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BEING

Out-Door Thinkings,

AND

Fire - Side Musings.

BY

BENJ. F. TAYLOR.

Xllustrated,

NEW-YORK:

SAMUEL HUESTON, 139 NASSAU STREET
EL WOOD & CO., DETROIT, MICH,

1854.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 185&, boy

SAMUEL HUESTON,

In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the

Southern District of New York,

JOHN A. GRAY,

STEREOTYPER AND PRINTER,

95 & 97 CLIFF STREET.

TO

Stephen J. Taylor, LL.D.,

PRESIDENT OF MADISON UNIVERSITY,

WHO HAS PASSED A LIFE, 'LOOKING NATURE IN THE FACE,

AND INTERPRETING HER EXPRESSION, THIS LITTLE

VOLUME IS AFFECTIONATELY INSCRIBED.

Preface.

A LITTLE Preface to a little Book is a 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 the

child.

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