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William Withers Jr.



Mr. Withers owned and leased at least 2 forest plantations in Norfolk, England, ca. 1811-1842 (possibly longer). He lived in the town of Holt, Norfolk, England. His published works are letters and treatises on the planting and maintaining of forest plantations.

He published several works including:

A Letter to Sir Walter Scott, bart., exposing certain fundamental errors in his late Essay on planting, and containing observations on the pruning and thinning of woods, and maxims for profitable planting. London : J. Shalders, 1828.

A letter to Sir Henry Steuart, bart. On the improvement in the quality of timber, to be effected by the high cultivation and quick growth of forest-trees. Holt : J. Shalders, 1829.

A profit and loss view of planing one acre of land on the system recommended by Mr. Withers and that generally adopted by Scotch planters, referred to in Mr. Wither's pamphlet on the planting and rearing of forest-trees. 1827.

A Memoir addressed to the Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacture, and Commerce, on the planting and rearing of forest-trees. Holt : London : Printed by James Shalders; Sold by Longman, 1826.

The acacia tree, Robina pseudo acacia: its growth, qualities, and uses, With observations on planting, manuring, and pruning. London : Longman, Orme, Rees, Brown, and Longmans, 1842.



Allibone's Critical Dictionary of English Literature, 1965. P.2808

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Scope and Content:

Vol. I: Aug 1826-Nov 1827

Letters to William Withers. Four items authored by William Withers: a letter to WM. Cobbett Esq. (printed by Holt), printed 'Memoir on Forest Trees', 'Table of Planting Profits & Losses' (two versions).

Vol. II: Nov 1827-Dec 1828

Letters to William Withers. Letter from William Withers to Sir Walter Scott, Baronet (printed by Holt).



Consists of two bound volumes of letters and printed material titled: Tracts and Letters on Planting. Authors copies of tracts bound up with the letters that he received from correspondents, the printed matter inlaid, and the whole arranged in (mostly) chronological order.



Gift to Arnold Arboretum Library from Sarah C. Sears, July 1917. Previous ownership unknown as of 5 July 2001. Penciled on one of the blank sheets preceding the table of contents (Vol. I) appears to be a price of 10.10.


Table of Contents Vol. I

Table of Contents Vol. II

Author Index Vol. I

Author Index Vol. II


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