|Title||Unpublished translation, 'A memoir on the disinfection of letters' by Bernardino Antonio Gomez|
|Date||20 April 1814|
|Description||Translation of a paper originally written in French in which Gomez discusses the yellow fever or 'plague' epidemic and ways of disinfecting letters received from countries in which the disease is prevalent. Gomez proposes making slits in letters and then fumigating their contents or soaking them in vinegar without fully opening the letter. He ultimately deduces that the best way to disinfect letters is through the combustion of sulphur with saltpetre [potassium nitrate]. The original French version of this paper is found at AP/2/8.|
Numerous corrections, deletions, and marginalia appear throughout in graphite.
Subject: Chemistry / Epidemiology
Written by Gomez in Lisbon. Communicated by John Barrow.
|Physical description||Ink on paper|
|Related records in the catalogue||AP/2/8|
Fellows associated with this archive
|NA2824||Barrow; Sir; John (1764 - 1848)||1764 - 1848|