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CHARACTER AND LIFE OF DR. PRITCHARD. The convict Edward William Pritchard is the son of Mr. John White Pritchard, a captain in the Royal Navy, and was born in 1825 at Southsea, Hants. After going through the usual preliminary education he was apprenticed in September, 1840, to Messrs. Edward John and Charles Henry Scott, surgeons, of consider- able practice in Portsmouth. During his apprentice- ship he is stated to have assiduously studied the elementary branches of his profession, and conducted himself with great propriety. Oa the completion of his apprenticeship he came to London, and entered on his hospital studies at King's College in October, 1843; these also he prosecuted with great zeal, and his friends being desirous that he should enter the naval service of his country he me- morialised the authorities at the College of Surgeons to be allowed to offer himself for examination at an earlier period than was at that time allowed; his application having been granted, he appeared before the Court of Examiners on the 29th of May, 1846, and, after the usual examination, was admitted a member of the College. He then underwent an examination before the Navy Board, and was duly gazetted an assistant surgeon in Her Majesty's Navy, and has several relatives in the combatant branch of that service. Those who know what the position of the medical offieer in the Royal Navy was at that time, and which is not much improved at the present time, will not be surprised that a highly-educated and accomplished surgeon should endeavour to emancipate himself from such a state ofi thraldom. He therefore embraced the first oppor. tunity, and resigned all connection with the Royal Navy, and determined on seeking private practice. Finding it was necessary to possess a double qualifica- tion, he presented himself before the Society of Apothe- caries, and having passed the examination, was ad- mitted a licentiate of the hall. He had previously obtained (it is believed by purchase) the "M.D." of Erlangen. He then proceeded to Glasgow, where he practised with great success, until his apprehension for a crime second only in atrocity to that of the notorious William Palmer. While waiting for practice he sought amusement and profit in the use of his pen, and became a laborious contributor to the advancement of general and medical science: many of his papers are distributed through the pages of the Medical Times and Gazette, and the Lancet, the Transactions of the Pharmaceutical, Obstetrical, and King's College Medical Societies. He was the author of a "Visit to Pitcairn Island," "Observations on Filey as a Water- ing Place." "The Guide to Filey and its Antiquities," "Coast Lodgings for the Poor of Cities," &c. Dr. Pritchard was a fellow and member of nearly twenty learned societies and institutions in the United King- dom, and medical officer to several life assurance offices. In personal appearance the convict is a tall slightly-built man. about 5ft. lOin. or llin. in height, with sharp pointed features, aquiline nose, and does not appear older than the age stated, viz., forty-one years.

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