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TitleCorrespondence of William Swainson: T - Z
AdminHistoryWilliam John Swainson (1789-1855), FLS FRS, naturalist and scientific illustrator was the oldest son of John Timothy Swainson, a founder Fellow of the Linnean Society. William travelled to Sicily, Malta, Greece and mainland Italy where he collected large numbers of specimens. In 1815, he brought his specimen collection to England and became a Fellow of the Linnean Society. Swainson travelled to Brazil with Koster, 1816-1818, and amassed another collection of birds. His published works include Zoological Illustrations (1820-3), eleven volumes in Lardner's Cabinet Cyclopaediam and three volumes in Sir William Jardine's Naturalist's Library. He adopted a quinary system based on the circular system of William Sharp MacLeay [also spelt McLeay or M'Leay]. In 1837 he emigrated to New Zealand and died there.
DescriptionCorrespondence is numbered and arranged in alphabetical order by sender. All dates are in the 1800s. A dash appears where the summary of the letter is unknown/unrecorded/illegible.

CORRESPONDENCE T

880. TAYLOR, Isaac., to Swainson, Hanford Chines, dated 1.6.1840. -
881. TAYLOR, I., to Swainson, ??, dated 17.6.1840. -
882. TAYLOR, J., to Swainson, Redruth, dated 20.8.1824. -
883. TAYLOR, J., to Swainson, London, dated 4.4.1828. -
884. TAYLOR, Richard., to Swainson, London, dated 22.9.1820. Suggestions as to S's publications.
885. TAYLOR, R., to Swainson, London, dated 10.2.1827. -
886. TEMMINICK, Coenraad Jacob., to Swainson, Paris, dated 3.5.1824. 'Planches Coloriees' wants a drawing by S. In French.
887. TEMMINICK, C.J., to Swainson, no date. In French.
888. THELWALL, J., to Swainson, London, dated 5.1.1819. On stammering.
889. TORREY, John., to Swainson, New York, dated 8.8.1820. -
890. TORREY, J., to Swainson, New York, dated 9.4.1821. Collects plants for W. Hooker.
891. TRAILL, Thomas Stewart Professor of Medical Jurisprudence., to Swainson, Liverpool, dated 7.8.1820. Dissection of Toucan's head.
892. TRAILL, T.S., to Swainson, Liverpool, dated 26.1.1821. Recommends the use of the Wernerian nomenclature of colours.
893. TRAILL, T.S., to Swainson, Liverpool, dated 25.3.1821. Expressive of intimate friendship.
894. TRAILL, T.S., to Swainson, Liverpool, dated 20.6.1821. Expressive of intimate friendship.
895. TRAILL, T.S., to Swainson, Liveipool, dated 26.1.1822. Intends to employ all his energy and diplomacy for the success of S's candidature in the British Museum.
896. TRAILL, T.S., to Swainson, Liverpool, dated 27.1.1822. Referring to S's "little grammatical confusions".
897. TRAILL, T.S., to Swainson, Liverpool, dated 10.2.1822. Prescriptions for preserving specimens and arsenical soap.
898. TRAILL, T.S., to Swainson, London, dated 22.4.1822. Highly indignant at the failure of S's candidature-the Archbishop and other Trustees ought to be exposed in the press.
899. TRAILL, T.S., to Swainson, Liverpool, dated 6.4.1823. I spreparing the materials for a crusade against the British Museum and the Trustees, the article being intended for the Edinb. Review-information is supplied by S, whose name, however, must be kept in the background.
900. TRAILL, T.S., to Swainson, Liverpool, dated 29.11.1823. Leeds Museum - Marriage of S.
901. TRAILL, T.S., to Swainson, Liverpool, dated 4.1.1824. The article has appeared anonymously, and is effective.
902. TRAILL, T.S., to Swainson, Liveipool, dated 8.5.1824. Analysis of Mexican coal.
903. TRAILL, T.S., to Swainson, Liverpool, dated 27.7.1824. First child of S's born-on Mexican coal-Royal Society takes up the charges of mismanagement in the British Museum.
904. TRAILL, T.S., to Swainson, Liverpool, dated 9.9.1824. Long's Panama shells sold to Bulwer-dissects an Emu.
905. TRAILL, T.S., to Swainson, Liverpool, dated 1824. Has written another article about the British Museum, in which the secrecy of S's part in it is maintained by equivocal expressions-has done much anatomical work.
906. TRAILL, T.S., to Swainson, Liverpool, dated 7.2.1825. Has received information that Franklin's Arctic collections have been neglected in the British Museum-subject for another article.
907. TRAILL, T.S., to Swainson, Liverpool, dated 6.8.1825. What is the price S puts on his collections?
908. TRAILL, T.S., to Swainson, Liverpool, dated 4.2.1827. Again enraged in an attack upon the British Museum which probably will appear in the 'Westminster'; it must be strictly anonymous.
909. TRAILL, T.S., to Swainson, Liverpool, dated 20.1.1829. Supplied a list of Nepal birds received in Liverpool-critical remarks on zoolog. systems; deplores excessive subdivision.
910. TRAILL, T.S., to Swainson, Liverpool, dated 20.1.1829. List of Birds from Nepal.
911. TURTON, William., to Swainson, Torquay, dated 16.4,23. Haliotis.

CORRESPONDENCE V

912. VALENCIENNES, A., to Swainson, Paris, dated 17.1.1830. Asks S to send drawings of his new fishes to Cuvier. In French.
913. VIGORS, Nicholas, Aylward., to Swainson, Chelsea?, dated June 6 . -
914. VIGORS, N. A., to Swainson, Chelsea, dated 19.4.1824. Wishes to arrange for an interview with S to discuss the classification of birds.
915. VIGORS, N. A., to Swainson, Chelsea?, dated 21.4.1824?. Desires to introduce S to Bell and Children.
916. VIGORS, N. A., to Swainson, Chelsea, dated 28.6.1824. Myiothera-wishes S to write ornithological papers for Zoological Journal-subdivision of Anatidae Falconidae.
917. VIGORS, N. A., to Swainson, Chelsea, dated 5.7.1824. Is indignant at Gray's attack upon S-complains of mismanagement of Zoolog. Journal-asks for a reply from S-on Australian birds-refers to a joint general work on birdss.
918. VIGORS, N. A., to Swainson, Chelsea?, dated 11.8.1824. On the same subject.
919. VIGORS, N. A., to Swainson, Chelsea?, dated 20.8.1824. On the same subject.
920. VIGORS, N. A., to Swainson, Chelsea, dated 7.9.1824. Referring to S's paper for the fothcoming number-Harpyia.
921. VIGORS, N. A., to Swainson, Chelsea, dated 16.10.1824. About Zoolog. Journal-thinks British Museum would be useful to S and Zool. Journal.
922. VIGORS, N. A., to Swainson, Chelsea, dated 11.1824. S and the Zool. Club of the Linnean Society-Tahiti Parrots and other birds.
923. VIGORS, N. A., to Swainson, Chelsea, dated 4.12.1824. On the same subjects-as to S's criticism of Vigors's classification.
924. VIGORS, N. A., to Swainson, Chelsea, dated 8.12.1824. Encourages Traill to write for Zool. Journal-on various ornithol. matters. Papers ought to be published first, and then discussed at the meetings of a Soceity.
925. VIGORS, N. A., to Swainson, Chelsea, dated 26.1.1825. S has been elected a member of the Zoolog. Club-S is not as cordial a supporter of the Zool, Journal as V would desire, apparently on account of the irregularity of remuneration, which V does not understand.
926. VIGORS, N. A., to Swainson, Soho, dated 29.4.1825. -
927. VIGORS, N. A., to Swainson, Chelsea, No date. Synonymy of Sylviidae in confusion-referring to the variance of opinion among Quinarians as to single or multiple affinities.
928. VIGORS, N. A., to Swainson, Chelsea, No date. Referring to his paper on classification of birds in Linnean Transactions; explains the reason why generic divisions are excluded from the paper-asks S's advice on several points.
929. VIGORS, N. A., to Swainson, Chelsea, dated 31.12.1825. Urges S not to lose priority in some Mexican birds, as Jardine has taken up the matter- about Toucans and Thrushes.
930. VIGORS, N. A., to Swainson, Soho, dated 1.1827. Printed form.

CORRESPONDENCE W

931. WAGNER, William., to Swainson, Philadelphia, dated 20.6.1838. Exchange of specimens.
932. WALLICH, Nathaniel., to Swainson, Calcutta, dated 18.7.1819. A reply to S, wh had sent to him Sicilian and Brazillian plants-about Indian collections-Roscoea.
933. WALLICH, N., to Swainson, Calcutta, dated 28.8.1819. Sends a consignment of Indian plants; encloses a Grass.
934. WARWICK, J., to Swainson, London, dated 4.11.1820. -
935. WARWICK, J., to Swainson, London, dated 9.4.1831. Specimen enclosed.
936. WATERHOUSE, George Robert., to Swainson, London, dated 13.11.1838. About loan or exchange of specimens of fishes in the Zoological Society's Museum.
937. WATERTON, Charles., to Swainson, Wakefield, dated 29.3.1828. Describes the habits of Trogon, Tamalia, Barbet, Jacamars.
938. WATERTON, C., to Swainson, Wakefield, dated 15.4.1828. Describes the habits of Trogon, Tamalia, Barbet, Jacamars.
939. WATERTON, C., to Swainson, Wakefield, dated 7.8.1828. -
940. WATERTON, C., to Swainson, Wakefield, dated 18.8.1828. His birds are now inaccessible. "If Ornithologists have nothing to say of a bird, they discuss its nomenclature".
941. WATERTON, C., to Swainson, Wakefield?, dated 16.8.1828. -
942. WEIR, T. C. B., to Swainson, London, dated 27.3.1837. Has recently returned from the Gambia with birds and shells which he offers to S-first discoverer to Proropterus, of which he brought home specimens in bottles and enclosed in lumps of clay.
943. WEIR, T.C.B., to Swainson, London, dated 29.3.1837. Has recently returned from the Gambia with birds and shells which he offers to S-first discoverer to Proropterus, of which he brought home specimens in bottles and enclosed in lumps of clay.
944. WESTWOOD, John Obadiah., to Swainson, Chelsea, dated 9.10.1830. Proposes to visit S.
945. WESTWOOD, J. O., to Swainson, London, dated 2.11.1830. Referring to the plan of a Zoological Encyclopaedia, in which too little space is alloted to Entomology; application of Quinarian system impossible.
946. WESTWOOD, J. O., to Swainson, London, dated 21.12.1830. Referring to the plan of a Zoological Encyclopaedia, in which too little space is alloted to Entomology; application of Quinarian system impossible.
947. WESTWOOD, J. O., to Swainson, Ixindon?, dated 10.1.1831. Referring to the plan of a Zoological Encyclopaedia, in which too little space is alloted to Entomology; application of Quinarian system impossible.
948. WESTWOOD, J. O., to Swainson, London, dated 18.1.1831. -
949. WESTWOOD, J. O., to Swainson, London, dated 27.1.1831. -
950. WESTWOOD, J. O., to Swainson, London, dated 1.2.1831. -
951. WESTWOOD, J. O., to Swainson, London, dated 11.3.1831. About the proposed entomolog. work.
952. WESTWOOD, J. O., to Swainson, London, dated 24.3.1831. -
953. WESTWOOD, J. O., to Swainson, London, dated 28.3.1831. -
954. WESTWOOD, J. O., to Swainson, London, dated 19.5.1831. About the progress of the work.
955. WESTWOOD, J. O., to Swainson, London, dated 30.6.1831. -
956. WESTWOOD, J. O., to Swainson, London?, dated 1837. -
957. SWAINSON., to Westwood, Barnet, dated 16.4.1838. Copy of a letter of S to W regarding a misleading statement by W in which he ridicules S's views on typical perfection and subtypical imperfection.
958. WESTWOOD, J. O., to Swainson, London, dated 10.5.1838. W's reply, disclaiming statement.
959. WESTWOOD, J. O., to Swainson, London, dated 23.3.1840. Negotiations about a joint entomolog. work.
960. WESTWOOD, J. O., to Swainson, London, dated 25.3.1840. Negotiations about a joint entomolog. work.
961. WESTWOOD, J. O., to Swainson, London, dated 28.3.1840. Negotiations about a joint entomolog. work.
962. WESTWOOD, J. O., to Swainson, London, dated 30.4.1840. Negotiations about a joint entomolog. work.
963. WHITE, Adam., to Swainson, London, dated 21.8.1840. About collecting insects in New Zealand.
964. WIED, Prince Max. Prince of Wied-Neuwied, to Swainson, Neuwied, dated 3.1.1829. Spix's figures very bad-on his own publications.
965. WILSON, James., to Swainson, Edinburgh, dated 4.3.1828. About "Temminck's Conurus" and other miscellaneous matters.
966. WILSON, J., to Swainson, Edinurgh, dated 2.1.1829. -
967. WILSON, J., to Swainson, Edinburgh, dated 5.3.1829. -
968. WILSON, J., to Swainson, Edinburgh, dated 9.10.1829. -
969. WILSON, J., to Swainson, Edinburgh, dated 28.5.1831. A long letter-S might be useful to him.
970. WINTER, TH., to Swainson, Van D Land, No date. On the habits of Tasmanian birds.
971. WOOD. N., to Swainson, Doncaster, dated 19.6.1838. Asks for S's portrait and biography.
972. WOOD, W., to Swainson, London, dated 27.7.1819. Referring to prices and purchases of books; offers £40 for S's copy of Poli and Delle Chiaje.
973. WOOD, W, to Swainson, London, dated 19.8.1819. Referring to prices and purchases of books; offers £40 for S's copy of Poli and Delle Chiaje.
974. WOOD, W, to Swainson, London, dated 26.11.1819. Referring to prices and purchases of books; offers £40 for S's copy of Poli and Delle Chiaje.
975. WOOD, W, to Swainson, London, dated 9.12.1819. Referring to prices and purchases of books; offers £40 for S's copy of Poli and Delle Chiaje.
976. WOOD, W, to Swainson, London, dated 3.2.1820. Referring to prices and purchases of books; offers £40 for S's copy of Poli and Delle Chiaje.
977. WOOLLCOMBE, T., to Swainson, Devonport, dated 27.2.1840. About a Plymouth Company for the settlements in New Zealand.
978. WOOLLCOMBE, T., to Swainson, Devonport, dated 6.3.1840. About a Plymouth Company for the settlements in New Zealand.
979. WOOLLCOMBE, T., to Swainson, Devonport, dated 24.3.1840. About a Plymouth Company for the settlements in New Zealand.

CORRESPONDENCE Y

980. YARRELL, William., to Swainson, London, dated 5.3.1828. About the habits of the Butcher-bird-sends S figures of trachae.
981. YARREL, W., to Swainson, London, dated 5.9.1828. Sends S list of British birds-the eagle and the cat.
982. YARREL, W., to Swainson, London, dated 9.1.1829. Offers help in comparing Arctic with British birds.
983. YARREL, W., to Swainson, London, dated 16.6.1837. Catalogue of birds in the Zoological Gardens.
984. YARREL, W., to Swainson, London, dated 19.3.1838. About the best localities on the South coast for examining fish-elementary instructions for presevring them.
985. YARREL, W., to Swainson, London, dated 21.3.1838. About the best localities on the South coast for examining fish-elementary instructions for presevring them.
986. YARREL, W., to Swainson, London, dated 28.3.1838. About the best localities on the South coast for examining fish-elementary instructions for presevring them.
987. YARREL, W., to Swainson, London, dated 7.5.1838. Will send Cepola rubescens.
988. YARREL, W., to Swainson, London, dated 14.5.1838. Will send Cepola rubescens.
989. YARREL, W., to Swainson, London, dated 18.5.1838. Sends several specimens-Acanthurus leucosternon.
990. YARREL, W., to Swainson, London, dated 13.7.1838. About Ophidium and the figures in his 'British Fishes'.
991. YARREL, W., to Swainson, London, dated 30.7.1838. About Ophidium and Cepola.
992. YARREL, W., to Swainson, London, dated 5.9.1838. About Ophidium and Cepola.
993. YARREL, W., to Swainson, London, dated 14.12.1838. About Ophidium and Cepola.
994. VIGORS, N.A. Zoological Society of London, to Swainson, London, dated 17.1.1829. Thanks for Zoological illustrations.
995. Sender unknown, no date. List of North American birds.
Date1819-1840
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Extent1 volume
LanguageEnglish
Creator NameSwainson, William
Access_StatusOpen
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GB/110/1/453Swainson; William (1789-1855); naturalist and artist1789-1855
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