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The authors write: 'In a preliminary note on this subject (‘Roy. Soc. Proc.,’ vol. 42, p. 212) [see PP/10/27], it has been shown that when copper is immersed in an aqueous solution of ammonia and opposed to an “ aëration plate ” of some conducting material not otherwise acted upon, lying horizontally on the surface of the fluid, a current flows continuously through a wire, &c., made to connect the two plates, the energy manifested by which is due to the absorption of atmospheric oxygen by the aëration plate and the indirect combination of this with the copper forming cuprous oxide which dissolves in the ammonia.'

Annotations in pencil and ink. Includes one diagram of experimental apparatus.

Subject: Chemistry / Electricity

Received 17 April 1888. Read 3 May 1888.

A version of this paper was published in volume 44 of the Proceedings of the Royal Society as 'On the development of voltaic electricity by atmospheric oxidation'.

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Charles Romley Alder Wright, Paper, 'On the development of voltaic electricity by atmospheric oxidation' by Charles Romley Alder Wright and C Thompson, 1888, PP/12/10, The Royal Society Archives, London,, accessed on 19 June 2024

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