Babington, Charles Cardale, 1808-1895 (botanist and archaeologist)
Charles Cardale Babington (1808-1895) was born on 23 November 1808 at Ludlow, Shropshire. He was educated at Charterhouse, before matriculating at St John's College, Cambridge, in 1826 (B.A., 1830; M.A., 1833), where he became a fellow. He was professor of botany at the university, 1861-1895. Babington carried out intensive research in natural history. He helped to found the Entomological Society in 1833, and the Cambridge Antiquarian Society in 1840. He died at Brookside, Cambridge, on 22 July 1895.
Found in 16 Collections and/or Records:
A catalogue of the books, manuscripts and prints belonging to the Cambridge Botanical Museum and Charles Cardale Babington, deposited in the Botanical Museum, circa 1890
Various catalogues, plant lists and an account book.
List of members with notes of the dates and reasons for their resignations, 1845, 92 folios. Additional lists of names occur at fos 76-80. Attached to fo. 1v is a letter from C.C. Babington to John Willis Clark, 22 March 1887.
Correspondence mainly on Botany. Letters to C.C. Babington, unless otherwise stated; including a collection of letters to and from other botanists.
A draft of Babington's work 'The British rubi : an attempt to discriminate the species of Rubus known to inhabit the British Isles', noted as 'partially done, not quite finished'.
Drawings by J. W. Salter, intended for C. C. Babington's work 'The British Rubi', but not ready by the time the volume was published (see Publication Notes). Pencil drawings pasted into the volume the majority partially (about half) coloured, often with Latin name, and date and location. Includes some printed version of some of the drawings. Also includes account of payments due from Babington to Salter for the work.
Most of the letters are replies to appeals by Porter for contributions to a memorial to Henry Fawcett and the cost of portraits of the seventh Duke of Devonshire, J.B. Lightfoot and B.F. Westcott; or replies to his invitations to a dinner in honour of recipients of honorary degrees (1883), and the celebration of the six hundredth anniversary of the foundation of Peterhouse (1884); or concern an address of support from members of Senate to the Liberal Unionist leadership (1887).
Artificial collection of single item or small collection accessions. Mainly correspondence but includes other papers.
Translation of Focke's work, which was originally published by the Bremen Society of Natural History in 1877. Pasted into the back of the volume is a letter from Charles Bailey to Prof. C. C. Babington, discussing how he had the work translated, and copies of that translation made. This notes that he requested a 'literal translation', without any 'attempt to polish up the sentences so that they may read better'.
Written by Rev. W. W. Newbould about the work of his colleague, Charles Cardale Babington, 'Manual of British Botany'