Reference numberMM/6/29
TitleDraft letter from Sir Joseph Banks to Robert Stewart, Viscount Castlereagh
Date24 February 1808
DescriptionOn restoring to the Icelanders the whole of their ships and cargoes. Such a measure will make a deep impression on the inhabitants and render easy the cession of the island to the British Crown and it will also help prevent famine in Iceland.

At this time, Iceland was ruled by Denmark - an ally of France in the Napoleonic Wars. Banks was involved in attempts to improve trade between Iceland and the United Kingdom.
Extent4 sides
Access statusOpen
Fellows associated with this archive
NA8116Banks; Sir; Joseph (1744 - 1820); naturalist1744 - 1820
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