Ref NoMS/297
TitleMiscellaneous manuscript oddment, copies of letters, newspapers and specimens - John Ellis
AdminHistoryJohn Ellis FRS (1714-1776) was a British linen merchant and naturalist. He was the first to publish a written description of the Venus flytrap in a pamphlet entitled "Directions for Bringing over Seeds and Plants from the East Indies and Other Distant Countries" (1770). He imported numerous American seeds and was particularly interested in the problems connected with transportation of plants and seeds. The "Natural History of Many Uncommon and Curious Zoophytes", written with Daniel Solander, was posthumously published in 1786. Ellis was a correspondent of Carl Linnaeus who described him as "a bright star of natural history".
DescriptionAs part of the manuscripts collection of John Ellis, this series of records includes a number of 18th century newspapers, covers, and wrappers from correspondence. These are stored in individual folders.

Notes on and specimen of Theobroma augusta labelled "Theobroma augusta from the Dr of Portland".
Specimen labelled "Myrica Cerifira, candle berry or myrtle wax tree".
Specimen labelled "Jamaica pepper".
Specimen labelled "Ellisia Linnai".
Unlabelled leaf specimen.
Specimen labelled "Eugenia".

Copies of the Norfolk Chronicle:
1) November 17 1821
2) August 30 1823
3) September 6 1823
4) January 3 1824

Specimen labelled "Chlamydia from New Zealand". File includes a note from the Linnean Society's Botanical Curator regarding the naming of the plant.
Specimen labelled "Brownea".
Specimen labelled "Cansuarinea".
Copy of The Morning Post & Daily Advertiser, 24 May 1774.
A torn page from Baldwin's.
Copy of the Gazetteer and New Daily Advertiser, 17 May 1776.
Copy of the Gazetteer and New Daily Advertiser, 18 May 1776.
Copy of The Saint James's Chronicle, or British Evening Post, October 30 1784.
Copy of The Saint James's Chronicle, or British Evening Post, October 20 1785.
Copy of the Saint James's Chronicle, or British Evening Post, October 20 1785.
Copy of The Public Ledger, 15 October 1774.
Copy of The Public Ledger, 22 Oct, 1774.

Letters from Alex Garden:
1) May 6 1757
2) June 12 1757
3) February 19 1759
4) February 17 1759
5) January 13 1760
6) February 26 1762

A file of 16 letter covers.
A file of 8 miscellaenous papers.
Date1774-1824
LevelFile
Extent17 individual folders
LanguageEnglish
NotesNew folders
Creator NameEllis, John
Access_StatusOpen
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