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Written from London, Plymouth, Bath and Paris, the letters deal in particular with the affairs and publications of the Royal Society, of which Blagden was secretary from 1784 to 1797. They cover a wide range of subjects, including medicine and botany, and refer to correspondence and meetings with scientists throughout Europe. Among those mentioned are Daniel Solander, Jonas Dryander, Antoine Lavoisier, Joseph Priestley, Sir William Hamilton, Sir William Herschel, Henry Cavendish, Sir Nevil Maskelyne, Richard Kirwan, Sir George Chambers, Sir Benjamin Thompson (Count Rumford), Claude Berthollet, Alexander Aubert, Benjamin Wilson, Pierre-Simon Laplace and Georges-Louis Leclerc (Comte du Buffon). (77 letters)
Curiosities collected on ships commanded by Bruny D'Entrecasteaux, including plants, birds, insects and snakes.
Restitution of natural history objects collected by scientists who accompanied Comte de la Perouse to the Pacific.
Review of The journal of Sir Joseph Banks during Captain Cook's first voyage in HMS Endeavour in 1768-71, edited by Sir Joseph Hooker, Athenaeum, 26 December 1896 (File 2.5)
Refers to Tupia, the Tahitian who was brought to England by Banks.
Draft minutes of the trustees of the British Museum referring to the admittance of readers, 13 May 1801 (File 2.9a)
Draft report on valuable parts of the collection of the British Museum, n.d.
Recommends Friedrich Hornemann; suggests he first spend some months in Gottingen working on natural history.
A bust of Banks. (Includes reply by Banks.)
His interest in studying antiques received from Naples and also a collection of prints.
Recommends a gardener for the Dowager Duchess of Portland. (2 letters)
Dryander, who had been a pupil of Carl Linnaeus, succeeded Daniel Solander as Banks's librarian in 1782. The letters were mostly written from Banks's house in Soho Square at times when Banks was out of London. They deal in particular with the library, the acquisition of books and drawings, subscriptions and catalogues. In addition, there are references to the receipt of letters, visitors to the house, and botanical and zoological matters. Individuals mentioned in the letters include Johann Fabricius, Charles Blagden, Joseph Planta, Alexander Dalrymple, Charles Greville, Henry Cavendish and Edward Gray.
Requests an inscription on the cabinet he has donated.
A rift between the Geological Society and the Royal Society; attaches a resolution of the Geological Society rejecting the plan of Charles Greville for the Society to merge with the Royal Society. (2 letters)
Relations between the Royal Society and the Geological Society. (2 letters)
Offers to sell 800 drawings, including birds and shells by Sarah Stone and others under the direction of Ashton Lever.
Forwards a box of potatoes, possibly a rare species; he is to be sworn in as mayor of Warwick.
Queries whether periwinkle is only the first state of a small species of lobster.
Metals and minerals; papers of Smithson Tennant. (2 letters)
Account of ballooning near north coast of France.
Visit to Cape Town (1779); plan to settle convicts on the north-west coast of America; insanity; reports on the health of King George III (1788); William Herschel; Tiberius Cavallo; drawings of elephants by Thomas Sandby; blue lights; presents from the Emperor of China. (33 letters)
Discovery of a method of saving people from drowning; meeting. (3 letters)
Congratulations on his marriage; collection of plants of Abbe Sistius (?); difficulties of transplanting plants to England; the Sultan is generally shut up in his seraglio; many houses burnt down by mobs; hopes that Capt. J. Cook is not getting himself and his followers into a 'scrape'.
Embarking on his last trip to Tangier; sends vocabulary of the Shillah language, some words translated into Arabic; hopes of retirement.
Meeting with Peter the Wild Man, found in a forest near Hanover; sends particulars. (3pp.)
The correspondents include Edmund Hussey, William Munro, Duncan Campbell and James Glen.
Sends specimens of strontium sulphate; requests specimens of coal from Botany Bay.
Allowance to Matthews authorised by Spencer Percival for duties performed at the Mint.
Fossil deer bones found on his estate. (3 letters)
Peter the Wild Man; question of his surviving on leaves and bark; refers to natives of New Caledonia eating bark of certain trees.
Difficulties in transmitting a letter to King George III; printing of statutes [of Royal Society].
Presentation of colours of the Brentford Armed Association.
Submits papers for publication; geological specimens and drawings; books. (6 letters)
Correspondence with Robert Brown about a collection of birds, animals and plants captured from a French ship by a privateer.
Refers to examination by Banks of coasts of Glamorgan and Pembroke; collecting of shells.
General news; capture of a whale; letter from Alexander Dalrymple to John Hawkesworth; Lord Sandwich; Charles Blagden; John Hunter; dissection of electric eels.
Proposal that papers of Padre Antonio about Mount Vesuvius be placed in the British Museum.
Sends geese in gratitude to his admission to Society of Antiquaries: Banks's health: James Smith and value as Flora Britannica.
Seeks support in publishing a history of Gloucestershire by Rev. T.D. Fasbrooke.
Thanks for astronomical communications; William Herschel; his election to the Royal Society.