CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 38/81
Alt Ref No94
TitlePapers of David Skene: correspondence: Letter from John Ellis, Gray's Inn, London, to David Skene
DateJuly 1765
Extent1 item
Creator NameJohn Ellis (c.1710-1776), zoologist
DescriptionLetter from John Ellis, Gray's Inn, London, to David Skene in which he discusses specimens sent by David Skene, which included celliferous corallines, and sertularia, and methods of sending them; he has sent him a small specimen of the snail-bearing coralline and one of the bird's head corallines and will soon send him some plates in which he has taken in some of the foreign celliferous corallines and escharas; he refers to his controversy with Baster and to his opponents in Royal Society including Philip Miller and Sir William Watson; he remarks that Skene is quite right that Linnaeus is wrong in his article on sertularias; he does not know if there are two types of polypes in one coralline; he has never seen any animals alive in the corallina of Linnaeus but their animal nature as yet depends on their structure and chemical analysis; he discusses the nature of sponges and he refers to Dr Solander, to Dr Knight, to the works of Peysonell and to an 'ingenious chemist' Mr Wulfe in this regard; he has not heard of the Comte de Lauragais; Dr Solander promises to write to him; he urges Skene to write to Linnaeus; he would be glad to know if a 'Flora Scotica' is in preparation; he has had a long letter from Dr Garden of Charlestown with several new genera of plants for Linnaeus and an animal between the lacerta and murana which he describes, July 1765.
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