Autograph letter signed to Dr. John Francis. Mary Griffith.

Autograph letter signed to Dr. John Francis

Publisher Information: New Brunswick [N.J.]: 1829.

Griffith, Mary (1772-1846). Autograph letter signed to Dr. Francis of New York. Bifolium. 1 page plus integral address leaf. Charlieshope [New Brunswick, N.J.], 27 July 1829. 250 x 190 mm. Some tiny holes along folds, tears along folds mended including where seal was broken, small dampstain, address leaf soiled, but good to very good.

From Mary Griffith, probably the first American woman to publish on scientific subjects other than materia medica or childcare (see 11415). After her husband’s death in 1815 Griffith devoted herself to scientific pursuits, performing investigations in horticulture, natural history, economic entomology, earth sciences, epidemiology and optics at her New Jersey estate, and publishing her results in scientific and literary journals and newspapers. She also wrote short stories and novels, including Three Hundred Years Hence (1836), the first utopian science fiction novel by an American woman.

In her letter Griffith mentions two well-known American naturalists: John Eatton Le Conte (1784-1860), author of Histoire générale et iconographie des lepidoptères et des chenilles de l’Amerique septentrionale (1833); and David Hosack (1769-1835), founder and first president of the New York Horticultural Society and creator of the Elgin Botanic Garden, the first public botanic garden in the United States.

"Do you know Dr. La Conte [sic]. I saw in the Gazette the other day that a physician of that name was engaged in a history of caterpillars. I want to see him very much and should be glad to be introduced to him. I am engaged in the same thing, only in a humble way . . . Dr. Hosack says that you are to deliver the next horticultural address . . ."

Book Id: 45276

Price: $800.00

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