Samuel Botsford Buckley and John Torrey correspondence, 1838-1883. (Book, 1838) [WorldCat.org]
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Samuel Botsford Buckley and John Torrey correspondence, 1838-1883.

Author: S B Buckley
Series: John Torrey papers, series 1, correspondence.
Edition/Format:   Manuscript : Letter   Archival Material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Correspondence from Samuel Botsford Buckley to John Torrey, dated 1838-1883. Buckley's letters, full of colorful detail and news of mutual aquaintances as well as questions of botanical identification, come from numerous locations around the United States: Alabama, New York, North Carolina, Florida, and Texas, where Buckley ultimately settled. In Alabama Buckley collects plants-- he sends boxes to Torrey and hopes  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Correspondence
Personal correspondence
Named Person: S B Buckley; John Torrey; Joseph Barratt; Benjamin Braman; Nathaniel Lord Britton; John Carey; James E De Kay; George Engelmann; Wilbur Fisk; James Goldie; Peter D Knieskern; H P Sartwell; Benjamin Silliman; Joseph Barratt; Nathaniel Lord Britton; S B Buckley; James E De Kay; George Engelmann; Wilbur Fisk; Benjamin Silliman; John Torrey
Material Type: Biography, Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: S B Buckley
OCLC Number: 981124207
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 folder (19 letters)
Series Title: John Torrey papers, series 1, correspondence.
Other Titles: New York Botanical Garden Archives.
John Torrey
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Correspondence from Samuel Botsford Buckley to John Torrey, dated 1838-1883. Buckley's letters, full of colorful detail and news of mutual aquaintances as well as questions of botanical identification, come from numerous locations around the United States: Alabama, New York, North Carolina, Florida, and Texas, where Buckley ultimately settled. In Alabama Buckley collects plants-- he sends boxes to Torrey and hopes to sell others in Europe-- and digs for fossils, eventually unearthing the skeleton of a Basilosaurus (he calls it Zygodon) which proves to be more of a burden than a treasure. After over a year of trying to find a buyer for the skeleton he declares to Torrey, "I am heartily tired of the Zygodon." A miserable expedition to Florida to collect plants and other natural specimens is described in detail; after returning home and suffering bouts of recurring fever Buckley decides to give up his medical aspirations altogether as his financial situation has rendered his acquiring a trade unnecessary. Also included are four letters from Buckley to Benjamin Braman and Nathaniel Lord Britton of the Torrey Botanical Club, written in 1883 after Torrey's death, concerning a shipment of plants Buckley sent from Texas for the club's herbarium. Obsolete and unresolved plant and animal names include Hopea tinctoria, Saponaria vaccaria, and Zygodon (Owens).

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