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Papers of Frederick Orpen Bower
    Correspondence of Frederick Orpen Bower 1917-1922
        Correpsondence of Frederick Orpen Bower: Sir David Prain to Albert Charles Seward

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Letter to Frederick Orpen Bower from Sir David Prain

Item Summary

Reference Code

GB 0248 DC 002/14/382

Date(s)

06 June 1919

Extent and medium of the unit of description

1

letter

Name of creator

Prain | Sir | David | 1857-1944 | botanist and director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (England)

Scope and Content

Scope and Content

Letter to Frederick Orpen Bower from Sir David Prain concurring with comments Bower had made concerning Sir Isaac Bayley Balfour and sharing Bower's pleasure at the decision of the Council of the Linnean Society. He is relieved that his term of office is over, though the work has been pleasant and colleagues supportive. Now that emergency which led to his appointment is over it is time for the position to go to a better man.

He is grieved at the news of Daniel Paul Montague. He had hoped that a direct appointment to the post may have been possible and feels thet Montague' reluctance to accept the offered salary was the problem. The Government has suspended competition for twelve months from the date of the Armistice in favour of direct competition only for those men who have served in the field. Furthermore the position will not be filled until after the Armistice is signed. To give Montague a chance, competition is needed. He is to try to get permission for this.

Referring to John McLean Thompson, he has announced that he is in support of the grant application which Thompson has made to the Carnegie Trust which he is assured will carry some weight in the decision making process.

He mentions his distress at the appeal he has received from the Royal Society of Edinburgh and believes the answer is to raise the subscription.

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