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One of the more prolific botanical collectors in Texas in the late 19th century was G. C. Nealley, whose chief work was done under the auspices of the Division of Botany of the United States Department of Agriculture. In 1887 and 1888 Nealley was commissioned to pay especial attention to the grasses, particularly of western and southern Texas, and in 1891 he was authorized to concentrate on cacti. He was active between about 1885 and 1892, but little has been published in regard to his activities either before or after this period, and even his given names and the dates of his birth and death are obscure. The present paper is based upon information obtained from a series of about 275 letters written by Nealley to Dr. George Vasey when the latter was directing the collector's field work, from Nealley's field-books for 1890 and 1891, from records in the Bureau of Personnel of the Department of Agriculture, and from the few published works which bear directly or indirectly upon Nealley's collections and itineraries.

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