Excerpt from Robert Pocock: The Gravesend Historian, Naturalist, Antiquarian, and Printer It is fifty-two years to-day since Robert Pocock found an obscure grave away from his native town, and it seems just that some tribute should be paid to his memory. He was eminently a student of nature, and t only an acquirer of useful information but its indefatigable disseminator. The toilsome search for a fossil, the active pursuit of any new butterfly, the unwearied scanning of the heavens, the discovery of a rare plant, - these were his recreations. Ever accessible at his humble shop - one day to a waterman freighted with some outlandish fish, on ather to a countryman laden with a curious bird or some unusual plant - it was his delight to supply their names and classification; but student of nature as he was, he knew that well-nigh every parish in his ancient county - Kent - is decorated with a hundred memories of historical interest, and hence his antiquarian pursuits kept pace with his study of natural history. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.