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SIR HUMPHRY DAVY - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 10/01/1822 - HFSID 28177

HUMPHRY DAVY. ALS: "H. Davy", 2p, front and verso, 7x8½. Kirkcaldy, 1822 October 1. To M.J. Nicholson Esq., Greenock. Davy has not received a packet of letters, asking to be told when it is received.

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HUMPHRY DAVY. ALS: "H. Davy", 2p, front and verso, 7x8½. Kirkcaldy, 1822 October 1. To M.J. Nicholson Esq., Greenock. Davy has not received a packet of letters, asking to be told when it is received. He adds, in part: "I shall remain here two or three days longer than I intended, my friends having pressed me very much to sit to Mr Joseph the sculptor who came over from Edinburgh for the purpose of committing my ikon to marble...." Mr. Joseph was most probably Scottish sculptor SAMUEL JOSEPH (1791-1850). English chemist Sir HUMPHRY DAVY (1778-1829) pioneered the study of electrochemistry. In 1799, he discovered the exhilarating effect of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) when inhaled. Electrolytic methods yielded him the elements sodium, potassium and calcium (1807-1808). He also recognized the element nature of chlorine and gave it its name (1810). He invented the miner's safety lamp, called the Davy Lamp in 1815. Silked. Folds, vertical fold touches "D". Lightly creased.

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