Correspondence of Elizabeth Atwater and G. W.
The Correspondence of
Elizabeth Atwater (1812‑1878) and
George William Clinton (1807‑1885)
Edited by P. M. Eckel, P.O. Box 299, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, Missouri, 63166‑0299; email: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Vol. 10 no. 115 ["A 208" no accounting for 213 going to 208 in these numbers]
Feb. 26th 1874 Hon. G. W.
I am rejoiced if my feeble efforts in collecting plants proved a source of any gratification to you. Was there one plant which you had not met with?
Your kind note of Jan 24th came to me acceptably. Serious indisposition has precluded an earlier response. I was surprised to learn that Miss Wilson was losing her interest in the Academy. I sincerely trust that ill health was not the cause. It seemed that her enthusiasm would be adequate to overcoming all obstacles.
How does this treacherous weather effect you? My husband
seriously regrets that we did not return to
A thousand thanks to you Sir for having so kindly named
a large portion of my plants. I do hope you may sometime go to
I have also sent a very few plants to Mr. Ch. H. Peck,
Mr. Atwater joins me in kindest regards to you, and sincere wishes for your welfare.
Believe me ‑ Very respectfully yours
Elisabeth E. Atwater.
My permanent address is care [T. G.?]
Rec'd Feb. 28.
[This is Mrs. Atwater's last letter to George Clinton.
In the 27th Annual Report on the State Museum of Natural History (Senate Document no. 102) for 1874, in the Report of the Botanist (Charles Peck), Mrs. E. E. Atwater of Chicago, Illinois is reported (p. 85) to have contributed to the State Cabinet 9 specimens: Viola lanceolata L., V. primulaefolia L., V. cucullata L., Argemone mexicana L., Pinguicula pumila Mx., Gelsemium sempervirens Ait., Polypodium incanum Sw., Apsidium patens Sw., Evernia vulpine Wulf.
Mrs. Atwater’s reference to the “Academy” is a mistake for the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences.]
August 26, 1878, Charles Mohr wrote to
"My dear friend!
Many thanks for the Buffalo Courier of 25th [?] inst., which bring to me the sad news of the death of Mrs. E. Atwater. With her demise indeed a sunbeam has gone, that warmed and enjoyed the many friends whom she ever tried to please and did give occasion, to partake in the joys that filled her heart in her enthusiasm for all the beautiful and true in nature."].