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Notes by Henry Blundell on physics lectures attended by him at Douai

This book contains a fair copy of notes made by Henry Blundell on a series of physics lectures, presumably attended by him at Douai. The name Douai does not occur in the book, but it is dated in the period when Blundell was there (1743-5).

The title ‘Phy[si]ca | seu | Phi[losophi]a na[tur]alis. | Prol[e]gomena.' appears on f. 1v, and ‘PHYSICA' is stamped on the spine. The
first of these titles is followed below by ‘Hen: Blundell—1744' and some further words. The written text concludes on f. 321r with the inscription ‘Die 1o julii an: D[o]m[in]i 1744 | Horis 84 | Hen: Blundell'.

The text is heavily abbreviated, but the omission of letters is not generally marked, as in the title cited above.

The seven engravings inserted among the MS leaves are as follows:

f. 2. St Thomas Aquinas, in a decorative border, with a descriptive caption beginning ‘SAINT THOMAS de la Noble Race des Comtes d'Aquin', subscribed ‘Chez Crepy a St. Iacques'.

f. 30. Réné Descartes, in a decorative border, with a descriptive caption beginning ‘RENE DES CARTES Seigneur de Peron', subscribed ‘Crepy rue St. Iacques a St. Iacques'.

f. 34. Astronomical diagram, headed ‘Tabula 20' and subscribed ‘Jacobus Jollain aletoille ex[cudit] cum priu[ilegio] regis' (‘aletoille' is written above the line, as if omitted by mistake) and ‘rue st. jacques a la belle etoile'.

f. 282: Diagram, headed ‘Tab. 9' and subscribed ‘A Paris chez Vallet.'

f. 287: Diagram, headed ‘TAB' (no number) and subscribed ‘A Paris chez Vallet 1724.'

f. 289: Diagram, headed ‘Tabula .10.' and subscribed ‘Jacobus Jollain fecit et excudit cum priv[ilegio] Regis aletoile'.

f. 298: Diagram, headed ‘Tabula. 8.'; no imprint.

The printed sheet (f. 322) is headed ‘PHILOSOPHIA NATURALIS', and contains a summary, or syllabus, of the subject broken down into three (perhaps termly) series of numbered sections.

Blundell, Henry (1724-1810), art collector

Papers of Dawson Turner

This collection mainly comprises letters by people of public significance in Dawson Turner’s day, many of them with East Anglian connections.

Turner, Dawson (1775-1858), banker, botanist, and antiquary

Letter from Hudson Gurney to Dawson Turner


Dear Dawson

I find my Wife is Sending over the Carriage for Miss Poole tomorrow Morning & that it will return with Her in the afternoon—

I send this Note my My Servant to the Norfolk Hotel—In case You Shd. be there—& if not He will Leave it at the Bank—that You may arrange at Which time You Can Come over to us—

I Have Some Cold—& therefore Shall not be out—& Mr. Gage {1} keeps the House & does not Like to face the Weather

I am Yrs {2}

H Gurney

Sunday Evg. 23rd
[Added by Turner:] Jany 1842.


{1} Followed by an indistinct name.

{2} This line is indistinct.

Turner, Dawson (1775-1858), banker, botanist, and antiquary


Budget speeches, 1885-1892; printed speeches by G. J. Goschen, 1887-1891; press reports on Goschen's visit to Cambridge. 15 Oct. 1891; press reports of touring speeches by Goschen, Feb.-July 1892 (two of these, in the Glasgow Herald, also contains report of James Parker Smith's Parliamentary candidature); press reports of touring speeches by W. E. Gladstone in Scotland, July 1892.

Indian photographs

Photograph of unidentified man with dead tiger, inscribed 'Presented to H. Babington Smith Esq., C.S.I, Private Secy. to H. E. the Viceroy and G[overnor] G[eneral] of India [late 1890s].

Album commemorating the visit of the Viceroy and Countess of Elgin to Gwalior, Nov. 1895, inscribed 'Madhaur Scindia, 1896'.

Letters from Henry Babington Smith to his wife Lady Elisabeth Mary Babington Smith, née Bruce

Several letters written before the Babington Smiths' marriage on 22 Sept 1898.

57: 12 Sept 1899, Grass-of-Parnassus flower enclosed.
90: 7-9 May 1900, enclosing 5 press cuttings (2 English, 2 French) on Henry Babington Smith's activities in Constantinople.
97, 99, 103: all May-June 1900, and largely in French.

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