Ref NoGB-110/JES/COR/11/70
TitleSamuel Goodenough, Rose Castle, [Carlisle, Cumberland], to James Edward Smith, Norwich, [Norfolk]
DescriptionForwarded Smith's letter to [George] Don and believes Don will be satisfied with Smith's conciliatory manner and correct his mode of publication, which is symptomatic of a general surplus of natural history publications: "everyone [is] publishing, quite to the nausea of purchasers, the commonest things - when [George] Shaw [(1751-1813), naturalist] published the cock-sparrow & the common snail, I thought it high time to discontinue the Nat[urali]st's Miscellany". Don's discoveries are very valuable; the 'Hypericum' and 'Equisetum' were new to him. Believes others have been more devious than Don has been in attempting to naturalise foreign plants; cites example of Laurents and himself sowing 'Sisymbrium polyceratium' in the streets of Bury [in reference to claims by James Donn of Cambridge Botanic Garden that Don had used Cambridge seeds to grow and then claim as plants indigenous to Scotland, see RelatedMaterial]. Thinks Don's 'Lamium' a distinct species especially if the leaves are constantly petriolated.

Hugh Davies sent him his three species of articulated 'Juncus' but one had no leaves to it [see RelatedMaterial below]. Remembers the 'Sempervivum sediforme' at Kew and contending with [William] Aiton [(1731-1793), gardener at Kew] that it was 'Sedum', Aiton convinced it was 'Sempervivum' on [Daniel] Solander's authority. Pleased by Smith's proficiency in Greek and with Dioscorides, recommends Theophrastus and Bodaeus' notes. Sorry to see that "envious creature [Richard Salisbury] again barking at you" and reaffirms that Smith is the "King of Nat[ural] History". Was not aware that Dr [John] Hull [(1761-1843), physician and botanist] was of such a "predatory turn". Eager to see "Flora Britannica" complete but glad to find "Florae Graecae Prodromus" progressing so well.
Date12 Nov 1808
LevelItem
Extent4 pp
LanguageEnglish
Related MaterialFor letters from Charles Lyell discussing James Donn's accusations of George Don see JES/COR/6/115; JES/COR/6/116; and other letters from Goodenough JES/COR/11/74; JES/COR/11/97.

Davies, H, 'A Determination of Three British Species of Juncus, with Jointed Leaves', "Transactions of the Linnean Society of London", 1810 10(1), pp.10-14.

Theophrastus, Scaliger, J C, Consatninus, R, and Bodaeus, J, (1644). Theophrasti Eresii de Historia plantarum libri decem ... cum notis ... illustravit Joannes Bodaeus a Stapel ... Accesserunt Julii Caesaris Scaligeri animadversiones: et Roberti Constantini annotationes... Amstelodami: Apud Henricum Laurentium.

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

Sibthorp, J, and Smith, J E, (1806-1813). "Florae Graecae prodromus: sive plantarum omnium enumeratio, quas in provinciis aut insulis Graeciae invenit Johannes Sibthorp... Characteres et synonyma omnium cum annotationibus elaboravit Jacobus Edvardus Smith." Londinum: [printer:] Taylor.
NotesSmith replied 17 [Nov 1808]
Publn_NoteSmith, P (ed.), (1832). "Memoir and correspondence of... Sir James Edward Smith" London: Longman, vol 1, pp.574-576.
PrevRefNo11.136
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/110/1/32Don; George (1764-1814); clockmaker and nurseryman1764-1814
GB/110/1/146Davies; Hugh (1739-1821); Church of England clergyman and botanist1739-1821
GB/110/1/114Solander; Daniel Carlsson (1733-1782)1733-1782
GB/110/1/15Salisbury; Richard Anthony (1761-1829); botanist and horticulturist1761-1829
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