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.
This lady died on the 14th of July in her ninety-first year. She is best known to our readers as the author of Mrs.
Lincoln's Botany, which went through a number of editions and did very useful work in her time. She was Miss Willard, of Troy, N. Y., till she became Mrs. Lincoln, eventually marrying Judge Phelps. The writer of this had a pleasant interview with her when in her eightieth year, when she was a remarkable specimen of a large, well-formed and handsome woman. The conversation on that occasion turned on the merits of the Linnaean, which she still advocated over the Natural system. Her point was, that while the Natural system was the best, and perhaps the only method worth calling a system for those who expected to become thorough botanists; it was not well adapted to those who wished to get but a general idea of botanical system. Large numbers of ladies, she thought, who undertook to learn botany on the Natural system in schools and colleges, knew little at the end of their terms, and generally abandoned it - while those ladies who studied by her exposition on the Linnaean system, generally kept up some interest in it through life.
Certainly her book did make many lady botanists.