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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1858,
Southern District of New York,
JOHN A. GRAY,
STEREOTYPER AND PRINTER,
95 & 97 CLIFF STREET.
PRESIDENT OF MADISON UNIVERSITY,
WHO HAS PASSED A LIFE, 'LOOKING NATURE IN THE FACE, AND INTERPRETING HER EXPRESSION, THIS LITTLE
VOLUME IS AFFECTIONATELY INSCRIBED.
A LITTLE Preface to a little Book is ą, jewel: so these random sketches are not portionless.
Some body has declared that'water runneth by the Mill, the Miller wots not of;' and, for proof thereof, lo! here a little, caught in the hollow of one's hand. Not enough, indeed, to turn a wheel, but to quench, may-be, a rose's or a robin's thirst; to baptize an infant love of Nature; to sparkle in dews, on opening leaves of Thought.
Hark! says the mother, as she soothes the restless child. Now, Nature is the mother, and 1-the child.