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Letter 1802

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Joseph Priestly Letter, 1802 MS 304



creator Author (aut) Priestley, Joseph
Title: Joseph Priestley letter
Dates: 1802
Abstract 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, Priestley 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.
Identification: MS 304
Quantity: 0.25 linear ft. (1 folder)
Language:
Repository: Woodson Research Center

Biographical/Historical note

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.

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Scope and Contents note

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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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access note

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Permission to publish material from the Joseph Priestley Letter must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Joseph Priestley Letter, 1802, MS 304 Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

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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Detailed Description of the Collection

 
Folder
1 Letter 1802
creator Author (aut) Priestley, Joseph
Letter, 1802, four-pages typed.

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