[William Sowerby, artist and botanist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Wm. Sowerby | Secty.'), as Secretary, Royal Botanic Society of London, to the journalist Edward Walford, regarding 'the Title of the Duke of Roussillon' and the 'list of Fellows'.

William Sowerby (1827-1906), Secretary, Royal Botanic Society of London, artist and botanist [Edward Walford (1823-1897), journalist and editor; Duc de Roussillon]
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On letterhead of the Royal Botanic Society of London, Gardens, Regent's Park. 10 December 1872.
SKU: 22178

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Neatly written out, with Sowerby's expansive signature. He begins by explaining that the Society has not 'printed a list of Fellows […] since the one I gave you some short time back, the present edition is rather imperfect but a new one will be published at no very distant date, a Copy shall then be sent to you'. Walford now turns to the main subject of the letter: 'The Council have been making enquiries respecting the Title of the Duke of Rousillon and were advised by the French Embassy to write to the French Minister at Paris, which has been done, and the Council now wait an answer'. Sowerby has been 'Officially informed', that very day, 'that the French Government are, and have been since the receipt of our letter, making all enquiries which are not yet completed.' Note: Walter Scott's Antiquary says: "In the first place, I will say that although a “Duke” of Roussillon figures in Boccaccio, and also in Shakespeare, it is only as an imaginary character; for although there were Counts,” there never were Dukes, of Roussillon, so far as I can discover"