Reference numberAP/27/3
TitleLetter, 'An account of a large and remarkably luminous spot in the sea with remarks on the water taken thence' from Lieutenant Manley Dixon to Samuel Hunter Christie
CreatorDixon; Manley (fl 1843)
Date6 October 1843
DescriptionDixon explains how Captain F Eardley Wilmot observed a 'remarkable, though not very uncommon appearance of the sea' on a voyage from the Cape of Good Hope [South Africa]. This was a large and very luminous spot, which was clearly defined by a sharp edge. He describes the appearance of the spot, and also the steps which he took to obtain some of the water for the purpose of bringing it home to England and submitting it to a chemical test.

Annotations in pencil and ink throughout. Marked on back as 'Archives 29 February 1844 S H C [Samuel Hunter Christie]'.

Subject: Oceanography / Hydrology

Received 7 October 1843.

Written by Manley Dixon at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich [London].

The letter was published in volume 5 of Abstracts of the Papers Printed in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London [later Proceedings of the Royal Society] as 'An account of a remarkably large and luminous spot in the sea. By Captain F. Eardley Wilmot, F. R. S. With remarks on the water taken thence: in a letter to S. H. Christie, Sec. R. S., from Lieut, Manley Dixon, R. A'.
Physical descriptionInk and graphite pencil on paper
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Access statusOpen
Related materialDOI: 10.1098/rspl.1843.0001
Fellows associated with this archive
NA8168Christie; Samuel Hunter (1784 - 1865); mathematician1784 - 1865
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