MC:F26/MS1 Personal Notes
Daubeny’s ‘Literary Common-place Book: compromising extracts of verse and prose from various writers; and reflexions of my own on subjects of a general nature’. It was started soon after he commenced residence at College in 1810. Includes newspaper cuttings and printed pamphlets. It is one volume of 543 pages.
Topics covered include disputes between the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of England, items relating to rational thinking, humorous disputes between Oxford and Cambridge, international geology, humorous Latin verse, satire relating to scientific issues, letters to ‘The Times’ about scientific issues, the death of Dr. Routh and other prominent Oxford people.
The second volume of Daubeny’s ‘Literary Common-place Book’ is almost entirely filled with comic verse about science, some written by Daubeny himself, others transcribed by him.
It is one volume of 252 pages.
‘Notes on Agriculture, Rural Economy etc.’ The first of two volumes. 590 numbered pages, with a table of contents. Notes include many printed pieces, newspaper cuttings and some letters. Topics covered include agricultural chemistry, crop rotation, classification of soils, tool catalogues, the Corn Laws, manures, model farms, farmers clubs and potato blight.
Notable letters include:
p. 31 Mr. Webb Hall, dated 03 Apr 1840, concerning experiments in the use of nitre as a fertilizer.
p. 145 Lloyd Baker, dated 04 Jan 1841, offering the use of his farm for agricultural experiments
p. 169 Mrs. Gilbert, dated March 1841, concerning Daubeny’s lectures on agriculture
p. 251 Mrs. Gilbert, dated 13 Sep 1841, concerning her experiments on wheat
p. 307 Mrs. Gilbert, dated 12 Dec 1841, on her use of liquid manure
p. 173 Mr. Pusey, dated 23 Apr 1841, on Daubeny’s plan for an experimental farm
p. 177 Mr. Pusey, dated 10 May 1841, on Daubeny’s plan for an experimental farm
p. 183 Mr. Hyett, dated 22 May 1841, on the use of different chemical fertilisers
p. 189 Mr. Hyett, dated 05 Jun 1841, on absorption and excretion by roots
p. 303 Prof. Playfair, dated 22 Nov 1841, on Liebig’s work and the composition of coal
The second volume of ‘Notes on Agriculture, Rural Economy etc.’ 421 numbered pages Notes include many printed pieces, newspaper cuttings and some letters. Topics covered include agricultural chemistry, crop rotation, classification of soils, tool catalogues, the Corn Laws, manures, model farms, farmers clubs and potato blight.
Notable letters include,
p. 73 Prideaux, 29 Apr 1842, on the constituents of crops
p. 82 Henslow, 07 Jan 1843, on a proposed experiment on the use of gypsum in manure
p. 91 From Daubeny to Henslow, 24 Feb 1843, on substances that fix ammonia
p. 191 Phillips, 17 Nov 1843, on the use of phosphate in fertilisers
‘Catalogue of Contributions to the Proceedings of the Chemical Society’. 381 numbered pages. There is a table of contents at the beginning, up to page 307, with the rest left blank.
Consists of an alphabetical list of contributors by surname, number of papers contributed and a list of most frequent contributors. There then follows notes on the contents of the papers. There is a larger section of notes on compound nomenclature
‘Geological Notes’, the first of two volumes. There is a contents page at the front and the volume is paginated 1-556. Pages 281-499 consist of ‘An Analysis of Abich’s Work on Volcanic Phenomena, with a translation of some of the more important polemics’. Pages 543-552 consist of a letter from A.S. Farrar, Rome, dated 12/August/1855, in which he describes an eruption of Vesuvius.
The notes include observations on the geology of the State of New York, volcanoes, the Tyrol, truclytic formations in Greece, earthquakes and the Island of Trinidad.
The second volume of ‘Geological Notes’, with a contents page and paginated from 556-767.
Includes ‘Additions to Lyell’s Principles of Geology’, published in 1867.
MC:F26/MS1/8 Not Dated
‘Notes on Science etc.’ The first of two volumes. Volume one has 488 pages, which continues in volume two up to 616. The rest of volume two is left blank. There are contents pages at the start of each volume. The topics covered in the notes are wide and varied, including atomic chemistry, electricity, photography, mineralogy and agricultural chemistry. The second volume consists mainly of cuttings from scientific journals, usually about procedures for conducting chemical analyses or synthesizing molecules in the lab.
MC:F26/MS1/9 Not Dated
‘Notes on Science etc.’. The second of two volumes. Pagination starts at 489 and continues up to 616, with the rest of the volume left blank. The topics covered in the notes are wide, but consist mainly of cuttings from scientific journals, usually about procedures for conducting chemical analyses or synthesizing molecules in the lab.
MC:F26/MS1/10 Not Dated
‘Botanical Notes’. Paginated from 1-233, with a table of contents at the front. Includes newspaper cuttings and letters. Topics covered include establishment of a Botanic Garden in London, producing a catalogue of greenhouse plants, plants exclusive to Nova Scotia, plants indigenous to Cornwall, excretions of plants, a ‘largest tree in the world’ exhibition, Dr. Lankester’s lectures on plants that yield food, the action of light on plants, the action of poisons on plants, the effects of different spectra of light on vegetables, the natural history of ferns, colour prints of plants, the principles of the regulation of the transport of plants from one country to another and notes on plant developments. Pages 99-116 contain extended observations on chlorophyll.
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