[ Albert Charles Seward, botanist and geologist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('A. C. Seward') to Sir Frank Stockdale, regarding his promotion to a post at Ceylon [ Sri Lanka ], with reference to the Botanic Gardens at Peradeniya and Father Le Goc.
2pp., 4to. On aged and marked paper with closed tear and creasing to one corner, and makeshift punch-holes to margin. Addressed to 'Dear Stockdale'. Having spent four years as Director of Agriculture on Mauritius, Stockdale had been promoted to a post in Ceylon, and Seward sends his 'hearty congratulations' on what seems to him 'a most attractive move. I spent a few hours in the Peradeniya Gardens in 1914 & was delighted with them.' Seward 'felt sad at meeting a director who was not a botanist', and it was with satisfaction that he read of Stockdale's promotion. He hopes to be able to return to Ceylon if he can 'ever afford to travel again!' The letter ends with references to 'Willis' (working in Cambridge but not fond of the English climate) and the Botany School ('almost empty & very depressing'). A postscript describes Maurice-Jaques Le Goc (1881-1945) as 'an excellent Fellow who did well here - he is at the Jesuit College, Colombo (S. Joseph's)'.