The CLIMATE of GREAT BRITAIN …. by John WILLIAMS, Esq. LONDON, 1806,
C. and R. Baldwin
You can find this book online (scanned from the Boolean Library, Oxford. It is not the sort of organized scientific study its title would lead a modern reader to expect. Its primarily an anecdotal discussion of weather in Britain through history, but very thorough and detailed in its way, and why it appeared to change from what was taken to be normal. To my surprise scanning through it, I found on page 5 the following: the first graphic is text from the main text, the second is from a footnote.
I know – you are wondering about this! well if I don’t put extra at the bottom it will black out some of the bit I DO want you to read. WELL it DID black out part of the graphic before!
Ditto – HONEST it did. Anyway you get a free view of my desktop for free!!
By 1806 England as well into the early years of what would become the Industrial Revolution. Steam engines had been in operation since the later eighteenth century – many in London Breweries – James Watt’s first major clients. He also supplied mines with steam pumps – and insisted on a resident engineer he had trained to maintain them. Steam would shortly be used for marine vessels, although Williams predates by about three decades the start of the railway era when immense amounts of coal were burnt in the engines. Nevertheless it is a prescient description of our current predicament. He states that “His only aim is Truth, his motive good, his only Wish the furtherance of Science; his Desire, to serve the Cause of Humanity.”