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[Letter] 1819 July 31, Soho Square [London], [to] Thomas Allene / Joseph Banks.

Title: [Letter] 1819 July 31, Soho Square [London], [to] Thomas Allene / Joseph Banks.
Personal Author: Banks, Joseph, Sir, 1743-1820.
Date: 1819 July 31.
Extent: [1] leaves.
Dimensions: 23 x 38 cm. folded to 23 x 19 cm.
Accompanying Material: Two leaves of a typed transcription accompany the letter.
General Note: The letter bears a seal. See also letters in the collection from Playfair. The Thomas "Allene" addressed here may be Scottish mineralogist and collector, Thomas Allan, who was a recipient of several letters in the collection.
Abstract: Banks alerts Allen to the fact that William Babbage is on his way to Edinboro to apply for the Chair of Philosophy; upon reflection, Banks considers Babbage's candidacy to be unlikely and "improper," and advocates Mr. Jackson instead, as the successor of Playfair. He also discusses the preferment of Scotsmen over Englishmen by the Magistrates at Edinboro. Banks promises that if he encounters a native Scotsman, he will induce him "to turn his thoughts toward the promotion of the honor of his Native Country."
Personal Subject: Banks, Joseph, Sir, 1743-1820 -- Correspondence.
Babbage, William
Playfair, John, 1748-1819.
Subject: Philosophers--Scotland--Correspondence.
Geographical Subject: Scotland.
Recipient: Allene, Thomas.

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