Reference numberMS/426/666
Alternative reference numberMS/426 p150
TitleCopy letter from W [William] Sharpey, Secretary of the Royal Society; to J T Elliott Esq. Colonial Office
Date20 May 1859
DescriptionConcerning the suggestion of the governor of New South Wales [Sir William Dension] to create a publication of the zoology, geology and botany of the Empire, with the support of Edward Lytton. Replies that the President and Council have decided to associate themselves with the presidents of the Linnean and Geology and the Zoological Department of the British Museum (Dr Owen), and considers the undertaking to be of great importance to science. Adds that the inclusion of terrestrial and atmospheric forces will constitute a most complete form. Suggests for practical reasons to divide the project into geographic groups, which are listed. India has not been included as it is not under a colonial department and extensive work has already been done there by the likes of Elliot, Hooker, Thomson, Falconer and Schlafuitweit. Suggests a circular from the Colonial office to be sent around the Colonial Governors to establish scientific institutes in the respective groups and for the government to offer financial assistance. Also suggests the Geological Survey of Great Britain can superintendent the publication of the groups as the papers come in, with external help from botany and zoology, particularly Sir W Hooker, superintendent of the Botanical Gardens of Kew. States the Secretary of State might be able to compose a list of scientific persons needed.
Access statusOpen
Related records in the catalogueMC/6/22
Add to My Items

    Collection highlights

    Browse the records of some of our collections, which cover all branches of science and date from the 12th century onwards. These include the published works of Fellows of the Royal Society, personal papers of eminent scientists, letters and manuscripts sent to the Society or presented at meetings, and administrative records documenting the Society's activities since our foundation in 1660.

    The Royal Society

    The Royal Society is a Fellowship of many of
    the world's most eminent scientists and is the
    oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.
    Registered charity number 207043

    Website design ©CalmView


    + 44 207 451 2500
    (Lines open Mon-Fri, 9:00-17:00. Excludes bank holidays)

    6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG

    Email Us →


    Subscribe to our newsletters to be updated with the
    latest news on innovation, events, articles and reports.

    Subscribe →

    © CalmView