bases, whether double or triple, are likewise formed into oxyds, having less oxygen thanis necessary to give them the properties of acids. The acids and oxyds from the animalkingdom are still more compound, as their bases generally consist of a combination ofcharcoal, phosphorus, hydrogen, and azote.As it is but of late that I have acquired any clear and distinct notions of these substances,I shall not, in this place, enlarge much upon the subject, which I mean to treat of veryfully in some memoirs I am preparing to lay before the Academy. Most of myexperiments are already performed; but, to be able to give exact reports of the resultingquantities, it is necessary that they be carefully repeated, and increased in number:Wherefore, I shall only give a short enumeration of the vegetable and animal acids andoxyds, and terminate this article by a few reflections upon the composition of vegetableand animal bodies.Sugar, mucus, under which term we include the different kinds of gums, and starch, arevegetable oxyds, having hydrogen and charcoal combined, in different proportions, astheir radicals or bases, and united with oxygen, so as to bring them to the state of oxyds.From the state of oxyds they are capable of being changed into acids by the addition of afresh quantity of oxygen; and, according to the degrees of oxygenation, and theproportion of hydrogen and charcoal in their bases, they form the several kinds ofvegetable acids.[Pg 115][Pg 116][Pg 117]
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