SIR HUMPHRY DAVY - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/31/1823 - HFSID 40688
HUMPHRY DAVY. ALS: "H. Davy PRS" as President of the Royal Society, 1p, 7¼x9¼. No place, 1823 January 31. To architect James Elmer.
Sale Price $765.00
HUMPHRY DAVY. ALS: "H. Davy PRS" as President of the Royal Society, 1p, 7¼x9¼. No place, 1823 January 31. To architect James Elmer. In full: "I return you my thanks for the copy of the engraving from the Picture of Sir Cr Wren, which is very beautifully executed. I shall receive with great pleasure in my place your copy of the work for the Royal Society." English chemist Sir Humphry Davy made inroads in electrochemistry, discovered the elements sodium, potassium, calcium and barium, discovered the exhilarating effect of nitrous oxide when inhaled, explained the bleaching action of chlorine and invented a safe coal miner's lamp. The year this letter was written was the centennial year of the death of English architect Sir Christopher Wren (1632-1723). Inlaid. Folds, vertical fold touches "H". Lightly creased. Light show through from docket on verso touches 4 words. Pinhead-size hole in blank area.
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