George E. Davenport made a valuable collection of ferns, which he gave to the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, where it is known as the Davenport Herbarium.
He wrote for the Botanical Gazette, on botanical nomenclature, many monographs on ferns, on which subject he was a recognized authority.
He delivered a lecture with lantern slides, on the Middlesex Fells many times for the benefit of the Fells, and poems and essays of his are to be found in periodicals.
Mrs. Josephine L. Richards made herself an authority on native wild flowers and ferns, and described them so graphically in Wild Flowers and Ferns, 1893, that the reader could discern them for himself.
Mrs. Etta Austin Macdonald, at one time superintendent of Brockton schools, and her sister, Miss Mary Frances Blaisdell, have issued an instructive set of school readers for young children, the first, The Child at Play; the second, Child Life in Tale and Fable; third, Child Life in Many Lands; the fourth an