May 3d 1826
My dear Sir
I have indeed suffered too much time to elapse after having received the two works of Viviani <1> without acknowledging them. But having now the opportunity of sending free to London I am anxious not only to return you my thanks for procuring them for me but
for also to repay the cost of them which you state to be £1. –
Arnott <2> is returned after having made an enormous collection in the Pyrenées. Mr Trevelyan <3>, who is now here, talks of going into Spain & spending the ensuing winter & following summer in collecting plants & objects relating to Natural History. He has some doubt however about the means of travelling with safety. Yet surely by means of introductions he could travel in his capacity unmolested.
Is there no hope of your coming to Glasgow this year? I wish you could come the middle of June when I talk of going, with my Students, to Staffa. Perhaps, however, you have some more distant journey in view.
Yours ever, my dear Sir, very faithfully
W. J. Hooker.
1. Domenico Viviani (1772–1840), Floræ Libycæ … (Genoa: Pagano, 1824), and Floræ Corsicæ … (Genoa: Pagano, 1824).
2. George Arnott Walker Arnott, later professor of botany at the University of Glasgow. He was a co-author with Hooker of The botany of Captain Beechey’s voyage … to the Pacific (London: H. G. Bohn, 1841). In 1842, Hooker transferred to him the editorship of British Flora.
3. Sir Walter Calverley Trevelyan, 6th Baronet (1797–1879), naturalist & antiquary.
5. Gentlemen’s apartments in Piccadilly where WHFT had rooms 1825–1827.
6. Readdressed in another hand.