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Banks, Sir Joseph: letter, 12 Aug 1815

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 AL3
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Banks, Sir Joseph: letter, 12 Aug 1815
Date(s): 1815
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 2 leaves
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 an unknown recipient, 12 Aug 1815. Relating to 'the undertaking now in hand for exploring the rapid Currents of the Zaira'. Reference is made to the mutiny of the Bounty, 'which began by turning the Commander adrift and ended in the Peopling of Pitcairn's Island. A less economical Outfit succeeded and the business was happily effected. Hence I deduce that in all matters of Naval Equipment it is better to adopt a Plan of sufficient extent at first than to do it after a failure, which if attributable to parsimony will in a Country like this meet with censure.' He advocates the use of a steamboat, 'a Fort impregnable to Native Armies and capable of sending out a subordinate Expedition'. This letter appears to be either a copy or a draft letter made by an amanuensis.

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

Related material:

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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