CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 38/88
Alt Ref No101
TitlePapers of David Skene: correspondence: Letter from John Ellis, Gray's Inn, London, to David Skene
Date2 December 1766
Extent1 item
Creator NameJohn Ellis (c.1710-1776), zoologist
DescriptionLetter from John Ellis, Gray's Inn, London, to David Skene in which he refers to specimens of baderlocks received from acquaintance in Dundee; he is glad Skene has managed to get some pennae marinae; he comments that he would be glad to know what happened to Mr Jeans remarking 'I wish he had more spirit'; he tells of an engraver who lost a drawing of his; he has a Glasgow gentleman here petitioning to be heard against the taking of the "prohibition of cambrick"; he sends Skene the only copy he has of the 'famous Cerastes as a companion to the Siren'; he asks if Skene could send one of the pennae marinae for himself as he gave his to the Duchess of Portland; he refers to Pallas' book which was out but not available in Britain; he has almost finished his plates on the corallines of Linnaeus; he has had a letter from Dr Alexander Russell who tells him he has sent a pot of fine 'North China Seeds' which are for Kew; his acorns which have been preserved in wax for a year are soon to be opened at the Royal Society and given to a member to try to grow them; he admits that Linnaeus is 'imperfect in his mollusca' but that he believes everyone should help him and not find fault as 'the impertinent Pallas' has done; he has many mollusca not yet described but only one curious one which he describes; he is surprised by Linnaeus thinking the 'seeds of fungus's animated'; he mentions that he has seen Sir James Naysmith and Dr Hope and that Dr Garden sends his regards, 2 December 1766.
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