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Link: • Thomas Pennant to Carl Linnaeus, 31 December 1756 n.s.
Dated 31 Dec. 1756.. Sent from Downing (Great Britain) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.


Linnaeusís letters have always been very dear to Thomas Pennant Thomas PennantísPennant, Thomas (1726-1798).
British. Naturalist, best known for his
works on zoology. Correspondent of
but the last one [Linnaeus to Pennant, 16 November Letter L2111 or 3 December 1756Letter L2125] was especially welcome. He thanks Linnaeus for his benevolence towards him.

Pennant considers himself lucky to have found something new in natural history. But he is even more lucky to have found Linnaeus, the foremost of philosophers, to promulgate his discovery. Pennant therefore gives a new description of his new Concha.

The Concha was so dried that he could not draw it properly. However, illustration no. 5 shows the result.

Pennant found the Concha at the lowest part of a marine plant that he recently received from the North Sea. The plant was a gift from Erik PontoppidanPontoppidan, Erik (1698-1764).
Danish. Author, bishop at Bergen,
historian and antiquary, vice-chancellor
at the university of Copenhagen.
. Pennant encloses a branch so that Linnaeus can show it to fishermen or other people who collect marine plants. The plant is depicted in the work on the natural history of Norway [The Natural history of NorwayPontoppidan, Erik The Natural
history of Norway
(London, 1755).
], p. 152, fig. 3. Pennant wants to know the name of the plant.

Pennant has another petrified Concha that is similar to the one just described; it was collected on the Isle of Sheppey, p. 281 in the manuscript of his list.

Pennant wishes Linnaeus a happy journey to Falun. When Linnaeus sends the list of his gifts, he should use the same names as in Systema naturae, 9th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 9th edition, ed. J. F.
Gronovius (Leiden 1756). Soulsby no. 57.
which Pennant received the previous month from a bookseller, i.e. the edition of 1756. Pennant has not been able to obtain Fauna SvecicaLinnaeus, Carl Fauna Svecica
sistens animalia Sveciae regni:
quadrupedia, aves, amphibia, pisces,
insecta, vermes, distributa per classes
& ordines, genera & species. Cum
differentiis specierum, synonymis
autorum, nominibus incolarum, locis
habitationum, descriptionibus
(Stockholm, 1746).
Soulsby no. 1151.

Pennant eagerly awaits the spring, when he can receive Linnaeusís collection. He asks Linnaeus to send the name of the ship and its captain so that he can ask the box from a merchant in London.


a. (LS, XI, 418-419). [1] [2] [3]