Animal encounters

In Priscilla’s travel books Arthur Middleton had many encounters with the local wildlife. In Excursions in America Arthur is bitten by a rattle snake, although he had been told not to go near it. Henry Franklin reported that the effect of the venom was reduced by the ‘leaves of a plant’  and hoped that Arthur had learnt from the accident. p. 70-71.

Apparently not, as soon after Arthur is saved from an alligator by an Indian wielding a tomahawk. In thanks for saving young Arthur’s life  Henry Franklin presented the Indian with trinkets and a bottle of rum. p. 97.

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