Thomas Pennant to Carl Linnaeus,
24 March 1756 n.s.
L2019. Thomas PennantThomas Pennant (1726-1798). British.
A month has now passed since Thomas PennantPennant, Thomas (1726-1798).
Pennant tries to answer Linnaeusís questions about fossils in England:
1. People in England have tried in vain to find the origin of the fossil that Linnaeus had delineated in his letter. Edward LhwydLhwyd, Edward (1660_1709).
2. Many petrified anomalous species are known to Pennant. There is one that belongs to genus Terebratula and is fished in the sea close to Leghorn.
3. Nummi Brattenburgenses are totally unknown to Pennant. He would therefore like to receive some.
4. Pennant has often seen fossils of the orthoceratite. It seems to be related to Phallus testaceus marinus in Martin ListerísLister, Martin (1638-1712).
Pennant has received many treasures from Italy and Sicily. But he has no single fossil from the north. Swedish minerals and fossils would therefore be much appreciated, especially, iron, copper, phosphorous spar, crystal, asbestas, etc.
Pennant has sent his box to London to be forwarded to Stockholm. As soon as possible he will send Linnaeus the names of the ship and its captain.
P.S. 1. Pennant hopes that Linnaeus will publish his dissertation on the origin of pearls [no such dissertation was published].
P. S. 2 There is a list of the 87 specimens in Pennantís box. [There are comments by Linnaeus.]
P. S. 3. In his next letter Pennant promises to give the name of the person to whom Linnaeus should send his things. [Linnaeus has written the name Carl HisingHising, Carl ?. ].