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Letter to Frederick Orpen Bower from James Montagu Frank Drummond

Item Summary

Reference Code

GB 0248 DC 002/14/161

Date(s)

6 December 1918

Extent and medium of the unit of description

1

letter

Name of creator

Drummond | James Montagu Frank | 1881-1965 | regius professor of botany, University of Glasgowv

Scope and Content

Scope and Content

Letter to Frederick Orpen Bower from James Montagu Frank Drummond in which he tells Bower that it is a great relief to know the worst [of the war] is over and that there will be an adequate return on the last four and a half years of war. He states that in some ways he would have liked a more complete victory over the Boche but concludes that perhaps it is better as it is, "certainly the surrender of his [the Kaiser's] much vaunted navy could not be improved upon as a humiliation." He tells Bower that his division was supposed to go forward with the army of occupation but that they are unlikely to move for some time. They are involved in education work and he is taking four classes in German, 1 in arithmetic and is also to lecture on how to study nature. He remarks that they are hampered by the lack of books. He discusses his return to Glasgow, telling Bower that he is anxious to return and has heard unofficially that there has been an application for him to the 5th battalion of the Royal Scottish Fusiliers. He has not yet heard officially and encloses a note containing all the information which might be needed by the University of Glasgow if there is any delay (not attached). He does not expect to be among the first to be released as men from essential industries will have priority. He tells Bower that he will be glad to start teaching immediately and states that he hopes his Jamaican specimens are still in good condition. He says that he has noted Bower's suggestion regarding the specimens from the east and will get to work on them as soon as he is back.

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