This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Only a few days ago the writer has a line from this eminent botanist, in which he said, " I am not as well as I was on the ocean - but better than I was at Cambridge, so I ought not to complain. Send me all the material you can on Echinocactus Whipplei and E. poly-ancistrus. I want to look into these and some allies." And the telegraph this morning, Feb. 16th, brings word of his death! It must have been somewhat sudden. He had just passed his 75th birthday, having been born at Frankfort-on-the-Main on the 2nd of February, 1809. When still a young man he published a very able work, called "Anthologia;" came to this country in 1832, settled in St. Louis in 1834, where as a practising physician he made his home.
We are quite sure that all Dr. Englemann's co-laborers will concede that in Dr. Englemann, America had no greater botanist. As his labors in botany and other sciences had to be subservient to his duty to his medical profession, his works will not compare in the volume of utility with that of those who have been able to devote the greater part of their lives to the service; and yet he was able to make his limited time of special value by taking up separate classes of plants for close study, and hence difficult families often became objects of minute and careful examination. Thus Cacta-cae, Cuscutae, or the dodder family, Juncus or the rushes, Coniferae, and others were especially elaborated, and in them he became the recognized authority whenever difficult questions had to be settled.
In disposition, Dr. Englemann bad a sweetness and child-like candor that made him universally beloved. He was rarely harshly-critical, and seemed always to have time to listen to the merest novice, whenever it was at all likely that there was anything new to learn. To all of this was joined a geniality, not to say jollity, of character which led him always into human sympathy, and to enter heartily on all occasions into the happy side of life.
It is not uncommon to say in notices of this kind that the deceased friend will be sadly missed within a large circle of friends; but in the case of Dr. Englemann there is no language which will adequately express the great void in the botanical world which all will feel by his departure. His wife, often the sympathetic companion on his botanical journeys, died a few years ago. He leaves an only son, an eminent chemist in St. Louis.
The notice we received as we were going to press last month did not give the date of the death of this distinguished botanist, which was on the 4th of February. The title of his early work should have been "Antho-lysis," and not "Anthologia," and his son may be said to be rather a physician than a chemist.