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Originally published in 1832, this two-volume life of Sir James Edward Smith (1759-1828) was posthumously compiled by his wife, Pleasance (1773-1877). Smith trained originally as a doctor, but his independent wealth enabled him to pursue botany. Hugely influenced by the work of Linnaeus, he benefited greatly from the purchase of the latter's library and herbarium in 1783, upon the advice of his friend, Sir Joseph Banks. He was highly regarded throughout Europe as a botanist, and in 1788 founded the Linnean Society. He published various botanical works, of which the most important was "The English Flora" (1824-1828), and assisted in the publication of many more. His wife recounts his character as well as his achievements, using both narrative and 'various familiar and domestic letters' to do so.
1. Introductory notice
2. Sir J. E. Smith leaves Edinburgh
3. Sir J. E. Smith begins his travels
4. Foundation of the Linnaean Society
5. Enumeration of the works of Sir J. E. Smith
6. The Bishop of Carlisle endeavours to persuade Sir James not to remove from London.
7. Correspondence of Edmund Davall, Esq.
8. Miscellaneous letters to Sir James Edward Smith, from 1797 to 1807
9. Correspondence of Andrew Caldwell, Esq.
10. Miscellaneous letters from 1810 to 1816
11. Correspondence of the Abb# Joseph Corr#a de Serra
12. Miscellaneous letters to and from Sir J. E. Smith, from 1817 to 1827
13. Correspondence of Mr. Roscoe and Sir J. E. Smith
14. Of the religious, social, and scientific character of Sir J. E. Smith