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BY THE REV. GILBERT WHITE, A.M.

A NEW EDITION,

EDITED, WITH NOTES, BY

G. CHRISTOPHER DAVIES,

Author of "The 'Swan' and Her Crew,” etc., etc.

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LONDON:
FREDERICK WARNE AND CO.,

BEDFORD STREET, STRAND.

189. f. 187.

ADVERTISEMENT TO ORIGINAL EDITION.

HE Author of the following Letters takes the

liberty, with all proper deference, of laying before the public his idea of parochial history, which, he thinks, ought to consist of natural productions and occurrences as well as antiquities. He is also of opinion that if stationary men would pay some attention to the districts on which they reside, and would publish their thoughts respecting the objects that surround them, from such materials might be drawn the most complete countyhistories, which are still wanting in several parts of this kingdom, and in particular in the county of Southampton.

And here he seizes the first opportunity, though a late one, of returning his most grateful acknowledgments to the reverend the President and the reverend and worthy the Fellows of Magdalen College in the University of Oxford, for their liberal behaviour in permitting their archives to be searched by a member of

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