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21 August 2009


The Backhouses: Quakers and botanists - preview
The Backhouse Quaker Family of York Nurserymen including James Backhouse: 1794-1869: botanist and Quaker missionary, by David Rubenstein
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  • ISBN: 978 1 85072 101 8
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  • The Yorkshire Philosophical Society, Kew Gardens and William Jackson Hooker, professor of botany and later director of Kew Gardens all profited from the travels of James Backhouse (the third James in that family line)

  • James and his brother Thomas both lost their wives in 1827
  • They had purchased a nursery in 1815, which had already been in existence for 150 years or more
  • James left the nursery and his children in Thomas’s care when he set off for a ten-year journey released for this service by York Monthly Meeting, the Quarterly Meeting and the Yearly Meeting in 1831
  • He was ‘to visit in the love of the Gospel, some of the inhabitants of the British colonies, of New Holland, Van Diemens Land, and South Africa’
  • James had a companion George Walker who travelled with him

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