Aug. 29. 1826.
I also received in due course your two letters <3> from Corfu, rich in botanical information. –
If you would send me specimens of any of your plants that want determination I would carefully compare them with mine & Sibthorp’s, <4> though I could not promise to work at them immediately. I must devote my time to my own Flora, <5> so as to be beforehand with the printing of the 4th volume. If however they are not very numerous, & you wish to prepare your paper for an early meeting of Linn. Socy, <6> I will look at them as soon as possible.
We are going to Lowestoft for 2 or 3 weeks, after which I hope to be settled at home, & to have no interruption to my own pursuits.
I do not wonder that you have found in the Ionian isles many plants that Sibthorp did not meet with, but I think you mention more than one as new (in your letters) that are in Sibthorp – as Phalaris intriculata, which you will find under Alopecurus.
I trust you will look at my English Flora before you undertake the Umbelliferæ. <7> I want to arrange the foreign ones, but have not time at present. Sprengel <8> makes great mistakes, & Hoffmann <9> more.
Mr D. Don, <10> who has been a few days with me, will take this letter to town. –
I hope another year will be more propitious to our meeting.
Lady Smith <11> joins in best compts
with dear Sir
Yr very obedt servt
J. E. Smith.I am very glad to hear you intend to favour the Linn. Soc. with a paper.
W H F Talbot Esqr
31 Sackville Street.
2. Antonio Bertoloni (1775–1869), Amoenitates Italicæ (Bologna: 1819).
4. John Sibthorp (1758–1796), botanist.
5. This was probably The English flora (London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown and Green, 1828).
6. Linnean Society, London.
8. Kurt Sprengel (1766–1833), botanist.
9. Georg Franz Hoffmann (1761–1826), botanist
10. David Don (1800–1841), Scottish botanist.
11. Lady Pleasance Smith (1773–1877).