(12) Again the author's tract on "Revenues" is a comment on the matter.
These tracts were plantations, pastures, or unimproved lands, according to the fancy of the proprietor who usually lived in the city and enjoyed himself after the manner of his kind.
This tract is the first number of a series of Rare and Original Documents, relating to the first settlement of America by the Spaniards, which Mr. Squier proposes to edit and publish.
The scholar cannot afford, any more than the farmer, to lavish his strength in clearing more land than he can cultivate; and Theodore Parker was compelled by the natural limits of time and strength to let vast tracts lie fallow, and to miss something of the natural resources of the soil.
For this reason, in part, these tracts in Lorraine were a favorite hunting ground with the Carlovingian princes.
The whole tract is but a dreary waste, without a trace of human kind.
Sciringes-heal, therefore, was "the harbour of the Scares," and was probably at the entrance of the gulf of Bothnia, and consequently where Stockholm now is; and the tract of land where these Scares lay, towards the sea, was the Scarunga of Paul Warenfried.
If Ritson's conjecture had been well-founded, he might have been admitted as an author as early as 1578; but the poetical tract assigned to him under that date was the work of some other writer with the same initials, whose name is not known.
All these extensive tracts were, more or less, retreats for the dispossessed and the discontented.