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TIIE " !!!, PUBLIC iii....i
ASTOR, LENOX AND
LONDON : Printed by WILLIAM CLOWES,
Saxons Ginli aftera, signifying the second zon. The Temperature rises in the day, Giul, or Yule, or, as we should say, the on an average of twenty years, to 40-28°; second Christmas.*. Of Yule itself much and falls in the night, in the open country, will be observed, when it can be better to 31 36°—The difference, 8.92°, representsaid.
ing the mean effect of the sun's rays for the month, may be termed the solar
variation of the temperature. To this month there is an ode
The Mean Temperature of the month, if verse beautifully descriptive of the Roman the observations in this city be included, symbol of the year:t
is 36.34o. But this mean has a range, in "Tis he! the two-fac'd Janus comes in view; termed the lunar variation of the tempera
ten years, of about 10-25°, which may be Wild hyacinths his robe adorn, And snow-drops, rivals of the mora :
ture. It holds equally in the decade, He spurns the goat aside,
beginning with 1797, observed in LonBut smiles upon the new
don, and in that beginning with 1807, in Emerging year with pride :
the country. In the former decade, the And now unlocks, with agate key, month was coldest in 1802, and warmest The ruby gates of orient day.
in 1812, and coldest in 1814. I have likewise shown, that there was a tendency
in the daily variation of temperature CLIMATE.
through this month, to proceed, in these
respective periods of years, in opposite Mr. Luke Howard is the author of a directions. The prevalence of different highly useful work, entitled " The Climate classes of winds, in the different periods, of London, deduced from Meteorological is the most obvious cause of these peObservations, made at different places in riodical variations of the mean temperathe neighbourhood of the Meiropolis:
ture. London, 1818.” 2 vols. 8vo. Out of this
The Barometer in this mouth rises, on magazine of fact it is proposed to extract, an average of ten years, to 3.40 in., and from time to time, certain results which falls to 28.97 in.; the mean range is theremay acquaint general readers with useful fore 1:43 in.; but the extreme range in knowledge concerning the weather of our ten years is 2.38 in. The mean height latitude, and induce the inquisitive to for the month is about 29.79 inches. resort to Mr. Iloward's book, as a careful guide of high authority in conducting their west to north. The northerly predomi
The prevailing Winds are the class from researches. That gentleman, it is hoped, nate, by a fourth of their amount, over the will not deem this an improper use of his southerly winds. labours : it is meant to be, as far as re
The average Evaporation (on a total of gards bimself, a humble tribute to his 30-50 inches for the year) is 0.832 in., talents and diligence. With these views, and the mean of De Luc's hydrometer 80. under each month will be given a state of
The mean Rain, at the surface of the the weather, in Mr. Howard's own words: earth, is 1.959 in.; and the number of and thus we begin.
days on which snow or rain falls, in this
month, averages 14, 4. JANLARY WEATHER.
A majority of the Nights in this month The Sun in the middle of this month have constantly the temperature at or continues about 8 h. 20 m. above the bori- below the foregoing point. I
Long ere the lingering dawn of that blythe morn
# Howard on Climate.
Christmay-day, which was ; New-year's- short, with their endless round of ever day, which is'; and Twelfth-day, which new nothings, the absence of a relish for is to be; let us compel them all three which is but ill supplied, in after life, by into our presence—with a whisk of our that feverish lingering and thirsting after imaginative wand convert them into one, excitement, which usurp without filling as the conjurer does his three glittering its place. Oh! that I might enjoy those balls—and then enjoy them all together, nothings once again in fact, as I can in with their dressings, and coachings, and fancy! But I fear the wish is worse than visitings, and greetings, and gifts, and an idle one ; for it not only may not be, “ many happy returns"-with their plum- but it ought not to be." We cannot puddings, and mince-pies, and twelfth- bave our cake and eat it too,” as the cakes, and neguses— with their forfeits, vulgar somewhat vulgarly, but not less and fortune-tellings, and blindman's-buffs, shrewdly, express it. And this is as it and sittings up to supper—with their should be; for if we could, it would pantomimes, and panoramas, and new neither be worth the eating nor the penknives, and pastrycooks' shops-in having."
Now, on New-year's-day as on the pre- usual ancient phrases of quaffing among vious eve, the wassail bowl is carried the English, and synonimous with the from door to door, with singing and mer- ‘Come, here's to you,' and • I'll pledge riment. In Devonshire,
you,' of the present day.
A massy bowl, to deck the jovial day,
tions, published by Mr. Jeffery, of PallAs, to the sons of sacred union dear, It welcomed with lambs' wool the rising year. mall, in 4 vols
. 4to. there is the following Polwhele.
paper relating to an ancient carving represented in that work, from whence the
above engraving is taken. The verses Mr. Brand says, “ It appears from beneath it are å version of the old lines Thomas de la Moore, and old Havillan,t in Robert of Gloucester's chronicle, by that was-haile and drinc-heil were the Mr. Jeffery's correspondent.
• Vita Edw. II. 1 In Architren, lib. 2.
• Mirror of the Months.