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Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)JP/9
TitleLetter from Joseph Priestley to Mr. John Canton
Extent1 item
Date1767
DescriptionLetter written by Joseph Priestley (1733-1804) to Mr. John Canton (d. 1772), experimental philosopher and schoolmaster, of Spittalfields Square, London. Priestley writes primarily concerning scientific instruments thanking Mr. Canton for his advice on the Aquatic Microscope for which he would like to place an order with Mr. Nairne. He complains at the cost of the equipment he requires for his work and in particular bemoans the need to send his instruments off for cleaning when he would much rather repair and clean them himself. He enquires as to whether Mr. Nairne has any plans for constructing an electrical machine, plans for which he drew up in his book 'History and Present State of Electricity'. He asks Mr. Canton to relay the contents of the letter he recently received from J Beccaria, (professor of physics at Turin) and to pass on his thanks to Dr. Franklin for the books he sent him. Written on 27 May 1767 from Warrington.
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