I have just now receiv’d 2 small boxes from D[octo]r Garden for you, containing a great variety of fish, snakes and other reptiles, and have deliver’d them into the hands of our worthy friend M[iste]r Solander, who has ship’d them on board a Swedish Vessel that will sail in a few days. We have been at the Sea Shore on the Coast of Sussex, and have seen some new animals, and some that M[iste]r Solander never saw before; he will write you his opinion about the Corallines. We did not meet with Sponges enough to examine their nature thoroughly. What we saw, that had holes in them, shewed no appearance of insects to extend and contract, while under our examination in Sea water; but we observd the holes to open & shut. However I shall continue my observations in Autumn.
I must beg the favour of you[a][a] : MS 1 of you [added above the
line] to remember to send me a pound of the true Rhubarb Seed by the first Swedish Ship for this place. M[iste]r Solander tells me, you can procure it without much trouble, or I should not have ask’d that favour.
If you continue your correspondence with Doctor Garden, I believe it will be
agreeable to you both to write oftener to each other. I mention it to you, because he
thought, from his not hearing from you so long, you had dropt the correspondence,
but I have lately wrote the contrary and begd of him to continue to collect every thing
that is rare. I long much to have the pleasure of hearing from you[b][b] : MS 1 you [added above the
line] , with your opinion of the Encrinus.