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THE

MAGAZINE OF NATURAL HISTORY,

AND

JOURNAL

OF

ZOOLOGY, BOTANY, MINERALOGY, GEOLOGY,

AND METEOROLOGY,

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By J. C. LOUDON, F.L.S. G.S. &c.
MEMBER OF THE ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF LONDON, AND OF VARIOUS

NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETIES ON THE CONTINENT.

VOL. II.

LONDON:
PRINTED FOR LONGMAN, REES, ORME, BROWN, AND GREEN,

PATERNOSTER-ROW.

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PREFACE.

This Second Volume of the Magazine of Natural History will, it is hoped, not be found deficient in that increase of interest and general improvement, which may reasonably have been expected from the progressive experience of the Conductor, and from a continually increasing correspondence.

The grand object with which we set out, that of promoting a taste for Natural History among general readers, and especially among young persons, has been steadily kept in view. The Introductions to Zoology, p. 128.; to Conchology, p. 22. and 148.; to Botany, p. 155.; to Geology, p. 26.; and to Meteorology, p. 177., have been continued ; and in our Third Volume these Introductions will, for the most part, be completed. The other Original Communications, and the Collectanea, embrace every department of Natural History; and the Miscellaneous Intelligence reports its progress in every part of the world, but more especially in Britain. Throughout the work the subjects are treated with sufficient technicalities for the purposes of scientific accuracy; but at the same time so as rather to invite the stranger to these studies, than to deter him from them. As the taste of our young readers becomes more refined and critical, it will demand articles more rigidly technical and profound, and we shall not then be wanting in affording a supply. In the mean time, our correspondents may regard themselves as cooperating in a Magazine of their own, for the improvement of one another, as well as for the benefit of the public. To those who are impressed with the importance of Natural History, as a means of educating the feelings and the heart, it must be satisfactory to know, that this science is spreading among all classes, and that Natural History Societies, Museums, and Libraries (we wish we could add Public Botanic Gardens) are formed, or are forming, in many of our provincial towns. By reference to our article, Natural History in the English Counties, p. 87. 197. 266. 383. and 473., a great variety of very interesting details will be found on this part of the subject. We hope the time may not be far distant when a museum, a library, a botanic garden, and a school institution will be

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