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Dr. Henry Trimen

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THE friends of Henry Trimen who saw him during his last visit to England—a twelvemonth ago last summer—would not be altogether unprepared for a serious turn in the malady, or rather maladies, from which he suffered; yet the news of his death on the 16th inst. came as a surprise, even to those best acquainted with his condition. For several years he suffered from deafness, which at length became absolute, and then gradual paralysis of the lower limbs set in. This terminated not long since in utter helplessness so far as his legs were concerned, and functional complications arising, he succumbed sooner than was expected. He bore his afflictions with wonderful fortitude, and even cheerfulness; and his only desire was to be spared to complete his great work, the “Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon.” But this was not to be. It is to be hoped, however, that a competent botanist will be found to complete this important and admirably-planned publication.

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