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Link: • Thomas Pennant to Carl Linnaeus, 14 October 1772 n.s.
Dated Octr 14th 1772.. Sent from Downing (Great Britain) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in English.


Thomas PennantPennant, Thomas (1726-1798).
British. Naturalist, best known for his
works on zoology. Correspondent of
thanks Linnaeus for a letter dated 12 August [1772] [this letter has not come down to us] in which it was said that Pennant’s Indian zoologyPennant, Thomas Indian
([London, 1769]).
and Synopsis of quadrupedsPennant, Thomas Synopsis of
(Chester, 1771).
had never arrived. Pennant declares on his honour that he delivered these works to Daniel SolanderSolander, Daniel (1733-1782).
Swedish. Naturalist, explorer. Student
in Uppsala under Linnaeus and Johan
Gottschalk Wallerius. Went to London in
1760. Curator of natural history
collections at the British Museum.
Botanist on Cook’s first voyage
1768-1771. Joseph Bank’s librarian.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
in October of 1771. Solander had assured that he would send them to Linnaeus by the Swedish ambassador [Gerhard Gustaf Adam von NolckenNolcken, Gerhard Gustaf Adam
(1733-1812). Swedish. Swedish envoy in
London 1764-1793.
] that month. Pennant is very sorry that Linnaeus can even suspect that Pennant is capeable of breaking his word, especially to a friend who would do him so much honour by the acceptance of his works.

Pennant is at a loss to say why Solander has thus detained Pennant’s present to Linnaeus. Pennant will ask Solander as soon as he has returned from a journey to Iceland. Pennant is sorry to say that Joseph BanksBanks, Joseph (1743-1820).
British. Naturalist, president of the
Royal Society. Together with Daniel
Solander he took part in Cook’s first
voyage. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has conceived a jealousy of every old friend he had and does not encourage merit in others. Pennant supposes that Solander has followed his example.

Pennant has just returned from a second expedition to Scotland, otherwise he would have answered Linnaeus’s letter earlier. If Linnaeus has not yet received the above mentioned books, Pennant promises to send them anew together with other books that he has published, for example, his “Iter Scoticum” [Pennant means his A tour in ScotlandPennant, Thomas A Tour in
Scotland, 1769
(Chester, [1771]).
], where there is much natural history.

Among other things Pennant has discovered the breeding place of the Procellaria pelagica which nests beneath the loose stones of some small isles on the western coast of Scotland, which he will tell Linnaeus more about in his next letter.

P.S. Pennant tells Linnaeus that the greatest favour he can do him is to mention him as a naturalist and ornithologist in his next edition that the world may see that Pennant enjoys Linnaeus’s good opinion [Pennant presumably means the next edition of the Systema naturae, but there was no such edition].


a. (LS, XI, 433-434). [1] [2] [3]