An Essay on the Migration of the Birds of North America
read before the Literary and Philosophical Society, 15 March 1833
This manuscript was donated to Thomas Cooper Library in 1998
by James P. Barrow (class of 1967).
|Rev. Dr. John Bachman|
The autograph manuscript lecture has many internal changes and differences from the article Bachman later published in theAmerican Journal of Science and Arts 30 (July 1836) 81-100, edited by Yale University's Benjamin Silliman.
The first paragraph of the Bachman manuscript:
|The Migration of Birds, has been a subject of great interest to naturalists for ages past. The mysterious appearance & disappearance of many species at different periods of the year — the circumstances of many of them having never been seen in their Migrations — the remote situations to which they return, even beyond the knowledge of Man — the accounts which have from time to time been published of the swallows having been found in great numbers in caves & hollow trees — in Lakes and Ponds — of the common Rail or Lora (Rallus Carolinus L.) having been found in gutters and hollow banks — the sudden appearance of some birds in the spring after one or two days of warm weather & the equally sudden disappearance on the first cold day all have condensed to create many vague & superstitious notions in the minds of the uninformed & have often left the intelligent student of nature in perplexity and doubt.|