Lot 195: British scientist and clergyman (1677–1761) who made significant contributions to both plant and animal physiology. ALS, one page, 6.25 x 7.75, December 25, 1750. Letter to Mr. Joyne, in part: "I heartily condole with you on the unhappy Death of your Brother. These villanies must necessarily increase yearly more & more, while the lower People are made mad by those intoxicating Drams, which by a consummate folly are held in great Profusion to the mouth of the meanest. A temptation well known to be too great to be resisted. As I guess that the tenants will make you some payments about this Time, and as I have a considerable Sum to pay in London to charitable users, It will save the hazard of carrying money to & fro." Addressed on the reverse of the second integral page in his own hand. In very good condition, with intersecting folds, scattered spots of foxing, slightly trimmed edges, and repaired paper loss to second integral page.
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Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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