l i , doctor of medicine, and professor of natural philosophy in the university of Naples, and at the head of the fourth chapter of his book, are these words: Se questo incendio sia opera demonii ? Whether this eruption be the work of devils ? The account of an eruption of Vesuvius in 1737, published at Naples by Doctor Ser a o , is of a very different cast, and does great ho nour to his memory. All great eruptions of volcanoes must MDCCXCV. L the late Eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
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