Reference numberAP/8/20/2
TitleUnpublished statement, 'Observations and explanations relative to the subject of a letter from the right honorable Sir Joseph Banks Esq Bart K B President of the Royal Society, to Mr Russell, chargé des affaires of the United States, at the Court of London, dated Soho Square, 6th Feby 1812' by [Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford]
Date20 February 1812
DescriptionStatement by Rumford regarding his knowledge of the regulation excluding unoriginal papers from the Transactions of the Royal Society and stating he will prove that he did not have the intention to go against this rule. He said that this same paper, in French, on the subject of light was read at the Institut in Paris [France], but was not presented there as an original work. Twenty copies of this paper were printed for 'private use', one of which was sent to Humphry Davy who subsequently gave the copy to Banks, both assuming the paper had been published. Rumford acknowledges that he should have provided more context to prevent confusion.

Subject: Physics / Thermodynamics
Physical descriptionInk on paper
Access statusOpen
Related materialCollected Works of Count Rumford available in the Royal Society's printed works collection: R66037.
Brown, Sanborn C, editor. Collected Works of Count Rumford. Vol 4, Belknap Press, 1970, pp 229-250.
Related records in the catalogueAP/8/20
Fellows associated with this archive
NA8287Thompson; Benjamin (1753 - 1814); Count Rumford; physicist1753 - 1814
NA8116Banks; Sir; Joseph (1744 - 1820); naturalist1744 - 1820
NA8200Davy; Sir; Humphry (1778 - 1829); chemist1778 - 1829
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