I so much like Jesse's 'Gleanings from Natural History ' that I bought the above-named from a bookseller's catalogue, and did not regret it. So much of the old world in the neighbourhood of London is disappearing that this book is of especial interest to the antiquary and the garden fancier. He mentions many old and exotic trees seldom now to be met with, such as tulip-trees, catalpas, Turkey oaks, deciduous cypresses, &c. - all these are remains of the gardening craze at the end of the eighteenth century. The book is illustrated with little old-fashioned prints of cottages and churches, amongst them Upton Church, with its 'ivy-mantled tower' of Gray. To those who like a chat about things as they were in the middle of the last century, I cordially recommend this book. Its out-of-date language reads almost like a verse from Genesis which gathers the whole firmament into those few words; ' He made the stars also.' Jesse reminds us that Gray omitted a beautiful stanza from his Elegy, thinking it made too long a parenthesis at the end of the poem before the epitaph; but it is well worthy of insertion :-
There scattered oft, the earliest of the year, By hands unseen are showers of violets found; The redbreast loves to build and warble there, And little footsteps lightly print the ground.