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A FINE LETTER FROM AN EARLY ASTRONOMICAL PIONEER, MATHEMATICIAN, CHEMIST, AND PHOTOGRAPHER

 

HERSCHEL, SIR JOHN FREDERICK WILLIAM. (1792-1871). President of the Royal Astronomical Society; a pioneer in celestial photography; did a systematic follow-up and extension of his father’s imaginative surveys of double stars and nebulas; by 1839 he developed the invention and methods of producing images on paper and glass rather than metal, and he introduced “positive” and “negative” into the photographic context.   Scarce early Autograph Letter Signed “J.F.W. Herschel”. Three pages, octavo.  Integral address leaf with red postal cancellations. No place. February 6, 1829. To Mr. Dollard, St. Paul’s Churchyard. Moderate toning, chipped at top edge, thumbnail-sized portion seal-tear at third page edge, not affecting autograph, else very fine.  Herschel writes:

“I hasten to reply to your note of this evening, & with respect to the Council of the R[oyal]. S[ociety]. to State that the Bill was certainly ordered by the Council to be forwarded to the L[ord]] Bathurst’s office with a recommendation for payment . In consequence I enclosed it to Mr. Hay. Sect of the Colonial Office who in answer some time after answered that the recommendation had been attended to and that it was ordered by the Treasury to be paid.  I concluded of course that you would immediately have received a bill  for it. That appearing not to be the case, but it being necessary to apply for payment.  I shall immediately look out  Mr. Hay’s letter (which is at present at Somerset home among my other papers) and forward it to you to make sure use of as you may judge best – or others will make such enquiries as will enable  due  to give you the information you desire. I remain / Dear sir / yours truly / J.F. W. Herschel.”

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