Correspondence of Charles Mohr and G. W. Clinton
Edited by P. M. Eckel
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Missouri Botanical Garden
July 22, 2003
(Updated August 5, 2003)
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The Correspondence of

Charles (Carl) Theodore Mohr (1824‑1901) and

George William Clinton (1807‑1885)

 

1872

 


 

Vol. 8, no. 93 [H 127]

Mobile, February 17th, 1872 My esteemed friend!

 

Your kind lines of Decbr 14th which you did address to me in spare moment in the midst of the discharge of your professional dutys have given me much pleasure take my best thanks for the same. Happens from the same that by that time my last letter did not reached you; I hope that it arrived afterwards in due time.

 

The ancient but ever precious advice ne sutor ultra crepidam I follow now for my [next?] future stoically in the strict sense of the words, till it should please fate to decree otherwise; I can hope that my efforts spent outside my accustomed sphere of action will result to the benefit of my children. ‑

 

I have latly received a lot of plants collected many years ago by my lamented friend Dr. Denny in Clarke [Co.] of the state; I am just busy now to determine and arrange the same, finding several species amongst them new to me and not expected here, i.e. Cassia longisiligua [sp.?], a Calamintha not described in Chapman, Dirca palustris, Aristolochia tomentosa, Passiflora later [det?]; I will be able to select a nice contribution from the flora of our state for your and the societys Herbarium.

 

According to the remarks of our friend Mr. Lesquereux as quoted in your letter there is little prospect of having the mosses determined; I have a good mind to send the same straight to headquarters; I have through my brother in law an charge to forward a pakage to Berlin, who could head the same to Dr. C. Mueller the author of the Synopsis; by doing so that matter would be sooner settled than any other way. It will therefore be best to return the pakage of mea: mosses to me, so as to give the specimen the proper numbers as to facilitate their identification, with the named species by Mueller. I am fully aware that Mr. Sullivans time is occupied with the investigation of N Am. mosses in such a degree, that there is but little time left for him for other work.

 

Since I wrote to you last my health has often been wretched, consequently, just as many hours as I was incapacitated for mental work or to the discharge of my dutys, are lost to me to be devoted to botanical pursuits. ‑ All I intended to accomplish this winter is yet in a rudimentary state, in partial my proposed microscopical study of the smal fungi and the preparation of a number of microscopical objects, representing the essential characters of Generas. I have now ready a number of slides with the peristomes of the larger number of our american generas of mosses; during the preparation of which I did learn a good deal. ‑

 

My good intentions are always far in advance of accomplished deeds, I hope and trust to time to come nearer to my aims. ‑

 

The fragmentary news about the arctic severity of the winter in your regions, make me perfectly contented with the fickelness of your clime, whose most extreme instability is often rather severe upon me. Since the past few days the rays of the sun, hidden almost for weeks behind the dark clouds inspires vernal feelings, under the influence of the soft and  mild atmosphere the pastures and roadsides are interspersed with the fresh green tufts of the Poa annua, and the pretty Houstonia coerulea spreads its slender pedicels to back its lovely flowers in the mild rays of the sun. ‑ Hoping to hear from you soon I remain as ever Your friend

 

Carl Mohr

 

Recd Feb. 24, ansd 19th ‑ having expressed the mosses.

 

[It is probable that the legendary snows of winter in Buffalo were communicated to Mohr by Judge Clinton. Dr. Denny served as president of the University of Alabama. His colleague and fellow collector was Dr. Eugene Allen Smith, State Geologist of Alabama who would contract with Mohr to prepare a Flora of Alabama. Both men contributed specimens, with Mohr, to what became, collectively, the Mohr Herbarium of the Alabama Museum of Natural History. See introduction to this section and the URL Web site for the University of Alabama Herbaria.]

 

[ne sutor ultra crepidam. Lat. "Let not the shoemaker go beyond his last." N.B. This censure was very properly addressed by Apelles (a distinguished painter, who flourished in the time of Alexander the Great) to a certain shoemaker (cobbler), who found fault with an ill‑painted slipper in one of his pictures; but when he presumed to extend his criticism to other parts of the painting, he betrayed so much ignorance as to elicit from the painter this rebuke. No one should presume to give his opinion in a province of art in which he is only a dabbler." pp. 287‑288 A New Dictionary of Quotations.]

 


 

Vol. 8, no. 103 [H 117]

[An embossed crown and the word "Imperial" ]

 

Mobile, March 1st, 1872 Dear friend!

 

The evening of 27th, ult. I had the pleasure to call at Mrs. Atwater

and I can assure you I did spend a most agreable hour in the society of the Lady and her husband.

 

I was exceedingly sorry that the Lady did not find me at my place of business when she called there the same morning. A severe attake of my rheumatismus (the very bane of my life) had confined me to my room at that time, else no doubt would have had the pleasure to accompanie her on a little excursion in our imidiate neighborhood or show her some of our floral treasures in my herbarium; I learned only late in the evening before her departure from this place that she had called at the store. ‑ That fatal rhematism has robbed me of many a precious hour and many a cherished hope and pleasure in my life. ‑

 

I feel very thankful to you for the introduction of such of your friends as happen to come to this place, such visits are indeed welcome to me they are like cheerful sunbeams to my existence here. ‑

 

I wish from all my heart a friendly destiny would give me the pleasure to receive you once here under my humble roof; What a glorious time We would have in rambling with you through our pine barrens and Magnolia groves. ‑

 

I hope that you are in due receipt of my last of 14th P. M. [?] ‑

I remain as ever

 

Yours truly

Carl Mohr

G. W. Clinton, Esqr.

 

Recd March 7

 

[ On May 1, 1872, Elizabeth Atwater wrote to George Clinton, from Chicago, Illinois: "Mr. Atwater called with me upon your friend Dr. Mohr. He was not in - But paid us the compliment of a visit in the evening - with Gen'l J. H. Simpson and family. Dr. M. was very sorry that he could not have an opportunity of showing me his herbariums. He lives delightfully, with an extensive conservatory filled with rare exotics. His enquiries for yourself were most cordial - desiring us to extend to you his expressions of sincere regard: His sister, her husband and daughter, Mr. & Mrs., and Miss Hirsch..uel, were in our company, on the following day, and at the request of the Dr., introduced themselve to us. They were en route for Germany, and thought it not impossible they might visit Buffalo, and pay you a visit - also Miss Wilson, whom the Dr. was very desirous they should see.

 

Dr. M. told me he had supplied you with sp'ms of the Southern Flora, so that I cannot hope to send you anything which would prove of interest to you. I have preserved quite a number of plants for friends who have not the facilities for collecting them so far removed from them - as also for myslef, never having the pleasure before of plucking plants in the sunny South - or possessing sp'ms therefrom. We left New Orleans on the 26th Feby, ere the luxurient vegetation of that section was in bloom especially as the season was from "four to six weeks backward"! This was the repeated declaration wherever we went. I however managed to snatch a few plants by the wayside and from an occasional swamp by the courtesy of rail road conductors - with whom I invariably made friends at once.

 

When an opportunity occurs I shall venture to send you a fern from New Orleans - plucked within a vacant tomb at the Firemens Cemetery. As it was "nothing but a weed" the custodian not only allowed me to possess it, but expressing himself as glad of its removal plucked it, roots and all - greatly to my delight."]

 

 


 

Vol. 8, no. 149 [H 69]

Mobile, May 8th, 1872 G. W. Clinton Esqu.

My dear friend!

 

Take my best thanks for your kind lines of 24th of last month; I am much obliged to you for the determination of the black fungus upon [Persea?] caroliniensis. Enclosed I send you and for your friend Dr. Peck ample material of, the by me supposed Strigula feci; the more I look at this plant, the less I can believe it to be a Lichen, particularly since I find the long hyaline filamentose cells filled with a yellow granular matter sometimes collected in the clavate and often bis or trichotomously divided tips of those cells, I fell puzzled and perplexed, so that I do not know what to make of the object; ‑ You will also find very large greenish spores well defined and of always uniform size, free amongst the thallus and very easily separated from the same. ‑I have no books of any kind to enlighten me, and I am very anxious to get all the information about the peculiar structure of this plant. I possess only a very smal specimen of Strigula feci from Ravenels herbarium for wich I am indebted to the kindness of Miss Wilson; I am to anxious to preserve that without further mutilation for my collection and therefore not able to study the same further with the microscope; for the sake of comparison with my plant. ‑ You will oblige me greatly and aid if you will send some of the specimens to Dr. Peck and after hearing from him inform me of his opinion of the plant. Amongst a great many specimens I examined I could never find any asci, wich would insure me that I had it with a Lichen to do. ‑

 

My health is bad and it takes more than my ordinary efforts to keep up good spirits and not to fall a prey to despondency. ‑ Summer is now upon us, 80‑85* in the shade daily since several weeks, the Magnolias in ful flower; I wish you could enjoy the splendor of the floral beautys of the season now shining forth in this region. ‑

 

Hoping that this might find you in the best of health and spirits I remain most respectfully and truly

 

Your friend

Carl Mohr.

 

P.S.

I received the news from a friend in the Pacific Coast that a Lady in Salt lake city would be willing to send me plants from that region for determination. It would be most desirable for me to get to that effect... a correspondence; can I invoke your assistance in the matter?

 

[On the left margin] The mosses I received the [sic] are on the way now to Dr. Mueller in Halle. After the are determined I shall get up a good set for you and our friends as far as my material will permit.

 

Recd May 14. 

 

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Vol. 8, no. 158 [H 60]

Mobile, Aug. 12th, 1872 G. W. Clinton Esqr.

Dear friend!

 

I hope that you are in receipt of my last lines which I send to you at

the commencement of this month. From a new botanical correspondent residing in Thibodauxville, La. I received a few plants wich are of great intrest; 1., A Cleome not described in Torr. & Gray. Its circinate anthers, the free stamens, smal round torus and petaloid fugacious calyx place it in another than the N. American subgenus Peritoma. Please return if possible the specimen to me after you have determined the same; Should I succeed to get a few more of the same I shall divide with you. ‑ 2. Calamintha ‑ with the large flowers of the C. carolinia[na?] and the obtuse spatulate closely tomentose rigid leaves with entire revolute margins of the C. canescens, T. & G. I have no material to compare with specimens of the named species. Please return. (Dr. Joor Thibodauxville La. leg.) 3. A liliacious plants received a few days ago from Salt lake City by a friend who made a trip to California, please keep the specimens for yourself (Rev. Dr. Nevius legit [sp.?] 4., Coreopsis. Pascagoula April 16th, Mohr lg. I have send you this fine species 2 years ago, if I am not mistaken with the wrong name of C. Drumondii. Is it a variety of Coreopsis auriculata?

 

Hoping to hear from you soon I remain most respectfully

 

Your friend

Chas Mohr

 

Recd ["March" crossed out, "May"?, "4" crossed out, "17".]

 

[There is presently a Thibodaux town in Louisiana, but not a Thiboudauxville. There is a Pascagoula, Mississippi, but not in Louisiana nor Alabama.]

 


 

Vol. 8, no. 173 [H 44 & 43 ‑ two sheets of paper]

Mobile June 11th, 1872 My dear friend!

 

I received in due time your kind favor of May 17th inclosing the lines of Dr. Peck; In the mean time I hope you in receipt of my letter of about the same date enclosing several species of new and doubtful plants wich I received partly from La [= Louisiana] and one from Salt lake city; have you found time to examine the same? I feel quite sad that this season I am so entirely deprived of any chance to get out of the brickwalls of the city; our esteemed friend Miss Wilson mentioned in her last letter that your naturalists field club arranges an excursion under your leadership to Niagara Falls, I have no doubt that you all realised in the fullest degree the pleasure you have [interpelated?] from the town; nothing can in my opinion increase the intrest for natural history and scientific pursuits more among the educated than such arrangements. ‑ I longed to be with you at that occasion; the greatest pleasure I always found in a ramble through fields and forrest over hill and dale with a companion of a kindred soul. ‑

 

The Strigula question offers increased intrest to me; these very plants to whom we are almost unable to assign the proper place on either line of demarcation drawn by our attempts to a natural system, are often the very ones which help to solve disputed questions about true affinitys; According to the definition of that what is called a Lichen, the filaments containing the highly colored (yellowish and green) endochrome, undoubtedly chlorophyllous granules in our plant place it in that order; ["I think" crossed out] This character must be of many wheight than the presence or want perithecia with [sic] the Lichens have incommon with ascomycetous

 

[second sheet] fungi. ‑ Do you not think it probable that the plant in question is a sterile form of the Strigula Feci in which the greater development of the ...ys, (rather exuberant) the vegetative organ, left no room for that of the organs of fructification?‑

 

A short time ago I received from our friend Prof. Lesquereux the mosses collected by me in this neighborhood and in Louisiana. He handed the same over to Mr. Sullivant years ago deeming the same to be of a particular intrest to the same, having been engaged in the preparation of a new edition of his Icones; My discoverys however, it seems did find no place there. ‑ The[y] enbraced the following new species.

 

Bryum Mohrii Lesqu. n.sp.

Trichostomum macrostegium, Sulvt. n.sp.

Syrrhopodon alabamiense, Sulvt. & Lesqu., n.sp.

Zygodon obtusifolius C.M.

species found before only in the [report?]

Rhizogonium spiniforme C. M. new to U.St. Mexican & W. Indian species.

Racopilum tomentosum Brid. A splendid moss of eastern S. America and the Carib. Islands. new to U.N.St.

Hypnum fulv. Hook. & Wils. A very rare south. species

Leskea microcarpa W. P. Sch. collected by me at Mont[gomery?]

Pilotrichum hamulosum Hook. new for the U.St. A south americ. Species Donaldsonville, La.

Desmatodon plinthobius, Sull. & Leq.

Campylopus leucogaster Mull. A mexican species. New for the U. St.

I shall send you specimens of all of them for the collection of our society and yourself. Hoping to hear from you soon

 

I remain as ever yours truly

Chas Mohr

Recd June 19  ansd July 4

 

[The naturalist's field club who Clinton led on a field trip to Niagara Falls must have been the Buffalo Field Club, an earlier organization to the Buffalo Naturalists' Field Club organized later, in 1880, by Professor Charles Linden in Buffalo, New York.]

 


 

Vol. 8, no. 198 [H 18]

Mobile August 19th 1872 My dear friend!

 

Your kind lines of July 17th as well as the decision about the Viola I have received in due time, my sincere thanks I offer you with this for the same; You can believe me, when I tell you that it does me good to the innermost of my soul to find myself remembered in friendship and such sincere regard by one to whom I look up with the deepest esteem and who has such strong claims to my gratitude by his never ceasing efforts to please me and gratify me in the purest pleasure of my life, pleasures in wich I find not only recreation but peace and comfort for my mind, when in danger to fall a prey to trouble and discontent. ‑

 

I appreciate highly the kind consideration and the honor you have shown to me in giving my name to the Hawaian species of your new [L?]eirosiphon. ‑ I wish to fall in with the good luck in discovery in our regions here a new beautiful and intresting plants which I might dedicate to you and return the compliment. The discoverys I have made so far in bryologie hold out the prospect that such a thing might happen and my wish the possibility in seeing fulfilled. ‑ I think I have not yet informed of the fact, that our excellent friend Prof. Lesquereux has returned to me my Mobile Mosses which as peculiarly intresting and indeterminable by myself I had submitted to his examination during the last 6 years; Mr. Sullivant to whom he showed the collection was highly intrested in the same, and expressed the desire to have the same turned over to him for publication. Our friend described amongst them 3 new species Bryum Mohrii, Lesq., Trichostomum macrostegium Lesq. Syrrhopodon alabamiensis Lesq. new to the bryological flora 3 species from the Western Soc. [? Society?] Islands and Mexico, Phirogonium spiniforme, C. M. (Cypress swamps, Mobile), Racopilum tomentosum Brid. and Campylopus leucogaster [f. ill.?] (in ageris Mobilienses), and a species so far only found by Hooker in the mounts of Nepal, Lygodon obtusifolius between a South american Pilotrichum (simile Neckera hamulosa accord. to Lesqu.). ‑ I vainly indulged in the hope to meet the description of this entirly new and the so far to the bryologie of N. Am. foreign species in the new edition of Mr. Sullivant's Icones, but our friends tells me that the author of that fine work could take no notice of it.

 

Dr. Karl Mueller who had received on the [4th?] of last June a set of my mexican mosses, has returned to me under the date of 23d of same month the determination of 64 good species received; that

shows work and dispatch. He says that he was deeply intrested in the examination of the same and seems not the less delighted about the abundance of most beautiful and truly intresting forms he encountered in the collection as new to science; He established about 30 new good species of strongly marked typical characters, 1/4 of the whole [number?] mentioned as new by Shimper a short time ago, undescribed and unpubished yet by that Author; and the balance partly described as new, years ago by Mueller, Hornschuch and Hampe in the Synopsis muscorum and from and mostly peculiar to the same region [?sic]. ‑ After learning this I was not slow to comply with the wishes of Dr. Mueller to give the balance of my collection a close scrutinous overhauling, all that what I found by that to be uncertain, yet new and undetermined is now swimming across the Atlantic; it will take a short time to get a full report of the same; I shall not fail get up a set as complet as possible for our society. ‑ I should like to see published in some periodical a ful catalogue of the same and given an exposition of the bryologie of the eastern declivity of the menic. [?] Andes as far as know to day, a sort of an excursis phyto‑geographic peculiarity of the bryological flora of that region and dwelling upon the relationship existing between that region and other country under analogous zones, particularly on the Americ. continent; It would such an effort form not an unintresting contribution to the geographical distribution of musci.

 

I suffered much latly but feel better to day. In the hope to hear from you soon I remain

 

Yours sincerely

Carl Mohr.

 

To Hon. G. W. Clinton

[no date of receipt.]

 

[The Phirogonium spiniforme, C. M. (genus seems misspelled) may be referrable to Rhizogonium spiniforme (Hedw.) Bruch ex Krauss. although that is an old name.]

 

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Vol. 9, no. 14 [C 211]

[small embossed image upper left]

Rec'd Nov. 3 & wrote him.

 

Mobile, October 28th, 1872 My dear friend!

 

Months have passed since I had the pleasure to receive your last letter; I hope that is not illness that does prevent you to send me one of your kind communications to which I always looked forward with such delight. ‑ Yesterdays being a beautiful glorious autumnal afternoon, I took a stroll with my boys in the fields and woods glowing in the splendor of our autumnal flora, and happened to stumble over a plant entirly [sic] new to me; As all my efforts to determine the same by the aid of my books have been in vain, I come to the conclusion, that it is not described in any of our published floras. ‑ Even the determination of its place in the natural system and its affinitys give me trouble. ‑ The flowers are smal, have been withered when I collected the same, still I take the corolla for a polypetalous one, (if not very deeply cleft gamasepalous?) the floral organs are arranged after the pentamerous order throughout, the 5 stamens of a hypogenous insertion with free (unconnected) filaments, placentation central capsule 5 celled of 5 connected carpels and loculicidal; It cannot be a Malvaceous plant, if truly polypetalous I should take it to belong to a family nearly allied to Malvacea. What can it be? The plant seems to be perennial it has strong fusiform root, a stem divided in many branches from its base, diffused and strongly prostrate, flowers pale purple; In ... pascuis siccas [?] apricis solo argilloso ‑ arenaceo [= in ... pastures dry, open on clayey‑sandy soil ‑ siccas should be siccis]. I send you branchlets of the plant; you can well imagine that I am most anxious to get your opinion of this new costumer [sic], who after all seems to be a straggler from more southern regions; I have so far found it upon only one spot on new made ground along a railroad embankment constructed a year ago. ‑ I have never noticed the plant before around dwellings or in our gardens. ‑

 

I enclose you along with it some specimens of an Auricular ... Fungus, hymenium beautiful orange colored finely seperating from the pileas in fine wooly fibres. I will be much obliged if you will kindly furnish me the name of it; I have connected your name with an interesting tropical form of a Neckera, (Neckera subgenus [paragraph sign] Pilotrichella Mueller) Pilotrichella Clintonii Mohr, which I collected many years ago on trees in the Cedar swamps of Louisiana near Bay... Lefouretre, and which I have pointed out to our friend Prof. Lesquereux as a new connecting link between our southern bryological flora and the neighbouring tropical regions, already in the year 1866, he placed the moss near the western Neckera hamulosa Hook., and referred the same with the others of my Alabama mosses to Mr. Sullivant, but I have not learned that, this author has taken any notice of the same in his late publication (2d editions of his Icones and Mosses of North america). Unfortunatly I have only a single specimen left, but I hope to be able at a future time to collect a new supply. The same is the case with a new mexican Didymodon which according to my wishes Dr. Karl Mueller (author of the Synopsis muscor. Frond.) has dedicated to you; I had the attention of the author called to it by designating it as new species of Symblepharis, collected on the Eastern slope of the Pico del Orizaba 7000' altit. 1857. As accident would have it only a few specimens have been found amongst my collection of which I kept only a single one for myself. I am just occ... to arrange sets of my Alabama mosses and the duplicates of my mexican collection for you and Miss Wilson. ‑ I have found that in the herbars of the academies and museums of this country well and authentically determined mosses of the tropical regions nearest to us (particularly of Mexico) are almost wanting, and that one good and  well authenticated collection would be exceedingly desirable in a public museum for reference by bryologists of our country. I thought to present as complete a set of the species collected by me in Mexico to the herbarium of the Philad. Academy; But as I have been honored by the membership of your natural history society I feel more inclined to bestow that little what I am able to contribute to the stores of science rather upon your institution. ‑ Please let me know if you have seen the new edition of the icones and if the new edition of Mr. Sullivant's North american mosses has made its appearance; I understood that the author has been engaged in the preparation of the same for several years. ‑ Can you report upon the few plants I send send [sic] you the past spring; a new Capparide and a Calamintha from Thibbodauxville [Thibodaux?] La. ‑

 

Hoping to be favored right soon with good news from you; I remain most sincerely

 

Your friend

Chas. Mohr To the Hon. G. W. Clinton.

 

[Pilotrichella Clintonii Mohr occurs in neither the recent Mexican nor Eastern North American manuals. See Index Muscorum.

 

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[On November 4, 1872 Leo Lesquereux wrote to George Clinton: ]

 

"I got the mosses from Sullivant (Mohr's mosses) and returned all to him because neither Sullivant nor myself could find time to study them. Glad to hear from Mohr. He is an excellent man and a good botanist. Unhappily he has never got rid of the necessity of hard work aside of science as he has a large family to provide for and as moreover his health has troubled him constantly."

 

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Vol. 9, no. 29 [C 195]

Mobile Novb. 16th 1872 My dear friend! ‑

 

I have before me your kind letters of [1st?], 4th & 9th instant, which are full of intrest to me and give me a great pleasure indeed; Please take my best thanks for your kind assistance in the determination of the doubtful plants. To find the non de script Cleomella, to be Warea amplexifolia, has quite taken the conceit out of me. Possibly I believed the plant to have been blooming in the spring and the want of a mature seed pod did mislead me. Since that I have received specimens, collected late this fall from [Santa Avea?] Island. ‑ I must say that I am still doubtful about that Calamintha coccinea. Please return to me the specimen I send to you, it is the only one I did receive, as I would like to compared carefully with the Cal. coccinea which grows abundantly on our dry pincheles [?] I did send you several years ago specimens of it under the name of Gardoquea Hor...

 

The seeds of the [Clifortia? liga...] I hope to get in the course of the coming week. I will forward the same immediately after their receipt direct to Professor Gray.

 

I rejoice with you over the great acquisition our Society made in the acquirement of the Shimperian mosses. I shall also feel very glad and not a little proud if you find my smal contribution of mexico mosses and those of this region of some value and scientific interest to the society. It shall ever be a pleasant duty with me to forward to the same all the novelties and intresting species, I might encountre in my future explorations of our bryological flora. I have the pleasure to forward to you as ful a set of my mexican mosses as my material on hand would permit me to get up; The duplicates I beg you, to devide between you and Miss Wilson; The full set you will kindly incorporate with the moss herbarium of the society, and in doing so, select those specimens, to which you find the most explicitly written labels attached; [superscript work illegible] From these labels you will be so kind and fill up the blank spaces I left, for want of time on many of the labels of the duplicates. ‑ I regret it much, that I am not able to furnish your society and my friends with a complete set of all the species as established by Dr. Karl Muller; From the catalogue I send you, you will perceive that there are many missing out of want of material, of course all the unices [unicates?], and there has been accidently a number of them, have been left with the author, as well as several specimens of each of the new described species. ‑ If my friend [Oru?] Carlos Sartorius was yet alive, I might be able to make up these defficiencies, as he took a great intrest in the bryologie of his surroundings; It is this a new cause of regret of the departure from this life of that veteran botanist and nestor of science in Mexico, whose hospitable hermitage in the ever glad mountains of the Orizava range was ever open to the travelling and ardent naturalist. ‑

 

The news about the Melochia is most welcome to me, I will send you some good specimens, with the aid of which the question of its identity with the cuban M. melissaefolia will be satisfactorily settled.

 

I need scarly [sic] tell you, how thankfully I will receive some of the duplicates of Schimpers europaean mosses. Having latly established an exchange with a young bryologist in Germany I will have shortly [=north?] middle and southwestern Germany fully represented; truly alpine, high northern and particularly South europaean species will be most welcome (Schimper has collected much in Spain and other countrys around the Mediterranean). Please let me know all about the manner in which you intend to put up your moss herbar, I am very anxious to learn your ways about that. Has the last report upon the botany of the State of N. York by Dr. Peck made its appearance? I see that work often quoted in the publication of american fungi in the Grevillea [sp.?]

 

Hoping to hear from you soon again

I remain very sincerely Your friend

Chas Mohr. G. W. Clinton Esqu.

 

Rec'd Nov. 22, 23d mailed to him the Calamintha.

 

[Carl Christian Wilhelm Sartorius (1796‑1872), "Carlos:" his herbarium is at the Smithsonian Institution (US) with specimens principally from Mirador, Veracruz, Mexico, with additional specimens at various herbaria. C.C.W.Sartorius also had a son, Florentin who collected mostly mosses from Mirador, collecting between 1873 and 1885. His specimens are in Berlin (B), the British Museum (BM) and the Smithsonian (US). General moss collections as "Sartorius" are found at Helsinki (H), Finland (Vegter, J. Hettie. 1986. Index Herbariorum. Part II (6) "Collectors 'S'", Regnum Vegetabile vol. 114, Utrecht, Netherlands).]