Posts Tagged ‘1816’

December 16

On this day in 1816 the third Earl Stanhope died. Friend of the younger William Pitt and an outspoken critic of the war with the American colonies as a member of Parliament, Stanhope was also an indefatigable experimenter in the sciences, producing among other things a fire-proof stucco, a calculating machine, and optical lenses. His [...]

July 7

Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Member of Parliament, dramatist, orator, and distinguished defender of the Press, died in London this day in 1816. Just three years previously his constituents of the town of Stafford had presented him with a “vase cup” which bore the following engraving: To the Right Hon. R. B. Sheridan the eloquent, intrepid, and [...]