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Link: • Thomas Pennant to Carl Linnaeus, 4 July 1773 n.s.
Dated July 4th 1773.. 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 happy that his Synopsis of quadrupedsPennant, Thomas Synopsis of
(Chester, 1771).
, and Indian zoologyPennant, Thomas Indian
([London, 1769]).
has finally reached Linnaeus. Another parcel with all Pennantís other works was sent in May. Linnaeusís letter did not reach Pennant until the previous day, although it was dated 2 May [Linnaeus to Pennant, 2 May 1773Letter L4847]. Pennant therefore asks Linnaeus always to direct his letters: To Thomas Pennant Esqr., Downing, Flintshire, England.

Pennant is very pleased that Linnaeus approves of his Synopsis of quadrupeds. Pennant knew that Linnaeusís candour would excuse their difference in opinion in respect to system.

Pennant has always heard that the Talpa europea feeds on roots as well as worms but he will make a fuller inquiry into it.

Recently Pennant had a letter from Johann Reinhold ForsterForster, Johann Reinhold
(1729-1798). German. Naturalist and
voyager. Visited St Petersburg, Moscow,
Saratov and Constantinople before he
went to England. In 1772 he took part in
Cookís second voyage. Moved to Halle in
1780 to become director of the botanical
garden. Father of Johan Georg Adam
Forster. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
at the Cape of Good Hope. Forster has met Anders SparrmanSparrman, Anders (1748-1820).
Swedish. Naturalist, physician and
traveller. Disciple of Linnaeus. In 1765
he went on a voyage to China and in 1772
to the Cape of Good Hope, where he
served as a tutor. Later the same year,
Sparrman went on James Cook´s
second voyage as assistant naturalist to
Johann Reinhold Forster and his son
Johan Georg Adam Forster. After his
return to Sweden in 1776 he was
appointed keeper of the natural
historical collections of the Royal
Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1780. In
1787 he participated in an expedition to
West Africa. Practicing physician in
Stockholm. Author of several works, the
best known of which is his account of
his travels in South Africa and with
Cook. Son of Brita and Eric Sparrman.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
and engaged him to go with him the whole voyage.

Pennant will be happy to send anything that will be agreeable to Royal Society of Sciences at Uppsala [Kungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i UppsalaKungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i
Swedish. The Royal
Society of Sciences at Uppsala was
founded in 1728.
]. He wonders whether an account of any new bird or animal will do.


a. (LS, XI, 446-447). [1] [2] [3]