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THE

NATURAL HISTORY OF

SELBORNE

WITH

A Naturalist's Calendar and Additional Observations

BY GILBERT WHITE

WITH A PREFACE

BY RICHARD JEFFERIES

LONDON WALTER SCOTT, 24 WARWICK LANE

PATERNOSTER ROW

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GILBERT WHITE's biography is very simple. He was born in Selborne, 18th July 1720 ; went to school at Basingstoke, and was admitted at Oriel College, Oxford, in 1739, becoming in turn fellow of his college and senior proctor of the university. Meanwhile he had been ordained, and he held, after his return to Selborne in 1755, a curacy in the neighbouring parish of Faringdon until 1784, when he was appointed curate of Selborne. He continued to reside in Selborne until his death, which took place on the 26th June 1793. He died a bachelor. His Natural History was published in 1789.

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