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MR. G.P. TUXFORD.
The Mark Lane Express of October 31 con- tains the following account of the chief pro- prietor of that paper, whose death has recently taken place. Mr. Tuxford was the eldest
brother of the Hon. W. W. Tuxford, and Messrs. J. L. and W. W. Tuxford, of this city. The Mark Lane Express is known all the world over, and a short account of one of its ohief proprietors cannot fail to be interesting to our readers :— We regret to have to reoord the death of Mr. G. P. Tuxford, of the Strand, a gentleman well known in the agricultural world, as one of the chief proprietors of the Mark Lane Express and the Farmers' Magazine. Mr. Tuxford was also one of the originators of the Farmers' Insu rance Office, of which he had been for many years a Director; one of the early members of the Farmers' Club, and a Life Governor of the Royal Agricultural Society of England. He was a man of much ability, sound judgment, and great integrity, and was consequently fre- quently called upon to act as arbitrator in dis- puted matters of business. He died on Monday last, in the 6lst year of his age. The Illustrated London News, October 29. Neither his long residence in London nor the busy occupations of an eminently successful career obliterated his attachment to his native town (Boston) or rendered him indifferent to its prosperity. To the last he took a lively in- terest in its welfare, and his purse was fre- quently opened in support of worthy objects.— The Stamford Mercury, October 28. We feel inclined to let such testimony as this, and as borrowed from others, speak for itself. Into the sacred privacy of home we dare not in- trude, nor more than glance here at George Tuxford's worth as a son, a husband, a father, or a brother, in which relations he was, so far as human nature can be, almost without reproach. In his more public life, as already intimated, he was ever careful, even jealously so, in the discharge of his du- ties —a steady friend, a considerate employer, with a fancy to see old faces about him, but still ready to give the beginner an encouraging word and a helping hand. " Without your kind ad- vice and solid aid," as the late Mr. H. H. Dixon (the Druid) wrote on the dedication of his last work, "I should never have faced all the weari- ness and anxiety "of an author's life;" and there are others who could speak still more strongly to such aid and advice. As identified more especially with the proprietorship of this journal, we may quote again from a contem- porary, the Gardeners' Chronicle, which in an agricultural leader of a few months since said, "Everybody knows the perfect independence and straightforwardness of the Mark Lane Ex- press. We say so with the most cordial admi- ration of it;" and we venture to borrow these words as an act of justice to the dead. It was Mr. Tuxford's great pride that such a character for the paper should be maintained without fear or favor, as, it is hoped, it still may be. He died at his house at Barnes after a sudden attack of only two days' duration, although he had never thoroughly recovered from a fall which he met with about twelve months since. It will be noticed that we have preferred, in some degree at least, to let others speak to the worth of our departed friend rather than to suffer our own sympathies to color the sketch. From an intimate knowledge of him for six-and twenty years we could more than confirm all they have said, as we can only the more keenly lament his loss.