AT Passy, near Paris, April 6, 1782, being with M. de Chaumont, viewing his quarry, he mention'd to me, that the workmen had found a living toad shut up in the stone. On questioning one of them, he told us, they had found four in different cells which had no communication; that they were very lively and active when set at liberty; that there was in each cell some loose, soft, yellowish earth, which appeared to be very moist. We asked, if he could show us the parts of the stone that form'd the cells. He said, No; for they were thrown among the rest of what was dug out, and he knew not where to find them. We asked, if there appear'd any opening by which the animal could enter. He said, No. We asked, if in the course of his business as a labourer in quarries, he had often met with the like. He said, Never before. We asked, if he could show us the toads. He said, he had thrown two of them up on a higher part of the quarry, but knew not what became of the others.
He then came up to the place where he had thrown the two, and, finding them, he took them by the foot, and threw them up to us, upon the ground where we stood. One of them was quite dead, and appear'd very lean; the other was plump and still living. The part of the rock where they were found, is at least fifteen feet below its surface, and is a kind of limestone. A part of it is filled with ancient sea-shells, and other marine substances. If these animals have remain'd in that confinement since the formation of the rock, they are probably some thou