I read it a while back, but it's hitherto been quite difficult to find online. Google Books is generally a good starter for finding 19th century historical texts. But as I've mentioned, a frequent impediment to UK readers is the Google policy of only providing snippet view of post-1865 books. This is purely policy - not a legal issue, since works are long out of copyright - and increasingly you can find such texts at alternative sites that host the Google scans or others: I've found the Internet Archive, Hathi Trust, British Library and Bodleian Library especially useful. In this case, two editions of the book - or rather one and a half - are available digitised as PDFs from the Bodleian.
First, a minor bibliographic puzzle elucidated. There are two editions: the 1872 by "the Rev.William Webb, B.A., Curate of Littleham-cum-Exmouth" and the 1883 by "the Rev. William Everitt, M.A., formerly Curate of Littleham-cum-Exmouth". While it's clearly the same person, there's newspaper confirmation in the form of a legal notice about Webb changing his name in 1880:
CHANGE of NAME.—Notice is hereby Given, that by a Deed Poll, bearing date the 26th day of October, 1880, to be enrolled in the High Court of Justice, I, the undersigned WILLIAM EVERITT (heretofore William John Wesley Webb), clerk in Holy Orders, rector of the Church of Allhallow’s, Goldsmith-street, in the city of Exeter, did ASSUME for myself and my wife, and the issue of our marriage, the SURNAME of EVERITT, instead of WEBB, in perpetuation of the family name of Sir John Everitt, late of Westoning, in the county of Bedford, and of Sloane-street, Chelsea. And I did further declare my intention from thenceforth to relinquish my names of “John and Wesley,” and and on all occasions to be called and known by the name of William Everitt only.—As witness my hand this 26th day of October, 1880. WILLIAM EVERITT.... I can't find why, but a condition of a bequest would be a plausible theory (compare Hercules Brabazon Brabazon, formerly Hercules Brabazon Sharpe).
Witness, GEORGE HIRTZEL, Solicitor, Exeter.
- The Standard (London, England), Friday, October 29, 1880; pg. ; Issue 17559. 19th Century British Library Newspapers: Part II.
The contents of the 1872 edition are:
- Events Chronologically Arranged … 1-115
- Extracts from Parish Registers … 116-121
- Description of Littleham Church … 131-134
- Description of St. John’s in the Wilderness; List of the Vicars of Budleigh … 134-137
- The Charities of Littleham Parish … 137-145
- The Warren and the Bight … 145-147
- Exmouth as it is … 148-151
- Walks and Excursions around Exmouth … 151-162
- Additional Notes … 162-164
- A Legend of Littleham … 164-168
The 1883 second edition is only findable as part 1, the chronological events section, but it's worth it for the very nice map, Freeman's Plan of Exmouth and its Neighbourhood, that forms the frontispiece.
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Memorials of Exmouth, Webb, William John W, Pub T Freeman, Baring Place, Exmouth, 1872 (Bodleian Alpha System No. 014330390)
Memorials of Exmouth, compiled by W. Everitt, Part I, Everitt, W, Pub. T Freeman, Baring Place, Exmouth, 1883 (Bodleian Alpha System No. 014715475)