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THE

NATURAL HISTORY

OF

SELBORNE.

BY THE

REV. GILBERT WHITE, A. M.

FELLOW OF ORIEL COLLEGE, OXFORD

ARRANGED FOR YOUNG PERSONS.

A NEW EDITION, WITH NOTES.

LONDON:

SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING CHRISTIAN KNOWLEDGE:
SOLD AT THE DEPOSITORIES:

77, GREAT QUEEN STREET, LINCOLN'S INN FIELDS,
4, ROYAL EXCHANGE; 16, HANOVER STREET, HANOVER SQUARE ;

AND BY ALL BOOKSELLERS.

THE Frontispiece, after a drawing by FAHEY, is taken from the top of the Bostal (a diagonal path leading from the bottom of Selborne Hill, through the wood, to the top), and shows the house, formerly the residence of Gilbert White, in the centre; the Church and Parsonage on the left; the valley between the Lithe and Dorton Wood beyond; and in the extreme distance, Crooksborough Hill, near Farnham.-The view looks nearly E. by N.

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HECA

R. CLAY, PRINTER, BREAD STREET HILL.

DEDICATION.

From LADY DOVER, Daughter of LORD CARLISLE, to HENRY AGAR ELLIS, now LORD CLIFFORD, when Eight Years old.

MY DEAR LITTLE BOY,

THE first time I read the new edition of WHITE'S NATURAL HISTORY OF SELBORNE, I could not help thinking frequently how much you would be pleased with some passages in it. This induced me to read it over again, with a view of arranging it for your

amusement.

I am aware that, even in its present form, the work contains many expressions and subjects above your age; but I believe you will prefer overcoming these difficulties by your own efforts, rather than by any attempt on my part to suit the Author's meaning to your capacity.

If this book should give you a taste for Natural History and Country Pursuits, I shall feel great pleasure; and if, further, it should lead you from the study of Nature to that of Nature's God, it will have gratified the most anxious wish of

MAY 25, 1833.

Your affectionate MOTHER.

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"GILBERT WHITE was the eldest son of John White, of Selborne, Esq., and of Anne, the daughter of Thomas Holt, rector of Streatham in Surrey. He was born at Selborne, on July 18, 1720, and received his school education at Basingstoke, under the Rev. Thomas Warton, vicar of that place, and father of those two distinguished literary characters, Dr. Joseph Warton, master of Winchester school, and Mr. Thomas Warton, poetry professor at Oxford. He was admitted at Oriel College, Oxford, in December, 1739, and took his degree of Bachelor of Arts in June, 1743. In March, 1744, he was elected Fellow of his College. He became Master of Arts in October, 1746, and was

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