We find by a note in the Botanical Gazette, that the author of the very interesting book, "The Ferns of Kentucky" died recently in the mountains of West Virginia, where he had gone to endeavor to repair his shattered health. He was found by the physician called to attend him, lying on a pallet by a bank of ferns along the riverside, and died on removal to his hotel. He was born in Scotland in 1838, and came to this country in 1866, settling in Louisville, where he became one of the most noted artists in metals, reaching, in fact, from a comparatively humble beginning, a high degree of fame. We believe his only relative he had in this country is his mother, who still survives him.