Some American Medical Botanists Commemorated in Our Botanical Nomenclature

Paperback | January 7, 2012

byHoward Atwood Kelly

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1914. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... JOHN MITCHELL 168o?-1768 Mitchella repens--LINNAEUS Much research into old biographical and botanical works resulted in failure to find in any details of John Mitchell's early life. Scotch by name, he may also have been a reservist of an ultra-Scotch type and told little of his life to his American friends. Three letters in the Correspondence of Linnaeus show him to have been a fellow of the Royal Society, and, piecing other items together, it is certain that he was born and educated in England and did take a medical degree. About 1700 he came over to America, settling on the Rappahannock River, near Richmond, Virginia, being one of the earliest chemists and physicists in this country. It is assumed that he practised medicine, and the amount of writing on botanical and other subjects may have been the result of unusually healthy neighbors and much leisure. His Dissertatio brevis de Principiis Botanicorum was dated Virginia, 1738, and dedicated to Sir Hans Sloane. Three years later appeared his Nova Plantarum Genera, dedicated to Peter Collinson,1 both of which papers were printed at Nuremberg, 1769. Collinson was very keen on making exchanges of natural history specimens with Americans, and strongly urged them to cultivate silk, flax, hemp and wine. Mitchell must have enjoyed having such an interested friend in the old country, and would anxiously await from him the opinion expressed by the Royal Society concerning a paper on The Causes of the Different Colours of People in Different Climates (1743), which Collinson was to read for him, in 1744. The paper finally appeared in the Society's Philosophical Transactions (vol. xliii). However, in 1746, Mitchell was himself in London. He had had a bad journey, for the ship was captured by Spanish pirates, and ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1914. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... JOHN MITCHELL 168o?-1768 Mitchella repens--LINNAEUS Much research into old biographical and botanical works resulted in fail...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:44 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.09 inPublished:January 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217994687

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