Hooker, Sir Joseph Dalton
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, United Kingdom
JDH/2/16 f.9
Thiselton-Dyer, Sir William Turner
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
© Descendants of Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker
Letters to Thiselton-Dyer
The Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Original MS
4 page letter over 1 folio

JDH informs Thiselton-Dyer that his wife, Frances Hooker, is unwell & so JDH will not be coming to work [in the RBG Kew herbarium] for a few days. He asks Thiselton-Dyer to consult Mrs Hooker's letters to determine what needs doing, & to continue work on the FLORA INDICA. If he completes the Dipterocarpeae Thiselton-Dyer should put the Impatiens in order for description. JDH has written to Daniel Oliver [Keeper of the herbarium] to ask him to put miscellaneous dried collections in order by genera. JDH will need to come to work to do the BOTANICAL MAGAZINE, when will depend on his wife's health.


Prof T. Dyer

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Royal Gardens Kew
Saturday *1
My Dear Dyer*2
I find Lady Hooker in such a weak state, that I may be detained here for some time.
Will you kindly look to my letters with Mrs. Hooker who knows pretty well what I should

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do -- & as for the rest pray go on with Flora Indica -- if you have done Dipterocarpeae you might put Impatiens in order for description.
I have written to ask Profes[sor] Oliver*3 whether there are not miscellaneous dried

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collections to be embodied in Flora India, & if so whether they could not be so thrown in to order as that the Genera should be accessable[sic].
I must come up for a couple of days to do Bot[anical] Mag[azine] but cannot say as to what day till I see how matters progress here.
V[er]y t[ru]ly y[our]s | J D Hooker [signature]

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Prof T. Dyer


1. Several pencil annotations, later additions not written in the hand of Joseph Hooker, appear at the top of page 1 and concern the date of this letter. They read: 'Dec. 1872', 'Lady H died Sept', 'died 1874'
2. Sir William Thiselton-Dyer (1843--1928). British botanist and third Director of the Royal Botanic gardens, Kew (1885--1905). He succeeded Joseph Hooker in the role after serving as his Assistant Director for ten years and prior to that as his private secretary. He also married Hooker's eldest daughter Harriet in 1877.
3. Daniel Oliver (1830--1916). Botanist. Librarian of the herbarium at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew from 1860--1890 and keeper of the herbarium from 1864--1890.

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