AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED BY WILLIAM THOMSON, LORD KELVIN, AFTER BEING MADE A LORD
THOMSON, William (Lord Kelvin). Autograph letter signed. Glasgow University: Jan 4/92. One leaf of Glasgow University stationery (7 by 9 inches), folded once for four pages, written on two. $450.
Autograph letter signed by mathematical physicist and engineer William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, thanking a peer for his congratulations on Thomson being made Baron Kelvin for his achievements in thermodynamics in 1892.
Thomson's letter reads in full: "Dear Frost, It is a great pleasure to receive your most kind congratulations. My wife joins me in thanking you and Mrs. Frost most heartily for them, and in returning your good wishes for the New Year. Your always sincerely, William Thomson." William Thomson was made Baron Kelvin in 1892 in recognition of his achievements in thermodynamics, and of his opposition to Irish Home Rule, becoming Baron Kelvin, the first British scientist to be elevated to the House of Lords. The title refers to the River Kelvin, which flowed near his laboratory at the University of Glasgow. Later annotation on page with Thomson's signature in red ink; penciled annotations on first page.
Partial split at fold, some minor discoloration, chiefly affecting blank pages. A very good signed letter, scarce.