This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
As is now tolerably well known, the mammoth tree of California was at first supposed to be a new genus, and named Washingtonia by Dr. Kellogg. Lindley also supposed it to be distinct, and either ignorant of orignoring Kellogg, named the sup-posed new genus Wellingtonia. But neither of these determinations stood the test of botanical rules, and the plant was finally referred to a genus already established, namely, Sequoia. Dr. Kellogg now claims, at least, priority for his common name, Washington cedar. Unfortunately, popular names to be popular must be adopted by the people, and the people in their adoptions know no rule of priority, or any rule but popular fancy. However, it is but just to Dr. Kellogg, one of the most eminent and earnest workers in the early field of California botany, that he should have all due credit for his work. This is what he has to say about its early name, and his connection with the plant's discovery:
"As historic truth demands it, it is but just to say. I, myself, took Mr. Lobb to the California Academy of Sciences, and showed him the first specimens he ever saw of this marvelous, now world renowned, Washington cedar, which was so named by me before he ever saw the tree. The fact is well known to the old charter members of the Academy, several of whom are still living. It is, therefore, the earliest among common names, and claims precedence, by all courtesy, in point of time, as also in appropriateness of honor. Our relations to its earliest identification we leave to the historian of the future".