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Turner, Dawson (1775-1858), banker, botanist, and antiquary
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Correspondence of Dawson Turner

General note

The volumes in this collection were made up and bound in a uniform style during Turner’s lifetime. Since the contents of the first volume include a transcript of an obituary of September 1833 (No. 116a), this must have taken place some time after that date. Each volume has a printed title-leaf and a table of contents, and some have collections of seal impressions mounted behind a hinged panel inside the front cover. The printed titles all begin, ‘LETTERS | CHIEFLY | ON LITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC SUBJECTS, | ADDRESSED TO | DAWSON TURNER, | DURING THE YEAR’, the relevant year or period being printed below, with the following epigram: ‘Quemnam ego thesaurum amicorum epistolis permutare vellem? Epistolae sunt amicorum absentium colloquia; nec absentes modo per has adsunt, sed et mortui resuscitantur. Longo tamen post tempore legentibus afferunt amari lugubrisque multum, quamvis dulcedine non sine mira: per coemeterium amicorum bustis repletum, sed et violas rosasque ubique redolens, incedere videmur. AUCT. ANON.’ (Later volumes have ‘SCRIPT. INCERT.’ in place of ‘AUCT. ANON.’)

Inside the front cover of each volume is a printed bookplate bearing the following text: ‘BIBLIOTHECAE | COLL. SANCT. ET INDIV. TRIN. CANTAB. | DONAVIT | ELEANORA JOANNA JACOBSON, | DAWSONI TURNER FILIA, | ET | GULIELMI EPISCOPI CESTRENSIS VIDUA. | A.D. 1890.’

Note on the present volume

On the spine is stamped ‘CORRESPONDENCE | JAN.-DEC. | 1790-1801’. There are two title-leaves, one for the years 1790-9 and one for the years 1800-1, and two corresponding tables of contents. Turner has marked many of the letters with the date of his reply, and added pencil dates at the head of most of the letters which are either undated or dated at the end.

Turner, Dawson (1775-1858), banker, botanist, and antiquary

Correspondence of Dawson Turner

On the spine is stamped ‘JAN.-DEC. | 1802-1803’. There are two title-leaves, one for each year, but only one table of contents. Turner has marked many of the letters with the date of his reply, and added pencil dates at the head of most of the letters which are either undated or dated at the end. The book contains one letter from 1801 (No. 50).

Turner, Dawson (1775-1858), banker, botanist, and antiquary

Correspondence of Dawson Turner

On the spine is stamped ‘CORRESPONDENCE | JAN.-DEC. | 1804-1805’. There are two title-leaves, one for each year, but only one table of contents. Turner has marked many of the letters with the date of his reply, and added pencil dates at the head of most of the letters which are either undated or dated at the end. The volume contains one letter from 1802 (No. 113) and one from 1806 (No. 187).

Turner, Dawson (1775-1858), banker, botanist, and antiquary

Correspondence of Dawson Turner

See the individual descriptions. On the spine is stamped ‘CORRESPONDENCE | JAN.-DEC. | 1806’. There is a title-leaf and a table of contents. Turner has marked many of the letters with the date of his reply. The volume contains two letters from 1807 (Nos. 4 and 8)), and one which was begun in 1806 but not completed till 1808 (No. 148).

Turner, Dawson (1775-1858), banker, botanist, and antiquary

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