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Link: • Thomas Pennant to Carl Linnaeus, 8 April 1757 n.s.
Dated april d. 8. 1757.. Sent from Downing (Great Britain) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.


Thomas PennantPennant, Thomas (1726-1798).
British. Naturalist, best known for his
works on zoology. Correspondent of
thanks Linnaeus for a letter dated 22 February [Linnaeus to Pennant, 22 February 1757Letter L2146] and for having been elected a member of the Royal Society of Sciences at Uppsala [Kungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i UppsalaKungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i
Swedish. The Royal
Society of Sciences at Uppsala was
founded in 1728.
]. When Linnaeus adds Pennant’s name to the list of members, he should write: Thomas Pennant from Downing in the County of Flint, Esquire, member of the Society of Antiquities in London.

Pennant eagerly awaits the publication of Linnaeus’s double itinerary.

Pennant is grateful that Linnaeus has decided to publish a new edition of Systema naturae [Pennant refers to the forthcoming Systema naturae, 10th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 10th edition (Stockholm
1758-1759). Soulsby no. 58.
]. No doubt there is much in the fields of animals and fossils that Pennant can contribute. The edition of Linnaeus’s Systema naturae, 9th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 9th edition, ed. J. F.
Gronovius (Leiden 1756). Soulsby no. 57.
that Pennant possesses was printed in Leiden.

Pennant considers the list of his collection not yet worthy to be published but he has a manuscript. He will send Edward Lhwyd’sLhwyd, Edward (1660_1709).
British. Antiquary, geologist, botanist
and philologist, keeper of the Ashmolean
Museum, Oxford. He travelled extensively
in Wales to collect material for his
drawings and paintings.
Lithophylacii Britannici ichnographiaLhwyd, Edward Lithophylacii
Britannici ichnographia. Sive lapidum
aliorumque fossilium Britannicorum
singulari figura insignium [...]
distributio classica [...] cum locis
singulorum natalibus [...] Additis
rariorum aliquot figuris aere incisis;
cum epistolis ad clarissimos viros de
quibusdam circa marina fossilia et
stirpes minerales praesertim
(London, 1699)
and some other things to Linnaeus.

William Borlase’sBorlase, William (1695-1772).
British. Antiquary and naturalist.
The Natural History of CornwallBorlase, William The Natural
History of Cornwall
(London, 1758)
is being printed. Borlase is a vicar in Cornwall, who has often sent Pennant excellent collections of minerals.

If Linnaeus publishes something regarding Pennant’s Terebratula, it should be sent to him together with minerals, etc., under the address: To T. Pennant Esq. at Downing in Flintshire, England. Linnaeus should send the box, which is much desired, under the address: For T. Pennant Esq. at Mr Richard Jones at the Searchers office, Custom House, London.

Pennant would like to know the name of the man who wrote about the system or systematics of corals and the ceratophytes.


a. (LS, XI, 420-421). [1] [2] [3]