Guide to the Joseph Priestly Letter, 1802 MS 304
Joseph Priestley (1733-1804) English chemist , Nonconformist minister, and voluminous writer, was born on March 13, 1733, in the West Riding of Yorkshire. In 1772, after a series of clerical appointments, he was chosen a foreign associate of the French Academy of Science and accepted a position as librarian and literary companion to Lord Shelburne. He emigrated to America in 1794, settling in Northumberland, Pennsylvania.
This collection contains a handwritten and signed letter, written January 5, 1802 and addressed to Samuel Mitchell, a member of the U.S. Congress, concerning publication of Priestley’s paper on “galvanism” to appear in the Medical Repository. Additionally, Priestly writes of problems in obtaining philosophical materials from his bookseller in London, and asks the congressman about living conditions in Washington. A typewritten transcript of the letter is included.
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Permission to publish material from the Joseph Priestley Letter must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.
Joseph Priestley Letter, 1802, MS 304 Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University
This collection was a gift from Edgar Fahs Smith, former Provost of the University of Pennsylvania, and commencement speaker June 4, 1923.
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