This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
Since our last issue, we have heard the melancholy tidings of the death of this devoted friend of horticulture, rural art, and the natural sciences. Dr. Barratt was a native of Great Britain, and emigrating early in life, he selected Abbeville District, South Carolina, as a permanent abode; where, in addition to the successful practice of his profession, he soon became conspicuous as a horticulturist and planter. He loved botanical labors as an enjoyment, and even devoted to the introduction of new plants, he contributed to choice exotic and desirable native varieties, the fields of the beautiful. Every department of natural science has been enriched by bis researches. He was the friend of Audubon, Bach-man, Torrey, Agassiz, and other eminent savans. In the pursuit of his favorite studies he neglected no object which could in anywise aid his co-workers in their researches, and as a contributor of specimens of botany, ornithology, and geology, both to individuals and institutions, was liberal and self-denying. He will not be missed by the scientific world alone, but, the friend and benefactor of all classes, his place will not soon be filled.
Dr. Barratt was more generally known by his connection with agricultural progress in South Carolina. He was one of the wise trio who, in 1855, published that appeal to the people on the subject of a State Agricultural Society, which resulted in its formation and permanent endowment. An appreciation of this eminent service was evidenced by the initial convention which called upon him to preside over its deliberations, and he has, ever since the organization of the Society, been one its honored vice-presidents. He lived to see the fruition of his hopes, and, blessed with a reliant faith, he is now reaping the reward of the good man who has performed his duty to his fellow-men. He rests in peace. - Farmer and Planter, S. G.