Henry Perrine and John Torrey correspondence, 1832-1838
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Henry Perrine and John Torrey correspondence, 1832-1838

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Series: John Torrey papers ; series 1, correspondence.


Perrine, Henry, 1797-1840




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Correspondence from Henry Perrine to John Torrey, dated 1832-1838. In letters written from New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and Campeche, Mexico-- where he served as United States Consul-- Perrine mainly addresses his two primary concerns: the commercial use of the plants he has collected in Mexico, particularly Agave sisalana (the third letter is a fragment of the plant's description); and his many perceived personal grievances. These range from lack of pay and the cost of living in Washington D.C. ("An average of 4 to 5 dollars a day is the least amount which one is forced to spend in Washington") to the alleged theft by nurseryman William Prince of a shipment of plants and seeds meant for Torrey ("So much for the trickery of Mr. Prince..."). Perrine spends a good deal of time lobbying Congress to promote the use of plant-derived fibers, at one point asking for Torrey's support for a Senate bill, and nurtures a dream of turning the fields of the American South into "vegetable mines of vegetable wealth." Obsolete plant names mentioned include Agave virginica, Musa abaca, Yucca angustifolia, and Yucca recurvifolia.

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Agave sisalana , Botanical specimens , Brisseau-Mirbel, C.-F. (Charles-François), 1776-18 , Committee on Agriculture , Congress , Correspondence , Downing, A. J. (Andrew Jackson), 1815-1852 , Elliott, Stephen, 1771-1830 , Halsey, Abraham, 1790-1857 , Hosack, David, 1769-1835 , House , Lyceum of Natural History (New York, N.Y.) , Manfreda virginica , Musa textilis , Nuttall, Thomas, 1786-1859 , Perrine, Henry, 1797-1840 , Prince, William Robert, 1795-1869 , Short, Charles Wilkins, 1794-1863 , Torrey, John, 1796-1873 , United States , Yucca filamentosa , Yucca flaccida , Yucca glauca , Yucca gloriosa

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