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Hooker, Sir Joseph Dalton[X]
Smith, William Henry[X]
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letter (3)
JHC614
From:  Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker
To:  William Henry Smith
Date:  14 October 1876
Classmark:  JDH/1/14/1 f.51, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Summary:  

This letter appears to be a draft copy, it is not signed by Joseph Dalton Hooker, though it is written in his hand, & it contains extensive corrections & struck through text. JDH writes to [William Henry] Smith regarding a potential conflict over the HMS 'Challenger' expedition collections, which he fears may arise between the scientific staff of the expedition & the British Museum. His fears stem from correspondence sent to the Royal Society by the Admiralty & Treasury. JDH offers his services as a mediator to head off this dispute as he knows the parties involved & has experience dealing with scientific expeditions. He asks to be put in contact with anyone at the Treasury who takes an interest in the matter.

Contributor:  Hooker Project
JHC615
From:  Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker
To:  William Henry Smith
Date:  2 November 1876
Classmark:  JDH/1/14/1 f.52, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Summary:  

At the behest of the Royal Society officers JDH requests a meeting with an officer of the Treasury. This is in response to a letter from Mr Law. JDH will call at the Treasury the following day; Friday 3 Nov 1876, in hope of seeing William Henry Smith.

Contributor:  Hooker Project
JHC616
From:  Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker
To:  William Henry Smith
Date:  19 December 1876
Classmark:  JDH/1/14/1 f.53, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Summary:  

JDH writes that he is waiting to hear whether the Royal Society has accepted the proposal that it undertake the work on Sir Wyville Thomson's specimens [from the HMS 'Challenger' expedition]. If the suggestion is approved JDH will submit a detailed plan. The plan has already been prepared, a complex procedure as a work of such scope has never been undertaken before. The plan will ask for £3500 for 1877-1878 for the publication of the work. JDH asks Smith to authorise the submission of the plan to the Navy[?].

Contributor:  Hooker Project