Samuel Goodenough to James Edward Smith

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Ref No GB-110/JES/COR/11/36
Title Samuel Goodenough to James Edward Smith
Letter date 21 Feb 1797
Author(s) Samuel Goodenough 1743-1827
Number of Pages 4

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GB-110/JES/COR/11/36 from Samuel Goodenough to James Edward Smith (21 February 1797)

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

Visited by [Charles] Sutton, who showed him 'Orobanche purpurea', a new species, and 'Orobanche ramosa'. Asks Smith to getting specimens of these as well as 'Robanche major' which grows in cornfields on 'Diadelphous' plants. Introduced Sir Thomas Frankland to the Linnean Society.
Thinks [Richard] Salisbury's nonemclature "improper not to say ridiculous" and sorry that he has persisted and even printed "his errors". [Jonas] Dryander and Salisbury are in dispute over the issue [renaming heath plants with new names based on differences between them] ['Species of 'Erica'', "Linnean Transactions"]. Smith correct the corolla of 'Agrostis littoralis', he has corresponded with [William] Withering on the issue it but believes he printed before Smith's observations were known, blames [Carl Peter] Thunberg for "this curious superficial daubing". Discussion of 'Carduus': after comparison of sessiles and calyx had already decided that [William] Curtis' 'Carduus tenuiflorus' was not 'Carduus pycnocephalus', nor does he think it 'Carduus australis' of [Linnaeus the younger's] "Supp[lementum]"; reassures Smith that he can trust him with his "difficulties".
Struggling with 'Potamogeton', particularly 'P. serratum', 'P. gramineum' (Smith's 'P. pectinatum'), [William] Hudson's 'P. pectinatum', and 'P. setaceum'; believes the latter three may be varieties of the same plant, has examined Sir Joseph Banks' specimens. Asks if 'P. serratum' is a species and whether 'P. setaceum' is a variety of 'P. pusillum'. Eager to hear when ["Linnean Transactions"] is printing; thinks [James] Sowerby has failed in his drawing of 'Fucus haliformis' [for Goodenough and Thomas Woodward's paper 'Observations on the British Fucus']. Jokes about an invasion by the French.

Letter date: 21 Feb 1797
Languages: English
Prev Ref No: 11.67
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Publn NoteSmith, P (ed.), (1832). "Memoir and correspondence of... Sir James Edward Smith" London: Longman, vol 1, pp.533-534.
Related MaterialSalisbury, R A,. 'Species of Erica'. Read 6/10/1801. Salisbury, R A, 'Species of Erica', "Transactions of the Linnean Society of London", 1802 6(1), pp.316-388. Linnaeus, C, (1781). "Supplementum plantarum systematis vegetabilium editionis decimae tertiae, generum plantarum editionis sextae, et specierum plantarum editionis secundae." Brunsvigae: Impensis Orphanotrophei. Goodenough, S, and Woodward, T J, 'Observations on the British Fuci, with particular Descriptions of each Species', "Transactions of the Linnean Society of London", 1797 3(1), pp.84-235.
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.