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Gentleman's Magazine 1814 part 1 p.515

  William Hutchinson

Obituary, William Hutchinson

April 7. At Barnard Castle, aged 82, W. Hutchinson, esq. F.A.S. whose death was preceded only two or three days by that of his wife, aged 78; they were both interred in the same grave. Mr. Hutchinson had distinguished himself by the publication of Three different County Histories: 1. 'A View of Northumberland, with an Excursion to the Abbey of Mailross in Scotland,' 2 vols. 4to. 1776, 1778. 2. 'The History and Antiquities of the County Palatine of Durham,' 1785, 1787, 1794, 3 vols. a Work now become scarce. - See his account of the family of Bishop Chandler, and of the causes which retarded the publication of his third volume in our Vol. LXIII. p.974. - 3. 'The History of the County of Cumberland, and some Places adjacent, from the earliest Accounts to the present Time; comprehending the Local History of the County, its Antiquities, the Origin, Genealogy, and present State, of the principal Families, with Biographical Notes; its Mines, Minerals, and Plants, with other Curiosities either of Nature or of Art; particular Attention is paid to, and a just Account given of, every Improvement in Agriculture, Manufactures, &c.' 2 vols. 4to. 1794. - In our Vol. LV. are several Letters and Autographs of eminent Persons, communicated by Mr. Hutchinson with the following authentification:- 'Some few years ago, by accident, there fell into my hands a confused heap of papers which belonged to the Wharton family. Such as were worthy atention I transcribed, as many of the hands'-writing were diffilcult to be read, for the easier communication to my friends. I selected the Poems into one book, and the Letters into another; and in this state both the originals and a copy have remained with me unpublished. It has occurred to me, that some parts of this collection may be esteemed curious enough to merit a place in your Magazine. I would not put my own estimate upon them; but, if you think the books worthy the carriage, so that you may lay them before some of your judicious compilers, I will send them up, on condition that you will please to return my MSS. If they are thought worth at-
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