Guide to the Sir Joseph Banks letter, 1784 MS 169
Sir Joseph Banks was a well-known British naturalist and botanist. He was born in London in 1743 to a wealthy family and attended Oxford University. During his career at Oxford, he inherited his father’s fortune and after graduation became a full-time botanist. In 1766, he traveled to Newfoundland and Labrador and collected plant and animal specimens. At this time he was also elected a fellow of the Royal Society. Banks joined Captain James Cook’s first great voyage to explore the South Pacific islands. Banks was elected President of the Royal Society in 1778, a position that he held for forty-two years. He was made a baronet in 1781, and today 75 species bear his name. As President of the Royal Society, he directed the course of British science until his death in 1820.
This collection contains a letter by Sir Joseph Banks to an unnamed correspondent, sending thanks for four plates and a drawing, and then discussing eleven botanical specimens. There is also a reference to the Royal Society, of which Banks was President for forty-two years.
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This material is open for research.
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Permission to publish material from the Sir Joseph Banks Letter must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.
Sir Joseph Banks Letter, 1784, MS 169 Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University
This collection was purchased from Brick Row Book Shop in 1966.
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