TitleJohn Howard Papers
DescriptionThis collection contains information about the international network of botanists and commerical explorers working in the field as well as information about the growing of cinchona in India. The bulk of material is correspondence (1836-1884) to JE Howard regarding Cinchona, mainly in the form of scientific discussion and research, collection and donation of specimens, and scientific and commercial exploration, dating from the early to late 19th century. The letters are international and include correspondence with Charles Ledger, Clements Markham, G M McIvor, John Broughton and others, letters to John Elliot Howard from the Directors of Kew Gardens: Thistleton Dyer and Joseph Hooker. It also includes some documents relating to the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain and its museum collections; e.g. correspondence from Joseph Ince and Daniel Hanbury, and formal acknowledgements for specimens donated by Howard to the Society's Museum. - see list for details.) There is also printed material, ranging from newspaper cuttings, journal and periodical articles to East India Company reports and printed records (1856-1951).
Creator NameHoward, John
Extent74 folders contained in ? boxes
Administrative HistoryJohn Eliot Howard (1807-1883), quinologist, was born on 11 December 1807 at Plaistow, Essex, the youngest of three children of Luke Howard (1772-1864), meteorologist and chemist, and his wife, Mariabella, née Eliot (1769-1852). Both parents were members of the Society of Friends. With the exception of two years at Josiah Forster's school, Howard was educated at home. Apprenticed to his father's chemical business at Stratford in 1823, he was made a partner of the firm in 1828. In 1830 he married Maria (1807-1892), daughter of William D. Crewdson of Kendal. The couple moved into a substantial house in Tottenham, Middlesex, where they had five daughters and four sons.

As early as 1827 Howard showed interest in what would prove to be his life's work: the extraction of the anti-malaria drug quinine from the bark of the Cinchona (cinchonaceae) genus of South American tree. His first paper, a report on the collection of cinchona in the British Museum made by the Spanish botanist José Pavón (1754-1840), was published in 1852. In the following year Howard joined the Pharmaceutical Society, and in 1857 the Linnean Society. In 1858 he purchased Pavón's manuscript 'Nueva Quinologia' and his specimens of cinchona. Howard employed a botanical artist and published the well-received Illustrations of the 'Nueva Quinologia' of Pavon and Observations on the Barks Described in 1862. Howard's second major work, The Quinology of the East Indian Plantations (1869-76), was the result of his examination of the bark of all the forms of cinchona introduced into India from the Andes by Clements Markham, Richard Spruce, and Robert Mackenzie Cross. For this Howard received the thanks of her majesty's government in 1873. In 1874 his citation for election as a fellow of the Royal Society recognized the importance of his work: 'the name of Mr Howard is inseparably connected with his lifelong investigation respecting the identification and chemistry of the cinchona' (Kirkwood and Lloyd, 1).

Howard took considerable interest in gardening, and especially in hybridization as bearing upon cultivated cinchonas, and he was the author of numerous scientific papers, chiefly on quinine. He also gave addresses on both science and revelation at the Victoria Institute, of which he was a vice-president. Howard and his wife were both deeply religious and had been raised as Quakers. In 1836 they resigned from the Society of Friends and became Baptists. Howard published several religious tracts and was instrumental in establishing the Brook Street Chapel, Tottenham. He died at his house, Lord's Meade, Tottenham, on 22 November 1883, and was buried in Tottenham cemetery. The genus Howardia of the Cinchonaceae was posthumously dedicated to him.
Custodial HistoryIn 1996, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB) began sorting its archival holdings with the assistance of an archives consultant (Janet Foster). Late in 1999, the museum staff found 6 box files of mostly manuscript material in an office cupboard that had not been viewed as part of this archive work. The files contain a significant amount of material, much manuscript, mostly relating to John Eliot Howard (1807-1883). Some items were added in 1884, after Howard's death, and some publications were added by the RPSGB up to 1951.
SeriesThe collection consists of three series - JEH/1 - Correspondence and Papers, JEH/2 - Press cuttings, Reports and other Publications, JEH/3 - Illustrations, Photographs, Botanical bookplates and glass negatives
ArrangementArchival material within the collection has been arranged according to its medium and subject matter.
LanguageEnglish, French, Dutch, Spanish
Physical DescriptionThe collection consists of manuscript papers, maps, booklets, press cuttings, illustrations, photographs, reports and printed materials
Related MaterialRBG Kew's Centre of Economic Botany department holds cinchona seeds, which belonged to Howard
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