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Cordially formulated pleasantries


“Illustrious Sir, From the Acta Anglica you will see that I have rejected the name Nasmythia and adopted the name Eriocaulon decangulare, although the characters are not consistent, but these you will change later. The Edinburgh Society commissioned me to send you the third volume of their transactions and I hope that it has now reached you safely.
Your polite and friendly letter was most gratifying to me. Poor health and other troubles have prevented me from replying sooner. I have however arranged for many medical dissertations to be sent to you through Dr Dryander, some dealing with kidney troubles.
Adieu, celebrated Sir, and keep me in friendship.”

[from a letter from John Hope to Bob Tagge, on the eve of the fifth Symposium of Botany and Revolution]