From Justus Radius   28 May 1824

28 May 1824

My dear Sir!

You gave me great pleasure by favouring me with your letter of the 11 th Octobre last, which I certainly should not have left unanswered so long time, had not the loss of my grandmother and my only brother’s increasing practice and some other avocations prevented my fulfilling earlier an office, which is so very agreeable to me. I thank you heartily for the numbrous collections of brittish plants which you had the kindness to send me; and I hope to make you a similar, which one of my friends will take over to England in about two months. Most of the plants I was already possessed of, since the greater part of them grow even round our town, however as I intend not to separate them but to form a Flora Brittanica, even the most common are and shall be wellcome to me. I f you could procure me one or some specimens more of the following ones, you would oblige me very much. They are Silene maritima, Pyrola media, Orchis pyramidalis, Ophrys apifera, Papaver hybridum, Anagallis tenella, Medicago maculata, Dianthus caryophyllus, Caucalis nodosum, Smyrnium olusatrum, Orchis ustulata if fine specimens can be provided, Geranium columbinum, Statice armeria which is rather Stat. maritima, Glaucium violaceum, Ballota nigra, Picris echioides, Senecio tenuifolius, Salvia verbenaca, Sison ammomum, Rosa arvensis, Ligusticum scoticum. If possible let the Specimens be somewhat larger and more complete; flowers, leaves, seeds, and in the anual (sic) plants the root, being often necessary to be sure of the identity of the Species.

Forgive my being so very intruding and allow me to assure you of the highest considerations of | Sir | your most obedient Servant | Dr. Justus Radius | Leipsic May. 28. 24.

Please cite as “HENSLOW-18,” in Ɛpsilon: The Correspondence of John Stevens Henslow accessed on 19 September 2021, https://epsilon.ac.uk/view/henslow/letters/letters_18