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ble of precipitous descents, black and shaggy with the forest that is likely always t0 grow there ; and, in one streak, a headlong sweep downward of snow. We just set our feet on the farther shore, and then im- mediately returned, facing the northwest-wind, which blew very sharply against us.

After landing, we came homeward, tracing up the little brook so far as it lay in our course. It was con- siderably swollen, and rushed fleetly on its course be- tween overhanging banks of snow and ice, from which depended adamantine icicles. The little waterfalls with which we had impeded it in the summer and au- tumn could do no more than form a large ripple, so much greater was the volume of water. In some places the crust of frozen snow made a bridge quite over the brook; so that you only knew it was there by its brawling sound beneath.

The sunsets of winter are incomparably splendid, and when the ground is covered with snow, no brill- iancy of tint expressible by words can come within an infinite distance of the effect. Our southern view at that time, with the clouds and atmospherical hues, is quite indescribable and unimaginable; and the various distances of the hills which. lie between us and the re- mote dome of Taconic are brought out with an accu- racy unattainable in summer. The transparency of the air at this season has the effect of a telescope in bring- ing objects apparently near, while it leaves the scene all its breadth. The sunset sky, amidst its splendor, has a softness and delicacy that impart themselves to a white marble world.

F0br21r1r_z/, 18th. A walk, yesterday afternoon, with the children 3 a bright, and rather cold day, breezy