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The Learned Blacksmith has quite an eye for the beautics of nature, as well as for old musty books. Here is a memorándum of "rm hour w"ith nature," spent by him in England. Tuesday, July 21, 1 84G. - After a quiet, cosy breakfast, scrved up on a little round table for rayself alone, I sat down to test the practicability of the plan I had forrned at home for my peregrinations in this country : - viz. to write uniil one P. M., thon to take my siaff and travel on, eighi or ten miles, to another convenient stopping phce for the night. As much depended upon the success of the experiment, I was determined lo carry the point against the predictions of my friends. So at it I went, con aviore. The house was as quiet as i f a profound Sabbath were resting upon it, and the windows of my airy chamber looked through the folioge of great ehns down upon a green valley. I got on swimmingly ; and afier a frugal diuner at the little round table, I buckled on my knapsack with a feeling of self-gratulation in view of the literary part of my day's work. Having paid my bill and given the landlady a cbrn meal receipt, I resumed my walk towards Worcester. The summit of tiie first hill I ascended, opened to the view a splendid amphitheatre, embosoming the large village of Bromsgrove. As this was the most extensive and variegated landscape I had as yel seenin England, I stopped a few momen.ts to notice the features that distinguished it from American landscapes of the same physical contour. They may, perhaps, be summod up in these characlers. In the first place, lands that rent from 12 to 25 dollars per acre, for their sheer capacity of production, must necessarily be kcpt in a high state of cultivation. - Of course, no lean, dry pasture, or boggy morass or bald sand hill, breaks the vista of universal ferlility. Then the trees are all planled, from the oak of monstrous girth, to the smallest hawlhorn in the garden hedge ; and either from this circumstance, or from the fertiüty of the soil, iheir foliage seema to rival in luxuriance the rank vegetation of annual plants. The meadow grasses are of a thicker and finer growth than in America. Herdsgrass and clover are not so common. The atmosphere is more humid, and there is a sprightly, vivid greenness and a velvct softness about a newly-shorn meadow, which strikes an American at the first view of a summer landscape in this country. But the most distinguishing and tuteresting feature of all is the evergreen hedge. The soft and luxuriant verdure of the fields, reposing in the vallies, or curving gracefully arounc the gently sloping hills ; the groves, dells and ivy-netted cottages and churches o the olden time, and the golden wheat fields overrun with glancing waves o sunlight, would be like unframed pictures without the hedge. In fnct, if our bleak American stone walls or raii-fences were substiluted for it, the rural scenery oEngland would be robbed of its loveliest feature. Everything looks piciuresque when encloscd by thïs self-woven wall of green - even tho veriest pasture. It lines every road, and line, surrounding groves and gardens, pastures, meadows what fields, and . potato fields. As decnded into the valley ot B ,couid look right into hundreds of gardens, which for all the world appenrec like so many birds'-nosts or moss-baskcts, placed onc above the ether up th hill, and filled with different plnnts anc flowers. The opposite hill of tho valley was hung around with portraits wrought in Natu re's crcwcl work ; or with ficlds otliertintifig through all her pencil tints, and looking like framed pictures in their hawthorn borders.The Greenlanders have discovered that the immense qiiantities of ice with which their country abounds, is a saleable article in Europc. A cargo of 110 tons has been lately tnken to London.