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Letters of Isaac Forsyth (1768-1859) bookseller in Elgin, 1843-1857

Identifier: Coll-1383/4/28

Scope and Contents

Four letters of Isaac Forsyth, bookseller in Elgin
  1. Letter sent by Isaac Forsyth to Patrick Duff, originally enclosing prospectus relating to a book by 'Dr Falconer of Forres', whom Forsyth describes as 'a gigantic geologist'. He is very probably talking of Hugh Falconer (1808-1865), a Scottish geologist, botanist and palaeontologist who studied the flora and fauna in India and Burma. Forsyth mentions the 'two hundred chests' Falconer brought back from India in 1842, and says that their contents 'would be worth a dash to London in a steamer even if [they] should pay twa shillings for a Finnan Haddock in passing thro' canny Aberdeen-aura' [area?]. Isaac Forsyth and Patrick were parts of a group of Elgin men who set up a Sciences museum in Elgin during the 1830s-1840s.
  2. Letter to Colonel Brades, relating to unsold tickets - and cash for tickets sold - at event to be held at Exeter Hall in the Strand
  3. Letter of 24th November 1851, offering thanks for sack of Swedish turnips delivered
  4. Letter of 1857, relating to a book to be bound
  5. Letter of 1857 relating to plates in Elgin Cathedral


  • 1843-1857


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