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ledge, and, to a considerable extent, of gratifying it. In those cases where it was advisable to refer the reader to other authorities for additional information, the author has usually made such references : and the present Editor has adopted a similar plan, whenever the gradual augmentations which are incessantly making to the general stock of philosophical verities, seemed to render it necessary.
On the whole, therefore, it is earnestly hoped that the numerous improvements made in this new edition of the Contemplative Philosopher, will render it more extensively beneficial to the rising generation, and insure it a continuance of public encouragement.
It is a common debt of justice to a worthy and ingenious man, to announce that the Contemplative Philosopher, though hitherto published anonymously, was written by the late Mr. RICHARD Lomb, a gentleman who contributed largely to the public instruction and amusement in several performances; but whose great modesty induced hiin usually to shrink from the commendation which was so justly due to his well directed exertions.
REFLECTIONS ON WINTER,
Vides, ut alta stet nive candidum
Soracte, nec jam sustineant onus
Bows with the spangled loads of snow!
Forget to murmur and to flow. WAKEFIELD.
WHEN Nature, in a state of desolation, seems, to an inattentive eye, to present nothing, as it were, but the creation in distress, the Contemplative Philosopher, as he walks forth to explore the dreary scenes around him, will discover a great variety of phenomena peculiar to this season, with sufficient beauty or usefulness in each to merit a distinct discussion. Whether he contemplates Winter in its first approaches, or enters into a minute investigation of its various scenery; whether he confines his researches to our temperate zone, or makes excursions to the polar regions ; each
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isto more northern regions. –Winter has bad to be that season of the year in which shortest. It commences on or about 2: E
Deale, which is called the Winter Se that day when the sun's distance
math of the place is greatest; and it by Sth of March, when its distance is
a the greatest and the least; that to the equibor. But I shall only is that notwithstanding the coldness
it has been demonstrated by astroesun is really nearer to the earth
summer. The principal canse es that in winter the sun's rays
Is, and have so large a porshere to pass through, that any has spread over a much greater
sace where we live; and
must then have fewer rays kan the sun is at a greater ha. There comes, more e cold in the long winter pensated for by the res; and, on both these acsarily increase. In
s of the sun fall Merefore strike hers on the