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The love of nature's works
Is an ingredient in the compound man,
And, though the Almighty Maker has throughout
And touches of his hand, with so much art
Diversified, that two were never found
Twins at all points—yet this obtains in all,
That all discern a beauty in his works,
And all can taste them: minds that have been formed
And tutored, with a relish more exact,
But none without some relish, none unmoved.-COWPER.
'THE ZOOLOGIST,' during the past year, has met with most unequivocal success. Contributions have poured in from all parts of the kingdom in a manner, I believe, wholly unprecedented in the annals of any other Natural-History Magazine: indeed, so great, so overwhelming is the supply, that I have lately been unable to publish more than half the communications I have received. In making my selection I have experienced great difficulty, and it cannot be supposed that I have given entire satisfaction. I trust, however, that correspondents whose communications remain unpublished, will consider them delayed, rather than declined. In no instance has the name of the writer exercised any influence on my choice; my aim has been to publish facts as early as possible, but to reserve histories. Thus, in birds, the occurrence of rarities, or any new observation on their migration, nidification, change of plumage, food, &c., has taken precedence of detailed accounts of their appearance and habits, provided these have been previously well ascertained, and accurately described. This course will, I trust, be considered in perfect accordance with my original design, of making 'The Zoologist' the chronicle of Natural-History facts.
I have been truly gratified by the receipt of numerous letters from all parts of the United Kingdom, and from many naturalists on the Continent of Europe, expressing the most perfect cordiality with my undertaking, and entire approbation of the mode in which it is conducted.
I am able to report an increased and increasing sale; both the gross sale of the year, and the average monthly sale, during 1844,
greatly exceeding those of 1843. I therefore feel myself quite justified in continuing The Zoologist' for another year, yet scarcely so in making that addition to the quantity of letter-press and number of illustrations, which appears desirable, in order to keep pace with the increase of contributions. I am particularly unwilling to increase the price, since I consider myself pledged to continue at that originally proposed, so that no other resource exists for providing for a permanently increased outlay, but the exertions of my friends, in procuring a permanently increased sale. Circulars will shortly be issued, and placed in their hands, which will enable those whose good will I have gained, to render me most important assistance in this
In conclusion, I beg subscribers and contributors to receive my best and warmest thanks for their exertions in my behalf. May health and happiness be the attendants of their labours for another year, and may we then meet under circumstances still more cheering.
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ATKINSON, REV. JOHN, M.A.
Anecdote of a hare, 420; Anecdote of
ATKINSON, REV. J. C., B.A.
Keen scent of the stoat, 490; Moor-
Bees and laurel trees, 609.
BARCLAY, E. E.
Bullfinch breeding in confinement, 453.
On the black rat, 616; Summer birds
BARCLAY, J. GURNEY.
Habits of the hawfinch, 569; Correc-
683; Corrections on the birds of
Bates, Henry Walter.
Habits of Coleoptera, 410; Epaphius
the otter, 714; On the stoat, 714;
BROOKS, JOHN THOMAS.
Passerine owl, 563.
Black-headed gull, 455.
Red-breasted Tanager near Chelten-
Captures of Lepidoptera, 484; Ge-
Colias Hyale, 398; Brepha Parthe-
Mamestra suasa, 683; Nyssia zo-
Colias Edusa at Yarmouth, 540; Spe-
Migration of birds at Yarmouth, 441;
birds from Yarmouth, 654; Breed-