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THE LATE MR. HEWITSON

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THE memory of the warm-hearted gentleman above-named deserves a passing notice in these columns, for the effect of his labours on at least one department of natural history has been great. William Chapman Hewitson, who died at Oatlands, near Walton-on-Thames, on May 28 last, aged seventy-two years, was by birth a Northumbrian, and, after the somewhat rough education of a Westmoreland school, took up the calling of a surveyor. His passion for natural history was exhibited in very early life, and, after some years' practice of his profession, the fortunate inheritance of a competence, and something more, from an uncle saved him the necessity of pursuing a distasteful vocation, and enabled him to indulge his fancy practically without stint. In 1831, while still engaged in his professional duties, he projected his “British Oology”, the first part of which appeared in April, 1831, and the last in 1838. As he himself subsequently wrote:—

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