Two days previously a friend of Thomas PennantísPennant, Thomas (1726-1798).
British. Naturalist, best known for his
works on zoology. Correspondent of
Linnaeus. had informed him that he could not find any opportunity to send the books, because there is no Kingís messenger that is going. However, Linnaeus may depend on having the books in April with the first ship that sails. Pennant asks Linnaeus again to defer the printing of his system until he has seen Pennantís works. Meanwhile Pennant sends his systems of birds [Genera of birdsPennant, Thomas Genera of
birds (Edinburgh, 1773). ] and quadrupeds [Synopsis of quadrupedsPennant, Thomas Synopsis of
quadrupeds (Chester, 1771). ] as they will ever remain unless new discoveries occur. However, he has some doubts whether he should separate the Dormouse from the Squirrel.
Pennant will be in London next month and asks Linnaeus to direct his letter: To Thomas Pennant Esqr., at Mr. Robsonís [James RobsonRobson, James (?-?). British.
Bookseller. Correspondent of Linnaeus. ] Bookseller, Bond Street, London.
Pennant promises to obey Linnaeusís demands punctually.
P.S.1 Pennant wonders whether Pehr KalmKalm, Pehr (1716-1779).
Swedish. Botanist and traveller,
professor of natural history at
Åbo. Disciple of Linnaeus.
Travelled in North America 1748-1751.
Correspondent of Linnaeus. will publish a third volume of his natural history of America [Pennant refers to En resa til Norra AmericaKalm, Pehr En resa til Norra
America, på Kongl. Swenska
Wetenskaps Academiens befattning, och
publici kostnad, I-III (Stockholm
1753-1761). Soulsby no. 2586a. ]. Pennant has received the first two volumes translated into English [Pennant refers to Travels into North AmericaKalm, Pehr Travels into North
America : containing its natural
history, and a circumstantial account of
its plantations and agriculture in
general, with the civil, ecclesiastical
and commercial state of the country, the
manners of the inhabitants, and several
curious and important remarks on various
subjects (London, 1770-1771).
Soulsby no. 2586d.
P.S.2 Pennant sends a list with the names of birds in English and their corresponding Latin names:
Div. I. Land Birds
2. Vulture Vultur
3. Falcon Falx
4. Owl Strix
5. Parrot Psittacus
6. Toucan Ramphastos
29. Cock Phasianus
30. Turkey Meleagris
39. Pigeon Columba
40. Stare Sturnus
41. Thrush Turdus
56. Dodo Didus
57. Ostrich Struthio
Div. II. Water Fowl
VII Cloven footed or waders
58. Spoonbill Platalea
59. Sereamer Palamedea
VIII Pinnated Feet
74. Coot Fulica
75 Phlarope Tringa
IX Web footed
78. Avoset Recurvirostra