Ref NoGB-110/JES/COR/11/36
TitleSamuel Goodenough to James Edward Smith
DescriptionVisited 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.
Date21 Feb 1797
LevelItem
Extent4 pp
LanguageEnglish
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.
Publn_NoteSmith, P (ed.), (1832). "Memoir and correspondence of... Sir James Edward Smith" London: Longman, vol 1, pp.533-534.
PrevRefNo11.67
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.
Creator NameGoodenough, Samuel (1743-1827)
Access_StatusOpen
Persons
CodePersonNameDates
GB/110/1/35Goodenough; Samuel (1743-1827); Bishop of Carlisle1743-1827
GB/110/1/197Sutton; Charles (1756-1846); Church of England clergyman and botanist1756-1846
GB/110/1/88Frankland; Sir; Thomas (1750-1831); 6th baronet1750-1831
GB/110/1/15Salisbury; Richard Anthony (1761-1829); botanist and horticulturist1761-1829
GB/110/1/111Withering; William (1741-1799); physician and botanist1741-1799
GB/110/1/16Thunberg; Carl Peter (1743-1828); naturalist1743-1828
GB/110/1/282Hudson; William (c 1730-1793); botanistc 1730-1793
GB/110/1/9Banks; Sir; Joseph (1743-1820); Baronet; Naturalist and patron of science1743-1820
GB/110/1/48Sowerby; James (1757-1822); natural history artist, publisher and collector1757-1822
GB/110/1/121Woodward; Thomas Jenkinson (1745-1820); botanist1745-1820
GB/110/1/331Curtis; William (1746-1799); botanist and entomologist1746-1799
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