Ref NoGB-110/JES/COR/11/45
TitleSamuel Goodenough, Deanery, Rochester, [Kent], to James Edward Smith, at A B Lambert's, Lower Grosvenor Street, London
DescriptionSucceeded in gaining his son's support [Edmund Goodenough (1785-1845), headmaster and dean of Wells] for Dr [George] Williams at Oxford, although from his son's note and Smith's letter unsure "what this place of physical contention is" [possibly a disagreement over the Aldrichian chair of anatomy and physiology, founded 1803].

Apologises for missing Linnean Society anniversary meeting; [Thomas] Marsham rescinded his offer of accommodation and it is otherwise too difficult finding a place to stay in London. Also surprised at the expensive dinner tickets which he believes will "frighten away most of the valuable members" such as [John] Fairbairn, [Thomas] Hoy [(c 1750-1822)], [Jonas] Dryander, and [James] Dickson; compares prices with Westminster School and Orphan School dinners. Observed his first rare plant in Rochester, 'Ophrys nidus-avis', at the side of a wood. Is not confident of Rochester's suitability for botanising; the hills mean there is very little rain. Asks when the remaining part of ["Flora Britannica"] appears; fears [Napoleon] Buonaparte will invade before it does. Gives his regards to [Aylmer Bourke] and Mrs [Catherine] Lambert.
Date20 May 1803
Extent4 pp
Related MaterialSee previous letter for further on dispute at Oxford, JES/COR/11/44.

Smith, J E, (1800-1804). "Flora Britannica" London: Davis.
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/110/1/223Williams; George (1762-1834); physician and librarian1762-1834
GB/110/1/17Marsham; Thomas (? 1747-1819); entomolgist? 1747-1819
GB/110/1/221Fairbairn; John (fl 1780s-1814); gardenerfl 1780s-1814
GB/110/1/14Dryander; Jonas Carlsson (1748-1810); botanist and librarian1748-1810
GB/110/1/60Dickson; James (1738-1822); botanist1738-1822
GB/110/1/25Lambert; Aylmer Bourke (1761-1842); botanist1761-1842
GB/110/1/222Lambert; Catherine (d 1828)d 1828
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