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Annie Wallace (née Mitten)
Sent to:
Wilmette Porter Cockerell
On:
3 February 1913

Sent by Annie Wallace (née Mitten), Old Orchard, Broadstone, Dorset to Wilmette Porter Cockerell [none given] on 3 February 1913.

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20 April 2012 by Catchpole, Caroline

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LETTER (WCP4245.4315)

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American Museum of Natural History
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MSS.W3551
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©Wallace Family

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Feb[ruary] 3rd 1913.

Old Orchard,

Broadstone,

Dorset.

Dear Mrs Cockerell1

I was much interested in reading about Rosa Stellata2[?] in Nature3 of 2 weeks & to hear that you have retained seeds of it. The plant you gave us has not produced any as yet. I must thank you for so kindly sending the hips when I asked you, for Mrs Willmott4, they arrived in due course, but they have been opened by some one[sic] on the way [[2]] & are not as you packed them, but I have no doubt they answered the purpose. I delayed thanking you for them at the time as I was waiting to hear from Mrs Willmott first, & have waited ever since. I can only suppose that she was too busy to remember to do so, & I have been quite knocked up & unable to do anything for the last six months, so please excuse my negligence. I should very much like to know what you have done about your Sunflower? [[3]] Of course last year was a terrible one for wet & it would not have had much chance here in England, it was bad for most things except beans. The book brought out by Mrs Willmott, The Genus Rosa5 is most expensive & only fit for millionaires. £20 odd. &[sic] we hear not any use for reference, & are not likely to see it, but I saw the drawing of Rosa Stellata by Parsons6 it was beautifully done from flowers he had from us. I gave all the information I could about it and how we came possessed by the plant.[,] but do not know what she has done about it, so I am very glad [[4]] Professor Cockerell7 has written about it and put it straight. Suttons8 wrote & asked if I had seed of it. After reading the description of the hips that had been fertilized I suppose those sent had no seeds but more like those I had on the plant 8 years ago. It reminded me of those of the Austrian Briar9 which has hips but nothing in them. I never saw the [1 word illeg.] seeds until I crossed a flower of it with another rose & retained 2[?] seeds[.] The fertilized hip became round & pulpy instead of hard & [1 word illeg.]. Dr Wallace is very well & busy writing as hard as ever, he has just passed 90.[,] & feels like 50.

With our kindest remebrances to you both | I am yours sincerely | Annie Wallace [signature]

ENDNOTES

1. Wilmatte Porter Cockerell 1871 - 1957). Botanist

2. Rosa Stellata. Species of rose (genus Rosa).

3. Nature. Scientific journal, first published 1869.

4. Ellen Ann Willmott (1858 -- 1934). English horticulturalist.

5. Genus Rosa (Ellen Willmott). Published in two volumes, 1910 -- 1914, John Murray, London.

6. Alfred Parsons (1847 -- 1920). English artist, illustrator, landscape painter and garden designer.

7. Theodore Dru Alison Cockerell (1866 -- 1948). American zoologist.

8. Suttons Seeds. Supplier of seeds, bulbs and horticultural products. Founded Reading, Berkshire 1806.

9. Austrian Briar Rose. A species of rose, rosa foetida, native to the foothills of the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia.

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