James Edward Smith, London, to Edmund Davall, Orbe, [Switzerland]

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Ref No GB-110/JES/COR/14/37
Title James Edward Smith, London, to Edmund Davall, Orbe, [Switzerland]
Letter date 6 Jul 1791
Author(s) Sir James Edward Smith 1759-1828
Number of Pages 8

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GB-110/JES/COR/14/37 from James Edward Smith, London, to Edmund Davall, Orbe, [Switzerland] (6 July 1791)

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Item Type: Document
From: Smith, Sir James Edward
Sent from: London
To: Davall, Edmund
Sent to location: Orbe, Switzerland

Numbered observations on parcel of plants sent by Davall via Mr Mandrot in May, received June 1791: 'Turritis hirsuta' HL, 'Plantago', 'Cerinthe major', 'Cerinthe perennis' Davall, 'Thesium alpinum' HL, 'Bupleurum angulosum' HL, 'Laserpitium silaifolium', 'Dianthus', 'Arenaria liniflora', 'Potentilla caulescens' HL, 'Anemone fragifera' Jacquin, 'Ranunculus thora', 'Ranunculus pamassifolius' HL, 'Ranunculus alpestris', 'Ajuga genevensis', 'Ajuga alpina', 'Pedicularis sylvatica' HL, 'Antirrhinum arvense' HL, 'Hypericum tetragynum', 'Geranium pusillum', Geranium rotundifolium', 'Geranium molle', 'Crepis tectorum' HL, 'Ophrys cordata', 'Satyrium repens', 'Carex pauciflora' Lightfoot, 'Clutia pulchella', 'Chrysocoma coma-aurea' HL, 'Bidens pilosa', 'Coreopris leucantha' HL, 'Gentiana', 'Asplenium trichomanes', 'fastigiatus', '[Lichen] tiliaceus' Hoffmann and Smith, '[Lichen] saxatilis', '[Lichen] centrifugus', '[Lichen] aeruginosus', '[Lichen] fagineus', '[Lichen] subfucus' HL, '[Lichen] horizontalis', '[Lichen] chrysoleucus' Smith, and '[Lichen] encaustus' Smith.
Compliments them both on their ability to search for plants. Comments on box of lichens sent by Davall. Pleased to hear account of Davall's happy family life. [Edward] Forster disappointed that Davall has not written. "Flora Lapponica" has gone to press with fifty-five new species added to the flora. Hopes Davall will entrust [Jacob] Wyttenbach with correction of the Latin for his work. After consultation with [William] Hudson and [James] Dickson gives numbered remarks on box of lichens. Can only send Davall a few plants in return, including 'Arenaria saxatilis', but Davall should request [Dominique] Villars' 'A. saxatilis' for the true 'A. laricifolia'. Sends present of "two tinkling balls [...] of the very newest mode" for Davall's baby daughter. 'Nymphaea nelumbo' in flower at Bulstrode, [Buckinghamshire, home of Duke of Portland] for the first time in Europe, it is a new genus to be called 'Portlandia' and the old renamed 'Catesbaea'.

Letter date: 6 Jul 1791
Languages: English
Prev Ref No: 14.88
Additional Information:
Note typeNote
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.
Publn NoteSmith, P (ed.), (1832). "Memoir and correspondence of... Sir James Edward Smith" London: Longman, vol 2, pp.42-44.
Related MaterialFor Davall's letter of 21 May 1791 mentioning dispatch of plants, see JES/COR/14/33. For Davall's box of lichens mentioned in letters of 30 April 1791 and 21 May 1791, see JES/COR/14/32 and JES/COR/14/33, respectively. For Davall's further comments on this letter of 3 February 1792, see JES/COR/14/46. For further comments by Smith on lichens see letter of 30 December 1791, JES/COR/14/44. Linnaeus, C, and Smith, J E, (1792). "Flora Lapponica" London: B. White & Son.