As Secretary for Prince Albert
ALS to William Gourlie and Thomas Anderson.
Osborne: 11August 1855.
3 pages on a bifolium. 1 vols. 8vo. As Secretary for Prince Albert. Minor discoloration, remains of stub on back, else very good Provenance: Sir Melville MacNaghten, Assistant Commissioner of C.I.D., Scotland Yard and his daughter Lady Aberconway. Item #27396
Phipps, as private secretary to Prince Albert, responds to the invitation of Gourlie and Anderson to attend the meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science as the Prince and the Queen will have just “arrived in the Highlands for a short period of rest after a very fatiguing visit to Paris.” Gourlie was a noted botanist and member of the Eidinburgh Botanical Society, the Glasgow Philosophica Society and the Linnean Society. Thomas Anderson was an organic and agricultural chemist, he was at this time the regius professor of chemistry in the university of Glasgow and also chemist to the Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland. In 1855 he received the Keith Medal from the Royal Society of Edinburgh.