a large number of type photographs have been made in Brazil. A.S. Hitchcock said that the grass types in the Grass Herbarium _ are segregated and kept in a separate case.
The listening carefully to indistinct speakers is very tiring. L. H. Knoche thinks that those foreigners who speak in English are hardest, most exhausting on the nervous system; but I myself find it very difficult to follow the English, usually without being very attentive. In fact any one who does not think of clear delivery requires effort for the listener. Hitchcock is one of the best speakers we have from the U.S. in taxonomy, though M.L. Fernald excels even him.
_ U.S. National Herbarium
Aug. 18, 1839
- The nomenclature session this afternnon was warmly contested all along the line. The main contention centered on the conservation of specific names, nomina specifica conservanda. The Americans rather generally, the South Africans and Australians were for it. The Germans and Swiss and French were against it. The British Committee were originally for it, but abandoned the plan as impracticable. The strongest arguments for it related to long-continued usage, nomina familiara, and to usage in horticulture, agriculture, forestry, medicine. The argument against it was that there would be no end to the proposing of species for the conservanda specifica list and would eventually lessen the weight and authority of the rules. Voting was by ballot. Dr. Hill wrote on the blackboard:
Ballot no. 1.
When a number of persons in the