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Reference numberCB/1/1/144
Alternative reference numberBLA.B.61
LevelItem
TitleLetter from Sir Joseph Banks, Soho Square to Charles Blagden
Date28 February 1815
DescriptionDiscusses high price of home and imported wheat, Didot's new method of printing, Dr Wales's theory of radiation is contradicted by experience, frost and snow in Van Diemen's Land, Rouse-Boughton's trip to India. Young "always wishes to conceal himself as a man of science it being his wives opinion that his science impedes his practice as a Physician". Discusses skulls and embalmed bodies received from Peru - they were on their way to France and were taken as part of a Prize [by the Navy] but only a small number survived as the crew threw them overboard - asks Blagden if he can find anything out about them. Mentions bronzed pottery, sends pamphlets. Gives particulars of "poor [Smithson] Tennant's death.
Extent1 sheet
FormatManuscript
Access statusOpen
Related materialItem 323, The Banks Letters, A Calendar of the manuscript correspondence of Sir Joseph Banks preserved in the British Museum... London, 1958.
Fellows associated with this archive
CodeNameDates
NA8116Banks; Sir; Joseph (1744 - 1820); Naturalist1744 - 1820
NA7947Young; Thomas (1773 - 1829); physician, physicist and Egyptologist1773 - 1829
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