Belated thanks for CD's photograph.
When in London at Rucker's wonderful gardens she learned he had sent CD a Mormodes.
Dangstein | Petersfield
My dear Sir
I ought long ere this to have acknowledged the photo which has been for some time hung
up in my own sitting room opposite my esteemed friend Sir W Hooker. When in London—for a few days I went down to M
believe me | most truly yours | Dorothy Nevill
- f1 3431.f1The date is conjectured from the reference to CD's having sent Nevill a photograph of himself (see n. 2, below), and from the reference to Sigismund Rucker's having sent CD a specimen of Mormodes; in the letter to J. D. Hooker, 14 March , CD described his examination of a specimen of M. ignea sent to him by Rucker (see n. 3, below).
- f2 3431.f2William Jackson Hooker. In the first of two letters dated [before 22 January 1862], Nevill asked CD for a photograph or portrait of himself. In his letter to D. F. Nevill, 22 January , CD stated that the photograph would be sent `in a few days'.
- f3 3431.f3See letter to J. D. Hooker, 14 March  and n. 7. Nevill was among those from whom CD had sought specimens of Mormodes (see Correspondence vol. 9, letters to D. F. Nevill, 12 November  and 19 November ). In mid-March 1862, he was lent a plant of M. ignea by Rucker, an East and West India broker residing in West Hill, Wandsworth, whose assistance in this regard is recorded in Orchids, p. 249. Rucker also subsequently, on 8 June 1862, provided CD with a specimen of M. luxata, CD's description of which is in DAR 70: 99--102.
- f4 3431.f4CD had wished to examine specimens of the orchid tribe Arethuseae, to which the genus Vanilla belongs, before completing Orchids, and had asked Nevill if she could provide him with specimens (see Correspondence vol. 9, letter to D. F. Nevill, 12 November ). He eventually acquired some Vanilla flowers from Joseph Dalton Hooker (see letter from J. D. Hooker, [29 May 1862]).