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from the north and westward. There has been a good deal of soaking rain lately, and it has, in great meas- ure, cleared hills and plains of snow, only it may be seen lying in spots, and on each side of stone-walls, in a pretty broad streak. The grass is brown and with- ered, and yet, scattered all amongst it, on close inspec- tion, one finds a g"reenness,—little shrubs that have kept green under all the severity of winter, and seem to need no change to fit them for midsummer. In the woods we see stones covered with moss that retains likewise a most lively green. ‘Vhere the trees are dense, the snow still lies under them. On the sides of the mountains, some miles 0E, the black pines and the white snow among them together produce a gray effect. The little streams are most interesting objects at this time ; some that have an existence only at this season, Mississippis of the moment, yet glide and tumble along as if they were perennial. The fa- miliar ones seem strange by their breadth and volume; their little waterfalls set off by glaciers on a small scale. The sun has by this time force enough to make sheltered nooks in the angles of woods, or on banks, warm and comfortable. The lake is still of adaman- tine substance, but all round the borders there is a watery margin, altogether strewed or covered with thin and broken ice, so that I could not venture on it with the children. A chickadee was calling in the woods yesterday, the only small bird I have taken note of yet ; but crows have been cawing in the woods for a week past, though not in very great numbers.

February 22d. —For the last two or three days there has been a warm, soaking, southeasterly rain, with a spongy moisture difiused through the atmos-

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