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Reference numberCB/1/1/162
Alternative reference numberBLA.B.79
LevelItem
TitleLetter from Sir Joseph Banks, Soho Square to Charles Blagden
Date11 October 1819
DescriptionGives news of Richie's recovery from desert fever. Describes Sumatran plant sent home by Sir S Raffles, has been drawn by Bauer and Brown is also examining it. Received papers from Kater and transmitted them to Gilbert, "the honour of France in having originated so splendid an idea is more thought of than the advancement of science". Suspects rumour of gold plate from Alexandria to be a hoax. The Shetland Isles have not yet been found trigonometrically, it is to be done next year. Mudge says he had no knowledge of Gregory's "silly publication" until it was published. Davy is on his way to Naples with his assistant who will help unroll papyri. Is able to obtain Newfoundland puppies for anyone who wants one. Captain Kater has begun his work. Bowditch has published an attack on his employers for refusing to re-engage him. Fisher has been at Orkney to make observations. No further news of [polar] discovery ships. Is in daily hopes of receiving all Salt's collections including the Alabaster Sarcophagus.
Extent1 sheet
FormatManuscript
Access statusOpen
Related materialItem 344, 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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