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scapes of to-day and grand in its relics of that earlier age when the mammoth and rhinoceros browsed on its banks.
It has not been left to the writer of these pages to reveal for the first time the charms of Nature around London ; he well knows that the taste for rural pleasures is no new thing among Londoners, especially among holiday-makers of an humbler condition. But as the companion and occasionally the leader in rural excursions of some who have but recently come into possession of the Saturday Half-holiday, he sees Nature with something of the freshness and zest of his fellowramblers. To them the Saturday Half-holiday has come not as a matter of course, but as a coveted and long-deferred privilege, attained at length through persistent effort and after weary waiting. They now see a beauty, a vividness, and a wonder in Nature they never saw before, and to them these reminiscences and pictures of rambles enjoyed together will not appear exaggerated.
So far as these papers deserve it, may they be acceptable to the newer circle of lovers of Nature “in populous City pent” to whom they are now to be introduced. In the columns of a City journal friendly to the Saturday Half-holiday, they have already found a sympathetic public. May they be helpful in popularising still further the Saturday Half-holiday in the interest of thousands of Londoners who are still in grievous need of it.
Spring.–Palm Season at Highgate.-Saturday Afternoon Symptoms in the
City.-A Rural Captive described by Wordsworth.-By Rail to Finsbury
June Invitations.— The Londoner's Saturday Afternoons.—Pursuits of the
Period.—Under the Willows.—The Trees of the Wood as Companions.-
Blossom.-A Poet's Description. Etymology.of Horse Chestnut.--The
Landscape Scenery and Vegetation around London.—Travellers’ Opinions.-
The Author of “The Malay Archipelago.”—Defects of Tropical Scenery.-
A Return from the living Landscape to the subterranean World.-Nature's
Lithographs around London.-Finsbury Park again.—Extinction of Hornsey
SURREY : AUTUMN TOURS ROUND GODALMING.
The Swiss Alps : Evidence of their Age.—Wild and beautiful Scenery
by the Author of the “Sentimental Journey."-Youthful Naturalists.
- By Rail to Godalming. - Surrey : its Landscape Scenery. - Hills
- To the Peperharrow Cedars.—To the Yews at Hambledon Churchyard.
Autumnal Pleasures round London.-Sylvan Nature. - The City at Two
o'clock on Saturday. — Captive Cynthias according to Crabbe. — The
KNOCKHOLT BEECHES : A RAMBLE IN KENT.
in the Zone of deciduous Vegetation.—The Acadian Summer : Longfellow.
Reservoir: a Suburban Fishery.–Middlesex Landscapes and the Chalk
Battersea Park in the Eyes of the Cognoscenti.-Saturday Afternoon Visitors.
-Love of the Poor for Flowers : Cowper.—The Sub-Tropical Garden :
City Botanists in the Seventeenth Century.-Gerarde, the Herbalist.-
Excursions from Apothecaries' Hall.–Kew Gardens and Modern Plant-