The manuscript consists of lectures on anatomy by William Hunter (1718-1783) and lectures on chemistry by William Saunders (1743-1817) and has the original pagination pp.1-403.
Hunter's lectures constitute pages 1-112 with 23 lectures in total, the contents of which are as follows: (1) introduction to, history of & division of anatomy, (2) the blood, (3) the arteries; (4) the veins; (5) the glands & secretion, (6) the nerves, (7) cellular membrane, (8) the muscles & the instruments of motion, (9) action of a muscle, (10) substance of bones, (11) characteristics of bones, (12) ligaments, (13) osteology, (14) the cranium [skull], (15) os ethnoids, (16) the trunk, (17) the thorax, (18) the pelvis, (19) the superior extremities, (20) the hand, (21) the leg, (22) diseases of the bones, (23) the teeth. Of these, lectures 1-12 are described as general lectures and then the more specific lectures begin.
pp.113-136 are blank and pp.137-192 contains a syllabus of lectures on chemistry by William Saunders, M.D., dated 1781. The syllabus divides the course into two chapters, each divided into separate sections and followed by a number of tables which are as follows:
- Chapter One - Of the Objects of Chemistry (saline bodies, inflammable bodies, metallic substances, earthy bodies, watery bodies)
- Chapter Two - Of the Operations of Chemistry (solutions, fusion, exhalation, application of fire)
- Of the Chemical Properties of Bodies, Of Salts
- A Table of Natural Salts
- Of Inflammable Bodies
- Of Metals
- Of Earths
- Of Water
- Table of Elective Attractions
- Table of Double Elective Attraction
Notes from a course of lectures on chemistry given by Saunders then begin on p.195, and adhere to the aforementioned syllabus. Their contents, according to an index in the rear, are as follows: utility of chemical knowledge; etymology & definition of chemistry; elements of bodies considered; chemical elements; division of chemistry; acids considered & defined; alkalines; compound salts, neutral, metallic & earthy; properties of inflammable bodies; general view of oils; sulphur; ardent spirits; metallic bodies defined; difference between metals & semimetals; definition & division of earths; class of bodies considered watery; different kinds of air; of the operations of chemistry; theories concerning chemical attraction; fluidity; different kinds of combination; singular & double elective attraction; effect of heat; solution; vessels employed in solutions; precipitation; fusion; general view of essaying metals; vessels employed in fusion; exhalation; evaporation; cementation; inflammation; spontaneous exhalation; cold generated during the evaporation of bodies; method of making extracts; distillation; sublimation; application of heat; structure of furnaces; chemical properties of salts & crystallization; chemical properties of vitriolic acid, nitrous acid, muriatic acid, vegetable acid, vinegar, tartarous acid, alkalines; effervescent occasioned by fixed air in alkalis; chemical properties of vegetable alkali, fossil alkali, volatile alkali, neutral salts, Glauber's salt, cubic nitre, common salt, digestive salt, ammonia salt, phlogiston, phosphorus, pyrophorus, essential oils, expressed oils, empyreumatic oils, fossil, sulphur, ardent spirits; fermentation considered; ether; chemical history of metals; separation from ores; chemical history of gold, silver, quick silver, lead, tin, copper, iron, semi-metals, zinc, bismuth, arsenic, platinum, cobalt, nickel, antimony, earthy bodies, absorbent earths, crystalline earths, argillaceous earths, talcy earths, water, rain & snow; method of analysing waters; chemical history of air, common, fixed & inflammable.