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CHANTREY, Sir Francis (1781--1841)
London, March 5, 1829. Mr. John Knowles, a Fellow of the Royal Society, and Chief Clerk to the Surveyors of the Navy, having put forth a printed document, purporting to be a reply to our statement of the 18th of February, we beg to offer the following observations thereon. ...
[London]: printed by J. Barfield, printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty, [1829].
[4] p. ; 33.4 cm. (2°)

Drop-head title. Final verso blank. A printed letter signed by Francis Chantrey, John Franklin, John Richardson, William Edward Parry, and A. Copland Hutchison of the Royal Society, rebutting Mr Knowles's objections to the candidacy of Captain Charles Phillips (q.v.). It would appear from a lithographic letter dated 18 February 1829 that Chantrey and his fellow signatories constituted an unofficial committee to investigate Phillips's credentials and Knowles's contentions regarding the independence of Phillips's invention of a double-capstan (similar to but distinct from that of A.G. Eckhardt) and that Charles Babbage had assisted them in their investigation, writing up his opinion for circulation in a further lithographic letter dated 19 February. (Priv. Corr. V.D.1.4,5).

Copy Notes Previously folded, inscribed in ink by Soane on blank final page 1829 / Royal Society / from Mr Chantrey and 135.

Binding Loose bifolium.

Reference Number 5959


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