Lunar Society

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to James Watt, 1796/01/18

Darwin’s recommendation of Dr. Salt as physician to the Birmingham Dispensary. —————————————- Derby Jan 18-96 Dear Sir,… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to James Watt, 1796/06/01

Darwin writes to Watt about the treatment of abscess and comments on the use of a centrifugal… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to James Watt, 1800/01/21

On the evening of 29 December 1799, Darwin’s son, Erasmus, who was in debt, committed suicide by… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to James Watt, 1800/11/20

Darwin writes to Watt asking him to purchase a corn-mill on his behalf. —————————————- Derby Nov 20… 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, 1764/11/03

“Darwin attempts to mediate between Boulton and a Mr Baker due to a disagreement between the two.… 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, 1765/12/12

Darwin writes to Boulton on steam power and Harrison’s Clock and the proposed Birmingham canal. Lichfd. Dec… 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, 1769/06/09

Darwin writes to Boulton about Boulton’s infant daughter, Anne, who suffered from a condition, possibly a dislocation… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1771/01/04

Darwin, Boulton and Wedgwood were due to dine with Mr Anson of Shugborough Hall and Mr Stuart,… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1771/02/12

Darwin’s query about an order he placed with Boulton. —————————————- 12 Feb 1771 Dear Boulton I am… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1778

Darwin writes to Boulton about an order he placed for a selection of prints by the popular… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1778

Directions to Mr Boulton for making a Tea Vase. Friend Boulton take these ingots fine From rich… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1778/01/11

Darwin gives his opinion on the poetry of a young lady of Boulton’s acquaintance. —————————————- 11 January… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1778/02/04

Darwin enquires after the Kauffmann prints. —————————————- Dear Boulton, Not having heard of you for so many… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1778/04/05

Darwin sends his apologies to Boulton for being absent from a Lunar Society meeting with a lively… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1778/04/21

Darwin again enquires after the Kauffmann prints he asked to be framed at Soho. —————————————- Dear Boulton… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1782/01/27

Darwin writes to Boulton requesting the repayment of a loan. —————————————- Radburn 27 Jan 1782 Dear Boulton,… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1782/12/26

Darwin writes to Boulton requesting repayment of a loan. He also speaks of his regret at no… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1783/03/04

Darwin tells Boulton he has become involved with founding a philosophical society at Derby and encourages Boulton… 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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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1785/01/26

Darwin writes to Boulton about Richard Arkwright’s difficulties over patents for his machinery. —————————————- Derby Jan 26-85… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1789/01/18

A dispute had arisen between Darwin’s son, Robert, by 1789 a physician in Shrewsbury, and Dr. William… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1789/03/12

Darwin writes to Boulton of his son, Robert’s dispute with Withering. —————————————- 12 March 1789 Dear Boulton… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1789/10/22

Darwin writes to Boulton for information about steam engines and coining for Darwin’s latest poem, The Loves… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1789/12/31

Darwin writes Boulton for details of coining. —————————————- Derby Dec 31-89 Dear Boulton I intend in a… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1791/05/09

Darwin writes to assure Boulton of the care being taken of a servant of Boulton’s, Mr Laws.… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1794/10/08

Darwin requests Boulton help in obtaining aerated water for the treatment of a patient. —————————————- Derby Oct… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1795/03/13

Darwin writes to Boulton to recommend Dr Salt to the position of physician to the Birmingham Dispensary.… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1800/02/23

Darwin writes to recommend Mr Edwards as a solicitor to Boulton. —————————————- Derby Feb. 23, 1800 Dear… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1800/11/09

Darwin writes to Boulton about the enclosure of land. —————————————- At Mr Galton’s Crescent Birmingham Nov. 9-1800… read more »

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Letter from James Keir to James Watt, 1802/04/24

Keir writes to Watt concerning the death of their friend and fellow Lunar Society member, Dr. Erasmus… read more »

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Letter from Robert Darwin to James Watt, 1802/04/21

Darwin’s son, Robert writes to Watt about the death of his father. —————————————- Priory near Derby April… read more »

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Letter from Samuel Galton, jnr to The Friends of the Monthly Meeting in Birmingham

To the Friends of the Monthly Meeting at Birmingham:— RESPECTED FRIENDS, I have been visited on the… read more »

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Lichfield and her Final Years

Image: An East View of the Cathedral Church and Close of Lichfield, taken from Stowe Pool, near St.… read more »

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PlayLichfield, City of Philosophers

Lichfield, City of Philosophers

In the mid eighteenth century Lichfield became a ‘city of philosophers’. With contributions from Dr Malcolm Dick… read more »

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Maria Edgeworth

Image: Portrait of Maria Edgeworth, an engraving based on a portrait by Chappel. Image from: Local Studies… read more »

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Mary and Martha Russell and the Birmingham Riots of 1791

Image: Destruction of Dr Priestley’s House and Laboratory, Fair Hill, Birmingham, July 14 1791. After a picture… read more »

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Mary Knowles

Image: Portrait of Dr William Withering from an engraving. Image from: Local Studies and History, Birmingham Central… read more »

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PlayMatthew Boulton helped to shape the life of eighteenth-century Birmingham

Matthew Boulton helped to shape the life of eighteenth-century Birmingham

Matthew Boulton helped to shape the life of eighteenth-century Birmingham. The film considers the Lunar Society, the… read more »

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PlayMatthew Boulton: Selling what all the world desires

Matthew Boulton: Selling what all the world desires

In this film we explore the industrial and commercial innovations of Matthew Boulton.

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Miss Ann Boulton

Image: The drawing room at Soho House, Handsworth near Birmingham. Ann Boulton (1768-1829) lived at Soho House… read more »

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Mrs Elizabeth Montagu, the “Queen of the Blues”

Image: C  F Von Breda, Matthew Boulton, 1792. Oil on Canvas. Boulton was the most famous of… read more »

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Sabrina and Lucretia: a failed experiment

Image: Portrait of Thomas Day, an engraving based on a painting by Joseph Wright of Derby. Image… read more »

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Sermon on the Slave Trade by Dr Joseph Priestley

A SERMON on the subject of THE SLAVE TRADE; delivered to a society of PROTESTANT DISSENTERS, at… read more »

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THE DYING NEGRO

ADVERTISEMENT. The following Poem was occasioned by a fact which had recently happened at the time of… read more »

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The Escape of the Russells from Birmingham to France

Image: William Russell (1740-1818). Jeyes, S H, The Russells of Birmingham in the French Revolution and America… read more »

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The Lunar Men and the Status of Women

Image: Mrs Joseph Priestley, by C F von Breda, 1793. Oil on Canvas. Mary Priestley was the… read more »

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