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Letters and drawings of William Lester's 'Solometer', 1820 - 1821

 Item
Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/40: 339-359

Scope and Contents

Fourteen letters from William Lester to the Board of Longitude, chiefly to Thomas Young, concerning his proposals to find longitude by means of the solar rays. The letters provide details of his proposed experiments and of his new invention, the 'Solometer'. Illustrations of this instrument are provided along with technical details on its construction [RGO 14/40: 351 and RGO 14/40: 356-357]. The files also include a related letter written on behalf of Young, and an illustrated legal patent in which Lester embodied extracts of his letters to the Board concerning his discovery and invention.

Dates

  • 1820 - 1821

Conditions Governing Access

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Extent

22 folio(s) (22 ff.) : Paper

Language of Materials

English

Originator(s)

Lester, William

Finding aid date

2011-12-14 17:43:44+00:00

Creator

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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