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A typical letter handwritten by amanuensis in English and signed by amanuensis.
An original MS
Pages with text: 3
Transcriber: Sloyan, Victoria
Transcription date: March 15, 2013
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Ans[wered] May 1st. 1914
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. [] 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-- [] 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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