John Lawson's Wild Turkey

John Lawson's Wild Turkey

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Featured:  John Lawson's The History of Carolina : Containingthe Exact Description and Natural History of that Country Together with thePresent State Thereof (1714). Call Number: H.C. G68 Ar3John Lawson was the Surveyor General of the Carolinas in the early 1700s.  Along his travels, he encountered wild turkeys and describes them in his text:“I have seen about five hundred in a flock; some of them are very large.  I never weigh’d any myself, but have been inform’d of one that weigh’d near sixty pound weight.  I have seen half a turkey feed eight hungry men two meals…I see no manner of difference betwixt the wild turkeys and the tame ones; only the wild are ever of one colour, a dark gray, or brown, and are excellent food…I have been inform’d, that if you take these wild eggs, when just on the point of being hatch’d, and dip them (for some small time) in a bowl of milk-warm water, it will take off their wild nature, and make them as tame and domestick as the others…”  These items were on display in the Charleston Library Society Main Reading Room throughout the month of November, 2015.  Contact a librarian for access and reproduction at (843) 723-9912, or at asmith@charlestonlibrarysociety.orgVisit our online catalog to discover more related items of interest:
Publisher: [s.l.] : [s.n.], 2015.
Characteristics: 1 image file : digital, JPEG.
Additional Contributors: Fenn, Deborah - Curator

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