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Papers of Frederick Orpen Bower
    Correspondence of Frederick Orpen Bower 1917-1922
        Correspondence of Frederick Orpen Bower, letters from Sir Isaac Bayley Balfour

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Letter to Frederick Orpen Bower from Sir Isaac Bayley Balfour

Item Summary

Reference Code

GB 0248 DC 002/14/40


16 April 1918

Extent and medium of the unit of description



Name of creator

Balfour | Sir | Isaac Bayley | 1853-1922 | professor of botany, University of Edinburgh and regius keeper of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh

Scope and Content

Scope and Content

Letter to Frederick Orpen Bower from Sir Isaac Bayley Balfour in which he thanks Bower for his letter and remarks that he is glad Bower understands. He states that he is glad that their difference of opinion does not take origin in the estimation of "outstanding things" and remarks that Bower has personal experience which is not proven. He informs Bower that summer term has just begun and he has 200 students. He discusses the teaching of botany, the relation between morphology and physiology and the relation of botany to agriculture, horticulture and industry. He ends with a rhyme about ecologists ("Twinkle twink ecologist, do try and dispel the mist, which by use of words uncouth, you create and hide the truth!) and the remark "all power to your elbow in crushing the bolsheviks!"




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