chemistry

[ Cato Maximilian Guldberg, Norwegian mathematician and chemist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('C. M. Guldberg') to 'Professor A. Ramsay' [ Alexander Ramsay, editor of the 'Scientific Roll' ], declining a proposal, and giving details of two papers.

Author: 
C. M. Guldberg [ Cato Maximilian Guldberg ] (1836-1902), Norwegian mathematician and chemist, responsible for the Law of Mass Action and Guldberg Rule [ Alexander Ramsay, editor, 'Scientific Roll' ]
Publication details: 
Christiana [ now Oslo, Norway ]. 16 June 1883.
£150.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Written in rather patchy English. He thanks him for his letter and declines his proposal, explaining that 'circumstances prohibit my accepting your invitation in taking part in your plan, my time at present being to [sic] much taking up'. He continues: 'Here in Norway the literature upon the subject is collected in the 2 essays of me and Waage', i.e. the Norwegian chemist Peter Waage (1833-1900). He gives the details of two essays on chemical affinities, published in 1847 and 1879.

[ Arthur Hill Hassall, physician and microscopist in the field of public health. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Arthur H. Hassall') to J. B. Payne, regarding the making of an appointment.

Author: 
A. H. Hassall [ Arthur Hill Hassall ] (1817-1894), British physician, chemist and microscopist in the fields of public health and food safety
Publication details: 
On letterhead of St Catharine's House, Ventnor [ Isle of Wight ]. 28 June 1873.
£40.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Undertaking to make an appointment 'in the course of a few days'.

[ Harold Baily Dixon, FRS, Professor of Chemistry at Owen's College, Manchester. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('H B Dixon') regarding his requirements for a lecture at 'the Exchange Hall'.

Author: 
H. B. Dixon [ Harold Baily Dixon ] (1852-1930), FRS, British chemist and amateur footballer, Professor of Chemistry at Owen's College, Manchester, 1886-1922
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Birch Hall, Rusholme, Manchester. 5 October 1888.
£65.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with light staining to the signature. He thanks the unnamed recipient for his 'programme of Lectures' and states that he will not 'want a Lanthern, [sic][ but I shall want a good Supply of gas to the table'. (Dixon was an authority on the explosion of gases.) He asks the size of 'the Exchange Hall', as he wants 'to adjust exp[erimen]ts. to the size of hall'. Dixon played football for Oxford University in the FA Cup Final in 1873.

[ Pamphlet; inscribed by Hartog ] The Bicentenary of Joseph Priestley

Author: 
Sir Philip Hartog, A.N. Meldrum and Sir Harold Hartley
Publication details: 
Printed by Richard Clay, Bungay. Reprinted from the Journal of the Chemical Society, July, 1933.
£100.00

Paginated 896-920, beige wraps, sl. worn, vestiges of postage stamp on back cover, fold marks (postal wear and tear), contents good. Inscribed on front cover top, T W.H.D. from P.J.H[artog].

A file of twenty-two Autograph Letters, most signed "The Editor", otherwise "Reginald Smith", or, not in his hand, "Smith Elder & Co" to W.A. Shenstone, F.R.S., populariser of science (obit, "Nature" 77, 348-349 (13 Feb. 1908). With related items.

Author: 
Reginald Smith, sometime barrister, later editor of "The Cornhill Magazine" from 1898, in charge of publishers, Smith Elder from 1899
Publication details: 
[Cornhill Magazine headed notepaper], 18 May 1902-1 March 1907
£350.00

All letters 8vo, total pp.35, good condition, some letters tipped in, others loose, not in chronological order.

[ Francis Robert Japp; Printed ] Questionnaire from the Birmingham Philosophical Society, printed., with Japp's responses in holograph to two only of the four questions and with signature "F.R. Japp" with date.

Author: 
Francis Robert Japp, chemist [ H.W.Crosskey, geologist ]
Publication details: 
July 15th, 1886.
£600.00

[ Francis Robert Japp; Printed ] Questionnaire from the Birmingham Philosophical Society, printed., with Japp's responses in holograph to two only of the four questions and with signature "F.R. Japp" with date. Questionnaire, answers filled in by Japp, from, 'Translation of Scientific Memoirs' Committee', Birmingham Philosophical Society, 2pp, 4to, minor sunning, creases, good condition. NOT including the Printed Letter, p.[1], from H.W.

[ William Boyd Carpenter, Bishop of Ripon. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. Boyd Carpenter') to 'Professor Lang' [ probably William Robert Lang ] regarding George Thomas Shettle and the lack of 'spiritual ideals' evidenced in the Great War.

Author: 
William Boyd Carpenter (1841-1918), Bishop of Ripon and court chaplain to Queen Victoria [ Professor William Robert Lang (1870-1925) of the University of Toronto; George Thomas Shettle (1861-1936) ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 6 Little Cloisters, Westminster. 30 January 1918.
£56.00

2pp., 12mo. He begins by apologising for being unable to give any information regarding Shettle, who 'only came into Ripon Diocese in 1911, theh year in which I resigned'. He is unacquainted with Shettle's books, none of which are credited to him in Crockford's. He agrees with Lang's 'letter & notes on Church & Education matters': 'the War is constantly disclosing how far astray our Education & Church method has been.

[ Sir James Dewar, Scottish scientist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('James Dewar') to 'Miss Pollack', explaining his reason for missing an appointment.

Author: 
Sir James Dewar (1842-1923), Scottish chemist and physicist [ The Royal Institution of Great Britain, London ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Royal Institution of Great Britain. 3 December 1906.
£35.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. He explains his 'great and chief excuse' for breaking his promise to call on her that morning. 'The fact is I have to give an address on Monday evening as President of the Society of Chemical Industry'.

[ Sir Arthur Herbert Church, Professor of Chemistry at the Royal Academy of Arts. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('A H Church') to a 'dear Friend', discussing Roman coins, the Bravender cabinet in the Corinium Museum, Cirencester, and half-timbered houses

Author: 
A. H. Church [ Sir Arthur Herbert Church ] (1834-1915), Professor of Chemistry at the Royal Academy of Arts, 1879-1911
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Shelsley, Kew Gardens. 10 November 1897.
£45.00

Church was a leading authority on the chemistry of paintings. 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In very good condition. Written in a neat and close hand in the spirit of a true antiquary. Addressed to 'My dear Friend'. He begins by discussing Roman coins ('by no means rare even when in good condition'), describing 'two gold Neros' in his possession, and 'aurei of Galba', before turning to his activitiies since leaving Cirencester. He has not been 'working at Britanno-Roman things', but has been through 'some very interesting specimens belonging to Mr. T. B.

[ Printed French pamphlet. ] Apioline Chapoteaut Nouveau dérivé extrait de l'apium petroselinum. Observations physiologiques et cliniques.

Author: 
P. Chapoteaut, French pharmacist and chemist, discoverer of the active ingredient of the plant parsley, which he named Apioline
Publication details: 
Paris: Berger-Levrault et Cie. 1892.
£120.00

40pp., 12mo. Disbound pamphlet, in yellow printed wraps with a list of Chapoteaut's publications on the back cover. In fair condition, on aged and browned paper, in browned wraps with slight damage along spine from disbinding. Pp.3-16 are divided into 'Partie Chimique et Pharmacologique', 'Physiologie' and 'Applications Thérapeutiques'. Pp.17-40 carry case studies. Apioline is used to stimulate menstruation. Scarce: no copy on WorldCat, COPAC, or in the Bibliotheque Nationale.

Autograph Letter Signed, in French, from the French Nobel Prize winning chemist Paul Sabatier to a colleague, regarding 'un essai industriel de la production de benzols par les goudrons'.

Author: 
Paul Sabatier (1854-1941), French chemist, winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1912, and the Franklin Medal in 1933
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Laboratoire de Professeur Paul Sabatier, Université de Toulouse, Institut de Chimie de la Faculté des Sciences. 10 March 1915.
£120.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In very good condition. Signed 'Paul Sabatier'. He explains the reason for a delay to the test: 'La Cte du gaz de Toulouse qui paraissait disposée a entreprendre un essai immediat de cette formation en retarde indefiniment l'execution, sans doute à cause de certains desaccords avec l'administrateur de la Société des Raffineries catalytiques, mon ami Blanchet'. The second half of the letter discusses the technical aspects of the test.

[Sir James Dewar, Fulerian Professor of Chemistry at the Royal Institution.] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'James Dewar'), one to Sir William Arthur Rücker and the other to his wife, with an engraved portrait of Dewar, signed by him.

Author: 
Sir James Dewar (1842-1923), Scottish chemist and physicist, Fullerian Professor of Chemistry at the Royal Institution, London [Sir Arthur William Rücker [Rucker] (1848-1915), physicist]
Publication details: 
Both letters on letterhead of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, London. 12 May 1898 (to Rücker) and 30 May 1907 (to Lady Rücker). The engraving without place or date.
£220.00

All three items in good condition, with light signs of age, and minor traces of previous mounting. The two letters are both 2pp., 12mo, on bifoliums. ONE: Letter to Rücker of 12 May 1898. He explains that if he is 'not at the Society ready to give the <5 minutes?> Paper at 4.30' it is because he is 'engaged in getting new results [...] In any case I will appear if all goes well.' TWO: Letter to Lady Rücker of 30 May 1907. His wife has had an attack of bronchitis and 'is in the hands of Nurses and Doctor.

Printed poster by University College, London, advertising 'A Course of Lectures on "Radioactivity"' by Sir William Ramsay,Nobel Prize winner, and courses of lectures by E. C. C. Baly, J. H. K. Inglis ('In and N. T. M. Wilsmore.

Author: 
T. Gregory Foster, Ph.D., Principal, University College, London (University of London) [Sir William Ramsay; Edward Charles Cyril Baly; J. H. K. Inglis; N. T. M. Wilsmore]
Publication details: 
University College, London (University of London). Ramsay's lectures advertised for 18 October 1904, Baly's for 4 November 1904 and 3 February 1905, Inglis's for 17 October 1904, and Wilsmore's for 11 October 1904.
£80.00

1p., foolscap 8vo. In fair condition, aged and worn, with stamp, label and shelfmark of the Board of Education Library. Signed in type at foot by 'T. GREGORY FOSTER, Ph.D., | Principal.' Laid out in the usual variety of types and point sizes. The poster gives details of the lectures and cost.

[Printed pamphlet.] Pesqui's Uranium Wine | For the Treatment of Diabetes.

Author: 
[Pesqui's Uranium Wine, prepared by Laboratorio Pesqui, San Sebastian; Wilcox, Jozeau & Co. (Foreign Chemists) Ltd., London and Dublin]
Publication details: 
Prepared by Laboratorio Pesqui (San Sebastian.) Agents for Great Britain and Ireland: Wilcox, Jozeau & Co. (Foreign Chemists) Ltd. 15, Great St. Andrew Street, London, W.C.2. and at 19, Temple Bar, Dublin.
£30.00

[7]pp., 12mo. Stapled. In fair condition, on lightly aged and creased paper, with rusty staple. The text begins: 'It is now generally recognised that, with the possible exception of certain juvenile cases, insulin does not exercise any definitely curative influence in diabetes.' Further on 'attention is called to the action of the salts of Uranium, especially the nitrate, in diabetes.

[Printed offprint: 'EXTRAIT de la Revue de Médecine, no de Septembre 1890.] Nouvelle Etude sur l'Action Therapeutique du Sulfate de Cinchonidine.

Author: 
H. de Brun, Professeur à la Faculté de médecine de Beyrouth, Médecin sanitaire de France en Orient, Médecin de l'hôpital français de Beyrouth
Publication details: 
Paris: Ancienne Librairie Germer Baillière et Cie., Félix Alcan, Éditeur, 108 Boulevard Saint-Germain. 1890.
£250.00

69pp., 8vo, paginated 689-757. With diagrams and table in text. In original olive printed wraps. Unopened. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in discoloured and chipped wraps. Stamped at head of front cover: 'HISTOLOGIE | Collège de France', with 'Physique & chimie 20' beside it in manuscript. No record of this item in the Bibliothèque Nationale, or on COPAC or OCLC WorldCat.

[Series of eleven printed British parliamentary reports, from the Library of Sir Boverton Redwood, and with his bookplate.] Report to the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on the Subject of the Testing of Petroleum.

Author: 
[Sir Frederick Augustus Abel (1826-1902); Sir Boverton Redwood (1846-1919), First President of the Institution of Petroleum Technologists]
Publication details: 
Series A. Papers Nos. 1 to 11. Paper No. 1: 'LONDON: Printed by GEORGE E. EYRE and WILLIAM SPOTTISWOODE, Printers to the Queen's most Excellent Majesty. For Her Majesty's Stationery Office. B835. - 50. - 11/78.' [i.e. November 1878]
£220.00

The eleven parts are uniform, headed from 'SERIES A. Series No. 1' to 'SERIES A. Paper No. 11'. Totalling 57 pp., folio, with the eleven parts separately paginated: 18 + 18 + 3 + 3 + 4 + [1] + [1] + [1] + [1] + 6 + [1]. The first part is followed by three lithographed plates (the second a foldout) by Dangerfield of Covent Garden, from designs by 'F. A. Abel' and each dated and with his facsimile signature.

Autograph Letter Signed ('John Conroy') from Sir John Conroy, Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford, to 'Mr. Sclater', regarding the election of Sclater's son to the Athenaeum, London.

Author: 
Sir John Conroy (1845-1900), 3rd Bart, chemist, Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford [Athenaeum, London; Sclater]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Balliol College, Oxford. 7 June 1899.
£32.00

2pp., 16mo. Bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Docketed at head of first page: 'Sir John Conroy Bt | Fellow Balliol Coll.' He regrets that he cannot 'do London either on the 12: or before that day', and so will not be able to 'help in any way about your Son's election at the Athenaeum'. He concludes: 'I trust it will go all right.'

Autograph Letter Signed from the mathematician Davies Gilbert, President of the Royal Society, to the chemist John George Children, regarding the 'Theory', 'contrary to probability', of a man sent to him by Children. With engraved portrait.

Author: 
Davies Gilbert [born Davies Giddy] (1767-1839), mathematician and President of the Royal Society [John George Children (1777-1852), chemist; J. Thomson; Henry Howard, RA]
Publication details: 
27 Gower Street, Bedford Square, London; 5 May 1833.
£180.00

2pp., 4to. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Written in a difficult, crabbed hand. The 'gentleman' Children has sent him 'is somewhat in the circumstances of Mr H<?>. He appears to possess some mathematical Knowledge; but to have adopted visionary Systems of Physics'. He goes on to describe the man's theory, which is 'contrary to probability' and 'in opposition to all previously existing opinions'. In a postscript he states that he has had a 'second interview'. The engraving of 'Davies Gilbert, Esq. M.P. P.R.S.' is by J.

Typed Letter Signed ('H. V. A. Briscoe') from Professor H. Vincent A. Briscoe to [Thomas Lloyd] Humberstone, concerning a meeting of the Royal College of Science Association

Author: 
H. Vincent A. Briscoe [Henry Vincent Aird Briscoe] (1888-1973), Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, Imperial College, London, 1938-1954 [Thomas Lloyd Humberstone (1876-1957), educationist]
Publication details: 
12 April 1954; on letterhead
£38.00

12mo, 1 p. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with slight traces of mount on reverse. Regretting, given his 'keen interest' in the affairs of the Association and of the College, that Humberstone cannot attend a meeting of the RCS Association. The influence of the Association is 'probably considerable' regarding 'the development in progress', as many members are very active in the matter.

Autograph Letter Signed ('A. C. Egerton | V.U.I.P.!') from the chemist A. C. Egerton to Thomas Lloyd Humberstone, giving his reasons for passing him over in an election in favour of the microbiologist Frederick William Twort.

Author: 
Professor Sir Alfred Charles Glyn Egerton [A. C. Egerton] (1886-1959), chemist, of Imperial College, London [Frederick William Twort (1877-1950); Thomas Lloyd Humberstone (1876-1957), educationist]
Publication details: 
22 October 1947; on letterhead of Imperial College of Science and Technology, Prince Consort Road, London.
£45.00

12mo, 2 pp. 22 lines. Text clear and complete. Begins by explaining his reasons for not supporting Humberstone in an unspecified election. Humberstone has 'valiantly' supported 'the cause for Research at the Universities', and his 'knowledge of University affairs' is 'profound', but 'after a time new minds have to have their turn!' He remembers a paper of Twort's 'on airborn infection problems' which interested him 'much'. 'I know he was an original investigator, but somehow he seems to have got across people in his line of work. I don't propose to go in for Biological Warfare!

Autograph Letter Signed from '<James?> Bell' of Hastings, written while dying, to James Wyld, member of Parliament for Bodmin, regarding a Parliamentary Bill on the sale of poisons.

Autograph Letter Signed from '<James?> Bell' of Hastings
Publication details: 
28 February 1859; Hastings.
£165.00
Autograph Letter Signed from '<James?> Bell' of Hastings

12mo, 4 pp. 64 lines. Text clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper. He was 'mistaken about the Marylebone Election - Having been a prisoner so much lately' he had 'not seen many electors & those whom I saw thought it was too late & regretted to see a split in the liberal party'. He 'did not influence a single vote being too unwell to take any part in it'. He 'left town to escape the excitement'. He has 'already troubled our new Representative with a little Parliamentary Business', and is sending Wyld 'some documents on the same subject by the Book post'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('(Thomas Hyde Hills) | John Bell & Co') from Thomas Hyde Hills of John Bell & Co [later John Bell & Croyden], Oxford Street, to the M.P. James Wyld, regarding jury exemption for pharmaceutical chemists.

Author: 
Thomas Hyde Hills (c.1852-1902), pharmaceutical chemist with John Bell & Co, 338 Oxford Street, and Mayor of Cambridge [James Wyld (1812-1887), cartographer and Member of Parliament for Bodmin]
Thomas Hyde Hills (c.1852-1902), pharmaceutical chemist with John Bell & Co
Publication details: 
2 August 1862; 338 Oxford Street, London.
£75.00
Thomas Hyde Hills (c.1852-1902), pharmaceutical chemist with John Bell & Co

12mo, 2 pp. Fifteen lines. Text clear and complete. Thanking Wyld for his 'Support on Thursday in the House of Commons, agreeing with the Lords' Amendment for the exemption of Pharmaceutical Chemists serving on Juries'. He hopes that the exemption will prove 'a Stimulus to Pharmaceutical education and thereby be of great service and increased safety to the Public'. Hills was Mayor of Cambridge from 1894 to 1895.

[Folding plate] A Table exhibiting the chemical Nomenclature Proposed by Messieurs De Morveau, Lavoisier, Berthollet, and De Fourcroy in May 1787.

Author: 
Antoine Laurent Lavoisier (1743-1794), et al
Publication details: 
[1787]
£180.00

One page, 40 x 60cm, from unidentified edition (Instruction top right of page, 'To face Page 598'), fold marks, mainly good. First published in Lavoisier et al, "Méthode de nomenclature chimique" (1787). Paris 1787 Proposée par MM. de Morveau, Lavoisier, Bertholet, & de Fourcroy.

Autograph Letter Signed ('John Murray') from John Murray II to the Edinburgh publishers Bell & Bradfute, concerning his account with them for Thomas Thomson's 'System of Chemistry'.

Author: 
John Murray II (1778-1843), London publisher [Bell & Bradfute, Edinburgh publishers]
Autograph Letter Signed ('John Murray') from John Murray II
Publication details: 
11 July 1810; London.
£125.00
Autograph Letter Signed ('John Murray') from John Murray II

4to, 1 p. Fourteen lines. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper. He has been 'extremely unwell', and is sending '3 bills for the account of Thomsons Chemistry £1100'. 'I trust that you will not be dis-satisfied with this as I can assure you conscientiously that I could not afford to give them shorter.' Reference to Longmans, and to his anxiety, 'as you left the settlement to my own conscience'.

Autograph Letter Signed to "Mr Crow" [W.B. Crow, author of "Contributions to the Principles of Morphology "], essentially reviewing Crow's book, but also givinf a Testament..

Author: 
Arthur H. Church, Chemist, Expert on Pottery and Stones
Arthur H. Church, Chemist, Expert on Pottery and Stones
Publication details: 
246 Iffley Road, Oxford, 2 April 1929.
£165.00
Arthur H. Church, Chemist, Expert on Pottery and Stones

Two pages, 4to, fold marks, four small closed tears. A difficult hand. He thanks Crow for his book, "Contributions to the Principles of Morphology", just published, suggesting that Crow must have enjoyed reviewing "older views", adding, "The Philosophy on which Biology has [?] based is much neglected ...I never came across any Botanist for example who thought the two [?] of Goethe, & his theory of meta-morphosis has been a great curse ... for 100 years. The mistake of [?] was, that we had no 'definitions' of a leaf to begin with. ...

[Pamphlet] Address of Alexander W. Williamson, President

Author: 
[Alexander W. Williamson, Chemist, President of the British Association for the Advancement of Science]
Address of Alexander W. Williamson, President
Publication details: 
[1873]
£95.00
Address of Alexander W. Williamson, President

27pp., 8vo, sewn as issued, good condition. Scarce. COPAC lists six copies, while WorldCat lists the Glasgow and Edinburgh copies but no American.

La Cure de Vichy dans les Intoxications par l'Opium et ses Dérivés.

Author: 
F. Jardet and G. Nivière, Médicins á Vichy [Opium; Morphine]
Publication details: 
Vichy: Imprimerie C. Bougarel, Ruye Sornin, 1897.
£38.00

8vo, 6 pp. Stitched. In light-green printed wraps. Text clear and complete. Fair, on chipping high-acidity paper. Ownership inscription at head of front wrap. Described in footnote on first page as 'Communication au Congrès International d'Hydrologie (IVe session - Clermont-Ferrand 1896).'

On a Process for preparing economically the Muriate of Morphia. [...] With a Letter from Dr. Christison on its employment in medicine.

Author: 
William Gregory [morphine; opium; Edinburgh, Scotland; Sir Robert Christison]
Gregory,On a Process for preparing ... the Muriate of Morphia, Pamphlet
Publication details: 
'From the Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal, No. 107.' [Edinburgh:] D. & W. Millar, Printers.
£25.00
Gregory,On a Process for preparing ... the Muriate of Morphia, Pamphlet

8vo, 8 pp.Stitched and disbound. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper, with slight loss from margins of first leaf. Final paragraph sums up the paper: 'Expressing these data in simpler terms, it appears that for twenty shillings the apothecary should receive 295 doses of Battley's solution, 1700 doses of laudanum, and 1840 of muriate of morphia. The muriate of morphia is at once, then, cheaper and more efficacious than any of the preparations of opium now in general use.'

Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Arthur Phillips') to W. N. de Mattos.

Author: 
John Arthur Phillips (1822-1887), mining engineer and metallurgist [Lyon Playfair, Baron Playfair (1818-1898), chemist]
Publication details: 
25 January 1853; on letterhead of 8 Upper Stamford Street, Blackfriars.
£75.00

12mo, 1 p. Text clear and complete. On lightly-aged paper with some creasing and a short closed tear at foot. He sent his report (on 'Wurlich's patent ') to Dr Playfair on 15 December of the previous year. 'With him therefore is all the delay.' Docketed by de Mattos on reverse, including 'Read at Board on 27th Jany 1853'.

Three Typed Letters Signed, one Autograph Letter Signed and six Typed Notes Signed (all 'H. T. Tizard') to G. K. Menzies, Secretary, Royal Academy of Arts.

Author: 
Sir Henry Thomas Tizard (1885-1959), English chemist, inventor and Rector of Imperial College of Science and Technology, London
Publication details: 
Between 22 February 1928 and 16 October 1931. All on letterheads of Imperial College of Science and Technology, South Kensington, London.
£85.00

The ten items in good condition on lightly-aged paper, and with the texts clear and complete. The four letters all bearing the stamp of the Royal Society, and the six notes unstamped. In the first letter he declines to read a paper before the Society. In the second letter (29 October 1929, in autograph) he states that Menzies' 'suggestion that I should become a member of the Royal Society of Arts is put in such a way that I cannot do otherwise than fall in with it!' He is afraid that he 'may disappoint your Council if they think I can fill Sir Thomas Hollands place adequately'.

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