Ref NoMCR/4/2/11
Alt Ref NoMR/97
geographical classification 4.4
TitleChina: Plant collections, cultural products etc.
DescriptionManuscript and typescript letters and reports, printed documents and press cuttings regarding economic botany, plant collecting, and botanical training and recruitment, relating to China, Korea and Hong Kong. Includes material regarding specimens sent to Kew. Includes letters to William Jackson Hooker, Joseph Hooker, Thiselton-Dyer, Prain, Hill, Stapf and Nicholson, and letters and notes from Thiselton-Dyer, Prain, Hill, Oliver, [William] Watson, Jackson, [William Botting] Hemsley and [Charles Henry] Wright. Includes correspondence between Kew and the Foreign Office, India Office, and the London Office of the Inspectorate General of Chinese Imperial Maritime Customs.

Volume is arranged in the following sections:

China

-- General --
(Ff1-173)Papers including regarding botanical exploration by Alexander Hosie, botanical training of C W Campbell and E C C Wilton, and on specimens given by W R Carles to Kew. Printed documents comprise:

- CHINA. NO 2 (1884). REPORT BY MR HOSIE OF A JOURNEY THROUGH THE PROVINCES OF SSU'CH'UAN, YÜNNAN, AND KUEI CHOU: FEBRUARY 11 TO JUNE 14, 1883. (London: Harrison and Sons, 1884)

- CHINA. NO 5 (1904).REPORT BY CONSUL-GENERAL HOSIE ON THE PROVINCE OF SSŬCH'UAN. [WITH TWO MAPS] (London: Harrison and Sons, 1904)

- CHINA. NO 1 (1905). REPORT BY MR A HOSIE, HIS MAJESTY'S CONSUL-GENERAL AT CHENGTU, ON A JOURNEY TO THE EASTERN FRONTIER OF THIBET [TIBET] [WITH A MAP]. (London: Harrison and Sons, 1905).

-- General: Ichang --
(Ff174-175).

-- General: Shanghai --
(Ff176-197) Papers regarding employment of Alec Arthur, Donald Macgregor and William Henry Etterley by the Municipal Council of Shanghai. Includes letters from A R Burkill.

-- General: Weihaiwei --
(Ff198-218t) Papers regarding report by Dunn on agricultural development and reafforestation in Weihaiwei, and recruitment of J Gibbons as fruit grower. Printed documents comprise:

- John J Gibbons, REPORT ON THE GROWING OF FRUIT, TREES, SHRUBS, FLOWERS, AND VEGETABLES, AT WEIHAIWEI, FROM 1905 TO 1909 (Weihaiwei: Weihaiwei Mission Press, 1909)

- S T Dunn, REPORT ON THE AGRICULTURAL AND AFFORESTATION POSSIBILITIES OF WEIHAIWEI (Hongkong: Noronha [and] Co, 1904).

-- Plant Collections --
(Ff218w-219).

---- Bhutan ----
(Ff220-224b) Letters from A K Bulley regarding proposed arrangements for Ronald E Cooper to collect plants in Bhutan.

---- Canton ----
(Ff225-230) Papers regarding specimens collected by Vice Consul [W R] Carles.

---- Ch'ungch'ing ----
(Ff231-238) Papers regarding transmission of specimens to Kew.

---- Corea ----
(Ff239-244).

---- Fokien ----
(Ff245-248).

---- Formosa ----
(Ff249-251) Includes:

- LIST OF PLANTS FROM THE ISLAND OF FORMOSA, OR TAIWAN.

---- Kansu ----
(Ff252-253) Papers regarding specimens sent for identification by a missionary at Sining, Kansuh province, North West China.

---- Newchwang ----
(Ff254-266) Includes:

- REMARKS ON THE BOTANY OF SOUTH MANCHURIA BY DR MORRISON, ACTING MEDICAL OFFICER, HER MAJESTY'S COUNSULATE, NEWCHWANG [1885].

---- Peking (Bretschneider) ----
(Ff267-279) Papers regarding collections by E Bretschneider, with letters from Bretschneider.

---- Turkestan -----
(Ff280-288) Letters from M Aurel Stein [Indian Archaeological Survey] requesting Kew's assistance in identifying fabric samples.

---- Yunnan ----
(Ff289-298) Papers regarding George Forrest's Yunnan plants, with letters by Forrest.

-- Products --

---- Camphor ----
(Ff299-305) Papers regarding the Camphor Industry in Formosa.

---- Eucommia [ulmoides]----
(Ff306-324) Papers regarding Chinese rubber plant, experimentation, acquiring samples of seeds and live plants, including from New South Wales, and on prospect of cultivation in Britain.

---- Green dye, Sophora japonica ----
(Ff325-338) Includes request for specimens for Kew Museum, and the following report:

- Edward Schunck, THE YELLOW COLOURING MATTER OF "SOPHORA JAPONICA" [1894].

---- Fruit growing ----
(F339)Article regarding fruit growing at Weihaiwei.

---- Primula [obconica] injury to skin ----
(F340-341) Includes:

- Prof Dr A Nestler, HAUTREIZENDE PRIMELN. UNTERSUCHUNGEN UBER ENTSTEHUNG, EIGENSCHAFTEN UND WIRKUNGEN DES PRIMELHAUTGIFTES [with printed images].

---- Ramie stems ----
(Ff342-345) Papers regarding growing of ramie stems for experimental purposes at Kew.

---- Rhus, Chinese lacquer [Rhus oeinicifera sylvestris]----
(Ff346-357) Papers regarding analysis of specimens, with letters by K J Crow, Caledonian Varnich and Color Works.

---- Soap trees ----
(Ff358-365) Papers including information from Augustine Henry.

---- Sorghum ----
(F366) Paper regarding manufacture of 'Samshu' from Sorghum vulgare [Sorghum bicolor].

---- Tallow, vegetable ----
(Ff367-368)

---- Trade vegetable products ----
(Ff369-401) Papers regarding Machilus thunbergii, trade reports, specimens of timber used in China, and of Chinese and Tibetan drugs, sent by Bretschneider to Kew. Includes:

- E Bretschneider, NOTES ON SOME BOTANICAL QUESTIONS CONNECTED WITH THE EXPORT TRADE OF CHINA.

---- Wood oil ----
(Ff402-412) Papers regarding Aleurites Fordii and samples sent for identification.
Date5 Oct 1853-31 Aug 1914
SubjectDyes and dyeing
Plant collecting
Botanical specimens
Camphor
Rubber
Ramie
Colonies--Administration
Rhus verniciflua
Lacquer and lacquering
Tallow
Fruit
Rhus
Sorghum
Wood oil
Eucommia
Eucommia ulmoides
Produce trade
FormatManuscript papers
Typescript
Published documents
Press cuttings
Persons
CodePersonNameDates
DS/UK/292Hooker; Sir; William Jackson (1785-1865); Knight; botanist1785-1865
DS/UK/89Hooker; Sir; Joseph Dalton (1817-1911); Knight; Botanist and second director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew1817-1911
DS/UK/90Thiselton-Dyer; Sir; William (1843-1928); Knight; British botanist and third director of Kew1843-1928
DS/UK/187Prain; Sir; David (1857-1944); Knight; British botanist and director of Kew1857-1944
DS/UK/141Hill; Sir; Arthur William (1875-1941); Knight; British botanist and director of Kew1875-1941
DS/UK/318Stapf; Otto (1857-1933); Austrian botanist and taxonomist1857-1933
DS/UK/478Nicholson; George (1847-1908); Gardener and botanist1847-1908
DS/UK/451Oliver; Daniel (1830-1916); English botanist1830-1916
DS/UK/285Watson; William (1858-1925); horticulturist1858-1925
DS/UK/245Jackson; John Reader (1837-1920); Keeper of Kew Museums1837-1920
DS/UK/91Hemsley; William Botting (1843-1924); English botanist1843-1924
DS/UK/338Wright; Charles Henry (1864-1941); botanist1864-1941
DS/UK/321United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland; Foreign Office; 1782-19681782-1968
DS/UK/204British Government; India Office; 1858-19471858-1947
DS/UK/460The London Office of the Inspectorate General of Chinese Maritime Customs; 1874-19481874-1948
DS/UK/464Hosie; Sir; Alexander (1853-1925); Knight1853-1925
DS/UK/432Bretschneider; Emil (1833-1901); Sinologist1833-1901
DS/UK/225Henry; Augustine (1857-1930); botanical collector and dendrologist1857-1930
DS/UK/514Carles; William Richard (1848-1929); diplomat1848-1929
DS/UK/515MacGregor; Donald (1877-1933); horticultrist1877-1933
DS/UK/516Burkill; Albert Robson (1839-1913); business person1839-1913
DS/UK/517Bulley; Arthur Kilpin (1861-1942); cotton-broker1861-1942
DS/UK/518Stein; Sir; Marc Aurel (1862-1943); Knight; archaeologist1862-1943
DS/UK/519Forrest; George (1873-1932); botanist1873-1932
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