Sowerby family letters, 1840-1915


Date: 1840-1915 | Size: 0.25 Linear feet, Ca. 75 items


These are mainly letters written from British botanists to James and William Sowerby concerning flowers and botany in England. Most of the correspondents are represented by only one letter and include Charles C. Babington, William H. Baxter, Joseph D. Hooker, Daniel Oliver, and W. T. Thiselton-Dyer.

Background note

James de Carle Sowerby was a naturalist and artist and oldest son of naturalist James Sowerby. In 1838 he and others founded the Royal Botanic Society and Gardens, Regent's Park. His son, William, was also a naturalist, specializing in botany.

Collection Information

Physical description

Ca. 75 items.


Purchased from W. Myers (£45.00) and accessioned, 09/21/1971 (1971 1207mf).

Early American History Note

This manuscript collection falls outside the geographic scope of the Early American guide (British North America and the United States before 1840). It may be of interest to scholars interested in global history, international relations, imperialism, or the U.S. in the world.

Indexing Terms

Personal Name(s)

  • Babington, Charles Cardale, 1808-1895
  • Baxter, William, d. 1871
  • Hooker, Joseph Dalton, Sir, 1817-1911
  • Oliver, Daniel, 1830-1916
  • Sowerby family
  • Sowerby, James de Carle, 1787-1871
  • Sowerby, William, 1827-1906
  • Thiselton-Dyer, William T.(Wiliam Turner) (1843-1938)


  • Beyond Early America
  • Botany -- England.
  • Flowers -- England.