Reference numberMM/19/121
TitleLetter from Joseph Banks to George Leonard Staunton
Date15 February 1794
DescriptionThanking Staunton for sending specimens to him from Teneriffe, Rio de Janeiro and Java.

Commenting on the death of William Aiton, the King's gardener at Kew and on Captain Bligh's bread fruit voyage.
Extent5 sides
Access statusOpen
Administrative history'In 1792 Staunton was appointed principal secretary to Lord Macartney's embassy to China (and provisionally minister-plenipotentiary in the event of his death). The embassy sought to improve commercial relations with China, through Canton (Guangzhou), and to establish regular diplomatic relations between the two countries. Though Macartney and Staunton had an audience with the emperor their proposals were rebuffed. Macartney kept a detailed journal of his embassy, while in 1797 Staunton published his own, well-known account of this unsuccessful mission, which was later translated into French and German'. (from the 'Oxford Dictionary of National Biography').
Related materialFor more on Banks's links with George Leonard Staunton, see H B Carter, 'Sir Joseph Banks', London: British Museum (Natural History), 1988, pp290-295.
Fellows associated with this archive
NA8116Banks; Sir; Joseph (1744 - 1820); naturalist1744 - 1820
NA7266Staunton; Sir; George Leonard (1737 - 1801)1737 - 1801
NA7421Bligh; William (1754 - 1817)1754 - 1817
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