[ Francis Wollaston, scientist and Fellow of the Royal Society. ] Autograph Signature ('Francis Wollaston') to Exchequer receipt, with reference to his children 'Mary, Francis & George Wollaston'.

Francis Wollaston (1694-1774), scientist and Fellow of the Royal Society, father of the author and astronomer Francis Wollaston (1731-1815)
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[ His Majesty's Receipt of Exchequer, London. ] 22 July 1765.

1p., 8vo. Removed from an Exchequer ledger. On aged paper, with particular wear to one edge. Laid out in the usual way, with printed text completed in manuscript. Good firm signature. Recording a payment of £150, on an annuity of £300 per annum, 'during the Life of [Mary, Francis & George Wollaston]' (his three surviving children, two others having died). Signed at the foot of the page, with the signature of the witness 'W Wright' beside it. In manuscipt on reverse: 'Paid 31 July 1765 | £1636 : 2 : 6'.

[ Alfred Swaine Taylor, toxicologist. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Alfred S Taylor') to 'Mr Franks' (Sir Wollaston Franks of the British Museum), regarding arsenic in his wallpaper. and on dust scraped from his books.

Alfred Swaine Taylor (1806-1880), toxicologist and medical jurist [ Sir Augustus Wollaston Franks (1826-1907), British Museum curator ]
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St James's Terrace, Regent's Park. 6 July and 22 December 1858.

ONE: 4pp., 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. An emphatic and energetic letter. Clearly reporting on a sample of wallpaper which Franks has sent him, Taylor begins his letter: 'Your black paper is as much saturated with the arsenical colour as it can well be.' He finds the paper 'precisely similar' to that which 'occasioned the illness of Dr Halley in Harley St, - and the publication of whose letter created such alarm in the public mind' (the reference is to the letter of Dr Alexander Halley in The Times, 11 January 1858).

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