Corresponding interests: artisans and gentlemen in nineteenth-century natural history

Anne Secord
1994 British Journal for the History of Science  
Early nineteenth-century natural history books reveal that British naturalists depended heavily on correspondence as a means for gathering information and specimens. 1 Edward Newman commented in his History of British Ferns: ' Were I to make out a list of all the correspondents who have assisted me it would be wearisome from its length.' 2 Works such as William Withering's Botanical Arrangement show that artisans numbered among his correspondents. 3 However, the literary products of scientific
more » ... ucts of scientific practice reveal little of the
doi:10.1017/s0007087400032416 fatcat:ameeg6b4fnerfjcochfhgzcdtu