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[Letter] 1819 January 22, Changes Street [to] Thomas Allan / W.T. Brande.

Title: [Letter] 1819 January 22, Changes Street [to] Thomas Allan / W.T. Brande.
Personal Author: Brande, William Thomas, 1788-1866.
Date: 1819 January 22.
Extent: [1] leaf.
Dimensions: 23 x 38 cm. folded to 23 x 19 cm.
General Note: See also additional letters in the collection to Thomas Allan regarding his collection and mineralogy.
Abstract: Brande regrets that he has not heard from Allan recently, telling him that he's busily preparing himself for a winter at the Royal Institution while working on his Manual of Chemistry "which I hope will meet with your approbation." He characterizes Edinburgh as "particularly barren in scientific intelligence" since the invention of the kaleidescope which is now out. Stating that he has given up collecting himself, having found other ways to dispose of "loose cash," Brande also mentions a mutual friend's plan to sell his mineralogical collection. Brande reveals that Brewster is setting up an opposition journal in spite of the offers Murray made to join the journal Brande is concerned with; Brande expresses that he hopes Allan will not "desert" them and will contribute an article. Closing by asking for "geological news," Brande asks Allan to find out if Napier has received his letter. Thomas Allan, who developed one of the finest collections of minerals in England, published an Alphabetical list of the names of minerals at present most familiar in the English, French, and German languages (1808), and discovered the mineral Allanite which was named for him. His son, banker Robert Allan, continued his work in mineralogy.
Personal Subject: Brande, William Thomas, 1788-1866 -- Correspondence
Allan, Thomas, 1777-1833--Correspondence.
Subject: Publishers and publishing
Minerals--Catalogs and collections.
Geographical Subject: Edinburgh (Scotland).
Recipient: Allan, Thomas, 1777-1833.

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