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    Jöns Jacob Berzelius. Autograph Letter Signed.
    "Jac. Berzelius." Two pages with integral address sheet, in French, 8.5" x 10.25", Stockholm; September 15, 1831. In a letter to Charles Kestner and Sons, a firm that manufactured chemical products in Thann, France, Berzelius acknowledges Kestner's letter as well as ten pounds of tartaric acid that he has gifted him, for which he is thankful. He has "spied" largely in order to find out the name of the person who discovered the acid, to no avail. Berzelius writes that he is pleased to read the name of said person in the Kestner's letter and to find that he, Berzelius, was familiar with that name from several dissertations about objects of chemical technology he read about in the "Journal Polytechnique de Dingler." He ends his letter with the following statement [English translation], "Your essay on the purification of wood vinegar [acetic acid] inspired [illegible] to engage in research on that topic which appears to have resulted in unexpected glory. Yet the experiments are not yet over and often the final ladder we aim to climb with no great difficulty ends up being insurmountable."
    Baron Jöns Jacob Berzelius (1779-1848), known throughout his life as Jacob Berzelius, was a Swedish chemist. Berzelius, along with Robert Boyle, John Dalton, and Antoine Lavoisier, was one of the founders of modern chemistry. Trained as a physician, he is noted for his determination of atomic weights, the development of modern chemical symbols, his electrochemical theory, and his investigation of isomerism and catalysis.
    Condition: Letter has the usual folds and miniscule holes at the intersection of the folds on the address sheet, and small paper loss and three slight tears on address sheet; otherwise good.


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