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Reference numberCB/1/1/172
Alternative reference numberBLA.B.89
LevelItem
TitleLetter from Sir Joseph Banks, Soho Square to Charles Blagden
Date8 February 1820
DescriptionDiscusses death of George III, coupled with the "dangerous indispositions" of George IV science has been brought to a standstill. The Royal Society will recommence its meetings after the late King's funeral on Wednesday. Has received an application from a man named Wronski to have his manuscripts and instruments imported free of duty, enquires after his character. Gives price of oil for manufacture of gas. Has heard from Lyon that the plundering expedition from Fazzan has been given up, a new Bey of Murzurk is to be appointed who it is hoped will resume ordinary commerce, Richie was well when the letter was sent on 19 October. Discusses giving up of Bencoolen and ceding of Java to the Dutch. Discusses vast snake in American waters. Discusses low temperature in his garden and effect on his plants. Gilbert has delayed his visit to Paris until after the General Election. Discusses severe illness of George IV. Lady Banks has two vases which she means to present to Mlle Vaucelle - M Cuvier's daughter in law who has given her a beautiful ink stand.
Extent1 sheet
FormatManuscript
Access statusOpen
Related materialItem 354, 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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