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SINA NU ILLUINEA

PREFACE.

AMONG the ever-alluring and delightful studies of Nature, the pursuit of Marine Botany is worthy of holding a higher place than it has yet attained. It is entitled to rank, not merely as a science appreciated only by the few, but to be rendered subservient to the moral and intellectual culture of the many. True, it is a study from which a great proportion of mankind must be practically excluded, by their remote residence from the shores upon which the treasures of the mighty ocean are to be found; but in these times, when, upon the approach of the summer months, tens of thousands quit the smoky confines of sunless towns and cities, to breathe the bracing air and bask in the unbroken sunshine of the sea-coast, there is ample opportunity fòr gratifying the love of Nature by turning to those of her attractive works which to many, in ordinary circumstances, are shut out from investigation.

In this Handy BOOK we have devoted a willing service to the thousands who, in coming summers, may go out to the coasts of their native land, to watch the silvery waves

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