Hooker, Sir Joseph Dalton
The Camp, Sunningdale, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Ellacombe, Reverend Henry Nicholson
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
© Descendants of Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker
Letters to H. N. Ellacombe
The Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Original MS
2 page letter over 1 folio
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From Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker, The Camp, Sunningdale
178691 Dear Cannon Ellacombe*1 Many thanks for [1 word illeg.] seeds -- As to the 2 Iris iberica, -- all we could do is to cite them -- No one has referred either[?] to other species -- Who can tell which, if either, should stand? -- Such Similar cases occur over & over again in the Index. To stop and investigate the claims of the rival names is out of the question, & we never rename on our own authority, except when we have sure knowledge to hand.
Ev[e]r y[our]s | J. D. Hooker [signature]


1. Henry Nicholson Ellacombe (1822-1916), a Church of England clergyman, gardener and author who continued the legacy of his father in succeeding him as Reverend of Bitton in 1850 and inherited the garden that his father established. Ellacombe frequently corresponded with leading horticulturalists including the Hookers at Kew, and often exchanged specimens with these horticulturalists. Please note that work on this transcript is ongoing. Users are advised to study electronic image(s) of this document where possible.

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