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Document number: 859
Date: 1820
Dating: 1820?
Watermark: 1816
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: MURRAY Amelina Matilda
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: LA20-21
Last updated: 9th April 2020

Dear Henry,

I fear you will exclaim against me for interrupting your studies at this interesting moment, particularly as I have no cause for the timing on such an interruption beyond a mossy one – I will however not ask more than that you will imprint Mr. Hooker’s <1> direction, or find it out for me, if he is not a person who will take a communication from a Lady he does not know as an affront, I mean boldly to write to him & beg to be enlightened about a moss which appears to me entirely new, I found it growing upon or among some Sphagni from Somerton. It resembles this [illustration] when magnified, natural size the latter, the long hairs like leaves are quite white & whole plant Glaucous, the Capsule oblong pear shaped with an evident apophysis – as far as I can see the speculum is conical & persistent, it appears to have a sort of Calyptra beaked in a most extra-ordinary way, almost as long as the fruit stalk itself – from this description you will be able to judge whether I am right in considering this a nondescript moss, as far as our English botany goes – with the foreign muscology I am utterly unacquainted – If Mr. Hooker takes this application well I have several other specimens which I should like to ask about – of the particular one I have been describing I have very little not above a dozen capsules, & being so minute I am afraid to send them travelling in a letter – I have long had a hankering to get acquainted with Mr. H & shall be glad if this proves an opportunity – when you have a moment to spare do answer me –

Yrs truly
A. M. Murray


1. Sir William Jackson Hooker (1785–1865), Prof & botanist. [See Doc. No: 01263]. There is no solid evidence for the 1820 dating of this letter and it could be as late as 1825.

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