Naturalist; born in Beverly, Mass.
, Nov. 5, 1805; was educated at Phillips Andover Academy; entered Harvard in 1823 and three months later left that college to study medicine, which he never practised.
When a young man he lectured on natural science, and made a pedestrian tour from Tennessee
and then home.
Later he became interested in political discussions and contributed articles to the Boston Weekly magazine
and the Boston Post
In 1840 he wrote almost exclusively for agricultural journals, and his first book was based on his articles in Hovey's magazine of horticulture
Later he contributed largely to the Atlantic monthly
He was employed in the Boston
custom-house from 1844 to 1848, and removed to Cambridge, Mass.
, in 1856.
Among his publications are Studies in the field and forest
; Woods and by-ways in New England
; and Birds and seasons of New England
In 1881 these three books were republished, with new material, under the titles of Halcyon days
; A year with the trees
; and A year with the birds
He also wrote Mount Auburn, its scenery, its beauties, and its lessons
He died in Cambridge, Mass.
, May 6, 1884.