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Archive Reference / Library Class No.D8760/F/FJR/1/1/82
Former ReferenceD3311/53/78
TitleLetter from John Franklin to his friend John Richardson, while serving as Lieutenant Governor of Van Diemen's Land [now Tasmania]
Date5 Dec 1840
DescriptionSending three native tiger specimens: under care of Dr J. Wingate Johnston, addressed to Professor Owen: has asked for one to be available for Richardson’s museum at Haslar. Mr Power travelling in the same ship will be able to give information about the tiger’s food habits. Mr Lempiere has collected more fish for Richardson. Reports departure of Ross and Crozier: optimistic about their expedition in contrast to Balleny, D’Urville and American squadron. Reports magnetic observations and related conversation with Sabine about correspondence in Philosophical journal. Reports on commercial and political matters in the colony. Discusses hostile communication and offer of reconciliation involving Mr Gregory (now on way to England), John Barrow, son Peter and brother John. Refers in detail to prohibition of distilleries in the colony: mentions a complainant Hackett. Describes pageantry of a Grand Regatta: to be an annual event in celebration of the discovery of the island by Tasman.
Extent2 sheets
RepositoryDerbyshire Record Office
SenderJohn Franklin
Sender LocationGovernment House, [Hobart Town] V.D. Land
RecipientJohn Richardson
Recipient LocationHaslar Hospital, Gosport
Archive CreatorSir John Richardson (1787-1865)
Gell family of Hopton Hall, Wirksworth
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