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Link: • Thomas Pennant to Carl Linnaeus, 29 December 1772 n.s.
Dated Decr 29th 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
is grateful for Linnaeusís letter of 20 November 1772Letter L6309, which has just arrived. Pennant hopes that Linnaeus has received his Synopsis of QuadrupedsPennant, Thomas Synopsis of
(Chester, 1771).
and the third volume of British ZoologyPennant, Thomas The British
, 4 vols. (London,
. He will endeavour also to send vols. I, III and IV. Linnaeus should delay the publication of Systema naturae until he has seen Pennantís works [there was no new edition of the Systema naturae].

Merula mas, Sturmus vulgaris and Corvus pyrrhocorax are discussed.

Mathurin Jacques BrissonísBrisson, Mathurin Jacques
(1723-1806). French. Physicist and
geologist, professor in Paris.
Anser niveus is found at Hudson Bay; it is not a variety.

Just as Linnaeus, Pennant means that Larus Rissa and Larus tridactylus do not differ.

Regarding Mustela, Lepor, Sorex aquaticus and Vespertilio Pennant refers Linnaeus to his Synopsis of Quadrupeds, which he hopes has reached Linnaeus.

Mus messorius has four or five feet. Regarding Lepadogaster Linnaeus is referred to Antoine GouanGouan, Antoine (1733-1821).
French. Botanist, Montpellier. Student
under Sauvages. Director of the
botanical garden in 1767, later
professor of botany and medicine.
Although an admirer of Linnaeus he tried
to develop a hybrid of his system of
classification. Correspondent of

As often as he has time Pennant will send Linnaeus sketches and accounts of new animals and do everything that he thinks will enlarge Linnaeusís system and be of benefit to the world.

Pennant asks Linnaeus to note that he has found an island west of Mull in the Hebrides that is entirely composed of columns of basalt. This little isle is called Staffa and is infinitely superior to the others in grandeur. Since Linnaeus has omitted basalt in his system, Pennant asks hinm to consult Emanuel Mendes Da CostasísDa Costa, Emanuel Mendes
(1717-1791). British. Naturalist of
Portugese descent. Correspondent of
fossils, p. 252.

P.S. Pennant gives Linnaeus a reference regarding Tringa pugnax. He will send an illustration and description later.


a. (LS, XI, 442-443). [1] [2] [3]