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Actaea racemosa , Andromeda polifolia , Apocynum androsaemifolium , Arabis , Asclepias , Barite , Barratt, Joseph, 1796-1882 , Beck, Lewis C. (Lewis Caleb), 1798-1853 , Beck, Theodric Romeyn, 1791-1855 , Bird, William A., 1796-1878 , Boott, Francis, 1792-1863 , Botanical dictionary , Botanical specimens , Boyer, Jean Pierre, 1776-1850 , Burritt, Ely, 1773-1823 , Campanula , Chemistry , Cleaveland, Parker, 1780-1858 , Clinton, DeWitt, 1769-1828 , Clintonia borealis , Cooley, Dennis, 1787-1860 , Cooper, William, 1798?-1864 , Correspondence , Dalliba, James , Dewey, Chester, 1784-1867 , Dickinson, John Dean, 1767-1841 , Draba , Eaton, Amos, 1776-1842 , Eaton, William, 1764-1811 , Eddy, Caspar Wistar, 1790-1828 , Emmons, Ebenezer, 1799-1863 , Epilobium tetragonum , Featherstonhaugh, George William, 1780-1866 , Flora of North America , Flora of the northern and middle sections of the U , Gates, Elias , Geology , Gibbs, George, 1776-1833 , Gray, Asa, 1810-1888 , Hale, Moses, 1780-1837 , Hall, James, 1811-1898 , Hallock, William A. (William Allen), 1794-1880 , Henry, Joseph, 1797-1878 , Heteranthera , Holley, Myron, 1779-1841 , Horsford, Eben Norton, 1818-1893 , Hosack, David, 1769-1835 , Hunt, David, 1773-1837 , Index to the geology of the Northern States , Ives, Eli, 1779-1861 , James, Edwin, 1797-1861 , Kellogg, Ebenezer, 1789-1846 , Lansing, John, 1754-1829 , Lemna trisulca , Lewis, Morgan, 1754-1844 , Linnaea borealis , Lonicera , Lyceum of Natural History (New York, N.Y.) , Lycium barbarum , Lygodium , Magnesium sulfate , Manual of botany for the northern states , Marcy, William L. (William Learned), 1786-1857 , Mineralogy , Mitchell, Elisha, 1793-1857 , Muhlenberg, Henry, 1753-1815 , Myagrum , Myosotis virginiana , New York (State), Natural History Survey , Oryzopsis , Parsons, Levi, 1792-1822 , Pendleton, Nathaniel, 1756-1821 , Persoon, C. H. (Christiaan Hendrik), 1755-1837 , Platanthera blephariglottis , Polygonatum macropodum , Polygonum amphibium , Pterospora andromedea , Pursh, Frederick, 1774-1820 , Rafinesque, C. S. (constantine Samuel), 1783-1840 , Rensselaer Institute , Rensselaer School , Riccia , Robbins, Amatus, -1854 , Robinia , Roe, Stephen C., -1844 , Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, 1712-1778 , Rubus saxatilis , Sagina procumbens , Sanguisorba officinalis , Sarracenia flava , Shepard, Charles Upham, 1804-1886 , Silliman, Benjamin, 1779-1864 , Society for the Promotion of Useful Arts , Strong, Caleb, 1745-1819 , T. & J. Swords (Firm) , Thayer, Sylvanus, 1785-1872 , Tompkins, Daniel D., 1774-1825 , Torrey, John, 1796-1873 , Troy Lyceum of Natural History , Van Rensselaer, Stephen, 1764-1839 , Veronicastrum virginicum , Webster & Skinners , Whitlaw, Charles, 1776-1829 , Williams College , Wright, John, 1811-1846 , Wynkoop, John Q , Yale College (1718-1887) , Young, Samuel, 1779-1850

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Amos Eaton and John Torrey correspondence, 1816-1840

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Correspondence from Amos Eaton to John Torrey, dated 1816-1840. The correspondence begins the year after Eaton's release from prison, while he is living in New Haven, Connecticut, studying natural science ("I intend to know all that can be known of mineralogy and botany in this country"), and working on a book with Yale professor Eli Ives. Shortly after the death of his second wife in late 1816 Eaton relocates to Massachusetts, and begins a period he calls "this wandering life," travelling to deliver limited series' of popular lectures in botany, chemistry, and geology throughout New York State and New England. His letters are tart, opinionated, affectionate, and a touch paranoid. His fondness for Torrey is clearly and continually evident, even when, alarmed by Torrey's suggestion that he too embark on a series of popular lectures, he pragmatically lists the younger man's strengths and weaknesses: "I will tell you what you are and are not, in a few words ... Your personal presence is not commanding--Your language and manner are not prepossessing--Your literature has not a classical polish. Then what has raised you above every individual of your years in North America? It is your discriminating powers, your indefatigable research, set off to the best advantage by that modest confidence for which you are distinguished." Clearly stung by what he sees as an ongoing conspiracy by the same "enemies" who contributed to his earlier incarceration, Eaton often requests Torrey's discretion when discussing a new project, and wonders aloud what their reaction will be to his successes. His modest accounting of his own talent ("I can bring down the labors of the learned to the capacities of illiterate boys and girls as well as anyone") doesn't dim his enthusiasm for geology and botany, or for teaching his students, both male and female. He writes with great enthusiasm of new acquaintances he esteems, like Chester Dewey and Charles Upham Shepard; conversely, when his gimlet eye lan

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Actaea racemosa , Andromeda polifolia , Apocynum androsaemifolium , Arabis , Asclepias , Barite , Barratt, Joseph, 1796-1882 , Beck, Lewis C. (Lewis Caleb), 1798-1853 , Beck, Theodric Romeyn, 1791-1855 , Bird, William A., 1796-1878 , Boott, Francis, 1792-1863 , Botanical dictionary , Botanical specimens , Boyer, Jean Pierre, 1776-1850 , Burritt, Ely, 1773-1823 , Campanula , Chemistry , Cleaveland, Parker, 1780-1858 , Clinton, DeWitt, 1769-1828 , Clintonia borealis , Cooley, Dennis, 1787-1860 , Cooper, William, 1798?-1864 , Correspondence , Dalliba, James , Dewey, Chester, 1784-1867 , Dickinson, John Dean, 1767-1841 , Draba , Eaton, Amos, 1776-1842 , Eaton, William, 1764-1811 , Eddy, Caspar Wistar, 1790-1828 , Emmons, Ebenezer, 1799-1863 , Epilobium tetragonum , Featherstonhaugh, George William, 1780-1866 , Flora of North America , Flora of the northern and middle sections of the U , Gates, Elias , Geology , Gibbs, George, 1776-1833 , Gray, Asa, 1810-1888 , Hale, Moses, 1780-1837 , Hall, James, 1811-1898 , Hallock, William A. (William Allen), 1794-1880 , Henry, Joseph, 1797-1878 , Heteranthera , Holley, Myron, 1779-1841 , Horsford, Eben Norton, 1818-1893 , Hosack, David, 1769-1835 , Hunt, David, 1773-1837 , Index to the geology of the Northern States , Ives, Eli, 1779-1861 , James, Edwin, 1797-1861 , Kellogg, Ebenezer, 1789-1846 , Lansing, John, 1754-1829 , Lemna trisulca , Lewis, Morgan, 1754-1844 , Linnaea borealis , Lonicera , Lyceum of Natural History (New York, N.Y.) , Lycium barbarum , Lygodium , Magnesium sulfate , Manual of botany for the northern states , Marcy, William L. (William Learned), 1786-1857 , Mineralogy , Mitchell, Elisha, 1793-1857 , Muhlenberg, Henry, 1753-1815 , Myagrum , Myosotis virginiana , New York (State), Natural History Survey , Oryzopsis , Parsons, Levi, 1792-1822 , Pendleton, Nathaniel, 1756-1821 , Persoon, C. H. (Christiaan Hendrik), 1755-1837 , Platanthera blephariglottis , Polygonatum macropodum , Polygonum amphibium , Pterospora andromedea , Pursh, Frederick, 1774-1820 , Rafinesque, C. S. (constantine Samuel), 1783-1840 , Rensselaer Institute , Rensselaer School , Riccia , Robbins, Amatus, -1854 , Robinia , Roe, Stephen C., -1844 , Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, 1712-1778 , Rubus saxatilis , Sagina procumbens , Sanguisorba officinalis , Sarracenia flava , Shepard, Charles Upham, 1804-1886 , Silliman, Benjamin, 1779-1864 , Society for the Promotion of Useful Arts , Strong, Caleb, 1745-1819 , T. & J. Swords (Firm) , Thayer, Sylvanus, 1785-1872 , Tompkins, Daniel D., 1774-1825 , Torrey, John, 1796-1873 , Troy Lyceum of Natural History , Van Rensselaer, Stephen, 1764-1839 , Veronicastrum virginicum , Webster & Skinners , Whitlaw, Charles, 1776-1829 , Williams College , Wright, John, 1811-1846 , Wynkoop, John Q , Yale College (1718-1887) , Young, Samuel, 1779-1850

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title = {Amos Eaton and John Torrey correspondence, 1816-1840 },
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note = {https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/bibliography/137634 --- Correspondence from Amos Eaton to John Torrey, dated 1816-1840. The correspondence begins the year after Eaton's release from prison, while he is living in New Haven, Connecticut, studying natural science ("I intend to know all that can be known of mineralogy and botany in this country"), and working on a book with Yale professor Eli Ives. Shortly after the death of his second wife in late 1816 Eaton relocates to Massachusetts, and begins a period he calls "this wandering life," travelling to deliver limited series' of popular lectures in botany, chemistry, and geology throughout New York State and New England. His letters are tart, opinionated, affectionate, and a touch paranoid. His fondness for Torrey is clearly and continually evident, even when, alarmed by Torrey's suggestion that he too embark on a series of popular lectures, he pragmatically lists the younger man's strengths and weaknesses: "I will tell you what you are and are not, in a few words ... Your personal presence is not commanding--Your language and manner are not prepossessing--Your literature has not a classical polish. Then what has raised you above every individual of your years in North America? It is your discriminating powers, your indefatigable research, set off to the best advantage by that modest confidence for which you are distinguished." Clearly stung by what he sees as an ongoing conspiracy by the same "enemies" who contributed to his earlier incarceration, Eaton often requests Torrey's discretion when discussing a new project, and wonders aloud what their reaction will be to his successes. His modest accounting of his own talent ("I can bring down the labors of the learned to the capacities of illiterate boys and girls as well as anyone") doesn't dim his enthusiasm for geology and botany, or for teaching his students, both male and female. He writes with great enthusiasm of new acquaintances he esteems, like Chester Dewey and Charles Upham Shepard; conversely, when his gimlet eye lan --- In English.},
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author = {Eaton, Amos,},
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KW - Bird, William A., 1796-1878
KW - Boott, Francis, 1792-1863
KW - Botanical dictionary
KW - Botanical specimens
KW - Boyer, Jean Pierre, 1776-1850
KW - Burritt, Ely, 1773-1823
KW - Campanula
KW - Chemistry
KW - Cleaveland, Parker, 1780-1858
KW - Clinton, DeWitt, 1769-1828
KW - Clintonia borealis
KW - Cooley, Dennis, 1787-1860
KW - Cooper, William, 1798?-1864
KW - Correspondence
KW - Dalliba, James
KW - Dewey, Chester, 1784-1867
KW - Dickinson, John Dean, 1767-1841
KW - Draba
KW - Eaton, Amos, 1776-1842
KW - Eaton, William, 1764-1811
KW - Eddy, Caspar Wistar, 1790-1828
KW - Emmons, Ebenezer, 1799-1863
KW - Epilobium tetragonum
KW - Featherstonhaugh, George William, 1780-1866
KW - Flora of North America
KW - Flora of the northern and middle sections of the U
KW - Gates, Elias
KW - Geology
KW - Gibbs, George, 1776-1833
KW - Gray, Asa, 1810-1888
KW - Hale, Moses, 1780-1837
KW - Hall, James, 1811-1898
KW - Hallock, William A. (William Allen), 1794-1880
KW - Henry, Joseph, 1797-1878
KW - Heteranthera
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