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  • Title

    Letter, 1847 July 31, Henry William Ravenel (Black Oak, S.C.) to Moses A Curtis (Society Hill, S.C.), Page 3

  • Date


  • Subject

    Aiken County (S.C.)--History

    South Carolina--Social conditions

    Ravenel family

    Fungi of Carolina

    Illustrated by Natural Specimens of the Species

    Botanists--South Carolina--History--19th century

    Berkeley County (S.C.)--History--19th century

    Botanists--South Carolina--History--19th century

    South Carolina--Social conditions

    United States--Description and travel

    Aiken County (S.C.)--History

  • Description

    Letter from Henry William Ravenel to Rev. Moses A. Curtis. Ravenel inquires of Curtis, "Without good glasses how do you find specific differences between these little atoms of organized matter?" He then asks Curtis how Lewis Schweinitz distinguishes between his 680 species and says that Curtis should look through his collection. Ravenel details a species that he refers to as "No. 2" and describes how it is a larger plant and more branched out at the summit than another unknown plant (the portion of the letter in which he names the other plant is degraded). These differences may be accounted for because one is found in light, dry soils and the other is not. The fruit of No. 2 is smaller and the echinali callus tube is thinner. More discussion follows about various journal articles and Ravenel notes that Professor Gray recently sent him a note about a lost publication from the previous August or September. Ravenel closes the letter with a description of a fungus, or a uredo, that has usu

  • People

    Schweinitz, Lewis David von, 1780-1834

    Gray, Asa, 1810-1888

    M. Wallace

  • Location

    Society Hill (S.C.)

    Pinopolis, (S.C.)

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  • Common Plant Names



  • Contributing Institution

    University of North Carolina. The Wilson Library