To William Whewell   19 September 1851


19 September 1851

My dear Whewell,

I could not continue to answer your letter yesterday before leaving home with Anne for this place, where I am arrived to give a lecture tonight to a new Mechanics Institute under the auspices of M r & M rs C Bunbury–

The Aroideous plant made an imperfect attempt at producing a spathe before in curious and complete success. The two spathes appear to be combined below– I possess something of the sort, but shall be glad to have yours also if not too troublesome to be dried– As it is rather succulent, it will be necessary to place it between 8 or 10 sheets of some bibulous paper & change them about the 3 d & 10 th day–

I should much have enjoyed accompanying M rs H. to Yarmouth & Lowestoft but I can return yet from home for mere pleasure sake– Unless called away by something or other that has a dash of duty in it or seems to have, I keep pretty much within the bounds of Hitcham. We return home tomorrow–

Kind regards to M rs Whewell. I convey M rs H. to Kew on Monday, & shall avail myself of the opportunity to take a last peep at the Exhibition–

Ever sincerely y rs | J S Henslow

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