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The Collected Works of John Stuart Mill, Volume XXXI - Miscellaneous Writings, ed. John M. Robson (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1989).
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The Phytologist; a Botanical Magazine
Westminster Review, XL (Dec. 1843), 524-5. Running title: “Miscellaneous Notices.” Signed “S.” Not republished. Identified in an incomplete entry in Mill’s bibliography as “A short notice of ‘The Phytologist’ in the Miscellaneous Notices of the Westminster Review for December 1843 (No. )”
(MacMinn, p. 56).
we think it highly desirable that such lovers of botany as are not yet aware of the fact, should be apprised that there has now existed, for nearly two years, a botanical magazine, at the low price of one shilling. This little periodical is not intended to compete with the large works which are addressed to the scientific public, and are the appointed vehicles for the more recondite discoveries and discussions of vegetable physiology. Without excluding such discussions when they can be brought within the limits of the work, the Phytologist addresses itself less to scientific physiologists than to naturalists in the more popular acceptation of the term; and especially to such as wander over the hills and fields of our native country in search of its rarer plants, or who delight in observing their habits and peculiarities. Of the merits of the work in this capacity it is almost a sufficient recommendation that Mr. Newman, the author of the accurate and interesting History of British Ferns, has made its pages the vehicle for giving to the botanical public, as a sequel to that work, a similar history of the British Lycopodiaceae Equisetaceae, and adjacent families, which is now nearly complete, and not inferior in excellence to the British Ferns.1 In the genus Equisetum especially, Mr. Newman has corrected serious mistakes, and cleared up important ambiguities.
The Phytologist has contained various interesting and valuable discussions on other British plants, as, for example, that by which it was for the first time conclusively shown, by Mr. Luxford and others,2 that the Monotropahypopitys is not, as it was so long supposed to be, a parasitical plant. The value of this journal to local collectors of plants is very great, as almost every number contains a local flora, or catalogue of the plants growing in some particular district. An account is also regularly given of the contents of the more interesting papers read before the Linnaean Society, and published in its transactions. And under the head of Varieties, admission is given to the briefest notice of any fact interesting to the lover of botany.
We are the more desirous of calling the attention of our botanical readers to this periodical, as we perceive with regret a statement in a recent number that it does not yet pay its expenses, and without an increase of its sale cannot be much longer continued.3 It will be a real discredit to the growing class of botanical amateurs, if they suffer so useful a medium for mutual communication among themselves to perish for want of the very trifling support which would continue it in existence.
[1 ]“A History of the British Lycopodia and Allied Genera,” Phytologist, I (June-Nov. 1841), 1-7, 17-20, 33-6, 49-51, 65-7, and 81-6, by Edward Newman (1801-79), proprietor of the Phytologist 1841-54, and author of A History of British Ferns (London: Van Voorst, 1840).
[2 ]“Botanical Notes,” Phytologist, I (Aug. 1841), 43-4, by George Luxford (1807-54), printer and botanist, who edited the Phytologist from its inception until his death.
[3 ]The statement appears on the cover of the issue for June 1843.