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OF THE

FOUR SEASONS,

Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter:

AN ESSAY,

PRINCIPALLY CONCERNING NATURAL PHENOMENA ADMITTING

OF INTERPRETATION BY CHEMICAL SCIENCE, AND

ILLUSTRATING PASSAGES OF SCRIPTURE.

BY THOMAS GRIFFITHS,

PROFESSOR OF CHEMISTRY IN THE MEDICAL COLLEGE OF ST. BARTHOLOMEW's
HOSPITAL; AUTHOR OF “RECREATIONS IN CHEMISTRY," AND

“CHEMISTRY OF THE FOUR ELEMENTS."

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PHILADELPHIA: T. K. AND P. G. COLLINS,

PRINTERS.

PREFACE.

“ The Chemistry of the Four Ancient Elements,” an Essay founded upon Lectures that I had the high and enviable honor of delivering before the queen, and by her most gracious special permission dedicated to her majesty, had the good fortune to meet with a favorable reception from the public.

I am therefore induced to publish “ The Chemistry of the Four Seasons," an Essay founded upon Lectures that I have recently delivered at Scientific Institutions in London and Liverpool, and I hope that it will be found equally worthy of reception.

I have written this Essay, not for the proficient, but for the uninitiated in Chemistry; and I have endeavored to bear in mind that in tracing natural phenomena, “ there is not so much required any strength of imagination, or exactness of method, or depth of contemplation, as a sincere hand and faithful eye to examine, and to record the things themselves as they really appear.”

It may be safely said, that there is no science more dmirably calculated to awaken feelings of interest regarding the wonders of The Creation than that of Experimental Chemistry: the extraordinary disclosures with which it abounds will immediately lead the student to an acknowledgment of the power and goodness of God.

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