Botanical Gardens St Vincent
February 17th. 1793.
On the 23rd January I had the honor of writing to you and informing you of the arrival here of Captain Bligh on the Evening before with a delightfull Cargo.
His anxiety to get clear of his charge here as well as Jamaica, made me use every exertion in my power, in getting the plants for the Garden from the Ship as also embarking those I had prepaid for Kew and all this was accomplished in three days. And you will find from the inclosed Catalogue, that such a number of pots carried to and from the ship (distance a mile) on Nigroes heads (the only mode that could be adopted) was no easy matter.
On the Evening of the 29th Jany. Cap Bligh sailed from hence to Jamaica being here exactly 7 days. I imagine you may expect him in England about the middle of May, before that I think he can hardly enter the Channel, as the plants might suffer from cold. His long stay at Jamaica will give time to supply the deffects here, in obtaining from that Island most of its production that we wanted at Kew.
His arrival here was premature for me, as I had no expectation of him 'till the end of March or April, with that Idea I omitted supplying the loss of the Mountainous plants in pots