THE BOTANICAL JOURNAL OF G. W. CLINTON
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Editor, The Clinton Papers
Buffalo Museum of Science
Missouri Botanical Garden, Res Botanica
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July 16, 2003

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THE BOTANICAL JOURNAL OF G. W. CLINTON – June 1866

[1866.]    June 3. The Prunus inclosure on Niagara Square, before Geo. R. Babcock's, corner of Niagara & Genesee St., is, probably P. Mahaleb. The Prunus in the front yard of the northerly of the two Darrow Cottages, East side of Washington a little southerly of Clinton St. is, probably, P. padus. The Fenian raid ended early this m'g. [=morning, Clinton's underline]. 

 

 

[1866.]    June 2. Devil's Hole. Collected some mosses, among them, on rocks, in the ravine of Bloody Run, Mnium rostratum? 

 

[Here Clinton clearly identifies the stream running into the cove at Devil's Hole as Bloody Run.]

 

[1866.]    June 5. P.M. Plains, easterly side of McAdam road, showery, Mosquitoes out in force. Nil. 

 

[1866.]    June 8. By 7*30' train to Bergen. Visited the Swamp. Too weak & near sick to do much. Arethusa bulbosa pretty abundant in the edge of the open swamp. The Cypripedium candidum seems to prefer the less soaked grassy openings on the very border of the open swamp, nearer the thick woods. Did not identify, nor, I think, find Carex vaginata. Mitella nuda & Smilacina trifolia in the wooded swamp. 

 

[1866.]    June 9. In court yard of Female Seminary, also in a court yard in Washington St., between Clinton & N. Division, East side, Ornithogalum umbellatum growing freely, in the grass. 

 

After dinner, Forest Lawn. The capsules of the little Bryum are turning red. Sent some to Lesquereux. 

 

[This is the Buffalo Female Academy. Today this species of Ornithogallum may be seen escaped at the 'old Fleming place', a lot on the mainland beside the vehicular bridge crossing the American channel of the Niagara River at the American Falls over to Goat Island. This species is also escaped at the top of Scoville's Knoll at Artpark, Lewiston (today called Oakhill).]

 

[1866.]    June 16. By 5 A.M. train to Portage, with a party of young Ladies from Seminary, led by Mr. Forbes. They were sweeter than any flowers. Dr. Gay & myself formed the escort. At Portage, joined by young Wilson, Gerty's brother. Mr. Letchworth received us at the Station, & entertained the party nobly & gracefully. The day spent at his beautiful place & on his grounds most pleasantly. Most of the party got drenched by a warm, heavy‑dropping shower, & the girls seemed to like it.

 

Returned by the 4* P.M. train to Attica, where we had to wait 2 ‑ 3*. Judge Stevens showed us his nice garden, &c. & introduced us to some nice Atticans, & had teters made for the girls, & they enjoyed them to their heart's content. Got to the station in Buffalo at  9 P.M. On my arrival at home, got a well deserved, gently wigging from my dear wife for having omitted to tell her beforehand of the nature of the expedition. I supposed I had "After pleasure, cometh pain!"

 

[Buffalo Female Academy. It seems apparent that there is a thin line between escorting or chaperoning young females and gathering such women for the pleasure of a group of old men without female supervision in this passage, especially if such men are the patrons of institutions, such as orphanages, where young people are at the pleasure of their patrons. Since all my references to tetters are to pustular skin diseases, we must consult the manuscript for an alternative spelling.] 

 

[1866.]    June 24. Have done almost nothing since the 16th. Have visited Forest Lawn once or twice, & today walked to Smoke's Creek. Took some Poa alsodes. 

 

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.