Letter from Herbert Maxwell [Sir Herbert Maxwell] to William Robinson

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Written from Monreith, Whauphill, Wigtownshire. Manuscript

He thanks Robinson for the hint about Anemone palmata; he is grieved to hear that Robinson is giving up ‘Gardening Illustrated’ but he does not begrudge Robinson his rest as he has accomplished sweeping results; he marvels at the change to English gardens since Robinson’s precepts were first taking effect in the early 1870s; Robinson must feel gratified at the increase in the number of amateur horticulturalists due to his books and the original ‘Garden’; Maxwell often consults volumes of ‘The Garden’, and did so recently to compare the plate of Mutisia decurrens with some blossoms, and found it faithful in form and colour; Robinson has persevered in maintaining the lost art of woodcutting; he finds it refreshing to look at the black and white images produced by this method; he trusts Robinson’s interest in gardening will continue into his retirement