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But it was a short-lived recovery. The dampness of the Atlantic coast winter was detrimental, and Cassius Terry fell ill once more. In an effort to find an environment in which he could regain his health, during the summer of 1871 Terry made a trip to Minnesota, where the dry, invigorating atmosphere was reported to be helpful for tuberculosis sufferers. There is no record that Emily accompanied her husband on this reconnaissance mission. While in Minnesota he visited the Indian Agencies and preached in Plymouth Church, St.
The following year the problem remained the same: "This winter has been a disappointment to me, because I have not been able to give any time at all to work on ferns. I hoped to experiment with spores, even to attempting some hybridizing, but I simply have not had an hour that I could give to it. " When spring came, she was encouraged: "It looks now as if the time was at hand when one can go off to the woods and hills for ferns, and the fever is already in my blood! "5 Terry made the best resolution she could between her daily responsibilities and her inner yearnings.
11 It was the summer season, however, that brought Terry freedom and her greatest happiness in botany. 12 She climbed the used to carry specimens mountains (Dorset Mountain, at 3,804 feet, was "quite a while in the field, was an essential piece of equipment tramp," she said—she was the first woman to reach its for the plant collector. summit); hiked through the fields and bogs (a four-mile trek Made of lightweight tin for a specimen was not too far); collected plants, especially and fitted with a strap, it the ferns, which were her foremost love; and prepared and was slung over the shoulpressed her collections for her continually expanding herder, thus leaving hands free barium.