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

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Ref No GB-110/JES/COR/16/77
Title Thomas Johnes, Hafod, [Cardiganshire], to James Edward Smith
Letter date 16 Dec 1804
Author(s) Thomas Johnes 1748-1816
Number of Pages 4

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GB-110/JES/COR/16/77 from Thomas Johnes, Hafod, [Cardiganshire], to James Edward Smith (16 December 1804)

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

Hopes Smith received his last letter, in which there was "a hint respecting one of your baronets meant for your own eyes alone" [this letter is not extant in this collection]. Read [Anna Laetitia] Barbauld's "most excellent" introduction to [Samuel] Richardson's "Letters"; it is a "charming collection", but too long. Smith's "little friend" [his daughter, Marimane Johnes], to be as proficient in drawing as in music. His work on translation of Froissart [(c 1337-c 1405), French chronicler] keeps two compositers and one press man fully employed; third volume finished though worried White is keeping them aside as he has not seen second volume yet.
Conservatory thriving under sole management of Mrs Johnes; she received two double red and double variegated 'Camellia' from the Duchess of Bedford [Georgiana Russell (d 1853)] and asks what sort of 'Bigonia' will thrive in conservatory and best time for them. Depending on the "majorities" intends to spend this year at home finishing his book.

Letter date: 16 Dec 1804
Languages: English
Prev Ref No: 16.152
Additional Information:
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Publn NoteSmith, P (ed.), (1832). "Memoir and correspondence of... Sir James Edward Smith" London: Longman, vol 2, pp.112-113 [this transcript contains a passage in which Johnes sets out his intentions for future translations, which does not appear in the original letter nor any other letters in this collection].
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 21[Dec 1804]