THE BOTANICAL JOURNAL OF G. W. CLINTON
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Buffalo Museum of Science
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May 21, 2003

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THE BOTANICAL JOURNAL OF G. W. CLINTON – March 1865

 [1865.]    March 8. Mrs. Ezra R. Carr (wife of Prof. Carr) of Madison, Wis. left her card, at my house, in the afternoon, while I was in Court, with this endorsement:

"Mrs. Carr introduces herself as a botanical friend of Miss Mary Clark of A. Arbor, Mr. Lapham of Wis., and Col. Jewett, who wishes to make some botanical exchanges with Judge C. Is at Rev. Mr. Smith's, 70 Niagara." Called & had a pleasant chat with the lady.

 

[1865.]    March 9. Received specimen of Ranunculus rhomboideus & Geum triflorum from Mr. Wm. Saunders of London, C. W. 

 

[1865.]    March 18. Received some days since, a packet from Wm. Boott. Yesterday afternoon, went to Squaw Island, to look for galls in the willows, for a friend of W. Bebb, who is studying them. Saw, in the edge of the pier, among bushes, a small bird, like the common sparrow, but longer tailed, had only a glimpse of him, perhaps a marsh wren. Today, a robin near the house.  George says he has seen them for some time, and also a flock of cedar birds, in the yard of the Central School. 

 

[1865.]    March 29. Received package from Prof. Traill Green, and a day or two since, one from C. F. Parker, in the former, very little new, in the latter, only Rhinanthus crista‑galli. In the Grove, Stellaria media, having survived the winter, in blossom. Brought it home & gave it to Kate's birds.

 

[Rhinanthus Crista‑galli L. in the Scrophulariaceae, Yellow‑Rattle; "seeds broadly winged (when ripe they rattle in the inflated calyx, whence the popular name.)" Gray's Manual of 1889, forward by Sereno Watson.]

 

[1865.]    March 31. Walked to White's Grove. 2 Ranunculus fascicularis, had put forth each an opening flowerbud. Gathered 2 or 3 mosses, and mailed one of them (capsule sessile) to Charles H. Peck of Albany.

 

[This appears to be the first exchange of what was to be a fruitful collaboration between Clinton and Peck in the investigation of mosses and liverworts (bryology). Clinton does not appear to have interested himself in this group of plants without a tutorial relationship with a specialist in bryology. Peck would later turn away from bryology and become one of the most prominent mycologists in the United States. When Peck did decide that he preferred to study the fungi, Clinton would also provide Peck with specimens of fungi from western New York State. David Day would publish, in the Plants of Buffalo and Vicinity (Bulletin of the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences, Vol. 4, April, 1882, pp. 65‑279) the fruits of this collaboration: "Grateful acknowledgments are made to Mr. Charles H. Peck, of Albany, N.Y., the State Botanist, for his kindness in supervising and correcting our lists of Musci, Hepaticae and Fungi: ‑ originally prepared by Judge Clinton, by whom all the species were detected, except as otherwise stated." (Day pp. 74‑75).]

 

Scientific names may be looked up in the online checklist of Western New York plants. Find genus names beginning with  A - C  D - K  L - P  Q - Z.