Ref NoMCR/4/2/5
Alt Ref NoMR/91
geographical classification 4.4
TitleChina: Foods, Medicines and Woods
DescriptionManuscript and typescript letters and notes, printed documents and press cuttings regarding foods, medicines and woods from China, including the sending of specimens to the Kew Museum, and the identification of specimens. Includes letters to William Jackson Hooker, Joseph Hooker, Thiselton-Dyer, Prain, Hill, Jackson and Hemsley, with letters from Thiselton-Dyer, Prain, Oliver, Jackson, and Hemsley. Includes correspondence with consular officials including William Cooper, the Foreign Office and India Office.

Volume is arranged in the following sections:

China II

---- Food and Medicine ----

-- Medical Report: atriplex --
(Ff413-445) Includes:

- CHINA. IMPERIAL MARITIME CUSTOMS. MEDICAL REPORTS, FOR THE HALF-YEAR ENDED 30TH SEPTEMBER 1897. (Shanghai: Statistical Department of the Inspectorate General of Customs, 1898).

-- Cassia lignea --
(Ff446-459) Papers regarding Cassia lignea and Cinnamomum cassia. Includes:

- Charles Ford, GOVERNMENT NOTIFICATION. CASSIA LIGNEA (1882).

-- Cinnamon --
(Ff460-461).

-- Ginseng --
(Ff462-463).

-- Opium --
(Ff464-523) Papers including report on opium smoking apparatus and sending apparatus to the Kew Museum. Includes:

- Samuel S Mander, OUR OPIUM TRADE WITH CHINA (London: Simpkin, Marshall [and] Co, 1877)

- THE MORALITY OF OPIUM (1881).

-- Rhubarb --
(Ff524-529).

-- Ginger --
(Ff530-554) Papers regarding question of identification as Zingiber officinale or Alpinia galanga. Includes illustration (f539), and letters from Charles Ford.

-- Fungus, edible --
(Ff555-556) Papers regarding Pleurotus pulmonarius, known as 'huang mo'.

-- Lily flowers --
(Ff557-562) Includes specimen (f559).

-- Lungan [Longan] Pulp --
(Ff563-569) Includes requests for samples of fruit known as 'dragon's eye', 'lung-ngan' or 'geng geng'.

-- Oat, huskless --
(Ff570-573) Papers regarding Avena sativa var. inermis, with letter from Sir Alexander Hosie.

-- Seaweeds, edible --
(Ff574-580) Papers regarding algae specimens received from E Bretschneider.

-- Soja hispida --
(Ff581-613) Papers regarding the China soy bean [Glycine max], including:

- M Bravy, 'Note sur le Soja Hispida', ANNALES DE LA SOCIÉTÉ D'HORTICULTURE ET D'HISTOIRE NATURELLE DE L'HÉRAULT (1880)

- Edward Kinch, THE SOY BEAN (1882)

- Thomas A Williams, THE SOY BEAN AS A FORAGE CROP (Washington: 1897).

-- Tea, Brick --
(Ff614-618).

-- Tea, Pu-érh --
(Ff619-645) Includes (f620) sample of 'pu-erh tea', June 1858, collected by Dr Lockhart, Foochow, and (f623) sample of 'poo-urh tea of Yunnan' collected by Mr John Fryer, 1879.

-- Tea, oil --
(Ff646-649) Papers regarding Camellia oleifera.

-- Trapa --
(Ff650-653) Papers regarding Trapa bicornis [?Trapa natans].

-- Yams --
(Ff654-658) Papers regarding Dioscorea batatas [Dioscorea polystachya] and introduction to Jamaica.

---- Woods ----

-- General --
(Ff659-681) Papers regarding funding of Ernest Henry Wilson's expedition to China for new conifers in 1910, including correspondence with F R S Balfour and the Office of HM Woods, and regarding acquisition of seeds.

-- For engraving --
(Ff682-698) Includes (f685) wood sample [Euonymus].

-- For printing blocks --
(Ff699-712) Papers regarding the tallow tree, Stillingia sebifera [Triadica sebifera].

-- Paitan, Dalbergia hupeana --
(Ff713-723) Papers regarding sandalwood ('white chandan'), and including plant specimen (f721).

-- Tea chest woods --
(Ff724-777) Papers regarding Pinus sinensis, Liquidambar formosana, and Cumminghammia sinensis, including specimens sent to Kew, and with letter by Hance.

-- Woods for coffins --
(Ff778-784) Papers regarding 'Sha muk', and Cunninghamia sinensis [Cunninghamia lanceolata].

-- Nan-mu [Nanmu] tree of Yunnan --
(Ff785-836) Includes letters by Edward Bradford, Apothecaries Hall, and printed illustration of Persea Nanmu, Oliv. [Machilus nanmu] Includes:

- CHINA. NO 2 (1877) REPORT BY MR DAVENPORT UPON THE TRADING CAPABILITIES OF THE COUNTRY TRAVERSED BY THE YUNNAN MISSION (London: Harrison and Sons, 1877)

- OBSERVATIONS ON A COLLECTION OF ARTICLES OF CHINESE MATERIA MEDICA OBTAINED IN 1875-6, IN THE COUNTRY TRAVERSED BY THE YUNNAN MISSION... (London: T P Newman, 1877).

-- Pinus Bungeana --
(Ff837-849).

-- Square Bamboo --
(Ff850-874) Papers regarding 'square bamboo' and 'hairy bamboo', Dendrocalamus latiflorus and Bambusa quadrangularis [Chimonobambusa quadrangularis].
DateJun 1858-8 Jan 1914
SubjectCommercial products
Medicinal plants
Wood
Botanical specimens
Botanical specimens--Collection and preservation
Oak
Cinnamon
Ginseng
Opium
Rhubarb
Ginger
Edible fungi
Longan
Tea
Marine algae as food
Bamboo
Soybean
FormatManuscript papers
Typescript
Published documents
Press cuttings
Persons
CodePersonNameDates
DS/UK/89Hooker; Sir; Joseph Dalton (1817-1911); Knight; Botanist and second director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew1817-1911
DS/UK/292Hooker; Sir; William Jackson (1785-1865); Knight; botanist1785-1865
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/245Jackson; John Reader (1837-1920); Keeper of Kew Museums1837-1920
DS/UK/91Hemsley; William Botting (1843-1924); English botanist1843-1924
DS/UK/451Oliver; Daniel (1830-1916); English botanist1830-1916
DS/UK/462Cooper; William Marsh (1869-1896)1869-1896
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/464Hosie; Sir; Alexander (1853-1925); Knight1853-1925
DS/UK/477China; Chinese Maritime Customs Service; 1854-19501854-1950
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