Ref NoMS/353
TitleMiscellaneous correspondence - B.D. Jackson
AdminHistoryBenjamin Daydon Jackson (1846-1927) was a botanist, taxonomer and fellow of the Linnean Society.

He was born to Benjamin Daydon Jackson (Sr.) and Elizabeth Gaze on 3 April 1846 in Southwark, Surrey and started his career in secretarial and accountancy work. His interest in botany, however, led to his involvement with Kew and the British Museum where he collected specimens for them. At the age of twenty-two he was elected into the Linnean Society in 1868 and became the Society's Botanical Secretary from 1880 to 1902, the General Secretary from 1902 to 1926 and the Curator of Linnean Collections in 1926. He was well known for his literature and works of reference on the subject of Botany including the 'Guide to the Literature of Botany,' 'Vegetable Technology: a Contribution towards a Bibliography of Economic Botany' and the 'Kew Index,' as well as being an authority on Carl Linnaeus. In 1907 he received an honorary Ph.D. and A.M. from Uppsala University, Sweden, and the Order of Knighthood of the Polar Star in recognition of his achievements. Jackson passed away on 12 October 1927 in Westminster Hospital due to injuries he suffered from being hit by a motor-car on Buckingham Palace Road.

The Index Kewensis was published by Jackson between 1893 and 1895. It was intended to be an index recording all the scientific names of flowering plants from the time of Carl Linnaeus to the year 1885 according to their species and genera. The project was directed by Joseph Dalton Hooker (1817-1911), a fellow botanist and director of the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew, and funded by Charles Darwin (1809-1882), who had expressed an interest in funding a project devoted to biological science before his death. The first version of the index contained 400,000 names, but further supplements were published to compensate for the addition of new plant names.
DescriptionThe file contains miscellaneous correspondence with Benjamin Daydon Jackson, the General Secretary, between 1880-1927. Correspondents include Aksel Andersson, Robert E. Fries, TH. DE. Fries, A. Guenther, S. Gertzell, Joseph Dalton Hooker, Juel Hans Oscar, E. Ray Lankester, Willaim G. Lightfoote, A.O. Lindfors, Erik L. Magnus, Alfred Gabriel Nathorst, [Gutby] Retzius, W.T. Thiselton-Dyer, Tycho Fredrik Hugo Tullberg and the Swedish Legation.

1. Written poem in Swedish, undated, unsigned.

ANDERSSON, AKSEL (With the exception of No. 15a, Nos. 2-16 have an Uppsala address).
2. 1908 Jul 25. Happy to receive Jackson's photographs; can send only small and old one of his.
3. 1908 Oct 2. Tract in question has been sent to Prof. Retzuis.
3a. 1909 Feb 13. Fries upset at Jackson's letter; hopes Council will lend the editions as it is essential that he consults the letters to Linne.
4. 1909 Feb 22. Fries and he most grateful to Jackson; warmest thanks to Council.
5. 1909 Mar 20. Wishes to keep the Linneaus Correspondence for eight rather than six weeks.
6. 1909 Mar 29. Letter in Swedish.
7. 1909 May 3. Letter in Swedish.
8. 1909 May 22. Letter from Amerillis not in parcel; Fries suggests that by mistake it was put in the volume D of L's correspondence.
9. 1910 Jan 3. Letter in Swedish.
10. 1910 Apr 26. Letter in Swedish.
11. 1910 Sep 13. Letter in Swedish.
12. 1911 Jan 14. Return of Linneaus volumes, and mistake in postal payment.
13. 1911 Jan 17. Letter in Swedish.
14. 1911 Mar 7. Letter in Swedish.
15. 1911 Sep 9. Letter in Swedish.
15a. 1911 Sep 12. (Reply by Jackson) Regrets Hulth cannot now visit London.
16. 1913 Mar 31. Letter in Swedish.

FRIES, ROBERT E.
17. 1923 Jun 23. Stockholm. Letter in Swedish.

FRIES, TH. DE.
18. 1909 Feb 14. Uppsala. Letter in Swedish.
19. 1909 Feb 19. Uppsala. Letter in Swedish.
20. 1909 May 15. Uppsala. Postcard in Swedish.

GUENTHER, A.
21. 1901 Jul 2. Richmond. Surprising to elect a President and make him retire at the same meeting; it is perhaps the result of a conspiracy.

GERTZELL, S.
22. 1915 Aug 24. Salop. Seeks copies of seven letters from Wahlborn to Linnaeus.

HOOKER, JOSEPH DALTON
23. 1880 Jan 6. Kew. Acknowledges Jackson's gift to Kew of a microscope.
24. 1880 Jan 6. Kew. Thanks Jackson personally for gift of the microscope.
25. 1902 Nov 4. Sunningdale. About Thomson and Dean Ramsay.
26. 1903 May 6. Sunningdale. The mythical Hooker miscellanies; election of Bentham and the Duke.
27. 1903 Jul 22. Sunningdale. Delighted to see Jackson on Monday 27th.
28. 1903 Dec 24. Bath. About the white lock on the side of Bentham's head.
29. 1904 May 8. Sunningdale. Encloses little book found amongst Bentham's printed books.
30. 1905 Jan 28. Sunningdale. Does Jackson know the name of Bentham's solicitor?
31. 1905 Jul 29. Sunningdale. Encloses copies of two letters found in the diaries.
32. 1906 Jan 29. Sunningdale. Has never seen any of Bentham's diplomas; Bentham chatter.

HULTH, J. M. (Except for a few replies by Jackson, Nos 33-116 have an Uppsala address).
33. 1909 Jun 15. Letter in Swedish.
34. 1911 Jan 6. Letter in Swedish.
35. 1911 Jan 18. Letter in Swedish.
36. 1911 May 9. Letter in Swedish.
36a. 1911 May 13. Letter in Swedish.
37. 1911 Jul 8. Painting of Bergman is in the Swedish Academy of Science, Stockholm.
38. 1911 Sep 11. Letter in Swedish.
38a. 1912 Jun 17. Letter in Swedish.
39. 1912 Aug 28. Letter in Swedish.
40. 1912 Nov 30. Letter in Swedish.
41. 1912 Dec 28. Postcard in Swedish.
42. 1913 May 22. Letter in Swedish.
43. 1913 Sep 13. Letter in Swedish.
44. 1913 Sep 25. Letter in Swedish.
45. 1913 Oct 1. Letter in Swedish.
46. 1913 Oct 7. Letter in Swedish.
47. 1913 Oct 21. Letter in Swedish.
48. [Undated]. Letter in Swedish.
49. 1913 Dec 1. Letter in Swedish.
50. 1913 Dec 5. Letter in Swedish.
51. 1913 Dec 10. Letter in Swedish.
52. 1914 Apr 10. Letter in Swedish.
53. 1914 Apr 22. Letter in Swedish.
54. 1914 Jun 15. Letter in Swedish.
55. 1914 Oct 10. Essential that printed letters be collated with originals in London.
56. 1914 Oct 19. (Reply by Jackson) Will collate proofs with original letters but it will take time as Keppel had been dismissed by Council for dishonesty.
57. 1914 Oct 26. Thanks Jackson; Andersson sends his regards.
58. 1914 Nov 2. Has sent more proofs.
59. 1914 Nov 20. Grateful for collated proofs but concerned that two sheets had not arrived; regards from Andersson and Fries.
60. 1914 Nov 22. Delighted to have received the two missing sheets.
61. 1914 Dec 3. Encloses more proofs.
62. 1914 Dec 24. Grateful for two letters and Aymen proofs; Ernst Henning would like to know if Swedish specimens of Berberis vulgaris in the Linnean Herbarium are infected with Aecidium Barberides.
63. 1915 Jan 31. Encloses more proofs; Henning grateful for information.
64. 1915 Feb 24. Encloses more proofs.
65. 1915 Mar 17. Last proofs have been received.
66. 1915 Apr 30. Proof queried by Jackson has not yet been sent.
67. 1915 Oct 6. Letter in Swedish.
68. 1915 Oct 21. Letter in Swedish.
69. 1915 Oct 28. Letter in Swedish.
70. 1915 Oct 31. Letter in Swedish.
71. 1915 Nov 9. Letter in Swedish.
72. 1915 Nov 25. Has received last proof sheets; asks how much Jackson will charge.
73. 1915 Dec 18. Encloses more proofs; grateful that Jackson will not charge for his services.
74. 1916 Jan 8. Sending new proofs and two printed sheets.
75. 1916 Jan 22. Last two letters from Baster show the year 1769; should they not be 1765?
76. 1916 Feb 4. About the letters from Anna Blackburne; asks for a transcript.
77. 1916 Feb 9. Encloses more proofs of the Linnean correspondence.
78. 1916 Feb 22. Grateful for information about Anna Blackburne and newly discovered letter of Murr.
79. 1916 Mar 6. Will soon provide information about Swedish books.
80. 1916 Apr 12. Thanks Jackson for receipt of photos; sends new proofs.
81. 1916 Apr 20. Encloses two copies of paper by Floderus.
82. 1916 May 10. Sends new proofs.
83. 1916 Jun 9. Has received proof sheets of Brunnidis letters; hopes Jackson will accept payment for all the work he has done.
84. 1917 Dec 26. Has received report (in Swedish) which he will lay before Council; Society has had its first festival.
85. 1919 Oct 9. Letter in Swedish.
86. 1921 Mar 15. Linnean correspondence; borrowing and returning Linneaus's notebooks.
86a. 1921 Mar 21. (Reply by Jackson) Thinks Council will certainly lend Linnean notebooks.
87. 1921 Apr 1. Hopes that Lundberg, University Librarian, can see the Linnean collection.
88. 1921 Sep 21. Letter in Swedish.
89. 1921 Oct 8. Letter in Swedish.
90. 1922 Aug 10. Encloses picture postcards.
91. 1922 Aug 28. (Reply by Jackson) Back in London; grateful for Stats-Kalender.
92. 1922 Oct 19. Puzzled by pamphlet formerly belonging to Smith.
93. 1923 Feb 18. Letter in Swedish.
94. 1923 Mar 16. Uncertain about Methodus calycina C. Linnai; seeks help in checking proofs.
95. 1923 Apr 11. (Reply by Jackson) Vol 14 of Linnean Correspondence delivered to Swedish Legation; will check proofs until he can find somebody else to do it.
96. 1923 Apr 16. Glad to hear of Vol. 14; congratulates Jackson on finding a publisher for Fries's Linné..
97. 1923 Apr 23. Has the Linnean Society received Vol. 1 of Acta Florae Suecia?
98. [Undated]. Andersson very ill again; Fries recently operated on for appendicitis.
99. 1923 Apr 25. Grieved to hear about Andersson; pleased about Fries.
100. 1923 May 17. Has received the first proofs.
101. 1923 Jul 18. Encloses two letters, from Burgess and Burghart; death of Andersson.
102. 1924 Jan 23. More about Linne's letters.
103. 1924 Feb 5. Grateful for help with the proof.
104. 1924 Feb 13. (Reply by Jackson) Has reached solution of the Linnean letter.
105. 1924 Feb 20. Grateful for help with the letter to Burman; seeks to borrow three volumes of Linnean manuscripts.
106. 1924 Apr 5. Thanks Jackson for photos; hopes Council will lend him Miscellaneous Notes.
107. 1924 Jun 22. Has received Miscellaneous Notes for which he is grateful.
108. 1924 Oct 23. Chatter about Manuscripts.
109. 1924 Dec 29. More about the loan of Linnean Manuscripts.
110. 1925 Jan 28. Has just received three Linnean Manuscripts; is grateful.
111. 1925 Aug 10. Jackson's manuscript received.
112. 1925 Oct 5. Encloses proofs of Jackson's article; Wiklund would like the notes of Rudbeck on his voyage to Lappland; Grape would like to borrow autobiography of Bromans.
113. 1925 Oct 19. (Reply by Jackson) Encloses the two manuscripts requested; also a memorandum of Linnean letters.
114. 1925 Dec 3. Returns Linnean Manuscript: Andreas Neander.
115. 1925 Dec 8. Has returned Linnean Manuscript: Linnaei Oeconomica Lapponice; with thanks.
116. 1926 Feb 10. Has despatched the Volcanus docimasticus 1733, with best thanks.

JUEL, HANS OSCAR (letters have an Uppsala address)
117. 1921 Jul 10. Plans to visit England next summer.
118. [Undated]. Best wishes for New Year.
119. 1922 Nov 13. About his visit to London.
120. 1922 Nov 23. (Reply by Jackson) Glad he enjoyed his visit to London.
121. 1923 May 28. Has received Roberg's facsimile; seeks information about named species.
122. 1924 May 20. Grateful for having been made Foreign Member of the Linnean Society.
123. 1924 Jun 27. Linnaeus book received; about Linne depriving his son of the herbarium.
124. 1925 Jul 25. Thinks Eric Tuwen wrote on specimens; encloses copy of plant names.
125. 1927 Jul 25. Has received Jackson's portrait; chatter.

LANKESTER, E. RAY
126. 1920 Jan 11. London. Asks Jackson to confirm that borrowed books have been returned.

LIGHTFOOTE, WILLIAM C.
127. 1922 Jul 24. Canandaigua. Seeks information on Linnaeus so that he can prepare a paper.
128. 1922 Aug 25. London. (Reply by Jackson) Encloses information about Linnaeus.

LINDFORS, A. O.
129. 1909 May 23. Uppsala. Asks if library is open between the dates he visits London. (Note from Jackson) He had confirmed the library would be open but had since heard from Nordenson that Lindfors had died in Holland.

MAGNUS, ERIK L.
130. 1925 Jun 30. Gothenburg. Enjoyed his visit to London; asks for the cost of photographing some Seda.

NATHORST, ALFRED GABRIEL
131. 1912 Oct 5. Stockholm. About translating technical terms from English into Swedish.
132. 1916 Jan 19. Stockholm should be omitted from the address; about Swedish names.

RETZIUS, [GUTBY]
133. 1908 Aug 4. Fishebackskil. Thanks Jackson for subscription list of the Darwin Memorial Fund and for the photograph of the bust of Linneaus.

THISELTON-DYER, W. T.
134. 1910 May 16. Witcombe. About Darwin; also Index Kewensis.

TULLBERG, TYCHO FREDRIK HUGO
135. 1907 Jan 11. Uppsula. Thanks Jackson for photograph; encloses 10/6 for payment.
136. 1908 Aug 4. Uppsula. Grateful for photographs; asks why Jackson wears Polar Star on the right side of his chest.
137. 1911 Jan 2. Uppsala. Letter in Swedish.
138. 1912 Jan 30. Uppsala. Letter in Swedish.

SWEDISH LEGATION
139. 1916 Jul 4. London. Returns annexes; will forward reply to Hulth.
140. 1919 Jan 7. Paris. Too late to do anything about the Linnaeus letter.
141. 1920 Jun 23. London. Will happily be present at the lecture of Dr Skotesberg.
Date1880-1927
LevelFile
Extent1 folder
LanguageEnglish
Swedish
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Creator NameJackson, Benjamin Daydon
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