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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1851, by

H. C. PECK & THEO. BLISS, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the Eastern District of

Pennsylvania

STEREOTYPED BY L. JOHNSON AND c0.

PHILADELPHIA.

Preface.

Why has the beneficent Creator scattered over the face of the earth such a profusion of beautiful flowers—flowers by the thousand and million, in every land—from the tiny snowdrop that gladdens the chill spring of the north, to the gorgeous magnolia that flaunts in the sultry regions of the tropics ? Why is it that every landscape has its appropriate flowers, every nation its national flowers, every rural home its home flowers? Why do flowers enter and shed their perfume over every scene of life, from the cradle to the grave? Why are flowers made to utter all voices of joy and sorrow in all varying scenes, from the chaplet that adorns the bride to the votive wreath that blooms over the tomb?

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