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following the authority, that we have seen a specimen gathered by the same.
The books quoted are:-
T. & D. Turner and Dillwyn. The Botanist's Guide through England and Wales. 1805.
E.B. English Botany by Sowerby and Smith. 1790-1814.
Ger. Em. The “emaculate” edition of Gerarde's “Herball,” by T. Johnson. 1636.
Huds. Hudson's Flora Anglica. 2nd ed. 1778.
Blackstone. Fasciculus plantarum circa Harefield. 1737, and Specimen Botanicum.
Clutt. Clutterbuck's History of Hertfordshire.
M.&G. An incomplete Flora of the Environs of London, by Messrs. Milne and Gordon.
It will be very evident that the present work has no claim to be classed among the scientific productions of the age ; nor indeed does it embody much original matter. It is strictly one of field-research, (see Appendix II) drawn up with an endeavour to convey the fruits of that research in an acceptable manner. Having been myself led to “consider the lilies of the field, how they grow,” I would wish to leave my experience as an inducement for others to follow in the same path. The lines placed at the head of each Order (to which I have always attached the name of the Author when known to me,) have been inserted with this view and I cannot but hope and believe they will be an acceptable addition to the work. The earlier the mind is led to trace the majesty of God's works, through what teaching it may, the happier for the individual. Were I to dedicate the following pages to any particular class, it would be to "the youth of this and future generations ;” and I am not without hope that the little “olive branches” which it has pleased God to raise around my own table, may, as they strengthen and thrive, see, in my efforts, some little encouragement at least to look through Nature up to Nature's God. For, in truth, “everything within and around, above and beneath, present and future, temporal and eternal, assumes a new aspect, when we can call God our Father.
The beauties of Nature, always lovely, acquire a fresh loveliness to the Christian when he can look abroad over its sublime mountains and smiling landscapes, and say, My Father made them all.'”
My friend, Mr. Babington, has just sent me the following motto from Linnæus, which is so appropriate and happy that I cannot conclude these remarks better than by commending it to the consideration of my readers, hoping it may help to excite their botanical ardour—“Turpe est in patria vivere et patriam ignorare.”—Lin. Fauna Suecica. Ed. 2 (1761), p. 544.
R. H. W.
January 24, 1849.
THE FOLLOWING INITIALS ARE USED TO DESIGNATE
J.A. Mr. James Ansell, a survivor of the fatal Niger expedition,
formerly of Hertford ; since of Kemnal, Chislehurst. W.B. W. Borrer, Esq., Henfield, Sussex. 1.B. Isaac Brown, Esq., formerly of Hitchin. W.I.B. William I. Blake, Esq., Danesbury, Welwyn. G.B.B. Rev. G. B. Blomfield, Stevenage. G.H.B. G. H. Betts, M.R.C.S., Watford. M.B. Mr. Matthew Ball, formerly of Hertford. A.M.B. Miss A. M. Barnard, grand-daughter of the late Sir
J. E. Smith, I.C. Mr. John Coales, jun., M.R.C.S., late of St. Alban’s. R.G.C. Lord Robert Gascoigne Cecil, Hatfield House. W.D. Mr. William Dawson, Hitchin. T.F. Rev. Thomas Feilde, late Rector of Hertingfordbury. E.F. Edward Forster, Esq., Woodford, Essex, H.F. Henry Fordham, Esq., Royston. J H. Rev. Joseph Hamilton, formerly of Hemel Hempstead. W.H, Mr. W. Hurst, Cheshunt. C.H. Miss Charlotte Henslow, St. Alban's. E.H. Rev. Edward Hodgson, Vicar of Rickmansworth. D.J. Rev. David Jenks, Rector of L. Gaddesden. L.M. Miss Lucy Manser, Hertford. A.M. Mr. Alexander Milne, gardener to C. S. Chauncy, Esq.,
L. Munden. W.P. Mr. William Pamplin, Frith-street, Soho, London. A.R. Mr. Alfred Ransom, Hitchin. J.R. Mr. John Ransom, Hitchin. E.S. Mrs. Shute, The Rookery, near Watford. F.H.S.S. & F.S. Rev. F. Say, Vicar of Braughin. G.& D.S. Messrs, George and Daniel Sprigings, St. Stephen's,
St. Alban's. W.S. Mr. W. Symonds, formerly gardener to the Rev. R. Jones,
Haileybury. N.&W.T. Messrs. Norman and William Thrale, No-Man's Land
Farm. J.T. Mr. J. Terry, gardener to Lady Giles Puller, Youngsbury. E.W. Edward Whateley, M.R.C.S., G. Berkhampstead. W.W. Mr. W. Wren, formerly gardener at Youngsbury; since
at Stockwood, Luton.
G.W. Mr. G. Wolsey, of Mr. Rivers' nursery, Sawbridgeworth. H.W. Mr. Henry Williams, gardener to H. Gibson, Esq., Saffron NOTICE.
* These initials are affixed to a few stations inserted on the authority of the late Maria Whittingham, niece of Mr. Ludlow, of Christ's Hospital, Hertford, a young lady of high talent; whom, since the printing of the First Part of this Work, we have ascertained to be the writer of the clever lines inserted at page xly. The present brief mention of her must now, alas! serve for her epitaph. In May of the year 1846, she sailed for China, in the ship Helen Stewart, commanded by her brother, James F. Whittingham,-a young man of great promise in his profession. The vessel arrived in safety at Hong Kong, and was afterwards sent from Whampoa to Amoy, but on the return voyage from that port at the end of September, she is supposed to have foundered in one of the violent typhoons which swept the China seas about that period, as nothing has since been heard either of the vessel or her crew. Such was the melancholy end of our accomplished correspondent !
many circumstances, unforeseen and inevitable, have occurred to delay the publication of the following little work on the Wild Plants of Hertfordshire, that, probably, many persons who took a lively interest in its first announcement, have, ere this, despaired of ever seeing it completed ;-nor are the circumstances under which it at length appears very auspicious ; inasmuch as I am deprived of the finishing hand of my friend and former coadjutor, the Rev. W. H. COLEMAN, without whose co-operation the work would never have been undertaken. Still, as little more than the arrangement is now necessary, and I have a considerable body of materials at hand, I feel that I am perhaps called upon to make an effort to publish them,—more especially as I am indebted to the labours of many kind and zealous Correspondents for a great portion of the information I possess, and who probably, together with the Public, might think me in a certain degree pledged to bring the work to a close. Acting under this impression, I have resolved to undertake the publication, and I propose the work should consist of Four Parts, which will appear consecutively every two or three months, according as I can prepare them; so that the whole may be completed within the twelvemonth.