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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 002/14/43


09 February 1919

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 discusses the obituary for Nature, (1869-:)of Robert Chapman Davie which he has suggested that Bower should write instead of himself. He believes that Bower knew Davie better having seen him grow up and states that he feels that he never really knew him, that he was quite sensitive and formal. He informs Bower that he has written to James LS Smith who is currently fighting in Italy, to invite him to take up Davie's post and remarks that " a bounder and that he should have got his foot upon the ladder of botanical education in the south...betokens a sad want of equilibrium in that part of the world." He expresses his gladness that he has live through a period where there has been a "steadiness of outlook" in botany and he praises the influence Bower's work has had on botanical reseach. He also remarks that there is no one better than James Montagu Frank Drummond for Dundee. He makes reference to the political situation stating that there is undoubtedly a revolution going on, that the press and people should start naming things as they are and that they should call bolshevism by its proper description of anarchism "which it is and the public will know and be afraid of it". He states that he believes that women are important factors in the struggle and that they will be on the right side





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