James Edward Smith to Samuel Goodenough

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Ref No GB-110/JES/COR/11/66
Title James Edward Smith to Samuel Goodenough
Letter date 7 Apr 1808
Author(s) Sir James Edward Smith 1759-1828
Number of Pages 4

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GB-110/JES/COR/11/66 from James Edward Smith to Samuel Goodenough (7 April 1808)

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Item Type: Document
From: Smith, Sir James Edward
To: Goodenough, Samuel

His need to vent with Goodenough like the Suffolk baronet and wife of their acquaintance, who when apart write to each other every day with minimal formalities, and when Sir Thomas Frankland used to write to him with the "most delightful epistolia" of the moment. Recollects the day he spent with Yeates and Broussonet in the woods of Corby Castle, near Carlisle, where he caught and gave to [Thomas] Marsham 'Elater cuprens' and 'Scarabaeus arvicola', wonders why Marsham has only named Yorkshire for the former species and not mentioned him [in "Entomologica Britannia"]. Found 'Elater pectinicornis' on Cromford Moor near Matlock. Noticed that Dr [Samuel] Johnson [(1709-1784), author] explains the "shard-born beetle" of the poets as born or produced among broken stones or pots, Smith thinks it must mean "borne, or flying about, on shards, or shells (testae)".
Argues for his new 'Hookeria' [after William Jackson Hooker] and 'Brodiaea' genera being put forward in spite of [Richard] Salisbury having already published Smith's 'Brodiaea' as 'Hookera' [in "Paradisus Londinensis", after William Hooker (1779-1832), botanical artist]: wrote his papers on 'Hookeria' and 'Brodiaea' before hearing of Salisbury's intention for 'Hookera' and would not normally object except that Salisbury's Hooker is not a botanist and an associate "in an infamous fraud" on Sir Joseph Banks [stealing figures of 'Byblis' and other plants and presenting them as their own]. Urges Goodenough to read his letter in the "Monthly Magazine" [April 1808 edition] which addresses an erroneous statement in the botanical report in [the February 1808] issue of the magazine conjecturing on the nature of the dispute between himself and Salisbury, which is independent of botany.

Letter date: 7 Apr 1808
Languages: English
Prev Ref No: 11.128
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Finding AidsDawson, W R, (1934). "Catalogue of the manuscripts in the Library of The Linnean Society - Part I. The Smith papers: The correspondence and miscellaneous papers of Sir James Edward Smith", London: Linnean Society.
Related MaterialFor Goodenough's confirmation of Smith's conjecture on "shard-born beetle" see JES/COR/11/67. Smith, J E, 'Characters of Hookeria, a new Genus of Mosses, with Descriptions of Ten Species', "Transactions of the Linnean Society of London", 1808 9(1), pp.272-282. Smith, J E, 'Characters of a new Liliaceous Genus called Brodiaea', "Transactions of the Linnean Society of London", 1810 10(1), pp.1-5. Salisbury, R A, and Hooker, W, (1805-1808). "The paradisus Londinensis: or coloured figures of plants cultivated in the vicinity of the metropolis. [The figures] by William Hooker." London: [privately].
Publn NoteSmith, P (ed.), (1832). "Memoir and correspondence of... Sir James Edward Smith" London: Longman, vol 1, pp.566-568.