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Chapter 75: 733-743

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Mr. C. Dicey's County Atlas
Cluer Dicey, see this LINK.

Carp
Carp is a common name for various species of an oily freshwater fish of the family Cyprinidae, a very large group of fish native to Europe and Asia. Some consider all cyprinid fishes carp, and the family Cyprinidae itself is often known as the carp family. In colloquial use, however, carp usually refers only to several larger cyprinid species such as Cyprinus carpio (common carp), Carassius carassius (Crucian carp), Ctenopharyngodon idella (grass carp), Hypophthalmichthys molitrix (silver carp), and Hypophthalmichthys nobilis (bighead carp). From WIKI

Dace
Leuciscus is a genus of fish belonging to the family Cyprinidae. They are commonly called Eurasian daces; familiar species include the Common Dace and Ide. The genus is widespread form Europe to Siberia. From WIKI

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Mr. Bird
See page 436.

Miller of Wherr
Masons's Old Man

Honorable E.I.C.
Honorable East India Company

Chaldron
See page 219.

Binchester
Binchester is a small village in County Durham, England. It has a population of 271. It is situated between Bishop Auckland, which is to the south, and a short distance to the west of Spennymoor. It has a community centre, swing park and football field and is surrounded by countryside. From WIKI - Also, cf. page 339.

Torpidinous
See page 477.

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Chub
Squalius is a ray-finned fish genus in the family Cyprinidae, containing the European chubs (the "European Chub" proper is S. cephalus). This genus belongs to the subfamily Leuciscinae as other chubs and daces generally do. From/See WIKI

Bulkheads
A wall within the hull of a ship, vehicle, or container. From WIKI

Phlegmatick
Not easily excited to action or passion; calm; sluggish. From WIKI

Data
Cf. pages 709 & 89.

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Preston
Preston is a city and non-metropolitan district of Lancashire, in North West England. It is located on the north bank of the River Ribble in the Central Lancashire sub-region. Preston and its surroundings have provided evidence of ancient Roman activity in the area, largely in the form of a Roman road which led to a camp at Walton-le-Dale. The Saxons established Preston; the name Preston is derived from Old English words meaning "Priest settlement" and in the Domesday Book appears as "Prestune". During the Middle Ages, Preston formed a parish and township in the hundred of Amounderness and was granted a Guild Merchant charter in 1179, giving it the status of a market town. Textiles have been produced in Preston since the middle of the 13th century, when locally produced wool was woven in people's houses. Flemish weavers who settled in the area during the 14th century helped to develop the industry. Sir Richard Arkwright, inventor of the spinning frame, was a weaver born in Preston. The most rapid period of growth and development in Preston's history coincided with the industrialisation and expansion of textile manufacturing... In the early 18th century a writer said Preston was "a pretty town with an abundance of gentry in it, commonly called Proud Preston". From WIKI

Liverpool
Liverpool is a city and metropolitan borough of Merseyside, England, along the eastern side of the Mersey Estuary. Historically a part of Lancashire, the urbanisation and expansion of Liverpool were largely brought about by the city's status as a major port. By the 18th century, trade from the West Indies, Ireland and mainland Europe coupled with close links with the Atlantic Slave Trade furthered the economic expansion of Liverpool. From WIKI

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Factors
A doer, maker; a person who does things for another person or organization. From WIKI

Food Riots
Probably an anachronism here, referring to, or at least riffing upon, the Irish Famine of 1740/41, see WIKI.

Mutton
Lamb, hogget, and mutton are the meat of domestic sheep. The meat of an animal in its first year is lamb; that of an older sheep is hogget and later mutton. From WIKI

Corollary
See page 696.

Ambit
The sphere or area of control and influence of something. From WIKI

North Cape
See page 717.

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Hammerfost
Hammerfest is a city and municipality in Finnmark county, Norway. The municipality encompasses parts of three islands: Kvaløya, Sørøya, and Seiland. See/From WIKI

Hovel
1. An open shed for sheltering cattle, or protecting produce, etc., from the weather.
2. A poor cottage; a small, mean house; a hut.
3. In the manufacture of porcelain, a large, conical brick structure around which the firing kilns are grouped.
From WIKI

Bayley
William Bayley, astronomical assistant in the Royal Observatory, was sent by the Royal Society to the North Cape for obs in 1769.

H.M.S. Emerald
See the LINK.

Captain Douglas
May be this guy: Sir James Douglas, 1st Baronet (1703 – 2 November 1787) naval officer and Commodore of Newfoundland, born England. Douglas became a captain in the Royal Navy in 1744 and in 1746 was appointed Commodore of Newfoundland by Vice-Admiral Townsend. From WIKI

Floe
A low, flat mass of floating ice. From WIKI

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Sledge
Any type of sled or sleigh. From WIKI

Gimbals
A device for suspending something, such as a ship's compass, so that it will remain level when its support is tipped. From WIKI

"[T]he Earth's Surface [...] began to curve sharply inward, leaving a great circum-polar Emptiness [...] toward which our path was taking us [...] And 'twas so that we enter'd, by its great northern Portal, upon the inner Surface of the Earth."
Thus, Dixon relates to Mason his journey into Hollow Earth, guided by what seems to be an extraterrestrial being. See p.548. Also, see page 603.

Additionally, in hindsight, I am wondering if Squire Haligast is not possibly an expatriate of the Hollow Earth. His gifts may come from his use of the Tellurick Forces. Just another idea. Cf. page 474.

Meg Bland
Dixon's lady

farinaceously
Farinaceous- 1. made from, or rich in starch or flour
2. having a floury texture; grainy
From WIKI

Tundra
In physical geography, tundra is a biome where the tree growth is hindered by low temperatures and short growing seasons. The term tundra comes from Kildin Sami tūndâr, which means "uplands, treeless mountain tract." There are three types of tundra: Arctic tundra, alpine tundra, and antarctic tundra. In tundra, the vegetation is composed of dwarf shrubs, sedges and grasses, mosses, and lichens. Scattered trees grow in some tundra. The ecotone (or ecological boundary region) between the tundra and the forest is known as the tree line or timberline. From WIKI

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debouching
To pour forth from a narrow opening. To emerge from a narrow place like a defile into open country or a wider space. From WIKI

Terra Concava
Hollow Earth

Corollary
See page 696.

"to go anywhere is ever to descend."
The partially italicized word might be a reference, or at least could've been influenced by Richard Farina, who used partially italicized words quite often in Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up To Me. - Probably a stretch, most likely just to emphasize the difference between in and out of the Earth.

Echelon
A formation of troops, ships, etc. in parallel rows with the end of each row projecting further than the one in front. From WIKI

imbricated
Having regular overlapping edges; intertwined. From WIKI

'Secular Change of Declination'
Fairly certain this is in reference to Aberration of Light, see LINK

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Outer Darkness
In Christianity, the outer darkness is a place referred to three times in the Gospel of Matthew (8:12, 22:13, and 25:30) into which a person may be "cast out", and where there is "weeping and gnashing of teeth". Generally, the outer darkness is thought to be hell; however, many Christians associate the outer darkness more generally as a place of separation from God or from the metaphorical "wedding banquet" that Jesus is expected to have upon his Second Coming. Translated literally, the Greek text of Matthew reads "into the darkness, the outer", with a definite article before both the noun and the adjective. For this reason, the New International Version translates this text as "outside, into the darkness". From WIKI

Specula
A mirror

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Functionary
A government official or functionary is an official who is involved in public administration or government, through either election, appointment, or employment. From WIKI

Sensorium
See page 77.

abeyance
Condition of being undetermined. From WIKI

Also: a state of temporary disuse or suspension; a dormant condition liable to revival. (SOED 6th Ed.)

Job, 26:5 through 7
See this LINK

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the Frome
The River Frome is a river in Somerset. It rises near Witham Friary, flows north through the town of Frome and joins the River Avon at Freshford, south of Bath. There are many weirs on the river. Several stretches, particularly below Farleigh Hungerford are used for coarse fishing and some trout fishing. From WIKI

Annotations Index

One:
Latitudes and Departures

1: 5-11, 2: 12-13, 3: 14-29, 4: 30-41, 5: 42-46, 6: 47-57, 7: 58-76, 8: 77-86, 9: 87-93, 10: 94-104, 11: 105-115, 12: 116-124, 13: 125-145, 14: 146-157, 15: 158-166, 16: 167-174, 17: 175-182, 18: 183-189, 19: 190-198, 20: 199-206, 21: 207-214, 22: 215-227, 23: 228-237, 24: 238-245, 25: 245-253


Two:
America

26: 257-265, 27: 266-274, 28: 275-288, 29: 289-295, 30: 296-301, 31: 302-314, 32: 315-326, 33: 327-340, 34: 341-348, 35: 349-361, 36: 362-370, 37: 371-381, 38: 382-390, 39: 391-398, 40: 399-409, 41: 410-421, 42: 422-435, 43: 436-439, 44: 440-447, 45: 448-451, 46: 452-459, 47: 460-465, 48: 466-475, 49: 476-483, 50: 484-490, 51: 491-498, 52: 499-510, 53: 511-524, 54: 525-541, 55: 542-553, 56: 554-561, 57: 562-569, 58: 570-574, 59: 575-584, 60: 585-596, 61: 597-607, 62: 608-617, 63: 618-622, 64: 623-628, 65: 629-632, 66: 633-645, 67: 646-657, 68: 658-664, 69: 665-677, 70: 678-686, 71: 687-693, 72: 694-705, 73: 706-713

Three:
Last Transit

74: 717-732, 75: 733-743, 76: 744-748, 77: 749-757, 78: 758-773

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