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who cannot live here would hardly be contented any where. The fogs and drizzle of England, the malaria of Italy, the simoon of Africa, the scorpions, flies, and serpents of Asia, or some other source of annoyance, would be found by these individuals, should they migrate to any of these countries. The wiser way is to con­sider that, to live happily in any country, it is necessary to exercise some vigilance and some industry, and that the variableness of our cli­mate calls upon us to exert these by changing our attire according to the weather. It is a com­mon mistake for us to dress agreeably to the almanac, and not according to the thermome­ter. We have caught from our English an­cestors the idea that May-day is a season of flowers, and, though this never was and never will be in New England, we seem every year to be disappointed that it is not so. We take off our winter clothing in April, because the English call it a spring month, and, finding that we get colds and consumptions thereby, we impute it to our bad climate, instead of our own folly. The proper course is for us to dress every day in the year so that we may be com­fortable. Even an east wind may be thus set at defiance, nay, converted into a friendly and invigorating breeze: for a man with liannel
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