Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
The promotion advancement of science, literature and art
Hastings Elwin was instrumental in a lot of the early developments. He ended up working for the Slavery Compensation Board in Australia. It wasn't the slaves who were compensated, but the owners!
Seedy humour:The fruit of the Coco-de-Mer (Lodoicea maldivica) contains the largest seed known. 40–50 cm in diameter and weighing 15–30 kg, the fruit requires 6–7 years to mature. The shape of the seed has been said to be suggestive of parts of human anatomy. Coincidentally, the inflorescence of the palm is rather phallic.