The Thomas Rackett Papers: 18th - 19th centuries (Hardcover)

The Thomas Rackett Papers: 18th - 19th centuries By Ann Smith (Revised by) Cover Image

The Thomas Rackett Papers: 18th - 19th centuries (Hardcover)

By Ann Smith (Revised by)


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From his quiet country parish at Spetisbury in Dorset, the Rev. Thomas Rackett corresponded with a wide-ranging variety of friends and contacts between 1786 and 1840. Fellow members of the Royal Institute wrote about experiments in physics, chemistry, engineering and the emerging science of electricity, Sir Richard Hoare wrote to him about archaeological exploration, and friends from abroad sent news from afar as South Africa, Canada and Russia. Rackett's interests included botany, engineering, heraldry, pre-historic and Roman antiquities, geology, shells and conchology, barrow-digging, Greek and Roman coins, and methods of engraving. He was personally involved in many of these activities and his correspondents wrote to him for advice and to exchange opinions. His wife and daughter contributed to the scientific, literary and historical discussions and come across in these letters as intelligent and well-read members of a society that accepted them as intellectual equals. The Thomas Rackett Papers was first published by Dorset Record Society in 1965 and this new edition includes correspondence with Mary Anning who was a friend of Racket's daughter.

Product Details ISBN: 9780900339240
ISBN-10: 0900339241
Publisher: Dorset Record Society
Publication Date: September 3rd, 2021
Pages: 154
Language: English