list, with descriptions where necessary, of the plants growing wild in the limits of the county, and its preparation involved extensive research in the published botanical literature, as well as a careful study of herbaria, and numberless botanical excursions.
So careful was the preparation that it stands today among the most accurate of such catalogues.
In ‘The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table
,’ Oliver Wendell Holmes
I wish that somebody would get up the following work: Sylva Anglica. photographs of New England elms and other trees, taken upon the same scale of magnitude.
With letter-press descriptions by a distinguished literary gentleman.
had always been a careful observer of trees; he may be said to have been a lover of them.
In his notes, taken when on the march through the swamps of Louisiana
, on his trips up and down the White river
, and along the Mississippi
, in the pine barrens of Florida
, and in the higher regions of Alabama
, are frequent comments on the trees.
In the preface to his ‘Typical Elms and Other Trees of Massachusetts
,’ he says:
The call of the Autocrat, in the August number of the Atlantic, 1858 . . . expressed so general a desire that it is a wonder the work has not been previously undertaken.
From that date, the historian of this volume has looked over the announcements of publishers for the required prospectus; he has had an eye also on the big trees, but with no idea of turning biographer.
Within a radius of ten or a dozen miles from his residence he has struck up a close acquaintance with every tree of note, his pleasures enlarging from year to year with the ever-widening circle of his forest friends.
In the summer of 1886 the historian fell in with the photographer, and the scheme outlined by the Autocrat began to assume a vague consistency.
The photographer mentioned was Mr. Henry Brooks
of West Medford, with whom he worked in preparing the book.
The labor of collecting the material was great,