Thanks all, for the support. I hope legal persuit will not be needed! I mentioned this post to the rep. I talked to, and he siad "Please don't threaten me". I don't want this to be a threat, just an account of the way the company handles this affair. I have since written to the company asking for "special attention" which is a painful thing for me to have to do and not really my style, but I will go long and far for the plants. I sent them URL's to my photo's, including the Brasillian expidition by Robert and Fernando last year. Hopefully someone sympathetic will see this and act as a friend to the plants as well: someone who can make an exception to "company policy". Tomorrow I will phone the company again to see what action is being taken.
On the bright side of things, my computer is once again functioning, and with a new hard drive. I mirrored the old drive 2 weeks before it failed, so all my files were conserved <whew>. By Samhain I should be a very happy man, or a man without a collection. Much as I appreciate the offer, I can't borrow more money from friends. I was raised never to mix money with friends "Never a borrower or a lender be" but the offers of help are a very happy thing for me to encounter. One way or another, Tamlin's "Dark Days" are drawing to a close. Soon we rock!!!