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which were originally made with as much skill and nicety as a costly
I have added a treatise on the great projectile engines of the ancients,
as they have not before been fully described or criticised.
As some of the ancient siege engines resemble a crossbow and are supposed
to have suggested its invention, I trust the details I give of the history
and construction of these curious machines will be of sufficient interest
to justify their inclusion.
Thirkleby Park, Thirsk
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