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Link: • Peter Collinson to Carl Linnaeus, 30 June 1765 n.s.
Dated . Sent from ? () to ? (). Written in English.


Peter CollinsonCollinson, Peter (1694-1768).
British. Merchant and amateur naturalist
in London, corresponded with many
scientists. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
asks if there are any seeds produced from the Cimicifuga.

George EdwardsEdwards, George (1693-1773).
British. Ornithologist and artist.
Visited the Netherlands, France and
Scandinavia. Best known for his
History of birds (1747-1751).
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has given Linnaeus a coloured print of a great pheasant from Tartary, Collinson sends Linnaeus some feathers to give a better idea of the plumage.

The Chinese had made an excellent painting of this bird, but to avoid the suspicion that the original was not so beautiful, they also packed the feathers of the bird with the painting, to verify it.

The bird is as large as a large turkey, its tail has heathers three feet long, but it has all the characteristics of a pheasant. Edwards calls it Argus from the eyes in the wings.

It should thrive in the English climate, as it comes from Tartary. It never occurs in the Chinese paintings Collinson and his friends have seen.

The size of the bird is: Seven and a half feet from the beak to the end of the tail; one foot, three and a quarter inches from the back to the legs; the leg and foot ten and a quarter inches.


1. A selection (1821), vol. 1, p. 66-67   p.66  p.67.
2. “Forget not Mee & My Garden ...” (2002), p. 260-261 .