Edmund Davall, Orbe, Canton de Berne, [Switzerland], to James Edward Smith

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Ref No GB-110/JES/COR/14/20
Title Edmund Davall, Orbe, Canton de Berne, [Switzerland], to James Edward Smith
Letter date 31 May 1790
Author(s) Edmund Davall 1763-1798
Number of Pages 6

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GB-110/JES/COR/14/20 from Edmund Davall, Orbe, Canton de Berne, [Switzerland], to James Edward Smith (31 May 1790)

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

Smith will receive via Mr Mandrot: a parcel of sixty plants; a collection of views of his neighbourhood; "Panzu" "Observationes botanicae", is still waiting for [Nikolaus von] Jacquin's "Enumeratio Stirpium ... agro Vindobonensi"; [Albrecht von] Haller's "Nomenclator" and extremely rare copy of "Catalogus Stirp. rar. Helvetia", he procured three copies from Haller's widow for Smith, [Dominique] Villars, and himself.
Gratified by Smith's response to his request to become godfather to his unborn child, and as he only wanted Smith to be a friend to the child will give it no godparents at all. His own views on religion: feels closest to God in his "herborisations". Thinks it odd that neither [William] Curtis not L'Héritier can admit 'Geranium pusillum'; defends his position. Extensive comments on Smith's notes on previous parcel of plants. Requests bulbs of 'bulbifera' of [James] Dickson. Requests Smith's opinion on 'Stellaria biflora'. Discusses 'Tussilago spuria' and 'Tussilago paradoxa' of [Ander Jahan] Retzius, and a 'Tussilago alba' he transplanted is flowering as 'Tussilago petasites'. Requests Dickson, [John] Fairbairn, [James] Lee, and Curtis to send hims seeds. 'Thlaspi alpestre' and 'Astragalus leucophaeus' in his garden from Smith. Wishes to buy bulbs and roots of Lee: can obtain 'Iris sibirica' and 'Iris germanica' but not 'Iris foetidissima', 'Geranium relflexum'. Desirious to see 'Cnicus cernuus', and would like 'Onopordon deltoides' "Hortus Kewensis" instead of 'Poinciana pulcherrima'. Sorry Lady Rockingham is ill.
Observation on 'Brassica orientalis'. Asks Smith to press Dickson for his opinions on the cryptogamia he sent last year, necessary for them to be authenticated for Swiss flora. Sending parcel of plants for [Samuel] Goodenough. Including 'Mespilus amelanchier' in this letter [in Smith herbarium, see RelatedMaterial below]. Settles money owed Smith for Dickson's first fasciculus of dried plants and postage of various letters.

Letter date: 31 May 1790
Languages: English
Prev Ref No: 14.41
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.
Related MaterialFor Smith's reply of 14 July 1790, see JES/COR/14/22. For Smith's notes of 25 April 1790 see JES/COR/14/18, and for Davall's list of specimens see his letter of 27 February 1790, JES/COR/14/14. For comments by Davall on specimens sent, see letter of 11 February 1791, JES/COR/14/29, and 22 July 1791, JES/COR/14/38. 'Mespilus amelanchier' from Davall to Smith in Smith herbarium, Savage number 0896.4.1. Jacquin, N J F v, (1762). "Enumeratio stirpium plerarumque, quae sponte crescunt in agro Vindobonensi, montibusque confinibus. Accedunt observationum centuria et Appendix de paucis exoticis..." Vindobona: Kraus. Haller, A v, (1769). "Nomenclator ex historia plantarum indigenarum Helvetiae. Excerptus auctore Alberto v. Haller." Berna: Societatis Typographicae. Haller, A v, (1760). "Enumeratio stirpium, quae in Helvetia rariores proveniunt." Lausanne. Aiton, W, (1789). "Hortus Kewensis; or, a catalogue of the plants cultivated in the Royal Botanic Garden at Kew..." London: Printed for George Nicol.
Publn NoteSmith, P (ed.), (1832). "Memoir and correspondence of... Sir James Edward Smith" London: Longman, vol 2, pp.33-34.
AdditionalSmith replied 14 Jul [1790]