CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 38/89
Alt Ref No102
TitlePapers of David Skene: correspondence: Letter from John Ellis, Gray's Inn, London, to David Skene
Date29 January 1767
Extent1 item
Creator NameJohn Ellis (c.1710-1776), zoologist
DescriptionLetter from John Ellis, Gray's Inn, London, to David Skene in which he states that he has recently spent a busy day with some Glasgow gentlemen about the 'absolute prohibition of French Cambric'; he asks if Skene could get him a sea pen preserved in spirits; he has had a letter from Linnaeus along with one for Dr Garden which he intends to forward; he describes experiments made by Linnaeus with smutty wheat and barley and states that Linnaeus has printed a disputation on it called 'De Mundo Inconspicuo' which he will send on to Ellis; he describes the drawings he has done from specimens sent to him by Skene; he expects a great many curious things from Mr Banks, 'a gentleman of large fortune' who has been with Sir Thomas Adams in the Niger Frigate in Newfoundland, on the Labrador coast and in Portugal; he wonders if the violent storms in the North East of Scotland have thrown up anything interesting on the shores; he asks 'Pray what is become of Jeans. I suppose he's buried in snow'; he tells Skene that he has heard that his friend Dr Turnbull has arrived safely at St Augustine and that he has not yet seen a complete copy of Pallas' book and that Pallas has gone to Berlin as the Prince of Orange would not allow him to go to the Cape of Good Hope, 29 January 1767.
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