Experimentation

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A First View of Practical Chymistry (Chemistry), The Universal Magazine, vol. 1, December 1747

The copper-plate print and text form the first part of a “complete Course of Chemistry in several… read more »

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A Philosopher, Conduit Street

Image from: Joseph Priestley Collection by Samuel Timmins, Birmingham City Archives.

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A Portrait of Dr. Erasmus Darwin

Erasmus Darwin: Doctor, Inventor, Poet and Educationalist Erasmus Darwin was born at Elston, near Nottingham, in 1731… read more »

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A Portrait of Rev. Joseph Priestley

Joseph Priestley: Scientist, Philosopher and Reformer Born into a Yorkshire wool manufacturing family in 1733, Priestley was… read more »

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An “ever-open door”: Erasmus Darwin and Lichfield

Samuel Johnson described Lichfield as a “city of philosophers” where Erasmus Darwinwas the most prominent of an outstanding group of… read more »

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Anna Seward and Erasmus Darwin

Image: Engraving of Erasmus Darwin M.D. Birmingham Central Library 3. Anna Seward and Erasmus Darwin 1756 saw the… read more »

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Apparatus

Image from: Joseph Priestley Collection by Samuel Timmins, Birmingham City Archives.

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Apparatus

Image from: Joseph Priestley Collection by Samuel Timmins, Birmingham City Archives.

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Chemical Philosophers of the Present Day: Dr Priestley

Image from: Joseph Priestley Collection by Samuel Timmins, Birmingham City Archives.

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Introduction

Image: Print of Joseph Priestley Image from: Birmingham City Archives, Priestley Collection by Samuel Timmins Two hundred years ago,… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to James Watt, 1788/11/18

Darwin writes to Watt concerning Watt’s health, with advice on treatments and remedies and various theories of… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to James Watt, 1794/11/17

Darwin writes to Watt concerning their efforts to raise money for Dr. Beddoes’ Pneumatic Institute. Darwin also… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to James Watt, 1795/04/02

Darwin writes to Watt about his continuing experiments with the use of gases in medicine. Darwin mentions… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to James Watt, 1795/04/28

Darwin writes to Watt of his experiments with gases and now seems to be treating patients with… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to James Watt, 1795/07/09

Darwin writes to Watt about one of the various law suits over the patents of Watt’s steam… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1762

Darwin writes to Boulton about the experiments of Dr. Petit and Dr. Franklin —————————————- Dear Boulton Dr… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1763/07/01

Darwin asks Boulton to help him with some apparatus for his scientific experiments. —————————————- Lichfield Jul. 1.… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1764[?]

A detailed letter in which Darwin explains to Boulton his theory of a mechanically propelled car. —————————————-… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1767/07/29

Darwin writes to Boulton of various financial matters and a recent visit to Derbyshire. —————————————- Lichfd Dear… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1784/01/17

Darwin writes to Boulton to request repayment of a loan and of the attempt of the Derby… read more »

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Photograph of Priestley House, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, from South-East, showing Priestley’s Laboratory

Image from: Joseph Priestley Collection by Samuel Timmins, Birmingham City Archives.

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Photograph of scientific instruments

Image from: Joseph Priestley Collection by Samuel Timmins, Birmingham City Archives.

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Priestley in Northumberland, Pennsylvania

Image: Joseph Priestley House, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, from the south-east showing Priestley’s laboratory Image from: Birmingham City Archives, Priestley Collection… read more »

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Priestley’s Arrival in America

Image: Chemical Philosophers of the Present Day, Dr Priestley. The apotheosis of Joseph Priestley. The scientist ascends into… read more »

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Sir John Floyer (1649-1734), Physician of Lichfield

Image: Lichfield, c. 1686. This is the earliest print of Lichfield and was produced from a copper engraving… read more »

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The Lunar Society and Education

Image: Dr Erasmus Darwin, doctor, scientist and poet and friend of Priestley in the Lunar Society. His Plan for… read more »

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