[ 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.

A. C. Seward [ Albert Charles Seward ] (1863-1941), English botanist and geologist [ Sir Frank Stockdale [ Sir Frank Arthur Stockdale ] (1883-1949), agriculturist and colonial civil servant ]
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On letterhead of the Botany School, Cambridge. 27 February 1917.

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.

Manuscript Fair Copy, in an eighteenth-century hand, transcribing two poems: 'Prize Monody on the Death of David Garrick Esqr. ffor the Vase at Bath-Easton, By Miss [Anna] Seward.' and 'To Miss Seward | Impromptu' by 'W[illiam] H[ayley].'

Anna Seward (1742-1809), poet known as 'The Swan of Lichfield'; William Hayley (1745-1820), poet and patron of William Blake [David Garrick (1717-1779); Bath Easton, villa of Sir John Riggs Miller]
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Seward's poem dated 'Bath-Easton (the Villa of Sir John Miller,) near Bath | ffeb. 11. 1779.' Hayley's poem without place or date.

Totalling 5pp., 4to, with Seward's poem on the first 3pp., and Hayley's on the following 2pp. Disbound from a notebook. In good condition, on lightly-aged and worn paper which has been cropped at the foot, resulting in the loss of two lines of text from Hayley's poem, and with the strip with the trimmed line from the foot of the first page of Seward's poem laid down at the head of the second page.

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