[D8828ACN1], Letter from James Ricalton to Alfred Ord Tate, July 26th, 1888


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[D8828ACN1], Letter from James Ricalton to Alfred Ord Tate, July 26th, 1888

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"I mail you today four samples of bamboo from the Mysore District in Southern India. As usual I mark those having extra qualities (A1), one sample of the four by this mail is so marked, the others are the bamboos common to this locality. In a few days I will go to Coorg & Calicut on the west coast, and secure what that region affords, it being the place and the most extensive bamboo jungle of southern India. Persons connected with the forrestry departments, and botanical gardens are uniformly of opinion that Burmah is the "Bambo World." So when I have scoured northern India I will in near Burmah and will "do" it, the Decarts to the contrary notwithstanding. ### The bamboo in Southern India are nearly all in Celon. There are no Bamboos of any account within one hundred miles of Madras and Pondicherry. The West Coast on account of the South West Monsoon is more moist, and favorable to the growth of the bamboo; the east coast being very dry except during the [unclear] North East Monsoon. ### [unclear] assent from Tutiorrin by rail via Pondicherry to Madras, my pocket thermometer indicated 102 [degrees] in the train during the journey." Yours very truly, James Ricalton. [Marginalia: "O.K. E"]





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