A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
An original MS
Pages with text: 4
Transcriber: O'Dell, Sandra
Transcription date: June 18, 2015
Scrutiny: 18/06/2015 - Benny, Ruth;
Signed off: no
10th August 1877
My dear Sir,
I write to beg your assistance in getting named some specimens I forward by present mail to Sir J[oseph]. D[alton]. Hooker2 & which I so addressed before thinking as I do now, it would have been better to have addressed them to you. If you will kindly
Prof[essor]. W[illiam]. T[urner]. Thiselton-Dyer3
[] kindly [sic] have the names I have attached sent back with the proper names I shall know the plants they refer to quite well.
I would beg your assistance also for getting forwarded to me Prof[essor] Oliver’s4 Elementary botany for India5: as also some schedule papers for Classes – say 25 of each kind. Any cost I will be very happy to remit [] so [sic] soon as I learn the amount.
Could you also kindly send me an extract of what what [sic] Masters6 or Wallace7 (or indeed anybody else) have to say about the fruiting of the [1 word illeg.] <peach> palm, Guilielmia speciosa8, [sic] over & above what Seeman9 states in his Pop[ular]. Hist[ory]. of Palms10? Unfortunately I have no other w[or]k on palms besides that & various odd accounts.
I am dear Sir | Yours truly and obliged | H. Prestoe11 [signature]
P[lease]. T[urn]. O[ver].
[]12 P[ost]. S[criptum]. I add to the specimen parcel a small packet of coffee leaves affected with a fungoid & lichen growths which are commonly found on similar vegetation in damp places here. I would be very glad to know what they are. I have never studied this class of plants to such an extent as to be able to determine them.
1. "An[swere]d." is written in pencil across the top LH corner.
2. 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 Botanical Gardens, Kew on his death and held the post for 20 years.
3. Thiselton-Dyer, William Turner (1843-1928). leading British botanist and the third director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
4. Oliver, Daniel (1830-1916) British botanist, keeper of the Herbarium of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Professor of Botany in University College, London.
5. Oliver, D. (1869) First book of Indian Botany London, Macmillan & Co.
7. Wallace, A. R. (1853) Palm trees of the Amazon and their uses. London, John van Voorst.
8. Guilielma speciosa Mart. (known as the peach palm).
9. Seemann, Berthold Carl (1825-1871). German botanist who travelled widely and collected and described plants from the Pacific and South America.
10. Seeman, B. (1856) A popular history of palms and their allies London, Reeve.
11. Prestoe, Henry (1842-1923). English naturalist and explorer who collected specimens of plants in Trinidad and Tobago for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. De 1864 a 1886, fue botánico gubernamental y superintendente de los jardines botánicos en Trinidad. From 1864-1886 he was superintendent of the Botanic Gardens in Trinidad.
12. The number "498" is stamped vertically at the top of the LH margin.
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