Walter Wade, Dublin, [Ireland], to James Edward Smith

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Ref No GB-110/JES/COR/26/37
Title Walter Wade, Dublin, [Ireland], to James Edward Smith
Letter date 20 Sep 1794
Author(s) Walter Wade 1740-1825
Number of Pages 2

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GB-110/JES/COR/26/37 from Walter Wade, Dublin, [Ireland], to James Edward Smith (20 September 1794)

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Item Type: Document
From: Wade, Walter
Sent from: Dublin, Ireland
To: Smith, Sir James Edward

Sends copy of his work, intended to "encourage the study of botany" in Ireland; believes is the first systematic account of any branch of natural history in Ireland [probably of his "Catalogus systematicus plantarum [...] Dublinensi" (1794)]; desires Smith's opinion. Delighted by Smith's various publications; hopes Smith long lives "to gratify the botanic amateur"; asks best way to obtain new numbers.
Hopes Smith has seen Andrew Caldwell and presumes he has told Smith of the plans for establishing a botanic garden at Dublin, for which Parliament have already granted £1,700 and £500 per annum, hopes of being superintendent. Collecting material for a "Flora Hibernica"; dreads the cryptogams, though assisted by Dillenius, Michelieux, Schaeffer, and Hedwig; [William] Withering's work a "great labour", but much confusion, and [James] Bolton's "Filices" and "Fungi" good but descriptions do not always correspond with common ferns and mushrooms of this country.

Letter date: 20 Sep 1794
Languages: English
Prev Ref No: 26.71
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AdditionalSmith replied 24 Nov [1794]
Related MaterialWade, W, (1794). "Catalogus systematicus plantarum indigenarum in comitatu Dublinensi inventarum." Dublinum: Sleater. Smith, J E, and Linnaeus, C, (1789-1791). "Plantarum icones hactenus ineditae, plerumque ad plantas in herbario Linnaeo conservatas delineatae." Londini: Impensis Benj. White et Filii. Withering, W, (1776). "A botanical arrangement of all the vegetables naturally growing in Great Britain..." Birmingham: Cadel. Bolton, J, (1785). "Filices Britannicae; an history of the British proper ferns ..." Leeds: Binns. Bolton, J, (1788). "An history of fungusses growing about Halifax ..." Halifax: [privately].
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.