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TitlePapers of William Whitwell - volume 2
AdminHistoryWilliam Whitwell (1839-1920) was a Civil Servant and a Botanist.

Whitwell was born in Manchester on 30 October 1839 to Richard Taylor Whitwell, an Inspector for the Inland Revenue. His early years were spent at Llansaintffriad (Llansantffraid ym Mechain) [near Llansilin]. Whitwell started working as a clerk in a warehouse in Leicester, before following his father's footsteps and entering the taxes branch of the Inland Revenue. In his spare time he was a keen botanist and collected specimens from a range of places including East Yorkshire, Shropshire, Flint, Montgomery, Cheshire, Surrey and Sussex. He was elected a fellow of the Linnean Society in 1892. He published in the Journal of Botany and also contributed to the 'Flora of West Yorkshire' by Dr F.A. Lees. Whitwell died in Darley Green on 16 December 1920.
DescriptionVolume 2 of the papers of William Whitwell (W.W.) including autograph letters, photographs and published papers, dated 1864 to 1907.

On inside front cover is a letter from H. Stuart Thompson dated 29 September 1936 addressed to Spencer Savage enclosing the two volumes containing autograph letters, portraits and published papers.

The numbers in the first column below are the page numbers in the bound book. Unless otherwise stated all letters are addressed to William Whitwell, F.L.S.

JONES, Prof. T. RUPERT.
1. 1864 Nov 27. Farnborough. W.W. thanked for pamphlet on Bala rocks; chatter.
2. 1893 Jan. London. Paper on Jones reprinted from Geological Magazine; printed photograph of Jones.

BALFOUR, Prof. JOHN HUTTON.
3. 1877 Dec 2. Edinburgh. Plant list.

WEBSTER, GEORGE.
4. 1889 Oct 23. York. Thanks W.W. for samples of Arenaria Gothica; chatter.
4. 1897 Apr 22. York. [To Mrs. Whitwell] Sorry about illness of W.W. and lack of improvement; Mrs Backhouse, senr., also seriously ill; plant chatter.
5. - - Two photographs of Webster.

EMMETT, JOHN.
6. - - "Here again for a week or two...11; would like to see W.W.
6. 1892 Nov 12. Boston Spa. Thanks W.W. for high compliment; chatter; may bring out volume of poems.
6. 1899 Dec 31. Boston Spa. Happy New Year letter.

GROVES, HENRY.
7. 1894 Jun 18. London. Will meet W.W. and collect L. alopecuroides.
7. 1894 Jun 28. London. L. alopecuroides took a long time to be free of algae.
8. 1912 Nov 7. London. [From James Groves] Informs W.W. that his brother Henry had died.

MUSCROVES, J.
9. 1890 Sep 8. London. Thanks W.W. for specimens of Hutchinsea.
9. 1900 Aug 8. London. Regrets length of time to despatch British Characeoe but now on its way.

DRUCE, G.C.
10. 1898 Feb 15. Oxford. Thanks W.W. for letter.
11. - - - Printed photograph of Druce, Mayor of Oxford 1900-1, signed.
11.- - - - Photograph of Druce(?) in garden.

BEEBY, WILLIAM HADDON.
12. 1887 Jan 25. London. Description of plants.
12. 1887 Jan 25. London. Always happy to give an opinion on British plants.
12. 1887 Mar 6. London. Believes W.W.'s Carex is the early state of C. pulicaris.
12. 1889 Oct 9. London. About plants.
12. 1889 Dec 30. London. About Arenaria norwegica.
13. 1910 May - -. Article from Journal of Botany about Beeby, with photograph.

MARSHALL, Rev. EDWARD SHEARBURN.
14. 1900 May 27. Sutherland. Thanks W.W. for portrait; moving house; chatter.
14. 1900 Sep 17. Surrey. About plants.
14. 1900 Jun 20. Torquay. Chatter; about plants.
15. - - - - Photograph of Marshall, taken 30 April 1900, aged 42.

ROTHERAY, LISTER.
16. 1891 Jun 2. Skipton. Ruscus specimen received; W.W. misunderstood drift of letter about the Botanical Report.
16. 1891 Jun 15. Skipton. Book on West Yorkshire received; will be of great use in the compilation of flora in W. Yorkshire.
17. - - - Photograph of Rotheray.

EDMONDSON, Prof. T.W.
18. 1887 Dec 24. Skipton. Botanical discussion.
18. 1900 May 12. New York. Will return to England on June 5/6; has specimens of Rhodora, Gentiana critica,Cypripedium reginoe.
18. 1901 Jul 24. Cambridge. Thanks W.W. for his congratulations on his Tripos; plants.
19. - May 8. - Newspaper cutting from New York Times about a sermon to be given by Bishop Spellmeyer; two photographs of Edmondson.

PERCIVAL, JOHN.
20. 1884 Jul 28. Bedale. Invites W.W. to visit him; changing his name from Chapman to Percival.
20. 1895 Mar 20. Wye. Chatter.
20. 1895 Jun 14. Wye. Sorry W.W. cannot visit Wye; plant chatter.

CARR, J. WESLEY.
22. 1880 Jul 31. Cambridge. Encloses Anemone Pulsatilla; can also send Vicia gracilis. Linum perenne, Lonicera Caprifolium.
22. 1881 Feb 5. Cambridge. Plant discussion.
22. 1883 Jul 11. Cambridge. Will be happy to spend a week or two with W.W.
22. 1884 Aug 30. Cambridge. Just finished labelling his Yorkshire collection; hopes to procure Peucedanum to compare with Selenium.
22. 1895 Mar 30. Nottingham. Glad to hear he has been elected to the Linnean Society; Plants.
22. 1901 Dec 31. Nottingham. Regrets long silence; encloses Adiantum; chatter.
23. - - - Two photographs of Carr.

LE TALL, BENJAMIN BOWER.
24. 1890 Nov 11. Bootham. Encloses photograph; "They said Ibbetson was a drunkard....He denied it."
24. 1892 Jun 28. - Chatter.
25. - - - Photograph of Le Tall (1856-1906).

ROEBUCK, W. DENISON.
26. 1900 July 10. Leeds. Personal chatter.
27. 1903 Dec 21. Shrewsbury. [From William Phillips to his nephew W.P. Hamilton] Bennett's paper sent to Cobbold. Hamilton asked to read it at next meeting.
27. 1903 - - Photograph of Farrah, Braithwaite, Slater and Roebuck, printed in The Naturalist.

MOISER, HENRY R.
28. 1884 May 29. York. Plant talk.
28. 1887 Mar 24. York. Plant talk.

GOUGH, Rev. THOMAS.
29. 1883 Jul 24. - Personal chatter.
29. 1877 Sep 16. York. Year's work in collecting amounts to about 650 species.
29. 1892 Feb 5. East Rerdford. Personal chatter.
30. 1905 Nov 1. - Newspaper cutting reporting accident with gun when Gough was out shooting.
30. - - - Photograph of Gough.

FOWLER, W.
31. 1897 Oct 27. Normanton. Grateful for copies of Bishop How's memorial notice.

NOTT, F.T.
32. 1889 Dec 29. Leicester. Thanks W.W. for paper on Arenaria Cothica; chatter.

GOUGH, Rev. THOMAS.
33. 1884 Dec 8. York. Glad to hear W.W. is better in health; plant chatter.
33. - Jul 8. Oswaldkirk. Has found only one new plant, Lycopses aroensis.

DYER, W.T. THISELTON.
34. 1882 Dec 22. Kew. Waiting to receive drawings from Kew.

NICHOLSON, GEORGE.
35. 1900 Oct 25. Kew. Will be glad to look at Scutellarias; Kew does not possess Fragaria bercheriensis.
36. 1908 Nov. - Article on the death of Nicholson taken from Journal of Botany, with printed photograph.

BROWN, NICHOLAS EDWARD.
37. 1891 Mar 23. Kew. Thanks W.W. for stamps; has just finished the Polypetals for the supplement to English Botany.
37. - - - Printed article on Brown.
38. - - - Printed photograph of Brown.

WEST, WILLIAM.
39. 1891 Sep 3. Bradford. Plant chatter.

MILES, Rev. PERCY.
40. 1890 Aug 8. London. Acknowledges receipt of 10/-; shares W.W.'s appreciation of Bishop How.
41. 1891 Oct 26. - Printed photograph of Percy from Selborne Society's Magazine, together with obituary notice.

HAMILTON, WILLIAM PHILLIPS.
42. 1899 Apr 6. Shrewsbury. Plant chatter.
42. 1900 Oct 27. Shrewsbury. Plant chatter.
42. 1900 Nov 13. Shrewsbury. Proofs of his photograph were "villainously unnatural" so he took one of himself; chatter.
43. 1910 Jun. - - Printed obituary extract.
43. - - - Photograph of Hamilton.

BENSON, RICHARD DE GYLPYN.
44. 1900 Oct 14. Shrewsbury. Sending W.W. a parcel of abundant Autumn Corse which is surely Callii; plant chatter.
44. 1904 Jan 2. Shrewsbury. Personal chatter.
44. 1904 Feb 26. Shrewsbury. [From Mrs. E.M. Benson] The death of Benson.
45. 1904 May 12. Shrewsbury. [From Mrs. E.M. Benson] Encloses photograph of Benson.
45. - - - - Printed obituary notice of Benson.
45. - - - Two photographs, one of Benson in wheelchair, one of his home on a postcard signed by Benson.
45. - - - Printed obituary card showing Benson's birth (1856) and death (1904).

FEILDEN, Rev. OSWALD MOSLEY.
46. 1898 Sep 22. Oswestry. Plant chatter.

DIAMOND, THOMAS POMERY.
47. 1899 Mar 27. Oswestry. Encloses two copies of Flora of Oswestry; does not possess any dried specimens of plants; chatter.
47. 1900 Oct 22. Oswestry. Encloses specimens of autumnal gorse; chatter.
47. 1910 Mar 9. Oswestry. Diamond obituary from Oswestry Advertiser.

JONES, D.A.
48. 1898 Jun 24. Harlech. Flora of Wales; chatter.
48. 1900 Apr 10. Harlech. Approaching marriage; thanks W.W. for good wishes; chatter.

ROBINSON, JAMES FRASER.
49. 1900 Oct 6. Hull. Plant chatter and list of plants.
50. - - - Photograph of Robinson, taken in autumn of 1904, signed.

STABLER, CEORCE.
51. 1897 Jun 2. Westmorland. Grateful for W.W.'s testimony to the character of Boswell.
51. - - - Stabler obituary, printed in the Journal of Botany.

HORRELL, G. CHARLES.
52. 1898 Mar 16. London. Looks forward to receiving moss distribution, but can wait until W.W.'s health is better. Included is cutting from the Journal of Botany, the Distribution of British Mosses.
52. 1898 Sep 27. London. Will let W.W. have most of the plants requested.

MONINGTON, HAROLD WARREN.
53. 1896 Oct 19. London. Aplogizes for delay in acknowledging receipt of mosses; plant chatter.
53. 1897 Mar 24. London. Still interested in Sphlagnaceoe; chatter.

LINTON, Rev. EDWARD FRANCIS.
54. 1898 Jun 26. Bournemouth. Plant talk.
54. 1898 Nov 3. Bournemouth. Plant talk.
54. 1903 Aug 20. Bournemouth. Encloses photograph.
54. 1906 Jun 14. Salisbury. Thanks W.W. for identifying Beddome's signature and explaining Andrew Clark; encloses labels; recommends house for W.W. in Ledbury.
55. - - - - Printed description of Linton and his work.
55. - - - - Photograph of Linton.

SOMERVILLE, ALEXANDER.
56. 1900 Jul 2. Fife. Thanks W.W. for information on Botrychium but too busy to do any botanising.
57. - - - Printed photograph of Somerville, taken from annual report of Marine Biol. Association, West of Scotland.

BARRETT, CHARLES GOLDINC.
58. 1900 May 23. London. Was W.W. certain it was Barrett who showed him a paper on Mathiola incana? Chatter.
58. - - - Part of Barrett obituary.

SMITH, ARTHUR.
59. 1899 Nov 8. Grimsby. Acknowledges receipt of Clematis Vitalba; chatter.
59. 1900 Sep 10. Grimsby. Thanks W.W. for gift of pressed plants.

THOMPSON, Prof. S.P.
60. 1883 Jan 1. Bristol. Holds little hope for W.W.'s friend; appointments not easily to be had.
61. 1875 Jan. - Two photographs of Thompson.

WOODHEAD, Prof. SIMS.
62. 1899 Jul 5. Cambridge. Personal chatter.
62. 1899 Jul 14. Cambridge. Personal chatter.
62. - - - Printed photograph of Woodhead.

MOSLEY, E.L.
63. 1897 Dec 31. Huddersfield. Personal chatter.

[BOULGER, Prof. GEORCE EDWARD SIMONDS]
64. - - - Letter "Removed as controversial. A kind letter from Prof. Boulger in reply to a hasty one from S.W. Signed, H.S.T."

SYME, JAMES BOSWELL.
65. 1874 - Fife. Nephrodium Borreri. [No letter; a piece of paper signed by Syme]

CLARK, JAMES EDMUND.
66. 1890 Nov 11. York Has no recent photograph of himself; geological chatter.
66. 1890 Dec 12. York. Thanks W.W. for photographs; has received an interesting paper on the Sutton Coldfield rocks.
67. - - - - Photograph of Clark, taken by Walter Tully of Glastonbury (photographer).

HODGSON, WILLIAM.
68. 1901 Mar 11. Workington. Could not find shoots of Cnicus arvensis sufficiently advanced to be available for W.W.'s purposes; must wait for late summer.
68. 1901 Sep 2. - Hodgson's obituary, with photograph, printed.

THE NATURALIST.
69. 1903 - - Printed photograph of Dr. R.B. Braithwaite and M.B. Slater.

WATTS, W.M.
70. 1882 Jun 11. Settle. Asks about two forms sent to him to be filled in.

WESLEY, J.S.
71. 1898 Sep 18. Wetherby. Asks W.W. to write to F.A. Lees giving information required.
71. 1898 Sep 21. Wetherby. Thanks W.W. for writing to F.A. Lees; would like to know if plants were fresh or dried.

HIERN, W.P.
72. 1900 Jun 15. London. Returns Batrachium salsuginosunr, Moore not quite finished with Brassica and Carduus.

HEMSLEY, WILLIAM BOTTINC.
73. 1902 Mar 17. Kew. Thanks W.W. for East Sussex Notes.

FISHER, HENRY.
74. 1903 Feb 17. Knaresborough. Would like any notes that W.W. has on the Lancashire Flora and Leicestershire Flora.

RENDLE, A.B.
75. 1897 Oct 11. London. Distribution of plants.

JACKSON, BENJAMIN DAYDON.
76. 1907 Jun 4. London. Sad about the loss of Dr. Masters.
76. 1908 Sep 18. London. Preparing an official account of the Darwin-Wallace celebration.

THE FIELD.
77. 1929 Jan 3. - Printed obituary and photograph of Lord Lambourne.

WHITWELL, WILLIAM.
78. 1903 Oct 15. Stourbridge. Plant chatter.
Date1864-1936
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Extent1 (of 2) boxes
LanguageEnglish
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AcquisitionDonated to the Linnean Society by H. Stuart Thompson on 25 September 1936.
Creator NameWhitwell Collection
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