We may say of angling as Dr. Boteler1 said of strawberries: Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did; and so, if I might be judge, God never did make a more calm, quiet, innocent recreation than angling.
Thus use your frog: put your hookI mean the arming wirethrough his mouth and out at his gills, and then with a fine needle and silk sew the upper part of his leg with only one stitch to the arming wire of your hook, or tie the frogs leg above the upper joint to the armed wire; and in so doing use him as though you loved him.
The great secretary of Nature,Sir Francis Bacon.3
Life of Herbert.
Note 1. William Butler, styled by Dr. Fuller in his Worthies (Suffolk) the Æsculapius of our age. He died in 1621. This first appeared in the second edition of The Angler, 1655. Roger Williams, in his Key into the Language of America, 1643, p. 98, says: One of the chiefest doctors of England was wont to say, that God could have made, but God never did make, a better berry. [back]