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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 002/14/41


06 July 1918

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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 sympathises with Bower's difficulties in teaching 350 students and expresses thankfulness that he only has 210. He states that he has not seen Bower's article as the periodicals are late but thinks that Bower will have dispelled the blether of this "all is not well with botany" with his usual "characteristic straight hitting". He finishes with a rhyme: "I thought I saw a kist of pipes, and heard a moaning chant, I looked again and there it was, The Cambridge Living Plant, intaking CO2 in streams, without an adjutant, I thought I saw a cuttlefish, in shroud of inky mist, again I looked and there it was, Cam's [first[ ecologist, bemusedly refining morph- and physiologist".




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