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COLLECTION Identifier: arn00009

William Withers, Jr. correspondence

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of two bound volumes of correspondence and printed material entitled, “Tracts and Letters on Planting. Authors copies of tracts bound up with the letters that he received from correspondents, the printed matter inlaid, and the whole arranged in (mostly) chronological order.”

Vol. I. August 1826-November 1827 Contains correspondence to Withers and four items authored by Withers: one letter to W.M. Cobbett Esq. (printed by Holt), “Memoir on Forest Trees,” and two versions of “Table of Planting Profits + Losses.”

Vol. II. November 1827-December 1828 Contains correspondence to Withers and one letter from Withers to Sir Walter Scott, Baronet (printed by Holt).


  • 1826-1828

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0.4 linear feet (2 bound volumes)

Biographical note

William Withers, Jr. lived in the town of Holt, Norfolk, England, and owned and leased at least two nearby forest plantations from around 1811 to 1842. His published works include letters and treatises on the establishment and maintenance of forest plantations.


Allibone SA. 1897. A critical dictionary of English literature and British and American authors, vol. 3. Philadelphia (PA): J.B. Lippincott.


This collection was given to the Arnold Arboretum Library by Sarah C. Sears in July 1917. Previous ownership is unknown. What appears to be a price of £10.10 is penciled on the endpapers preceding the table of contents in volume I.

Withers, W. (William). William Withers, Jr. correspondence, 1826-1828: A Guide.
Botany Libraries, Arnold Arboretum Library (Cambridge), Harvard University.
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Repository Details

Part of the Botany Libraries, Arnold Arboretum Library (Cambridge), Harvard University Repository

The Harvard University Herbaria houses five research libraries that are managed collectively as the Botany Libraries. The Arnold Arboretum Library in Cambridge specializes in the identification and classification of Old World plants with emphasis on Asia. The Archives of the Arnold Arboretum (Cambridge) houses unique resources, primarily field notes related to the plant specimens housed in Cambridge.

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