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Banks, Sir Joseph: letter, 10 Feb 1815

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 AL2
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Banks, Sir Joseph: letter, 10 Feb 1815
Date(s): 1815
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 4 leaves (including 1 blank)
Name of creator(s): Banks | Sir | Joseph | 1743-1820 | 1st Baronet | naturalist and patron of science


Administrative/Biographical history:

Sir Joseph Banks was educated at Harrow, Eton and Christ Church College, Oxford. He was a naturalist on the ship Endeavor under Captain Cook, and on other voyages of discovery. He became a fellow of the Royal Society and served as President from 1778-1820. He also became a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1766. He was awarded a baronetcy in 1781.


Scope and content/abstract:

Letter from Sir Joseph Banks of Soho Square, London to Lord [?Sheffield], 10 Feb 1815. In favour of a Corn Law. 'We ought, however, to consider that by purchasing foreign Corn, we ... hazard the horrors of Famine by becoming dependant [sic] on our natural enemies for our food ...'. The first paragraph appears to be in Banks's own hand and the remainder in that of an amanuensis or copyist.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

See hard copy catalogue.

Conditions governing access:

Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Please contact the University Archivist for details. 24 hours notice is required for research visits.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Finding aids:

Catalogue of the manuscripts and autograph letters in the University Library at the central building of the University of London (1921). A copy is available in the Library's Palaeography Room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

See archivist

Immediate source of acquisition:

Purchased in 1965.

Allied Materials

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Anya Turner.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Aug 2008

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