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Papers of Frederick Orpen Bower
    Correspondence of Frederick Orpen Bower 1917-1922
        Correspondence of Frederick Orpen Bower: John E Holloway to William Henry Lang

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Letter to Frederick Orpen Bower from John Ernest Holloway

Item Summary

Reference Code

GB 0248 DC 002/14/240

Date(s)

30 November 1919

Extent and medium of the unit of description

1

letter

Name of creator

Holloway | John Ernest | 1881-1945 | New Zealander botanist

Scope and Content

Scope and Content

Letter to Frederick Orpen Bower from John Ernest Holloway regarding samples of Tmesipteris which Bower had asked for. Holloway apologises for the delay in replying but it had taken him some time to get them. He will continue to collect more but is sending what he has so far. Along with the tmesipteris there is also some Loxsoma, all preserved in ale. He is also sending Tmesipteris to William Henry Lang and to Charles Joseph Chamberlain at the University of Chicago.

He thanked Bower for the letter regarding his papers, which gave him great encouragement. His remote location means that he is isolated from laboratories, libraries and colleagues to discuss with, and this can lead to a distrust of one's own ideas. He rates the lack of discussion highest, then the lack of literature in terms of the restrictions he faces. Laboratory facilities are not as great a problem as work done at home supplemented by occasional use of the college laboratory can suffice.

His parish duties take up most of his time, with around ten counties under his charge, little infrastructure and a high rainfall to deal with. His botanical papers are therefore less frequent and of a lower quality than he would desire. He mentions various forthcoming publications and work he has been doing, particularly with Lycopodium and its plasticity. Because of the breadth of its coverage, he fears the paper may be very tedious.

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