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Record number: WCP5535

Sent by:
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Sent to:
David Prain
18 July 1911

Sent by Joseph Dalton Hooker, The Camp, near Sunningdale to David Prain [none given] on 18 July 1911.

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22 May 2014 by Benny, Ruth


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LETTER (WCP5535.6293)

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

Held by:
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Finding number:
DC 160 folio 88
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Reproduced with kind permission of members of the Hooker family
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22/05/2014 - Benny, Ruth;

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July 18 1911

My dear Prain2

Mrs Bourne promised you a set of her balsams3 when returned, or to be returned, named.

I have retained drawings of the floral organs of them to be attached to the specimens when we get them.

I am reading Wallace’s "The World of Life"4; it is fascinating. Also "The West in the East, from an "American point of view"5 – the clearest picture of India I have seen.

Ever affectionately y[ou]rs | Jos[eph]. D Hooker6. [signature]

Many thanks for the copies of No. 5 of the Bulletin7.

[[2]]8 The impatiens9 were received on December 14, last year with other plants and we were then requested to keep them until Mrs. Bourne would call and decide what she would give us. The balsams were sent to Sir Joseph who named them and returned them to Kew on March, 22. He was then informed that they would be sent to him again, as soon as Mrs. Bourne had actually presented them to him. As she has, however, not yet come the plants are still in our keep[ing]. This is, how matters stand.

19. 7. 11

O. S.


1. Page numbered 100 in pencil in top RH corner

2. Prain, David (1857-1944) Scottish physician and botanist, appointed Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in 1905.

3. Members of the family Balsaminaceae, which includes the genus Impatiens (see Endnote 9).

4. Wallace, A. R. (1910) The World of Life: A Manifestation of Creative Power, Directive Mind and Ultimate Purpose London, Chapman & Hall.

5. Collier, P. (1911) The West in the East from an American Point of View London, Duckworth & Co.

6. Hooker, Joseph Dalton (1817-1911) British botanist and explorer and founder of geographical botany. He succeeded his father William Jackson Hooker (1785-1865) as Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew on his death and held the post for 20 years.

7. Bulletin of Miscellaneous Information (Royal Gardens, Kew), Vol. 1911, No. 5. The Kew Bulletin is a peer-reviewed journal of plant and fungal taxonomy, published quarterly by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

8. The page is stamped "88" vertically in the top LH margin. The text on this page is in a different hand to that on the first page and signed "O.S."

9. Genus of flowering plants of the family Balsaminaceae.

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