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Letter from John Ellis

Below is a copy of a letter sent to Carl Linnaeus, who was the world’s recognized authority on all things botanical, from John Ellis in 1769.

The letter was published in Directions for bringing over seeds and plants, from the East Indies (Ellis, 1770). Ellis was a British linen merchant and naturalist, he was also the first person to have a published a botanical description of the Venus Fly-Trap and give a name of Dionaea muscipula.

Ellis was born c 1710 and died on the 15th of October 1776. Ellis received living Venus Fly-Trap plants from William Young, who imported Venus Fly-Trap to England.

The copies of these documents are from the Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering & Technology.

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