GATTINGER (Augustin, M.D., 1825-1903, Author of 'The Flora of Tennessee', 1901)

Autograph Letter Signed to  Robert Morton MIDDLETON , jr., F.L.S., F.Z.S., (1846-1909, English shipbroker and botanist), assuring him that "it would be the fulfillment of a long cherished wish to make again a ramble on the tops and slopes of your mountains, and in the swamps at their feet", and much as he would like "to make the acquaintance of your esteemed lady and family ... I ... am pledged to some professional obligations. Please think about the Ilex", I. ambigua Chapmanii, which Gattinger hoped Middleton would collect for him, 2 sides 8vo., Nashville, Tennessee, 7th June

Gattinger was born in Munich, Germany, and practised medicine in Nashville. In December 1888 he sold his herbarium to the University at Knoxville. Middleton was employed at one time by the Hartlepools Shipowners' Society. About 1886 he and his wife settled in South Pittsburg, Tennessee, at the foot of the Cumberland Mountains. He corresponded with many leading naturalists, collected autographs, and presented a herbarium of some 3000 American and other specimens to McGill University in December 1890, returning permanently to England in 1892. With his wife and sister he spent 1904-1907 as a missionary in Chile. Again returning, he took a house in Kew and was a Temporary Assistant at the Natural History Museum till 1909.

Item Date:  1889

Stock No:  13914      £75

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