Reference numberMS/859/2/34
TitleLetter from Humphry Davy, Hotel de la Paix, Rue de la Paix, Paris, to Charles Hatchett, Royal Institution, Albermarle Street, London
Date23 May 1820
DescriptionDavy's discussion with Hatchett on the Presidency of the Royal Society, and his opposition to becoming a candidate, was based on the idea that the Society would ask someone with great scientific distinction, or great wealth and position. Davy did not expect that someone who had never published in the Philosophical Transactions would be put forward. Davy will stand, 'wishing to prevent the appendage of the chair of the Royal Society to a rotten Cornish borough' and in opposition to the candidate [Davies Gilbert]. Considers that Lord Spencer should be President if there is a vacancy. Davy has written to Sir Joseph [Banks] entreating him not to resign..
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