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Some Derbyshire Plants SEPTEMBER 1858 - 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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Some Derbyshire Plants
Phytologist, n.s. II (Sept. 1858), 556. Appeared in the section entitled “Extracts from Correspondence,” which also serves as running title. Signed “J.S.M.,” dated “July 23rd, 1858” and (in the text) “July 30th, 1858.” Not republished. For the identification in Mill’s bibliography, see “Observations on Isatis Tinctoria and Other Plants” above.
. . . i have been out for a few days, with some botanical results. You have probably found, like myself, that when one goes to a neighbourhood known for rare plants one seldom finds those one seeks for: one finds others which one did not expect. It has not so happened with me this time, for during a day at Matlock I found one of the two special rarities of that place, Thlaspi virens, Bab. (alpestre, Sm.), still not entirely out of flower; and I have plenty for you as well as myself, if you would like to have any. The other plants worth mentioning which I found at Matlock were Arenaria verna, still spangling the hillsides with its blossoms; Cardamine impatiens, plentiful; Convallaria majalis, Arabis hirsuta, Campanulalatifolia, and Geranium pratense, all in abundance: its usual northern substitute, G. sylvaticum, I did not see.
Other plants in Derbyshire:—Silene nutans, Dovedale and Wyedale; Vaccinium Vitis-idaea, Chatsworth; Rosa villosa and R. tomentosa, Monsal Dale and its vicinity; Myrrhus odorata, Millersdale; also, I believe, between Castleton and Hathersage; Cochlearia officinalis and Thalictrum flexuosum (or rather, perhaps, T. calcareum), abundant on rocks above Castleton; Viola lutea (which I prefer calling, with De Candolle, V. sudetica,1 as it has a blue variety), on all mountains and hills near Castleton; the blue variety occasionally; Polypodium calcareum, in clefts of rocks between Bakewell and Buxton; Cystopteris fragilis, in similar situations there, and near Castleton; Carduus heterophyllus, plentiful in wet ground by the river Wye, near Cowdale turnpike, two miles from Buxton, on the Bakewell Road; Polemonium coeruleum, on rocks by the same road, one mile from Buxton, but so difficult to be got at that I only secured one specimen. . . .—July 30th, 1858. I will send Silene along with Thalictrum. My specimens are not from Dovedale, though I saw the plant there, but from Wyedale, about a mile above Ashford, near Bakewell. The leaf of the Viola from New Brighton is very much like that of some specimens I brought from Italy under the name of V. montana or Ruppii, both of which are considered forms of canina. . . .—Among the Derbyshire plants which I saw I omitted Allium vineale, near Matlock (at the very top of the High Tor), and Saxifraga hypnoides, in various places, but always much past flower, even in places where Cardamine pratensis was still flowering.
[1 ]Candolle, Prodromus, Vol. I, p. 302.