From William Woolls   31 March 1879

Richmond1

March 31 /79

My dear Baron,

I send you a paragraph from to-day's Herald.2 It will make the subject known. We have lately come upon a fossil fern or aquatic plant in sandstone. As soon as I can get a drawing, I will send it to you. It seems to be a frond of several inches, reticulated.

I am sorry to say that I cannot help you about the Orchid, & I am glad that you have written to Canon King.3

I find that Bauer did not collect all the Norfolk Island ferns, for other collectors found there

Dicksonia davallioides

Davallia pyxidata

Lindsaea linearis

Pellaea rotundifolia

Lomaria discolor 4

Nephrolepis tuberosa

I hope some of these days you will publish a full list of the Norfolk Island Ferns.

Yours very sincerely

W. Woolls

 

Davallia pyxidata

Dicksonia davallioides

Lindsaea linearis

Lomaria discolor

Nephrolepis tuberosa

Pellaea rotundifolia

NSW.
See Sydney morning herald,31 March 1879, p. 5, for a review of B78.11.01, M's descriptions of new fossil plants; the review was almost certainly written by Woolls whose newspaper pieces were rarely signed.
Letter not found, but see R. King to M, 1 April 1879, and M to the Gardeners' chronicle, May 1879 (in this edition as 79.05.00c).
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