HOOKER, Sir William Jackson (1785-1865). Director of Kew Gardens.
Autograph Letter Signed to an unnamed correspondent ('My dear Sir'), 4 pages 8vo, Kew Gardens (blind stamp), 10 October 1838. Complaining of his treatment by the Siamese king and his envoys, discussing the situation in the Far East in general, sending news of family and friends etc. etc.
Thanking him for his letter from Bangcock [sic] and for enquiring of the king rgarding the books he had sent to him at the suggestion of Sir John Bowring ('They were not "Pamphlets", - but books & costly books too, of richly coloured plates of plants, royally bound; - cost me I am sure not less than £20!'); and complaining of the behaviour of the king's 'ambassadors':
'... the most unlicked cubs I ever saw in my life, caring for nothing but sitting indoors in their Hotel & smoking cigars from the time they tumbled out of bed, in their day cloths at 12 o'cl noon till they again tumbled into bed at night. They saw nothing & cared for northing - professed great anxiety to see our garden & putting off engagements to come, & yet never coming. ...'
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