Under that, the miscellany
began--a quadrant, a tin canikin, several sticks of tobacco, two brace of very handsome pistols, a piece of bar silver, an old Spanish watch and some other trinkets of little value and mostly of foreign make, a pair of compasses mounted with brass, and five or six curious West Indian shells.
Yet though there is a great difference between our manners, customs, civil government, and those of the Abyssins, there is yet a much greater in points of faith; for so many errors have been introduced and ingrafted into their religion, by their ignorance, their separation from the Catholic Church, and their intercourse with Jews, Pagans, and Mohammedans, that their present religion is nothing but a kind of confused miscellany
of Jewish and Mohammedan superstitions, with which they have corrupted those remnants of Christianity which they still retain.
Carts, carriages every- where, the most astonishing miscellany
of conveyances and horseflesh.
One little foot tapped sullenly upon the disordered floor which was littered with a miscellany
of rushes interspread with such bones and scraps of food as the dogs had rejected or overlooked.
The Martha and the Flibberty-Gibbet came and went, as did all the miscellany
of coasting craft that dropped in to wait for a breeze and have a gossip, a drink or two, and a game of billiards.
Now and again he reached out and added a bundle of checks to the flying miscellany
that soared through the roof and out of sight in a tremendous circle.
At first sight such a work seems to be a miscellany
of myths, technical advice, moral precepts, and folklore maxims without any unifying principle; and critics have readily taken the view that the whole is a canto of fragments or short poems worked up by a redactor.
The pastoral nations were needy and hungry to desperation; and this intellectual nomadism, in its excess, bankrupts the mind through the dissipation of power on a miscellany
Of articles collected on his various expeditions, there was such a vast miscellany
that it was like the dwelling of an amiable Corsair.