Memorials of John Bartram and Humphry Marshall

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Lindsay & Blakiston, 1849 - 585 pages

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Page 50 - Slave to no sect, who takes no private road, But looks through nature up to nature's God...
Page 30 - Flora cestrica: an attempt to enumerate and describe the flowering and filicoid plants of Chester County, in the state of Pennsylvania.
Page 20 - This young lady merits your esteem, and does honour to your system. She has drawn and described 400 plants in your method : she uses only English terms.
Page 89 - One thing I must desire of thee, and do insist that thee obb'ge 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 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.
Page 53 - What a shame, said my mind, or something that inspired my mind, that thee shouldst have employed so many years in tilling the earth, and destroying so many flowers and plants, without being acquainted with their structures and their uses!
Page 45 - He made the return voyage home with him, and gives this record of his impressions of his character, which is fully in unison with the manner of his book : — " St. John was by nature, by education, and by his writings a philanthropist; a man of serene temper, and pure benevolence. The milk of human kindness circulated in every vein. Of manners unassuming ; prompt to serve, slow to censure ; intelligent, beloved, and highly worthy of the esteem and respect he everywhere received.
Page 53 - ... of that portion of it which is the only wealth of the American farmer. However her prudent caution did not discourage me; I thought about it continually, at supper, in bed, and wherever I went.
Page 52 - ... of my life; my wife brought me nothing " in money, all her riches consisted in her good " temper and great knowledge of housewifery. " I scarcely know how to trace my steps in the " botanical career; they appear to me now like " unto a dream : but thee mayest rely on what I " shall relate, though I know that some of our
Page 55 - I am glad to see that thee hast so much compassion; are there any slaves in thy country?" Yes, unfortunately, but they are more properly civil than domestic slaves; they are attached to the soil on which they live; it is the remains of ancient barbarous customs, established in the days of the greatest ignorance and savageness of manners! and preserved notwithstanding the repeated tears of humanity, the loud calls of policy, and the commands of religion. The pride of great men, with the avarice of...
Page 232 - 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).

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