Ref NoGB-110/JES/COR/11/44
TitleSamuel Goodenough, Deanery, [Rochester, Kent], to James Edward Smith, at Dr Williams, Corpus Christ College, Oxford, [Oxfordshire]
DescriptionA disagreement at Oxford involving Dr [George] Williams and a new professorship [possibly the Aldrichian chair of anatomy and physiology, founded 1803]. It is opposed by his son, [Edmund Goodenough (1785-1845), headmaster and dean of Wells], but he has written to him pledging his own support for Williams. Unsure of his son's objection unless it is the wish of the Dean of Christ Church, whom he generally has to second on account of multiple kindnesses shown to him.

Smith's forty-five 'Salix' species make him impatient for the remainder of "Flora [Britannica]". Nobody interested in botany in Rochester and the dryness of the area is not favourable for the fructification of mosses; however there are "great tracts of wood" and Lord and Lady Darnley have a hothouse, greenhouse, and "an idea of an arboretum". Found a new plant in a hothouse called "Egyptain 'Amaryllis'" which flowered in February to be a 'Pancratium' "caule biflora", refers to [Johan Jacon] Dillenius' "Hortus Elthamensis". [Thomas] Marsham wrote suggesting to leave him out of the Linnean Society Council and vice-presidentship for next year; happy to comply as long as he is not "let down improperly". Hopes Smith's reception at Frogmore [the Queen's country house in Berkshire] will be followed with fresh invitations.
Date11 May 1803
Extent4 pp
Related MaterialSee subsequent letter for further on Oxford dispute, JES/COR/11/45.

Smith, J E, (1800-1804). "Flora Britannica" London: Davis.

Dillenius, J J, and Sherard, J, (1732). "Hortus Elthamensis seu plantarum rariorum quas in horto suo Elthami in cantio coluit ... Jacobus Sherard ... delineationes et descriptiones ..." Londini: The author.
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)
GB/110/1/35Goodenough; Samuel (1743-1827); Bishop of Carlisle1743-1827
GB/110/1/286Dillenius; Johann Jacob (1687-1747); botanist1687-1747
GB/110/1/17Marsham; Thomas (? 1747-1819); entomolgist? 1747-1819
GB/110/1/223Williams; George (1762-1834); physician and librarian1762-1834
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