William Howitt’s September


Windows into History

The Last Day of the Harvest, by Franz Richard Unterberger The Last Day of the Harvest, by Franz Richard Unterberger

Snippets 91. A Country Book: for the field, the forest, and the fireside by William Howitt was published in 1859. This charming book contains one chapter per month, each focussing on country life at the relevant time of the year. For this snippet let’s look at Howitt’s thoughts on the month of September. As usual, he found optimism and joy in the changing seasons.

Autumn is stealing on us. The great, long, and sultry heats are past. Rain has refreshed the air and the parched earth, and has given a new verdure to the pastures, where the cattle in thousands, admitted to fields and meadows that have been for some time cleared of their hay, present in their well-fed beauty scenes of peaceful animal life and plenty, that do us good to look on. The air, which seemed to…

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