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KNOWLES, John (1781--1841)
London, 2nd March, 1829. Having been given to understand, in the meeting-room of the Royal Society, by two of the Fellows who signed a certificate in favour of Captain Charles Phillips, ...
[London]: [1829].
3, [1] p. ; 33.5 cm. (2°)

Folded half-sheet, final verso blank. Drop-head title. Letter from John Knowles F.R.S. commenting on the grounds of his opposition to the candidacy of Captain Charles Phillips as a Fellow, soi disant inventor of a Capstan which Knowles traces to a prior invention by 'Mr. Eckhardt, a Dutchman' which had been fitted to HMS Defiance in 1772 and served in use until 1779, and on the strength of this and other devices Eckhardt had been elected a foreign member of the Society in 1774. Soane retained further correspondence in respect of this dispute (Priv. Corr. V.D.1.4,5), including a printed letter signed by Francis Chantrey and others (q.v.). Knowles's intervention notwithstanding, Phillips was duly elected a Fellow on 5 March 1829 (Royal Society Election Certificate EC/1829/13: 'Captain Charles Phillips of the Royal Navy, a gentleman devoted to science and inventor of the Patent double Capstan and many other highly important mechanical contrivances ...').

Copy Notes Docket-title in ink 1829 / Mar / Royal Society / 135.

Binding Folded paper.

Reference Number 5840


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