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William Henry Leggett (1816-1882) was born on February 24, 1816. He graduated from Columbia College in 1837. Leggett was a New York City classics teacher and an amateur botanist. He was one of the founders of the Torrey Botanical Club and was the first editor of the Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club, which was started by him as a private enterprise in 1870. Leggett was described as a "profound classical scholar, a most conscientious teacher and an enthusiastic botanist" (Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club, Vol. 9, 1882, p. 86). William Leggett died on April 11, 1882.


The William Leggett collection consists primarily of correspondence with colleagues during Leggett's tenure as editor of the Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club. Prominent correspondents include Asa Gray, George Clinton, William Denslow, George Thurber, and John Williamson. Subjects include the exchange and determination of specimens, the Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club, and the death of John Torrey. The collection also includes research notes on Lechea, Compositae, and plants that grow in New York.


Series 1: Correspondence, 1866-1886
Series 2:  Research Notes, 1862-1869

Series 1: Correspondence 1866-1886.
                Arranged alphabetically.

This series contains correspondence pertaining to plant descriptions, acknowledgements of receipt of specimens, and requests for copies of the Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club.

Series 2: Research Notes, 1862-1869
               Arranged alphabetically by subject.

In this series are notes and lists on botanical topics, and a draft proposal to Columbia College on the Torrey Botanical Club's views regarding the relations of Columbia College to the Science of Botany.


The New York Botanical Garden

PP   John Torrey Papers

RA  Torrey Botanical Club Archives

Processed March 2000 by Susan Fraser under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) PA-23141-98 and a grant from the Harriet Ford Dickenson Foundation.

For more information and a complete description contact:
Susan Fraser, NYBG Archivist
The LuEsther T. Mertz Library
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