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Autograph Letter Signed from Colin MacLaurin to Jean-Jacques d'Ortous de Mairan, 5 February 1743

 Item — Box: CLX-A-1702
Identifier: Coll-1848/21-0023

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a letter written, in French, by Colin Maclaurin, to Jean-Jacques d’Ortous de Mairan, Perpetual Secretary of the French Académie des Sciences. Maclaurin first discusses his major work, the Treatise of Fluxions (1742), and defends his methodology against possible objections. He then enquires about French geodetic expeditions, sponsored by the Académie des Sciences, to establish whether the earth’s circumference was greater around the equator or around the poles. Finally, he reports on recent attempts to correct the geography of the North of Scotland.

Dates

  • 5 February 1743

Creator

Physical Description

3 pages (228 x 187mm). Small piece missing at top right corner, slight dust-staining, but otherwise good condition.

Conditions Governing Access

Open. Please contact the repository in advance.

Extent

1 letter

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased in January 2021. Accession no. SC-Acc-2021-0023.

Related Materials

Edinburgh University Special Collections also hold the Student manuscript copy of Colin MacLaurin's Treatise of Algebra (Coll-1812); and some letters from Colin MacLaurin, and a copy of his thesis De Viribus Mentium Bonipetis (On the Good-seeking Forces of Minds) at MS 3099.15 in the Colin Campbell Collection (Coll-38).

Physical Description

3 pages (228 x 187mm). Small piece missing at top right corner, slight dust-staining, but otherwise good condition.

Processing Information

Catalogued in October 2021 by Aline Brodin and Paul Barnaby.

Repository Details

Part of the Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Repository

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