Memorial of Richard Thomas How addressed to those who knew him not.
Written by B.B. Wiffen of Mount Pleasant, Aspley Guise, 1840, and dedicated to Richard Edward White of Aspley Guise "in the hope that his children's children will preserve the memory of one of their ancestors in order to imitate his virtues".
A finely written manuscript biography in book form, xx +312pp, small 4to, full red morocco, gilt back, red edges, with (at front) the bookplate of R. How, Aspley, Beds.. The material is in two parts, the first comprising a long resume of the life of How in rhyming couplets (Cantos 1-4), and the second consists of a prose memorial. At the end there are twelve pages on the history of the How family and other material. The volume is arranged as follows:
List of contents 1-4
Invocation - The Lately Dead, by B.B.W. and other verses
The resumé of the life of Richard Thomas How ff. 5-24 Canto 1 - verses on "His Person" (382 lines, with a few notes) 25-44
Canto 2 - verses on "His Walks" (416 lines, with a few notes) 47-70
Canto 3 - verses on "His Garden" (416 lines, with several pages of notes) 71-90
Canto 4 - verses on "His Home and Death" (330 lines, with a few notes)
Memorial of Richard Thomas How of Aspley by B.B.Wiffen f. 95
List of contents 97-154
"His ancestors - his father's letters" 155-183
"His youth - father's letters - character" 185-220
"His habits - mind - disposition" 223-264
"His residence - death"
Appendix of supplementary material ff. 265-7
Account of dinner provided by How for 17 aged poor people [names given] at Aspley in 1832
Copy of notice of How's death from Northampton Mercury of December 1835 268-293
Text of sermon preached at How's funeral by Mr. Fallowfield 294-297
Mr. Eglon's prayer after the sermon at the funeral, 1835 299-311
Notes on the history of the How family, taken from a letter written by Richard How, father of Richard Thomas How?] to his friend Gilbert Van Der Smissen, 27 Nov. 1765