Reference numberMM/15
TitleMiscellaneous Manuscripts Volume 15
DescriptionNos 1 to 12 Oddments, 1743-1875.
Including letters of acknowledgement from recently elected Fellows and correspondence on scientific papers sent to the Society.

Nos 13 to 25 Letters of JJ Sylvester to Arthur Cayley, 1875-1878.
In which Sylvester describs his recent mathematical work. The correspondence (in part) appears to refer to Sylvester's interest in the mechanical problem of converting rotating into rectilinear motion.
See KH Parshall, 'James Joseph Sylvester: Life and Work in Letters', Oxford: Clarendon Press (1998), pp142-143

Nos 26 to 71 Oddments, 1734-1936
Including a property dispute from the 1690s near land in Crane Court where the Royal Society would later have its buildings, a "lists of curiousities" sent to the Society in the 18th century and correspondence from the 19th century on papers considered for publication by the Society.

Nos 72 to 103 Letters and papers of the Evolution Committee, 1893-1909
From MM/15/73: 'This Committee has been appointed by the Council of the Royal Society to promote accurate investigations of Variation, Heredity, Selection, and other phenomena relating to the Evolution of Plants and Animals'.
The letters and papers cover the formation of the Committee, the early research from Committee members WFR Weldon and Francis Galton and the mass resignations from the Committee in 1900.
See CMB/65 Evolution Committee Miinute Book and NW Gillham, 'A Life of Sir Francis Galton: From African Exploration to the Birth of Eugenics, OUP, (2001), pp298-302, 307.

Nos 104 to 108 A few papers of the Astronomical Survey of Ancient Monuments Committee, 1906
Established to consider an astronomical survey of ancient British monuments.

No 109 Letter from Michael Faraday, to HH Watson, 1839
Extent109 items
FormatManuscript, typescript and printed documents
Access statusOpen
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