WILLIAM HOWITT (brother of the preceding [Richard Howitt]). b. Heanor, Derbyshire 18 Dec. 1792; ed. at Ackworth sch. 1802-6; chemist and druggist Nottingham 1823-36; alderman of Nottingham 1833; resided at Esher 1836-9, at Heidelberg 1840-3, at Clapton 1843-8, St. John's Wood, London 1848-52, in Australia 1852-4, at Highgate 1854-66, at Esher again 1866-70, at Rome 1870 to death; a spiritualist, friend of D. D. Home, and contributor to Spiritual Mag.; civil list pension of £140, 19 June 1865; (m. 1821 Mary Botham 1799-1888); celebrated his golden wedding 16 April 1871; part proprietor of People's Journal 1847, edited Howitt's Journal 1847-8; translated Peter Schlemihl's Wundersame Geschichte 1843 and other works; in conjunction with his wife he wrote The literature and romances of Northern Europe 1852; Stories of English and foreign life 1853; Ruined abbeys and castles of Great Britain 1862-4; his own chief works were The book of the seasons 1831 which after being refused by 4 publishing houses ran to 7 editions; The rural life of England 2 vols. 1838; Visits to remarkable places 1840, second series 1842; Land, labour and gold, or two years in Victoria 2 vols. 1855; Popular history of England 5 vols. 1856-62; seven editions; The northern heights of London 1869. d. 55 Via Sistina, Rome 3 March 1879. R. H. Horne's New spirit of the age, i 177-98 (1844), portrait; S. C. Hall's Retrospect of a long life, ii. 126-31 (1883); The Naturalist, iv 366-73 (1839), portrait; I. L. N. 29 March 1879 pp. 297, 298, portrait.