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The object of this paper is to show that the phenomenon in question is a much more general one than is commonly supposed; that the explanations hitherto given of it have been insufficient or erroneous. Tomlinson endeavours to explain the real nature of the phenomenon in a series of experiments and observations, and to establish that the camphors, or stearoptens of the volatile oils, present phenomena of rotation and progression when thrown on the surface of clean water in a chemically clean vessel.

Marked on front as 'Archives May 1862'. Includes two letters dated 17 January 1862 and February 12 1862, and one page of printed figures showing the motions of camphor upon water.

Subject: Chemistry

Received 15 January 1862. Read 6 February 1862. Communicated by W [William Allen] Miller.

Whilst the Royal Society declined to publish this paper in full, an abstract of the paper was published in volume 11 of the Proceedings of the Royal Society as 'On the motions of camphor on the surface of water'.

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Charles Tomlinson, Unpublished paper, 'On the motions of camphor on the surface of water' by Charles Tomlinson, 1862, AP/44/15, The Royal Society Archives, London,, accessed on 25 June 2024

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