but Botany is the school for patience, and it’s amateurs learn resignation from daily disappointments.
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Extract from Thomas Jefferson to John Adams
science never appears so beautiful as when applied to the uses of human life, nor any use of it so engaging as agriculture & domestic economy.
I am for encouraging the progress of science in all it’s branches
every son of science feels a strong & disinterested desire of promoting it in every part of the earth
no body can desire more ardently than myself to concur in whatever may promote useful science, and I view no science with more partiality than Natural history.
botany here is but an object of amusement, a great one indeed and in which all our family mingles more or less. mr Randolph is our leader, and a good one. my mind has been so long ingrossed by other objects, that those I loved most have escaped from it, and none more than botany, whose lodgement...
but with this objection, lying but in a small degree, Linnaeus’s method was recieved, understood, and conventionally settled among the learned, and was even getting into common use. to disturb it then was unfortunate. the new systems attempted in Botany, by Jussieu, in Mineralogy, by Haüy, are...
and Botany I rank with the most valuable sciences, whether we consider it’s subjects as furnishing the principal subsistence of life to man & beast, delicious varieties for our tables, refreshments from our orchards, the adornments of our flower-borders, shade and perfume of our groves,...
It is time to think of the introduction of the school of Botany into our Institution.