Reference numberCB/1/1/163
Alternative reference numberBLA.B.80
TitleLetter from Sir Joseph Banks, Spring Grove to Charles Blagden
Date20 October 1819
Description"Is puzzled by the conduct of the French treating the publication of the [triangulation] tables with ridicule". Elaborates on possible reasons for their attitude. Davis Gilbert is to bring the matter before the Council of the Royal Society. Will send drawings of Spring Grove and some more Passion fruit, his vines have yielded near 300 fruit, attributes it to his "manuring with bones". Has an abundance of strawberries of a new kind with a better flavour, will send plants for Countess Rumford if she wishes. Discusses his grapes, "I intend to make a few gallons of wine from them" using the recipe of Mr Hamilton of Paynes Hill. Mentions two fossil deers found in Isle of Mann. [Nathaniel] Pearce of Abyssinia has appeared in Egypt and has send home an interesting collection of birds and plants, which have been given to the British Museum.
Extent1 sheet
Access statusOpen
Related materialItem 345, 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
NA8116Banks; Sir; Joseph (1744 - 1820); Naturalist1744 - 1820
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