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Reference numberCB/1/1/147
Alternative reference numberBLA.B.64
LevelItem
TitleLetter from Sir Joseph Banks, Soho Square to Charles Blagden
Date24 December 1817
DescriptionThanks him for the plate of moiré metallique, the ladies approve of it and would like an object made of it. Gives the story of Mr [George] Powney, an Italian in the service of the Pasha. Discusses the colossal head of Memnon. Discusses confirmation of a sighting of a water serpent in the seas of the United States, the people say it comes on shore to lay its eggs. Describes a lady in Liverpool who has lost her sight but who claims to be able to see by a sense of touch. Asks what Blagden and his French friends say about the fixing of Easter Day. Discusses Mr Durgate, does not expect much from him.
Extent1 sheet
FormatManuscript
Access statusOpen
Related materialItem 328, 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
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