| This Year In|
- January 1: The Symposium in Paris, France, is held to recruit scientists for the Electrodyne Engineers. The effort is a failure, as Sir Jarriet says the effort is dangerous to the concepts of Nation and Empire, as expecting scientists of the rebellious United States of America to work with scientists of the British Crown was foolhardy at best. Most of those in attendance leave following the speech. Oddly enough, many consider this event to be the founding of the Convention, and later the Sons of Ether. Many of those who stay and join are remnants of the Natural Philosopher's Guild.