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December 04


On this day in 1795 Thomas Carlyle was born. He was a Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher and was considered one of the most important social commentators of his time.
In 1893 John Tyndall died at the age of 73. He was a prominent Anglo-Irish physicist. His initial scientific fame arose in the 1850s from his study of diamagnetism. Later he made discoveries in the realms of infrared radiation and the physical properties of air and demonstrated why the sky is blue and proved that the Earth's atmosphere has a greenhouse effect.

CARLYLE (Thomas, 1795-1881, Historian)
Letter signed ("T. Carlyle"), written in the hand of Carlyle's niece and amanuensis Mary Aitken to an unnamed correspondent thanking him for a volume he had previously received and saying “Your good sister did not overestimate the interest it would have for me. It is the express image, more than writing can well be, of the pure clear-seeing high and pious soul that threw it out on paper, I have read it with many thoughts indeed; it is very mournful and very beautiful to me; and will remain a precious memorial of days that are no more...”, 2 sides 8vo., on mourning paper with integral blank, 5 Cheyne Row, 13 March 1871,1871

TYNDALL (John, 1820-1893, Scientist)
Autograph Letter Signed to an unnamed correspondent thanking him for his kindness and saying that “in former years I have had to meet some brisk criticisms regarding Dr Joule:”, (James Prescott Joule, 1818-1889, the physicist), ”this makes me anxious that no ground should exist that could intimate that I rated him lower than Dr Mayer” (Julius Robert von Mayer, 1814-1878, the German physician and physicist). “Were this not the case I should not for a moment think of asking you either to alter the leading”, the space between lines, “or to give the article the same place as that accorded to th 2 sides 8vo., Royal Institution headed paper, 18th December no year, from the handwriting circa 1875

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