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#6051 - Charles Babbage Autograph Letter Signed Estimate: $5,000+

The computer pioneer arranges lectures on "the illustrations of mechanical subjects" with the Royal Institution

Pioneering British mathematician and mechanical engineer (1791-1871) whose Difference Engine and Analytical Engine are generally acknowledged as the first programmable computers. ALS signed “C. Babbage,” one page both sides, 6.5 x 7.75, April 15, 1827. Letter to a gentleman, in part: "As I conceive the Royal Institution would be the best place for making public the views you mention respecting the illustrations of mechanical subjects, and as I think there could be no objection to your lecturing in the same place where Davy, Dalton, Dr. Roget and Dr. Young have frequently done the same, I immediately wrote a line of the managers of the R.I. in such a manner that they might if they chose propose some remuneration for the expense you might be at in bringing the necessary apparatus from Ireland. They however do not seem to have viewed it in that light: but they express a…willingness to allow you to give a few lectures." In fine condition, with a thin mounting strip along the left edge.

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