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"My lichens have all been placed in the hands of Mr Tuckennan, among which he has found several new species I shall be pleased to make up a package of American Fungi for you it will be only the discharge of a just debt, to return to you an equivalent in this humble wav."
"I wrote a letter today to Prof Laborde of Columbia, to ask if the College intended taking the other numbers of my 'Fungi Exsic.' They took the first, but have not called for the others."
"I have suffered as much from my 'friends' (Wheeler's cavalry) as we did from the enemy My worst loss is the breaking open of my desk & the loss & mutilation of my papers, records, manuscripts, packages of letters, botanical correspondence of 20 years Not many of my books were taken nor was my herbarium touched."
"It [life as a planter] suited my previous inclination & my turn of mind. I had paid much attention to Chemistry & Natural Philosophy in College & was pleased with this glimpse I got of the world of Nature. I lived in the country & took up a fondness for Botany making a few collections‑‑ plants & fossils. I had a visit from a travelling naturalist a Mr Olmstead who was collecting plants. He initiated me fairly in the mode of making collections, & so interested me in the subject that I commenced then to collect & study. At the end of the first season I had made a very respectable beginning. My house at Northampton was burned down the following winter & all my collection destroyed. I began anew in the spring, & with the aid of Dr Bachman at first, & then afterwards of Dr Curtis, Prof Gray & others, continued the recreation. About 1846 I commenced the investigation of Cryptogamic botany, & made much progress in my collection having the correspondence & aid of Dr Curtis & Mr Berkeley on the fungi, of Tuckerman in the Lichens & Sullivant in the Mosses."
Ravenel’s Guide for Post‑War Gardeners
Ravenel, Henry William, 1814-1887.
The southern gardener, or Short and simple directions for the culture of vegetables and fruits at the South.
Charleston, S. C.: Walker, Evans & Cogswell, 1871. Original wrappers. Gift of Mr. Thomas Burgess, 2004.
This brief guide, written in the aftermath of war, focuses on growing foodstuffs, rather than on scientific botany. Alongside the pamphlet itself are shown a page from Ravenel’s original manuscript and Ravenel’s wheel‑shaped foldout chart indicating planting seasons and the seasons for other garden tasks.
"I received a letter yesterday from Prof Sargent stating that he has undertaken the collection of wood specimens of our trees for the American Museum of Nat. History in New York, & asking my assistance in procuring specimens from this region. The compensation will be the same as for the [census] work last year. I have written to him