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RANDALL, John Witt, poet, born in Boston, Massachusetts, 6 November, 1813. He was graduated at Harvard in 1834 and at the medical department in 1839. While in college he devoted his attention to scientific studies, especially entomology, and also cultivated his taste for poetry. His attainments as a naturalist gained for him the honorary appointment as zoologist in the department of invertebrate animals to the South sea exploring expedition sent out by the United States under Commander Charles Wilkes. But the delays in the sailing of the expedition caused him to resign the appointment, and he then turned his attention to his favorite pursuits. He has been largely occupied with the cultivation of an ancestral country-seat in Stow, Massachusetts, and has accumulated one of the rarest and most original collections of engravings in the United States. Dr. Randall has contributed a paper on the "Crustacea" to the " Transactions of the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences," and two on insects to the "Proceedings of the Boston Society of Natural History," and he prepared a volume on the "Animals and Plants of Maine" for the geological survey of that state, but the manuscript was lost. Besides doing other literary work, he has written six volumes of poems, of which only one has been published, " Consolations of Solitude" (Boston, 1856).
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