|Description||Nos. 1-10 Addresses to Royal Personages and Declaration of the Duke of Sussex as President of the Royal Society. 1761-1831|
The Biographical Memoirs on Sir Boris Uvarov was recommended to readers of Locust: The Devastating Rise and Mysterious Disappearance of the Insect that Shaped the American Frontier by the book's author Jeffrey A. Lockwood.
Nos 11-44 Correspondence regarding the move to Somerset House
Nos. 45-93 Papers concerning the sale to the British Museum of the Arundel Manuscripts. 1828-1835
See M Boas Hall, 'The Library and Archives of the Royal Society', 1992, pp23-24
Nos. 94-111 Papers concerning the case of Stephen Lee: charges against Greenwich Observatory and his subsequent resignation as Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society. 1824-1827.
"Lee...provoked a violent storm by virulent criticism of the Greenwich Observations for 1821 recently published under the supervision of the Astronomer Royal, John Pond. Very properly his letter was first referred to Pond, and then a competent Royal Society committee was set up to examine both criticism and reply. The committee decided that Pond had not been 'culpable', but had been negligent and allowed many errors to creep in...Lee was asked to apologise for the manner of his attack, but preferred to resign".
M Boas Hall, 'All Scientists Now: The Royal Society in the Nineteenth Century', CUP, 1984, pp30-31.
See also CMB/1/15.
Nos. 112-115 Papers concerning Sir Humphry Davy's portrait. c.1830-1839
His portrait distrained upon for non-payment of debts by Robert Newton.
Nos. 116-122 Papers concerning the admission of George Augustus Frederick, Prince of Wales, as a Fellow of the Royal Society. 1784-1789.
Nos. 123-134 List of instruments held by the Royal Society. c.1831
Nos. 135-142 Correspondence relating to the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Asiatic Society petitioning for incorporating Royal charters. 1823-1825
The Royal Society believed the names of these institutions were too similar to their name and complained accordingly.
Nos. 143-159 Petitions and Miscellaneous Manuscripts. 18th-19th century
Including petitions in favour of individuals to be elected to the Fellowship; a sketch for the design of the Rumford Medal; an oath of allegiance and an address from Sir Joseph Banks