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Reference numberMM/13
LevelFile
TitleMiscellaneous Manuscripts Volume 13
Date1719-1893
DescriptionNos. 1 to 43 Documents relating to various Funds and Bequests to the Royal Society, 1719-1874:

1-4 Papers relating to bequest made in 1865 by Benjamin Oliveria of £4000, reduced after a chancery suit in 1869 to £1506 17s and 1d.
See also DM/6/55 to DM/6/72.
5-7 Papers relating to the bequest made in 1839 by Sir Clifton Wintringham (of £1200 at 3%) of Consolidated Bank Annuities.
See also DM/6/133 to DM/6/144.
8-11 Papers relating to the bequest made in 1874 by Henry Dircks of one fourth of his residue amounting to £878 12s 10d.
See also DM/6/2 to DM/6/12.
12-13 Papers relating to the bequest made in 1719 by Robert Keck of £500 to the Royal Society 'to support their foreign correspondence'
14-20 Papers relating to the bequest made in 1728 by Thomas Fairchild of £25 "to be placed out at 20s annually" for preaching a sermon at St Leonard's Church, Shoreditch, on Tuesday in every Whitsun Week.
See also DM/6/14 to DM/6/26
21-22 Papers relating to the creation of a Davy Medal, from the proceeds from the melting down and selling of the Service of Plate awarded to Sir Humphry Davy for the creation of the Davy Lamp
23-27 Papers on the creation of the Croonian Lecture, from monies bequeathed by Lady Sadleir (widow of Dr William Croone), 1709
28-29 Papers relating to the intendend bequest to the Society by Giralomo Ponti, 1874
See also DM/6/73 to DM/6/78.
31-35 Papers relating to the creation of the Handley Fund, in honour of Edwin Hill Handley, 1843.
See also DM/6/27 to DM/6/46.
36-43 Papers relating to the bequest made in 1852 by W F Stevenson of the annual income from certain stocks belonging to him
See also DM/6/79 to DM/6/110.

Nos. 44 to 57 Lists of Instruments and Apparatus belonging to the Royal Society, 1778-1893

Nos. 58 Plan of the Society's Apartments at Somerset House, 1781

Nos. 59 to 83 Documents relating to the early days of the Society's occupancy of apartments in Burlington House, 1857-1879

Nos. 84 to 131 Excise Committee Letters and Papers, 1827-1854
"The Excise Committee worked in response to a request from the Treasury: its task was to devise a simple and practicable form of hydrometer to be used by excisemen in assesing the duty on spirits, wine and beer, and thus it duly did, to the complete satisfaction of the Treasury", M Boas-Hall, 'All Scientists Now: The Royal Society in the Nineteenth Century', Cambridge: CUP, 1984, pp168
84-120 - Papers relating to the creation and of meetings of the Committee, 1827-1836
121-126 - Papers relating to Benjamin Bate's claim that the Excise Committee owed money to his late Father (RB Bate), 1850-1854
127-131 - Undated papers on the Excise Committee, 1830s
For Nos. 84-120, see the Excise Committee Book (CMB/67), which contains minutes of the Committee's Meetings.
Extent131 letters
FormatManuscript and printed documents
Access statusOpen
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