Abbot, Charles. Flora Bedfordiensis, Comprehending Such Plants as Grow Wild in the County of Bedford, Arranged According to the System of Linnaus, with Occasional Remarks. Bedford, Printed and Sold by W. Smith, 1798

Rev. Charles Abbot, c1761-1817, was a grammar school teacher who became an ordained minister in Bedfordshire. He was elected a fellow of the Linnean Society in 1793 and submitted his ’Plantae bedfordiensis,’ a list of 200 less common plants of the county of Bedforshire to the Society in 1795. The work was published in 1798 and is considered a model of a county flora. It lists 1,325 flowering plants. He describes each species and the general place of its growth. The author claims in the dedication and preface that he designed the book for the amusement and instruction "of the fair daughters of Albion." He dedicated the book to Queen Charlotte; she and her two daughters were "into botany," as we would say it today. Queen Charlotte did much to make the pursuit of the subject a fashionable one among nobility and gentry women of her time. Charles’ wife, Sarah, assisted him in his work by developing his herbarium. The specimens of plants she prepared were also useful to James Edward Smith in his works English Botany and Flora Britannica.

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