July 18 1840
My dear Sir
Your letter <1> has been forwarded to me here as I have now left town for the summer I have much to thank you for the trouble you take in sending me Sims’ <2> herbarium which is always valuable, independently of the rarity of any species, on account of its containing the originals of many plants figured in the Botanical Magazine. I should therefore, if you still persevere in your kind offers, be much obliged by your sending the remainder as well as the portion you have sent – & trust you will kindly charge on all expences with the carriage which will be paid by our servant.
The Taurus plant called Centaurea pullata is certainly not it – The true Centaurea pullata is a low plant with black spots on the scales of the involucre
The plant you enclose appears to me to be Eutoca divaricata.
Yours very sincerely
2. Probably John Sims <sic> (1749–1831) who edited Curtis’s Botanical Magazine (1801–1826).