Humphry Marshall Papers, 1721-1863 (bulk: 1760-1800).

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Marshall, Humphry, 1722-1801. Humphry Marshall Papers, 1721-1863 (bulk: 1760-1800).

Humphry Marshall Papers, 1721-1863 (bulk: 1760-1800).

Comprised predominantly of incoming correspondence of Quaker botanist and horticulturist, Humphry Marshall and his nephew, Moses Marshall. Two letter books kept by Moses Marshall in 1791 and 1793 provide a record of the Marshalls' responses to inquiries from clients seeking plants and seeds. Samuel Kramsh. These men were admirers and F/friends of Marshall's who exchanged specimens collected in distant parts of the country for native Pennsylvania species and species cultivated by Marshall in his garden. The unsuccessful search for wild Franklinia alatamaha is mentioned in three letters, while six letters outline plans for scientific expeditions to the west in the 1790's, mostly intended to involve Moses Marshall. While there is little in these letters to indicate the Marshalls' scientific. Abilities, per se, they help to delineate the complex network of family members, scientific associates and fellow Quakers used by the Marshalls to collect, sell and distribute plants. Morality of paying taxes during wartime (see Anthony Benezet and James Kenny), a letter relating to the North Carolina Regulator Insurrection, and one concerning the arrest and imprisonment of Quakers in Philadelphia as suspected loyalists. Finally, James Kenny's letters from the Pittsburg area, written in 1759-1760 provide an excellent account of plant collecting and life in the vicinity of Forts Pitt and Duquesne. A few letters concern Quaker doctrine and Quaker attempts to deal with the non-Quaker. World.

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