William Roscoe to James Edward Smith, Norwich, [Norfolk]

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Ref No GB-110/JES/COR/17/59
Title William Roscoe to James Edward Smith, Norwich, [Norfolk]
Letter date [18 Mar 1808]
Author(s) William Roscoe 1753-1831
Number of Pages 4

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GB-110/JES/COR/17/59 from William Roscoe to James Edward Smith, Norwich, [Norfolk] (18 March 1808)

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Item Type: Document
From: Roscoe, William
To: Smith, Sir James Edward
Sent to location: Norwich, Norfolk

Immersed in politics; his new pamphlet on proposals to open negotiations for peace in 1807 is currently printing [see RelatedMaterial below], it also contains a definitive answer to his critics. The mayor of Liverpool, a "bigotted & furious ministerialist", held a meeting "in commendation of the present men & measures" [in relation to the war with France]; he [Roscoe] opposed this and offered an opposing address which was "carried by a great majority", but the mayor carried the original address. Both addresses were presented to the public for signatures; his [Roscoe's] address "favourable to peace & moderation" gained almost 15,000 whilst the mayor's struggled for half that amount. The enraged opposition has been issuing handbills and anonymous letters; transcribes example of one sent to himself.
Recently sent [James] Sowerby a specimen of 'Canna latifolia' for "Exotic botany" but he had drawn it before; will soon send his thoughts on the genus. Urges Smith not to give up "Exotic botany", which could now be carried on in just the quatro edition. Thanks Frederick Smith [Smith's brother] for merino wool coat.

Letter date: [18 Mar 1808]
Languages: English
Prev Ref No: 17.117
Additional Information:
Note typeNote
Related MaterialRoscoe, W, (1808). "Remarks on the proposals made to Great Britain for opening negotiations for Peace in the year 1807 ... Second edition." London; please note not available in Linnean Society Library. Smith, J E, (1804-1805). "Exotic botany" London: J. Sowerby.
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 28 [Mar 1808]