A note in the front of the volume indicates that it was begun in October 1914 but there are no further attempts to either date or number individual lectures. There are several sheets of loose notes on preparations in the front of the volume. These notes would have formed part of Wilkinson's studies for his B.Sc. in chemistry.
Some of the topics covered judging by the headings given include history of chemistry, hylotropes, isotopes, origins of chemistry, doctrine of the tria prima, school of medical-chemists, Oxford School of chemists, Phlogiston theory, Priestley's oxygen, overthrow of the Phlogiston theory, water controversy, hydrogen, Joule-Thomson effect, Linder-Hampson machine, palladium, commercial oxygen, and the properties of oxygen.