Harper's New Monthly Magazine,  11 (1885–86), 162–65.

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    Reflects that 'Wilson Flagg is one of the most charming of our observers of nature, and also one of the most unknown'. His 'books are records of the delightful details and of the general aspect of woods and fields', but he says of his The Woods and By-ways of New England that it 'differs from learned works as Lavater's Physiognomy differs from Cheselden's Anatomy; or as a lover's description of his lady's hand would differ from Bell's anatomical description of it'. He should be valued nevertheless as a 'faithful student of rural arcana'. (162)

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