Ref NoGB-110/JES/COR/11/57
TitleSamuel Goodenough, Rochester, [Kent], to James Edward Smith, Norwich, [Norfolk]
DescriptionAccount of his attempts to clear the Salisbury-Smith dispute whilst sitting as vice-president at Linnean Society: [William George] Maton excused himself from allowing Salisbury's pamphlet ["Generic characters of English Botany"] into the Linnean Society by pleading ignorance; told Salisbury at Sir Joseph Banks' that he was wrong to make the Linnean Society the arena for his and Smith's dispute and that the pamphlet should be withdrawn, to which he initially agreed and then reneged, Salisbury then gave him the roots of 'Crocus aureus' and seeds of a 'Dahlia'; attempted expunge the pamphlet from the Society with a Council but could not form one; [Alexander] Macleay [also spelt McLeay or M'Leay] has left the pamphlet out of the list of donations to the Society. Sorry to see that Salisbury has so many papers in the new "Linnean Transactions" volume but enjoyed [Thomas] Rackett and Maton's paper on British shells.

Was in London "when the explosion took place with respect to the late Ministers" [the "Ministry of All the Talents", a national unity government which was formed in February 1806 and broke up in March 1807 over Catholic Emancipation], the King [George III (1738-1820)] is "conscientious on the matter" and "would die before he consented to the giving of power to the R [Roman] Catholics". [Jonas] Dryander has said both Smith and Salisbury have behaved badly, but Salisbury much the worse. Sees that Norwich has got rid Dr L Adkins, never could bear him.
Date6 Apr 1807
LevelItem
Extent4 pp
LanguageEnglish
Related MaterialSalisbury, R A, (1806). "The generic characters in the English Botany, collated with those of Linne." London: printer Bulmer & Co.

Maton, W G, and Rackett, T, 'An Account of some remarkable Shells, found in Cavities of a calcareous Stone called by the Stone-masons Plymouth-rag', "Transactions of the Linnean Society of London", 1807 8(1), pp.270-275.
PrevRefNo11.111
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/110/1/203Maton; William George (1774-1835); physician1774-1835
GB/110/1/15Salisbury; Richard Anthony (1761-1829); botanist and horticulturist1761-1829
GB/110/1/9Banks; Sir; Joseph (1743-1820); Baronet; Naturalist and patron of science1743-1820
GB/110/1/95Macleay; Alexander (1767-1848); entomologist and civil servant in Australia1767-1848
GB/110/1/14Dryander; Jonas Carlsson (1748-1810); botanist and librarian1748-1810
GB/110/1/466Rackett; Thomas (1755-1840); Church of England clergyman and antiquary1755-1840
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