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Lot 344
GOSSE, PHILIP HENRY (1810-1888, English naturalist)
£400 - 500
US$ 620 - 770

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GOSSE, PHILIP HENRY (1810-1888, English naturalist)
AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED ('P.H. Gosse'), ABOUT ORCHIDS, to W. Lavers, a friend ('my kind friend') and fellow orchid enthusiast, expressing pleasure at hearing that 'Orchid mania' has bitten him ('Go on & prosper'), thanking him for his offer of and commenting on 'Sophronitis grandiflora' of which he already has some nice specimens ('...a most charming bloomer, & so very compact & neat, & so easy to grow...'), proposing that Lavers should keep the plant for his own collection while acknowledging his friend's 'ever large & liberal heart' in wanting to send him a flower, observing that any things he himself has that he might spare are 'of the poor worthless weedy sort', mentioning their preferred orchid pots and that he will send a copy of a catalogue, sending news of his improved health and his renewed work in the church ('...Yesterday I took the work of God at our little chapel, both morning & evening...') and his determination to renew scriptural readings with Miss Lavers, 4 pages, octavo, light browning, recipient's endorsement, Sandhurst, Torquay, 26 February 1877

Footnotes

  • W. Lavers is presumably the President of the Torquay District Gardeners' Association who lectured on orchids at the opening of the winter session in 1892 and who mentioned that he had then been a resident of Torquay for thirty years.

    From 1865 Gosse devoted himself to the cultivation of orchids. Charles Darwin shared Gosse's passion for the orchid, praised Gosse's work on them and corresponded with him about the species. Gosse published on the fertilization of orchids. He was a marine biologist, a leading popularizer of natural science, a religious writer, an opponent of the theory of evolution and member of the Plymouth Brethren, and the subject of his son's celebrated Father and Son.
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