[ Stephen Demainbray, astrronomer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('S. Demainbray') to William Crowdy, regarding the purchase of shares in the Wiltshire and Buckinghamshire Canal Company.

Stephen Demainbray [ Stephen George Francis Triboudet Demainbray ] (c.1759–1854), astronomer, Superintendent of King George III's Kew Observatory, Richmond [ Wiltshire and Buckinghamshire Canal ]
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Richmond [ Kew Observatory ]. 27 September [1830].
SKU: 19409

1p., 4to. Bifolium. Addressed on reverse of second leaf, with broken wax seal and two postmarks (one from Richmond), to 'Wm. Crowdy Esqr. | 43 Upper Gower St | Bedford Square'. In good condition, lightly aged, with a few calculations (presumably by the recipient) at the head of the page. Having received a letter from his son informing him that '50 Shares of the Wilts & Berks Canal are to be sold by Messrs. Wells - Brokers at 5. 5. a share', he expresses a desire 'to take them at that price'. He concludes: 'Not being at home when my sons letter arrived, I have only just time to write this before our Post sets off'. Stephen George Francis Triboudet Demainbray (c.1759–1854), succeeded his father Stephen Charles Triboudet Demainbray (1710–1782) as superintendent at Kew. The younger Demainbray was also a royal chaplain. He was assisted at the observatory by his brother-in-law Stephen Rigaud, and then by his nephew S. P. Rigaud (1774-1839), who later became professor of astronomy at Oxford and a historian of science.