BABINGTON, Charles Cardale (1808–1895), botanist and archaeologist. Autograph letter signed to ‘Freeman’, 3 sides of a bifolium, 8vo, Cambridge, 22 July 1873, apologising that he cannot join Freeman at ‘the Somerset meeting’ as he has to be in Dublin, and that he has to go to ‘the C.A.A. Meeting and pay a visit as soon as it is over to my friend Canon Herbert near Newtown, Montgomeryshire’. At the close of the letter he adds, in a response to Freeman ‘I suppose the leaf is one of the Snowberry and fancy that the Silk worm would not like it well enough to continue to eat it’. First leaf of bifolium has a vertical crease, and second leaf has old mounting marks to corners on rear blank.
Babington was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1851 in recognition of his botanical work, and succeeded to the chair of botany at Cambridge in 1861. His interests were shared between botany and archaeology, but he also retained a lifelong interest in evangelical mission work.