Noah's Ark. Gen. vi. 14. &c
R C, Wakefield, pseud. [Richard Cope]
Dialogue, Short Fiction
Biblical Authority, Natural History
Mr Elphinstone finds his son William earnestly surveying a representation of Noah's ark, after having read the account of it in Genesis, and they discuss the size, form, materials, and history of it. William quotes at length from a new commentary in process of publication by the Religious Tract Society (which is also recommended to the reader in a footnote) respecting the adequacy of the ark to house all the relevant creatures and their provisions. The quotation cites Georges L Leclerc, comte de Buffon's view that all the distinct species of quadrupeds can be reduced to 200 or 250 in number.
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