Reference numberL&P/2
TitleDecade 2 of scientific letters and papers submitted for publication by the Royal Society
DescriptionTwelve volumes of scientific letters and papers from various authors containing accounts, observations and theories covering a wide variety of subjects and disciplines. Sent to the Royal Society for discussion and possible publishing. Some items feature original artwork, figures and tables. The coverage of the volumes that make up decade 2 is as follows:

Volumes 10b and 10c (bound together): item numbers 1-58a, read 7 December 1749 - 15 March 1749/50
Volume 10d: item numbers 59-100, read 15 December 1749/50 - 7 March 1750/51
Volume 11: item numbers 111-181, read 5 April 1750 - 22 November 1750

Papers received at the Royal Society between 23 November 1750 and 9 March 1750/51 are not present.

Volume 12: item numbers 182-224, read 7 March 1750/51 - 27 June 1751
Volume 13: item numbers 226-263, read 24 October 1751 - 13 February 1752
Volume 14: item numbers 264-301, read 13 February 1752 - 28 May 1752
Volume 15: item numbers 302-345, read 28 May 1752 - 21 December 1752
Volume 16: item numbers 346-391, read 17 May 1753 - 22 November 1753
Volume 17: item numbers 392-457, read 11 January 1753 - 10 May 1753
Volume 18: item numbers 458-491, read 6 December 1753 - 4 April 1754
Volume 19: item numbers 492-536, read 25 April 1754 - 21 November 1754
Volume 20: item numbers 537-586, read 5 December 1754 - 13 March 1755

The dates given correspond to the date that the papers were written/sent by the author. The read date in the description indicates when papers were read at a Royal Society meeting.

Each volume contains a typescript list of contents which provides: a document reference number, author, title, extent, date of reading to the Society and place of publication in the 'Philosophical Transactions' as far as could be determined for each item. Volume 19 also contains a manuscript list of papers read from 6 December 1753 - 21 November 1754, at the end of the volume.
Extent12 volumes containing 586 items
Physical description12 bound volumes in quarter vellum with cloth sides, with leather labels
ArrangementThere is no item numbered 225
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NotesDates falling between 1 January and 24 March before the 1750 Calendar Act, which established the first day of the new year as 1 January instead of 25 March, have been recorded indicating the year according to both dating systems, for example 10 March 1842/43.
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