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Reigate Plants OCTOBER 1856 - John Stuart Mill, The Collected Works of John Stuart Mill, Volume XXXI - Miscellaneous Writings 
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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Phytologist, n.s. I (Oct. 1856), 460-1. The article begins with a list of the six errata in “Plants Growing Wild in the District of Luxford’s Reigate Flora,” that are corrected in its text above. Running title: “Reigate Plants.” Signed “J.S. Mill.” Not republished. For the identification in Mill’s bibliography, see “Observations on Isatis Tinctoria and Other Plants” above.
this list of plants is in a great degree superseded by the new Reigate Flora, just published by Mr. Brewer;1 which, as might be expected, contains most of the plants which I have mentioned, with many others which I had not detected. I had however the good fortune of finding some which have escaped even Mr. Brewer. Of one of these (Catabrosa aquatica) I have observed a new station, much nearer to Reigate, even since the publication of Mr. Brewer’s work, viz. in the swamp at Whiggey, on the west side of the Brighton road, at a very short distance from the stile: so difficult is it to exhaust this rich botanical district, in which I do not believe there is anywhere a square quarter of a mile not containing one or several rare plants.
Might I take the liberty of asking Mr. Brewer, through your journal, whether Alchemilla vulgaris is set down as growing in “damp meadows on the banks of the Mole, and in other places in the neighbourhood of Dorking,”2 from his own observation, or on the authority of Luxford’s Flora?3 I have always suspected a mistake on the part of Mr. Luxford’s informant, not as to the plant, but the locality, as I can hardly imagine that a plant so conspicuous, and incapable of being mistaken for any other, can exist in some abundance in that neighbourhood without my having seen it in thirty-five years’ botanical knowledge of the locality.
Permit me to ask a similar question respecting Carex teretiuscula near Whiggey, which has been suspected to be an error of Mr. Luxford.4
Mr. Brewer locates Carex ovalis in “damp situations on Reigate Heath and Redhill.”5 To these may be added Earlswood Common, which is at present covered with it.
In my list I omitted one of the habitats of Sagittaria sagittifolia—near the Merstham ponds.
Has any of your correspondents attended to Veronica with the variegated corolla of V. agrestis and the large flower of V. Chamaedrys? It is not very uncommon in Surrey, and I last year observed it in great abundance in cornfields on the heights overtopping Smitham bottom, between Croydon and Beggar’s Bush. Is this a permanent variety of agrestis? and is it not often mistaken for V. Buxbaumii, reports of which are now starting up everywhere, though wanting not only the uniformly blue colour of Buxbaumii, but the broadly divergent lobes of the fruit?
[1 ]A New Flora of the Neighbourhood of Reigate, Surrey, Containing the Flowering Plants and Ferns of the District, with Their Localities, Times of Flowering, etc. And a List of the Mosses (London: Pamplin, 1856), by James Alexander Brewer (1818-86). The work was reviewed in the same number of the Phytologist, pp. 434-5, with a reference to Mill’s article of June, “Plants Growing Wild in the District of Luxford’s Reigate Flora,” pp. 268-74 above.
[2 ]Brewer, A New Flora, p. 19.
[3 ]Not located.
[4 ]Not located.
[5 ]Brewer, A New Flora, p. 123.