Royal Society (Great Britain) letters and communications from Americans, 1662-1900 1662-1900

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Royal Society (Great Britain) letters and communications from Americans, 1662-1900, 1662-1900

Royal Society (Great Britain) letters and communications from Americans, 1662-1900 1662-1900

This collection includes letters to and from Americans (including South America and the West Indies) and letters about America selected from the Society's manuscripts (Classified Papers, Letter Books, Letters and Papers, Royal Society Letters, Miscellaneous Correspondence, and other official groups) and from collections of private papers (Sir Charles Blagden, William Buckland, John Canton, Sir John F. W. Herschel, Sir Edward Sabine, and others). The documents range in time and character from John Winthrop, Jr., "A Description of the Artifice & Making of Tarr & Pitch in New England" (1662), to letters from Sir Thomas Edward Thorne to his wife describing the American West, where he was on a surveying party in the 1880s.

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Burnet, William, 1688-1729

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Royal Society (Great Britain)

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The Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge began in 1645 when a group of eminent British thinkers started to meet regularly in London to discuss the new, experimental philosophies of science. Though the English Civil War and the Cromwellian Protectorate interrupted its meetings, the Society was formally constituted in 1660. Two years later King Charles II granted the Society its first charter. A second royal charter was granted in 1663 when the Society was given its official nam...

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Jones, Hugh,

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Vaughan, Benjamin, 1751-1835

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Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728

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Pepperrell, William, Sir, 1696-1759

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