Thomas Pennant to Carl Linnaeus,
29 December 1772 n.s.
L4763. Thomas PennantThomas Pennant (1726-1798). British.
Thomas PennantPennant, Thomas (1726-1798).
Merula mas, Sturmus vulgaris and Corvus pyrrhocorax are discussed.
Mathurin Jacques BrissonísBrisson, Mathurin Jacques
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).
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
P.S. Pennant gives Linnaeus a reference regarding Tringa pugnax. He will send an illustration and description later.