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DOMESTIC ARTS AND CUSTOMS include a series of papers, mostly brief,
upon points of convivial history, and a few of the inventive ingenuities
which embellish life; as well as pictures of old English manners and
scenery, which have a special interest for a large class of readers.

In the GLORIES of a Garden we see how many good men have been
made better by the pursuits of Gardening, and how pure is this "de-
lightful industry enjoyed at home;" and how, in its history we enjoy
converse with some of the gentlest spirits who adorn our literature.
The cottager's garden is not only remunerative by its addition to do-
mestic comfort, but it has holier uses :-

Yes! in the poor man's garden grow

Far more than herbs and flowers;

Kind thoughts, contentment, peace of mind,

And joy for weary hours.

In these papers are embodied, besides historic research, the recollec-
tions of visits to remarkable places-as Hatfield, and the Deepdene, and
Evelyn's "own dear Wotton."

In the Collectanea of utilities with which the volume concludes, the
reader may find novelty and occasional reminders, combined, it is hoped,
with pleasure and profit.

Throughout the volume the Author has aimed at conveying such
information as may be useful without being dry, and amusing without
trifling: his main object being to render the book cared for beyond the
moment; and that, when read and laid down, it may be taken up again
and re-read, and in each case, contribute to the gratification of the
reader, while it adds to his store of serviceable knowledge.

It need scarcely be repeated that the aids throughout the present
work-"the rich flowers that are here set and growing". -are many;
and in their community of mind have been mainly reared the fruits of
the Author's own humble growth:-
:-

The meanest floweret of the vale,

The simplest note that swells the gale,

The common sun, the air, the skies,
To him are opening Paradise.-Gray.

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