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AUTUMN AND WINTER IN NEW ENGLAND.

I might now describe the pleasures of the sleighride we gave our novelty-struck tropic man. I might speak also of the new life and gladness infused by this snow-fall into our rural population, making the feet of business dance to the jingling melodies of the merry bells. But I can now sketch but a single scene from the snow-bright season. However, I assure all dwellers in the sunny south, that one might fill a volume, describing the beauties and sublimities, the sports, comforts and delights of winter in New England.

SCENERY-SHOWING,

IN

WORD-PAINTINGS OF THE BEAUTIFUL, THE PIC

TURESQUE, AND THE GRAND IN NATURE.

“ So my friend,
Struck with deep joy may stand, as I have stood,
Silent with swimming sense ; yer,

gaze till all doch seem
Less gross than bodily; a living thing
Which acts upon the mind, and with such hues
As clothe the All-mighty Spirit when he makes
Spirits perceive his presence !"--Coleridge.

TO

GEORGE B. EMERSON, ESQ.,

PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF INSTRUCTION.

DEAR SIR,

The germ of the present little work was a Lecture delivered before the body over which you preside, in the summer of 1841. The favor with which it was generally received, and especially your own warm commendation, in respect to its useful tendency toward the end in view, have encouraged me to this enlargement and greater finish. I now beg the honor of dedicating the humble volume, through your name, to SELFCULTURISTS, to PARENTS, to sCHOOL-TEACHERS, and to those SCENERY-SEERS who can already say,

“With a pervading vision-Beautiful!

How beautiful is all this visible world !"

With the highest respect,

Your obedient servant,

WARREN BURTON.

May, 1844.

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