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Seed box with initials "R.M." for Robert Manning, c. 1820-1840

Robert Manning (1784-1842) was a famous pomologist whose garden extended from his Dearborn St. property for three acres.He wrote several books on fruits, and he received recognition for his contribution to pomological science from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.
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