Document ReferencePl C 27/56
TitleLetter from William Speechly, Welbeck, Nottinghamshire to [W.H.C. Bentinck] 3rd Duke of Portland; 2 Mar. 1779
Date2 March 1779
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionHopes the lettuce and french beans arrive soon; wishes he had sent some before as they are so plentiful; reports that he has only lost two plants to the 'meal worm' recently and that the deer are no longer trying to get over the new fence in the ditch; has discovered that soap suds are an efficient way to deal with insects on the fruit trees and also appear to help preserve the wood; has used this method with the peach trees and has noted down the practice at the end of the 2nd book of his work; comments on Dr Hunter's approbation of this.
Termdomestic affairs, provisions
horticulture, methods for protecting plants

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA35041Hunter; Alexander (1729-1809); Dr; physician and author1729-1809
NA40383Speechly; William (1733-1819); Mr; gardener to the 3rd Duke of Portland; author of several works on horticulture1733-1819
NA905Bentinck; William H.C. Cavendish- (1738-1809); 3rd Duke of Portland; succ. 17621738-1809
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