Bartram responded and described the tree (papaw) to Collinson, saying, "Ye papas will

bear ye shade as well as most…[It is] of swift growth…but by degrees these other trees

of slower but more permanent growth advances above and overcomes them like many

human monarchs." This is as near to politics as the letters between the "king's botanist"

and the Quaker gardener get.

The underlined part is really hard for to understand becaue of old english and an complicated

structure. Would you anyone help me with this?

And does near to politics mean "somewhat political"?

Thanks in advance!

"The papaw tree will tolerate the shade as well as most trees tolerate the shade.

It grows quickly. But, gradualy, other trees that grow slower but larger become taller than the papaws.

These trees that grow larger than other trees are like human Kings, who dominate their subjects in the same way that these big trees dominate the smaller ones."

And does near to politics mean "somewhat political"? These letters are not political, but this one is close to beiing political, because it talks about Kings in this way.

Thanks so much Clive! I really appreciate your help![Y]