Chemistry in America (1914)
Edgar Fahs Smith
The original title of the book: Chemistry in America (1914) By: Edgar Fahs SmithPage 230
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Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III fTJHE oration delivered by Smith is a history of the de- velopment of chemistry and of chemical theory: it does not contain any new discoveries. From a number of old manuscripts this additional information concerning the Chemical Society of Philadelphia, its members and purposes, has been gleaned. Kuschenberger (Institution of College of Physicians of Philadelphia) mentions that "the Chemical Society of Philadelphia held stated meetings weekly, in the Philadelphia Laboratory, or Anatomical Hall. Some of the Fellows of the College of Physicians were members of it. The chief purpose of this association was to acquire information relative to the minerals of the United States. A standing committee of five was charged with the duty of analyzing any mineral which might be submitted to it, provided it were sent free of expense, with an account of the locality and situation in which it was found. The analyses were made without charge. Notice of these terms was published in several newspapers of the United States. "The officers of the Society in 1802 were James Wood- house, Pres.: Felix Pascalis and Jno. Redman, Vice-Pres.: "Win. S. Jacobs, Librarian: Wm. Brown, Jno. S. Dorsey, Curates: John Y. Bryant, Treasurer: Thomas Brown, Secretary." The advertisements of the Society are extremely interesting and worthy of consideration: 1. To The Citizens Of The United States.In consideration of the general utility that would result from the citizens of the United States being able to procure, free from expence, an analysis of any ores or mineral substances, "The Chemical Society of Philadelphia," on the 20th of June, 1797, passed the following resolution: "Resolved, That a committee of five members be appointed, whose business it shall be to notify, in the diff...