Bartram's Garden, Philadelphia, Pa. ...: John Bartram, Born Near Darby, Pa., 23rd March, 1699, Died at Bartram's Garden, 22nd September, 1777

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Page 10 - They enrich our knowledge, and anticipate our pleasures, and give us a good idea of the riches in store, to gratify the botanists of after ages. 0, botany ! delightfulest of all sciences ! There is no end of thy gratifications. All botanists will join with me in thanking my dear John for his unwearied pains to gratify every inquisitive genius. I have sent Linnaeus a specimen, and one leaf of Tipitiwitchet Sensitive : only to him would I spare such a jewel. Pray send more specimens. I am afraid we...
Page 6 - He was, perhaps, the first Anglo-American, who conceived the idea of establishing a BOTANIC GARDEN, for the reception and cultivation of the various vegetables, natives of the country, as well as of exotics, and of travelling for the discovery and acquisition of them.
Page 11 - ... experiments whereby he tested its truth, and made the publication which added so greatly to his own fame. The next year Peter concludes a letter to his friend thus : "Now, dear John, I have made some running remarks on thy curious letter, which contains so many fine remarks, that it deserved to be read before the Royal Society; and thee has their thanks for it, desiring thee to continue thy observations, and communicate them. I say make no apology. Thy style is much beyond what one might expect...
Page 21 - The pear raised from her seed hath borne a number of the finest relished fruit. I think a better is not in the world.
Page 14 - There never was a purer, kinder, gentler-hearted man than John Bartram of Pennsylvania.
Page 7 - ... have traveled through most of these provinces, and have specimens sent by the best hands, I know well what grows there. Indeed, I have not yet been at the Ohio, but have many specimens from there. But in about two weeks I hope to set out to search myself, if the barbarous Indians don't hinder me (and if I die a martyr to botany, God's will be done ; — His will be done in all things).
Page 10 - These fine Lady's Slippers don't let escape, for they are my favourite plants. Feb. 3, 1741-2 : Rose Laurel, White Cedar, White Pine, and Sassafras, thou cannot send too much, — for we can never have enough of them. July 20, 1756: I hope my old friend will not expose himself to Indian cruelties ; and yet 1 want a dozen boxes of seeds.
Page 10 - Send more Black Walnuts, Long Walnuts, and both sorts of Hickory, Acorns of all sorts, Sweet Gum, Dog- wood, Red Cedar Berries, Allspice, Sassafras.
Page 13 - ... astonished when people complained that they were tired of time ! Yet, against such odds, how was it possible to accomplish so much ? According to James Parton, much is to be attributed to his superior management of his farm and his excellent treatment of his servants. Like a true Quaker, he " set his negroes free, paid them eighteen pounds a year wages, taught them to read and write, sat with them at table, and took them with him to Quaker-meeting ; one of his negroes was his steward and man...
Page 6 - If peaceable times come, I intend to double my diligence, for I am better stocked with materials than formerly, having now searched our North America from New England to near Georgia, and from the sea-coast to Lake Ontario and many branches of the Ohio ; so that now there are very few plants in all that space of ground but what I have observed, — nay, have most of them growing in my own garden.

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