Thomas Johnes, Hafod, [Cardiganshire], to James Edward Smith

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Ref No GB-110/JES/COR/16/23
Title Thomas Johnes, Hafod, [Cardiganshire], to James Edward Smith
Letter date 30 Aug 1794
Author(s) Thomas Johnes 1748-1816
Number of Pages 4

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GB-110/JES/COR/16/23 from Thomas Johnes, Hafod, [Cardiganshire], to James Edward Smith (30 August 1794)

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Item Type: Document
From: Johnes, Thomas
Sent from: Hafod, Cardiganshire
To: Smith, Sir James Edward

Received Smith's letter from Bungay, [Suffolk]; they are disappointed that Smith cannot visit and sorry to hear of Smith's sore throat, which many have complained of this season, his wife's medicines are not yet arrived. His wife thanks Smith for Mr Wilson's New Holland seeds, scarcely any plants have succeeded this year though they have "a fine yellow 'Hibiscus' in flower from seeds given by Smith, offers to send flower or plant. His garden doing well; vindication of those who thought it impossible. Late rains brought grass and turnips but cattle "very low indeed", which he blames on lack of fodder from England's drought last summer. Has not yet visited the "Chalybat" [mineral spring found close to Johnes' house] but from the taste it appears very strong and according to Dr [David] Davies of Carmarthen the strongest in Wales.
"That wild girl still continues as wild in her wishes to go to India" [Johnes' sister, Charlotte] and asks Smith if Mrs Kinderley would taker her under her protection when she sails, though they are all uneasy about it. Compares his sister to [Jean de] La Fontaine's [(1621-1695), French fabulist] letter of "the pigeon that wishes to travel".

Letter date: 30 Aug 1794
Languages: English
Prev Ref No: 16.1
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.
AdditionalSmith replied 15 Sep 1794