|Title:||Letters to and from Robert Taylor, Pennsylvania.|
|Collection||Irish Emigration Database|
|Sender Occupation||farm owner|
|Source||T 1435: Copied by Permission of Mrs W.A.F. Martin, Tobermoney, Co Down. #TYPE EMG Extracts from Letters, Taylor Family, Ballygoskin & Rathcunningham, Co Down, to Robert Taylor, Buffalo Valley, Pennsylvania U.S.A. 1799 - 1827.|
|Archive||Public Record Office, N. Ireland|
|Log||16:01:1990 LT created 24:08:1990 CD input 29:08:19|
|Transcript||"Your Cousin, (cousin of Robert Taylor), James Thompson, Professor of|
Mathematics in the Belfast College, wrote us, If I would send any of my boys
to him, he would take particular care of him, I could have sent Nath'l
[Nathaniel?], had I not purchased Land, as he is good at figures. Your
Cousin is a man of the very first talents, and excells very much in
Mathematics, he has given up his sallary [salary?] from the College, which
was about 600 pounds or upwards of fees from the Students, and of a most
excellent Character. &c."
The following is a sketch of his famous son, Lord Kelvin, or Prof.
[Professor?] William Thompson.
"Lord Kelvin, who visited America a short time ago, is the foremost
scientist of the age. To the world of science, he will always be known as
Prof. [Professor?] William Thompson, for it was under that name that he won
fame, wealth, and title. He has reached his three score years and ten, but is
as active and energetic as in his first youth. His father was a teacher of
Mathematics in a College in Belfast. Lord Kelvin went to Cambridge, where
he took the highest honors [honours?]. Glasgow University called him to the
chair of natural philosophy, which he has filled ever since. His world wide
fame has resulted from work as an Electritian [Electrician?] and inventor.
He spends much time in perfecting his plans for the submarine telegraph
lines. He was knighted after his triumph. He is an earnest worker
lecturing to his classes in Glasgow, with as much enthusiasm as when he was
a young professor. &c."
Read at the Annual Taylor Family Reunion, held at
Vonelda Park in Penn's Valley Narrows, August 18th, 1937
William F. Wagner, M.D.,
[H?]artleton, Penn'a [Pennsylvania?]