John Ellis letters, 1753-1771


Date: 1753-1771 | Size: 1 Volumes, 1 volume, 314 p.


These are copies in an unknown hand [the name "Meriel Nevill Watt" appears in the front of the volume] of letters, primarily from Ellis, that were published in the "Philosophical Transactions" of the Royal Society in London. Most relate to botanical topics, and many are written to Peter Collinson. A few are written by Peter Woulfe. Included are contemporary engravings from the "Transactions," as well as original wash drawings copied from the engravings.

Background note

John Ellis was a naturalist.

Collection Information

Physical description

1 volume, 314 p.


Purchased from Charles B. Wood (cat. 31, no. 242; $200) and accessioned, 01/22/1975 (1975 69ms).

Location of originals:

Location of originals unknown.

Processing information

"photocopy" removed from "Container Summary (ead:physloc)" on 15 July 2009, after photocopies could not be found. Card catalog confirms that this collection is a hand written copy of the originals, and photocopies are not available. "Photocopy" was a transcription error that originated in the first printed guide to the Manuscripts Collections of the APS.


Early American History Note

This manuscript collection falls outside the geographic scope of the Early American guide (British North America and the United States before 1840). It may be of interest to scholars interested in global history, international relations, imperialism, or the U.S. in the world.

Indexing Terms


  • Drawings.
  • Engravings.

Personal Name(s)

  • Collinson, Peter, 1694-1768
  • Ellis, John
  • Watt, Meriel Nevill
  • Woulfe, Peter


  • Beyond Early America
  • Botany.
  • Natural history.