THE BOTANICAL JOURNAL OF G. W. CLINTON
THE BOTANICAL JOURNAL OF G. W. CLINTON – January 1865
[1865.] Jan. 5. Put into American Express
packages for Prof. Traill Green,
[1865.] Jan. 9. Put into American Express, a
package for Stephen Calverley, Esq., Brooklyn, also one to C. F. Parker,
[1865.] Jan. 10. Put into American Express, directed to Daniel C. Eaton, a packet containing a very few things for him, and 2 or 3 ferns and Wood's (Wetmore's) Schizaea pusilla, to be labeled and returned to me. Also mailed to Paine, his Mss.
[In 1865 John Paine Jr. would publish a
"Catalogue of the Plants of Oneida County and Vicinity", which was
"virtually a flora of the entire [
[1865.] Jan. 11. 10 P.M. left for
[1865.] Jan. 12. Arrived at
[There is an entry in
[1865.] Jan. 13. Wrote to Mr. Stanton Gould,
Hudson, & to Wm. Boott, Esq.
[1865.] Jan. 14. Up to this time have been working as Regent and on & de the Herbarium of the State.
9*40'. A. M. Left in the train for
[There is a Mr. William Gray, of
Gray’s wife, whom he married in 1848, was Jane Lathrop Loring. Charles Greely Loring was a Boston lawyer and a member of the Harvard Corporation.
[1865.] Jan. 15. Went to the Episcopal Church in the morning, no work at Grays. Like a true man, he has family prayer in the morning, & says grace.
[1865.] Jan. 16. Mr. Wright (Plantae Wrightianae) here, arranging his collections, Cuban & all. Nice fellow.
During my stay, Gray examined,
partially, a small packet I brought him. I left with him a very small packet
for Mr. Boott. Gray gave me T. & G.'s N. Amn. Flora in sheets, a number
of his works, & a large number of specimens. Examined his paper, herbarium
cases, mode of pressing & gluing on specimens, &c. One day he set his
workwoman at work, that I might see the process of gluing. On Monday, worked
principally with Gray. On Tuesday, with Mr. Wright, visited the
As to the plants I brought Gray ‑
Panicum from near
As to the Arabis from
Nuttall boarded in this house. He must have been odd. He occupied Gray's room & more above. He was afraid of a w..., had a hole cut in the ceiling of a closet, & went to the room above by ladder, and had a private way out of the house, & his food was passed into him through a window in the closet. He had a fine estate, in England, left to him, in condition that he should not be absent from it more than 3 months in a year, so he took the last 3 months of one year & the first 3 of the next for his rambles.
[According to Jane Loring Gray, editor of the Letters of Asa Gray (1894, 2 vols.) " Mr. Nuttall, the botanist and ornithologist … was very shy of intercourse with his fellows, and having for his study the south-east room, and the one above for his bedroom, put in a trap-door in the floor of an upper connecting closet, and so by a ladder could pass between his rooms without the chance of being met in the passage or on the stairs. A flap hinged and buttoned in the door between the lower closet and the kitchen allowed his meals to be set in on a tray without the chance of his being seen. A window he cut down into an outer door, and with a small gate, in the board fence surrounding the garden, of which he alone had the key, he could pass in and out safe from encountering any human being." p. 326. This must have been the standard tale among the Asa Gray family to botanical guests at their house. Apparently these signs of use were still evident in the building and grounds.]
[1865.] Jan. 18th. Attended, with Gray, the meeting
in Fanueil Hall, held to express &c., on
[1865.] Jan. 19th. After breakfast, took 8* 10'
[1865.] Jan. 20th. Friday. Wrote to wife, E. J. Pickett, Gray, D. F. Day, Paine, T. F. Allen, Boott.
[Wm. Boott, Esqr., Asa Gray, John A. Paine Jr.].
[1865.] Jan. 21. Wrote to Spen & Dr. Torrey.
[1865.] Jan. 22. Sunday. Worshipped, A.M., in the morning, at St. Peter's Church. Wrote to wife, Holzer, Paine, Prof. Henry A. Ward, John Stanton Gould.
[1865.] Jan. 23d. Tuesday. Regent's Meeting in the m'g [=morning]. At 3 P.M. attended, at the Agricultural Room, the meeting called to consider the Agricultural College, People's College, & Senator Cornell's offer to endow an Agricultural College &c. at Ithaca, with 300 acres of land & $500,000.
[1865.] Jan. 25. Left in the 1 P.M. train for
Utica, & stopped over till the night train, and had long interview with
John A. Paine, Jr. Found Parmeles here, he stopped over with me, and we went
on to Buffalo. He gave me the first news of the terrible fire at
My time, at
Charles F. Peck, the muscologist, spent some time with me in the Curator's Room, & so did Henry B. Lord & his wife.
I shall copy herein, by & by, some notes made by me in looking over some parts of L. C. Beck's herbarium.
[1865.] Jan. 26. Reached home late in the forenoon. Find a large number of letters from botanical correspondents, and a big package from E. Hall.
Notes from Beck's Herbarium.
Blitum capitatum. He says is native
& abundant in swamps near
Epiphegus am [=
The label, as to the name, is right.
Spartina juncea is credited to marshes
Onosmodium molle. The specimen from me,
collected in the pine plains between Albany & Sch'y [=
[In Gray's Manual of 1862: Epiphegus Americanus Nutt. p. 280. Spartina juncea Willd. (Rush Salt‑Grass) "Salt marshes, and sandy sea‑beaches, common." (Gray 1862).]
[1865.] Jan. 27. Wrote to Charles H. Peck,
[1865.] Jan. 28. Received a letter from Col. E.
Jewett, with card of Dr. George T. Stevens, Wadhams Mills, Essex Co., who is
a botanist. Also a letter from Dr. Clarke. Also a package of mosses &
fungi from James L. Bennett,
[1865.] Jan. 29. Wrote to Father Holzer, Grote, Prof. Traill Green, C. F. Parker, Wm. Boott. Received & answered letter from D. C. Eaton. He writes that my big Aspidium, he shall call A. cristatum v. major, that he has rec'd [=received] it from various quarters, & that it has been, by some good botanists, labeled Goldianum. Wrote also to H. R. Lord, and Dr. T. F. Allen.
[1865.] Jan. 30. Received package & letter
from Stephen Calverley. The package is of about 115 species, mostly foreign,
all good & most acceptable. Wrote to him. It seems he was pleased with my
packet. Two or three days since Guilford B. Wilson told me that his niece,
Addie Wilson, now staying with him, and going to the Fem[ale] Semin[ary], had
collected some plants, which had been put in paper for her by her cousin
(uncle?) (Whose sister married
Received letter from Rev. Joseph Blake, stated that he was about sending package for me to Paine. Wrote to the latter.
[The Female Seminary may be "The
Buffalo Female Academy, a flourishing institution, situated on