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A reprint of a classical work in the Cambridge Library Collection.
Originally published in 1832, this two-volume account of the 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 'religious, social and scientific character' as well as his achievement.
Volume 2 includes correspondence from Alexander von Humboldt, and concludes with an appendix in which short papers by Smith present a variety of topics.
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