THE BRITISH BOTANIST AND AUTHOR OF THE FERNS OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND CORRESPONDS WITH FELLOW BOTANIST, TAXONOMIST, AND EDITOR OF GARDERNERS’ CHRONICLE ABOUT FERNS, PLANTS, AND BOTANICAL REFERENCE BOOKS
THOMAS MOORE (BOTANIST 1821-87) HANDWRITTEN LETTER SIGNED, “Yours very truly, Thos. Moore” , 2 pages, 4.5 x 7, Chelsea, Jan 12, 1855, by the British gardener and botanist who was an expert on ferns and fern allies from the British Isles, served as Curator of the Society of Apothecaries Garden (1848-87), and authored The Ferns of Great Britain and Ireland. He was also the editor of a number of garden publications, including The Gardeners’ Magazine of Botany the Gardeners’ Chronicle, and the Orchid Album. Besides papers on ferns in various botanical journals, Moore was the author or editor of a number of botanical reference books. The letter is written to fellow botanist and taxonomist, Maxwell Tylden Masters (1833-1907), author of Vegetable Teratology and editor of the Gardeners’ Chronicle. The handwritten letter, in part: “…I am much obliged by your note and lists and remarks on Ferns, which I shall find useful. We have not to my knowledge Sloanes herbarium here…Nymphaeas we do not keep at all – having no accommodation for them; in fact for the present we prefer to do little more than keep the hardy plants alive…You have probably seen the figures in Van Houtte’s Flore Des Serres which contains several, with text by Dr. Planchon [French botanist, Jules Emile Planchon (1823-88)].” The letter is in fine condition, with minor age toning.