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Companion to the Almanack ;
EVENTS OF EVERY DAY IN THE YEAR,
AS CONNECTED WITH
HISTORY, CHRONOLOGY, BOTANY, NATURAL HISTORY,
USEFUL RULES OF HEALTH,
OBSERVATIONS ON THE WEATHER;
EXPLANATIONS OF THE FASTS AND FESTIVALS OF THE CHURCH.
AND OTHER MISCELLANEOUS USEFUL INFORMATION.
COMPILED FROM SCIENTIFIC AUTHORITIES AS WELL AS FROM THE
MANUSCRIPTS OF SEVERAL DISTINGUISHED PERSONS,
AND REVISED AND EDITED BY
T. FORSTER, M.B., F.L.S., M.A.S., M.M.R.
ETC. ETC. ETC.
OF CORPUS CHRISTI COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE.
Ax Album in the form of a Journal, divided into separate Spaces for each Day in the Year, and lying open in the Library of a then Student of one of the Universities, wherein he and some of his College Friends were in the Habit of recording something every Night as a Memorandum of the foregoing Day, was the Nucleus on which the present Calendar has been formed. Trilling as this mode of composing a Work may appear, yet it was found to be of great Use and Advantage to the Compiler, as a means of fixing in the Memory a vast number of historical Facts and their respective Dates, which would otherwise have been forgotten among the miscellaneous Objects of classical and professional Study.
The original Subjects at first entered into this Diary were the Astronomical Events and the Religious Fasts and Festivals recorded in the modern Calendars of Europe, with the Names of the Saints celebrated each Day, the Commencement of particular Terms, and the Ceremonies of the different Courts, Churches, and People of Christendom. While several Years successively revolved, something new on the Recurrence of each Day was added, particularly on Subjects of Natural History,