Correspondence of Asa Gray and G. W. Clinton
The Correspondence of
Asa Gray (1810-1888) and
George William Clinton (1807‑1885)
Vol. 4 (37) [G 188]
Cambridge. February 11, 1867
To add to the rest, in my time of greatest hurry ‑ worry ‑ and just as Mrs. Gray had got ready to write all my letters for me she is down & suffering with a very painful local inflammation, and I have to play nurse, and get little sleep.
Well, expect your genus paper ‑ which I have ordered boxed & sent on by Express ‑ to Mr. Evisard Palmer Esq. ‑ [did] expect the bill 2 or 3 days hence
Thanks for yours of the 1st Feb.
I acknowledge safe arrival of my opus primum, the [Gram. & Cyp.] You are good & generous people. I will write an official acknowledgement ‑ as soon as I get time to do it legibly & neatly.
Meanwhile, I am
Recd. Feb. 15
Vol. 4 (46) [G 179]
Cambridge, Mass. Feb. 19 
Tear off leaf and give to your Treasurer as his receipt.
Let me tell you also ‑ for fear you think something is wrong, that I find, on comparing notes with dealer, that the bundles do not represent 2 reams, but 100 lbs of paper ‑ that the paper was ordered to weigh, & does weigh 55 lbs per ream, & so costs 11.50 per ream.
You lack about 20lbs of 4 full reams ‑ but I dare say you have enough
Your tired, overworked friend
P.S. If your copy of Bentham & Hooker's Gen. Pl. is not yet arrived, I should like to supply it ‑ from nine copies supplied to me by the authors & publishers ‑ who allow a discount of 20 per cent ‑ which you will save
[Recd. Feb. 22]
Vol. 4 (184) [G 36]
June 14, 1867
My Dear Clinton
I send by Express (paid) a stout package of well‑named European plants to your Natural History Society, not as a return, but in token of my best thanks for sending me so handsomely a copy of my own first botanical production from their shelves. Please present my best thanks (not less sincere for being tardy) for the welcome gift.
I write to you at B. [Buffalo] but suppose you may be a constitution‑making at Albany.
Prosperity attend you wherever you may be.
Recd. June 17
Vol. 4 (215) [G 2]
Cambridge Oct. 16 
My Dear Clinton
You know the sorrow we have, in the death of Mrs. Gray's excellent Father, Mr. Loring?
I will send you the notice taken at the Bar in Boston.
My wife is only now getting settled at home where she has been able to do nothing of the usual household matters since July.
Could you spare & send to E. Durand. 1818 Delancy Place, Philadelphia ‑ a specimen, however small, of Solidago Houghtonii of Bergen Swamp ‑ for the love of your [dear] friend
Peck has lately found Naias minor (var. tenuisissima) at Albany &[ ] that W. Boott finds it near here, at [ ]
Recd. Oct. 19, ansd 21st
In Gray's 5th (1867) edition, Naias major All. was discovered at" Onondaga Lake by G. W. Clinton; Lake Ontario, near Rochester, C. M. Booth: recent discoveries" (p. 483). Its current name is Najas marina L., a species rare in New York State. In Homer House's 1924 flora of New York State (NY State Mus. Bull. No. 254) he lists Peck's specimen of Naias gracillima (A. Br. ex Engelm.) Magnus from West Albany (N.Y. State Mus. Bul. 139:p. 26. 1910).
Apparently Clinton responded to Gray's request. On October 25 he wrote in his journal that he " Today expressed packets to E. Durand, 1818 Delancy St., Philadelphia." He later received the following letter of gratitude:
Vol. 5 (5) [B 227]
Philadelphia October 29th, 1867
G. W. Clinton, Esq., Buffalo
I have, with infinite pleasures received your note of 26th instant and the package you have been kind enough as to send me.
Many months ago, I took the liberty to write to you, begging you to send me a specimen of Solidago Houghtonii, if you could spare it. To this letter I never received an answer, and I must now believe that it never reached you. I have, since, applied to other sources; but unsuccessfully. I had therefore to recur to our friend Gray who, never, refuses me what he can spare or procure me. From the above fact, my dear sir, you may judge that I am not quite as haughty as I may have appeared in your eyes. Not being able to account for your silence, I could not, decently, renew my application to you.
Thank you, thank you for your fine specimens of Sol. Houghtonii, and for the rest. I have rejoiced at the sight of Atriplex rosea, an old acquaintance which I used to meet in the vicinity of Nantes, more than fifty years ago. Of Naias minor, var. I received, a few days ago, a small specimen from Dr. Gray; yours is complete and I am very glad to have it. Panicum xanthophysum, Cyperus dentatus and Riccia sphaerocarpa, I had.
Can you not send me a list of your desiderata; it would make me happy thus to pay my debt. Why did you not let me pay the freight of the package?
Very gratefully and cordially yours
1818 Delancey Place
Recd Oct. 31, ansd Nov. 3
Vol. 5 (3) [B 220]
C[ambridge] Oct. 25 
I have named all your plants ‑ to‑day received, except 2 or 3 which will want consulting the Herbm. in the morning.
Our thanks for your kind letter.
The Juncus surely I can't name, if Engelmann cannot, but I will see if I can just match it in the Herbm.
The remaining # 21 = Bromus
Recd. Oct. 28
Vol. 5 (13) [B 218]
Cambridge, Mass. Nov. 9, 1867
My Dear Clinton
I have for your Society the part 3 (completing Vol. 1) of Hooker & Bentham's Genera Plantarum.
Being for your Society I have had the duty remitted ‑ and so you have it for $4.25 ‑ currency for which be thankful and send me the money.
Shall I send by mail?
If so needing 25 cs. for postage
In haste Ever Yours
Recd Nov. 12, 21st inclosed him $5.00
Vol. 5 (17) [B 214]
Cambridge, Nov. 23, 1867
Yours of the 21st inst. just in. Glad to hear from you. Will start off the copy of Gen. Pl. at once.
And here is change for your $5 bill.
Book addressed to Academy of Natural Sciences, Buffalo, N.Y.
Reced Nov. 27
Vol. 5 (32) [B 199]
Here is all I can do for you ‑ now.
Come to the Torrey Jubilee on Friday & meet
Put aside, as you have them, specimens for F. Mueller.
Recd. Dec. 18
Ferdinand von Mueller of Australia (see letter of Dec. 1866 above). Clinton, although invited by Torrey to visit him, did not on this occasion.