Andrew Caldwell, Dublin, [Ireland], to James Edward Smith

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Ref No GB-110/JES/COR/3/22
Title Andrew Caldwell, Dublin, [Ireland], to James Edward Smith
Letter date 25 Mar 1801
Author(s) Andrew Caldwell 1733-1808
Number of Pages 4

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GB-110/JES/COR/3/22 from Andrew Caldwell, Dublin, [Ireland], to James Edward Smith (25 March 1801)

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Item Type: Document
From: Caldwell, Andrew
Sent from: Dublin, Ireland
To: Smith, Sir James Edward

Encloses a specimen from the Cape of either 'Galanthus' or 'Leucojum', sent via Mr Rowley's brother, a sea captain. Is resuming his botanical studies with the assistance of "Flora Britannica". Longs for one or two distinct characteristics of grasses to be pointed out to him so as to avoid having to go into minute examination. [John] Underwood [(fl 1780s-1834)], gardener at Dublin Botanic Garden, is growing 'Anemone hortensis' in a greenhouse. Wishes that an "accurate and able" botanist would complete "Flora Londinensis". Glad that Smith's travels through Greece [writing of "Flora Graeca"] "are perform'd at the Desk" as "that climate don't seem to agree with English Constitutions", recalls the death in Greece of Mr Tweddale. Feels no alarm at the situation of Ireland but concern for the starving and situation of the poor. Obliged to Dawson Turner for remembering him. Remarks that if Smith ever quits botany he could look into Helen Maria Williams [(1762-1827) writer], "in the vast profusion of chaff there may be found a few good grains of fact". A friend just arrived from Paris was disappointed by the paucity of the Garden there.

Letter date: 25 Mar 1801
Languages: English
Prev Ref No: 3.42
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.146-147.
Related MaterialFor further discussion of the political situation in Ireland see JES/COR/3/14-15; JES/COR/3/17-18; JES/COR/3/20; JES/COR/3/27. Smith, J E, (1800-1804). "Flora Britannica" London: Davis. Sibthorp, J, (1806-1837). "Flora Graeca", London: Taylor. Curtis, W, (1777-1798). "Flora Londinensis" London: [privately], 2 vols.
AdditionalSmith replied 23 Apr [1801]