"Extracts of three letters from Mr. H. Colebrooke to Dr. W. Carey"

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"Extracts of three letters from Mr. H. Colebrooke to Dr. W. Carey". These concern the appointment of Dr Wallich at the Botanic Gardens and are dated 6th January, 13 January and 26 January, 1817. At first Colebrooke would not recommend Wallich because he thought another eminent botanist had been appointed but on discovering that this botanist had no wish to travel to India, Colebrooke and Dr Fleming petitioned the Court of Directors, East India Company, with the support of Sir Joseph Banks, for Wallich to be appointed to the role. Handwritten, copied by unknown hand.