America's Curious Botanist: A Tercentennial Reappraisal of John Bartram, 1699-1777

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Nancy Everill Hoffmann, John C. Van Horne
American Philosophical Society, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 227 pages

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Page 21 - One thing I must desire of thee, and do insist that thee must oblige me therein; that thou make up that drugget clothes to go to Virginia in, and not appear to disgrace thyself or me; for though I should not esteem thee the less to come to me in what dress thou...
Page 93 - Observations on the Inhabitants, Climate, Soil, Rivers, Productions, Animals, and other matters worthy of Notice. Made by Mr. John Bartram In his Travels from Pensilvania to Onondago, Oswego and the Lake Ontario, In Canada. To which is annex'd, a curious Account of the Cataracts at Niagara.
Page 177 - Arbustrum Americanum: The American grove, or, An alphabetical catalogue of forest trees and shrubs, natives of the American United States, arranged according to the LInnaean system.
Page xvi - Is it really so? Surely John is a worthy man ; but yet to give the title of King's Botanist to a man who can scarcely spell, much less make out the characters of any one genus of plants, appears rather hyperbolical.
Page 84 - ... furnished with long teeth, round the eyes circles of bright brass, surrounded by a larger circle of white paint, from his forehead hung long tresses of buffaloes...
Page 185 - Medicina Britannica; or, a Treatise on such Physical Plants as are generally to be found in the Fields or Gardens in Great Britain...
Page 56 - Do not give dogs what is holy; and do not throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under foot and turn to attack you.
Page 146 - One Day he Dragged me out of town & Entertain'd me so agreably with some Elevated Botanicall thoughts, on oaks, Firns, Rocks &c that I forgot I was hungry till we Landed in his house about four Miles from Town...
Page xviii - I wish you would now decline your long and dangerous peregrinations in search of new plants, and remain safe and quiet at home, employing your leisure hours in a work that is much wanted, and which no one besides is so capable of performing ; I mean the writing a Natural History of our country.
Page 21 - Virginia in, and not appear to disgrace thyself or me ; for though I should not esteem thee the less, to come to me in what dress thou will, — yet these Virginians are a very gentle, well-dressed people — and look, perhaps, more at a man's outside than his inside. For these and other reasons, pray go very clean, neat, and handsomely dressed, to Virginia. Never mind thy clothes : I will send more another year.

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