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Sent by:
William Greenell [ARW's son] Wallace
Sent to:
David Prain
1 May 1914

Sent by William Greenell [ARW's son] Wallace, Old Orchard, Broadstone, Wimborne, Dorset to David Prain, [Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew] on 1 May 1914.

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07 February 2012 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP3866.3785)

A typical letter handwritten by amanuensis in English and signed by amanuensis.

Held by:
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Finding number:
DC English Letters 1911-1920 Vol. 124
Copyright owner:
©Wallace Family

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Ans[wered] May 1st. 1914


Old Orchard,



L[ieutenan]t. Col[onel]. Sir D. Prain.3 F.R.S. &c.

Dear Sir David Prain

Amongst the seeds which I received from Mrs Baker who was travelling in Uganda a few years ago were two of a convolvulus4 which was said to be mauve and very rare.

I enclose a flower and some leaves and I should be much obliged if you can tell me the name & whether it is rare. [[2]] It is growing in a warm green-house & quickly grew up to the roof, but as it showed no sign of bloom it was cut back & again grew up to the roof & then produced one flower at Christmas time 1912. It was again cut down to the base & has again grown to the roof & is now full of bloom.

Can you tell me also whether it is hardy & if it is not would you like to have it for one of your houses?

I have also a plant of Rosa Stellata5 from New Mexico (fig-- [[3]] ured [figured] in Miss Wilmott’s6[sic] book). It is a poor plant & this is a bad time to move it but as we may be leaving would you like to take the risk of having it sent you?

Yours very truly | p.p. A Wallace [signature]


Ipomoea palmata, Forsk8 Widely distributed in Trop[ical][?]. Africa, but many be rare locally. Offers of this plant & of Rosa stellata accepted.9


1. Written in ink in a different handwriting.

2. Written in pencil.

3. Lieutenant-Colonel Sir David Prain (1857-1944), Scottish botanist. He became Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in 1905.

4. Convolvulus is a genus of flowering plant.

5. Rosa Stellata is a species of rose.

6. Ellen Ann Willmott (1858-1934), English horticulturist.

7. W.G.W refers to William Greenell Wallace, ARW’s son.

8. Ipomoea palamata Forsk is a vining perennial plant, also known as Ipomoea cairica and Cairo Morning Glory.

9 Written in pencil in handwriting different to the main body of the letter. The final line of writing is obscured by tape which has been placed over the paper’s edge.

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