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[ William Allan, Quaker scientist and abolitionist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Wm. Allan') to R. H. Marten

Author: 
William Allan (1770-1843), Quaker scientist and abolitionist [ R. H. Marten [ Robert Humphrey Marten ] (1763-1839) of Broadway House, Plaistow, City merchant and Baptist minister ]
Publication details: 
No place. 19 November 1827.
£80.00

Allan was an associate of Humphry Davy and Luke Howard. 1p., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. He begins by sending his condolences to Marten's family 'on the present severe trial with which it has pleased Providence to visit you' (the death of the second of Marten's three wives?), and continues with pious sentiments: 'To you the Stroke, although expected, must be heavy – but it is some consolation, that the amiable Sufferer is released from Pain, & from the troubles of this Life, and is gone to receive her reward'. Eight lines follow in the same tone.

Autograph Signature on fragment of letter.

Author: 
Jane Davy (1780-1855, nee Kerr, and previously Apreece) Scottish wife of the English scientist Sir Humphry Davy (1778-1829)
Publication details: 
19/05/51
£45.00

On piece of paper 13 x 8.5 cms. Lightly spotted and discoloured. Traces of previous white paper mount on blank reverse. Reads '<...> certainly go, & see with a true sentiment of respectful Love, the Bust you mention. I have been very ill for sometime, & I am very much still of an Invalid. I am very | Truly Yours | [signed] Jane Davy | Monday | May 19th. 1851.'

Autograph Note Signed to [Wilson Lowry], engraver (see DNB).

Author: 
John George Children
Publication details: 
Montagu Place, Russell Square, 4 August 18[22?]
£100.00

Scientist (see DNB). One page, trimmed 4to, laid down on card, some staining, date smudged, but text clear and complete. "I hope the enclosed will be useful to you in finding the vessell you want for your circumnavigation." Perhaps it relates to Lowry's scientific interests.

Autograph Letter Signed to Thomas Archer. [Humphry Davy].

Author: 
William Thomas Brande
Publication details: 
6 January 1843; Royal Mint.
£150.00

English chemist (1788-1866) who succeeded Sir Humphrey Davy as Professor of Chemistry at the Royal Institution (1813). Two pages, octavo. Very good, though lightly creased and with remains of previous mount adhering to one edge. Begins 'I have no doubt that much fraud is committed by the substitution of spiritious liquors of different strengths, for what is called woodspirit and wood naphtha'.

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