Scope and Content
Title: Joseph Banks Correspondence,
Date (inclusive): 1783-1808
Collection number: 286
Creator: Banks, Joseph
University of California, Los Angeles. Library.
Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library History and Special Collections
Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
Abstract: 6 autographed letters signed from Joseph Banks to
various correspondents including E.A.J. Anisson; Samuel Glasse, 1735-1812;
J.J.H. La Billardiere, 1755-1834; Samule Lysons, 1763-1819; and John Symmons, d.
Physical location: History and Special Collections Division
Language of Material: Collection materials in eng
Collection is open for research. Materials are available on site for use.
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[Identification of item], Joseph Banks Correspondence, 286, Louise M. Darling
Biomedical Library History and Special Collections Division, University of
California, Los Angeles.
Botanist and naturalist, Sir Joseph Banks, FRS, was born into a wealthy
land-owning family on February 12, 1743. He expressed a particular interest in
botany at an early age and after inheriting his family's fortune in the 1760's,
was free to fully engage in his passion. He accompanied James Cook aboard the
H.M.S Endeavor on his first voyage to Tahiti in 1768. The specimens collected on
this voyage accounted for approximately 110 new genera and 1300 new species.
After this trip, he became actively involved in promoting the British
colonization of Australia. Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1766, he
became president in 1778, a post he held until his death on June 19, 1820. The
Royal Society of London for the Improvement of Natural Knowledge, also known as
the Royal Society, was founded in London in 1660. The Society began in the
1640's as a discussion group among natural philosophers. Its purpose was to
investigate and support experiential science. The Society became the United
Kingdom's national academy of science, supporting and facilitating the work and
education of members of the scientific community throughout the UK and the
Scope and Content
Collection of 6 autographed letters signed on miscellaneous topics including:
1. 1783 September 6: to E.A.J. Annisson thanking him for his gift to the Royal
Society but also noting the resolution made some years ago regarding "not
admitting any more members upon the foreign list till the number was reduced."
2. 1804 March 2: to Rev. Dr. Glasser thanking "Mons. Carnot, President of the
National Institute of Paris for the liberation of Mr. Osbourne, member of the
Royal Society." Banks also notes that "we are not in possession of any correct
list as Prisoners of War."
The following terms have been used to index the description of this
collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Annisson, E.A.J., d. 1788
Glasse, Samuel, 1735-1812
La Billardie`re, Jacques-Julien
Houtou de, 1755-1834.
Lysons, Samuel, 1763-1819
Symmons, J. (John),
Turner, Dawson, 1775-1858