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Flora Caroliniana, secundum systema vegetabilium perillustris Linnaei digesta...

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Walter, Thomas, 1740?-1788.
Title: Flora Caroliniana, secundum systema vegetabilium perillustris Linnaei digesta...
Dates: 1788
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0832

Biographical/Historical Note

Thomas Walter (ca. 1740-1788) was an early figure in American botany. Born in Hampshire, England, he immigrated to South Carolina in the 1760s and acquired a plantation on the Santee River in South Carolina, where he prepared his Flora Caroliniana, published in 1788. This publication used the Linnaeus' system of classification. He also had a herbarium which contained all of the specimens described in his book.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a copy of Walter's Flora Caroliniana...Ornata Auctore Thomas Walter, Agricola, published in London, 1782. This is a handwritten copy of the entire text and includes the following note on the fly-leaf: "The following Manuscript copy of Walter's 'Flora Caroliniana' was transcribed literally from the printed copy, formerly the property of Dr. Henry Muhlenberg, by whom it was presented to Zaccheus Collins, Esqr. Of Philadelphia at whose decease, it was sold by the Administrator in 1832, and bought by the Loganian Library of Philadelphia in whose possession it now remains, being numbered in their catalogue No. 2188. Messrs. Jno. M. Cooper and Co. procured the original copy and amid other pressing duties the whole was written out in exactly three weeks by Wm. F. Feay, Savannah (Geo) May 25, 1860. The volume No. 2188 was brought from Philadelphia by Adams and Harnden's Express, and returned through the same medium."

Index Terms

Botany--South Carolina.
Flowers--South Carolina.
Manuscripts (document genre)
Walter, Thomas, 1740?-1788.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Flora Caroliniana, secundum systema vegetabilium perillustris Linnæi digesta..., MS 832, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information



Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Publication Note

Published in London, 1788, by Sumptibus J. Fraser.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

Item 1: Flora Caroliniana...Ornata Auctore Thomas Walter, Agricola
In Latin.