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Williamson briefly describes some characteristics of nitroglycerine; namely that it is formed 'by acting upon glycerine with a mixture, in equal volumes, of concentrated nitric and sulphuric acids, the glycerine being added by a few drops at a time', and that it is heavier than water, soluble in water and soluble in alcohol and ether. He explains that it is difficult to complete a full analysis of the substance due to its tendency to decompose in drying.

Subject: Analytical chemistry

Received and read 15 June 1854. Communicated by Dr [William] Sharpey.

This paper was published in full in volume 7 of the Proceedings of the Royal Society as 'Note on nitro-glycerine'.

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Alexander William Williamson, Paper, 'Note on nitro-glycerine' by A W [Alexander William] Williamson, 1854, AP/37/32, The Royal Society Archives, London,, accessed on 22 June 2024

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