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Document number: 8705
Date: 07 May 1863
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: BALFOUR John Hutton
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: LA63-46
Last updated: 18th February 2012

Dear Sir

I did not know that Lord Ilchester <1> wanted Palms <2> to be grown in the open air. I fear that he will not succeed with many.

Chamærops humilis, Chamærops Palmetto, Fortune’s <3> China Palm & a few others may be kept in life by careful attention & protection during winter. But one very cold season may do away with all the care of many years –

I shall be glad to receive the Bulbous plants <4> for the Botanic garden –

When your Royal Society <5> papers are ready I shall be happy to receive them in order that I may put them at once in the hands of the printer. I wish to get the Transactions published, as soon as possible.

I am Yours sincerely
J. H. Balfour

Royal Botanic garden
7 May 1863


1. William Thomas Horner Fox Strangways, 4th Earl of Ilchester (1795–1865), botanist, art collector & diplomat.

2. See Doc. No: 08682 and Doc. No: 00285; and Doc. No: 08703 to which this is the reply.

3. Robert Fortune (1812–1880), collector of plants in China and Japan. ‘Fortune’s China Palm’ is probably Chamærops Fortunei.

4. See Doc. No: 08703.

5. The Royal Society of Edinburgh.

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