corresponded with members of the London scientific intelligentsia: Sir James Edward Smith
, first President of the Linnean Society
(who encouraged Charlotte Smith
to introduce botanical information into her novels, but proved singularly unhelpful...
Her publisher, Charles Dilly
, praised the work and its philanthropic author for animated warmth so honestly avowed.
Whyman, Susan E. The Pen and the People: English Letter Writers 1660-1800. Oxford University Press, 2009.
wrote: The poor Arcadian patroness does not spell one word of French or Italian...