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The Multifarious Mr. BanksFrom Botany Bay to Kew, The Natural Historian Who Shaped the World$
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Toby Musgrave

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780300223835

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300223835.001.0001

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The Last Two Decades

The Last Two Decades

(p.317) Nine The Last Two Decades
The Multifarious Mr. Banks

Toby Musgrave

Yale University Press

This chapter recounts the last two decades of Joseph Banks's life since his 75th birthday in 1800. It describes how Banks was getting older and suffered the incapacities and endured the torments of chronic gout. It talks about Banks's management of his estates and land interests, as well as the overall management of the Royal Botanic Garden at Kew and supervision of his scientific and engraving teams in the rooms behind 32 Soho Square. The chapter describes how it became painful and hard for Banks to write and how he was forced to dictate to his ever-faithful assistant, Robert Brown. It mentions Banks's last purchase for his collection and acquisition of the herbarium that Jean François Berger made in 1814.

Keywords:   Joseph Banks, chronic gout, Royal Botanic Garden, Kew, Robert Brown, Jean François Berger, herbarium

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