Hooker, Sir Joseph Dalton
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, United Kingdom
Mitten, William
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
© Descendants of Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker
Letters to W. Mitten 1848-1905
The Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Original MS
5 page letter over 2 folios
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Dear Mr Mitten*1
I send in a parcel of Indian odds & (and) ends all I can find of the mosses you want. I have hunted in vain for the others. But our mosses are in shocking deshabille. Mr Black wants a list of genera to arrange these by can you recommend one, or lend us a mss one, which should be copied & (and) returned forthwith.
As to Griffiths*2 musci; you may lay your account to having a large Supplement of Indian Cryptogams if inclined for the work, as I have volunteered to put in order all the

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stupendous collections at the India House, which include all Griffiths, & (and) if you are inclined to undertake the Cryptogams I will send them you for the purpose. I do not intend to let these interfere with my own Indian Herb[ariu]m as I offer my services gratis &c (et cetera) -- but if I publish any thing about them I shall do it as a supplement. This will not be for some time however, & (and) meanwhile I would not delay sending what you have done to Linnean Journal.

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Is the Enclosed the common Marchantia polymorpha[?]?
E[ver]y y[our]s | Jos D Hooker [signature]
Kew Feb[ruar]y 9 /[18]58


1. William Mitten (1819-1906) was an English pharmaceutical chemist and authority on bryophytes.
2. William Griffith (1810--1845) botanist, was a pupil of Lindley. His travels in the medical service of the East India Company took him to Assam, Burma and the Khasia Mountains, Bhutan and Afghanistan. He was recalled to Calcutta 1842-44 to take charge of the Botanic Gardens and medical students during Wallich's absence and died on his return to Malacca.

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