November 01, 2005

Alexander Menshikov

In 1714, the British Royal Society, that is, the academy of sciences of Britain, accepted Alexander Danilovich Menshikov into its ranks. The letter informing him of this was sent by no less a personage than Isaac Newton:


To the Most Powerful and Honorable Lord Mr. Alexander Menshikov, Prince of the Roman and Russian Empires, Lord of Oranienburg, Chief Counselor of His Majesty the Tsar, Marshal, Ruler of Conquered Lands, Knight of the Order of the Elephant and of the Highest Prussian Order the Black Eagle, etc., Isaac Newton sends his greetings. Whereas it has long been known that the Emperor, his Majesty the Tsar, has furthered very great advances in the arts and sciences in his kingdom, and that he has been particularly aided by your administration not only in military and civil affairs but also in the dissemination of literature and science, we were all filled with the greatest joy.

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