Autograph Letter Signed, to Thomas Twining, thanking him for his publication on popular science and technical training. 1 page 8 x 5 inches, fine. Erdington, Birmingham, 3 October 1874. Sir Josiah Mason (1795 – 1881), English industrialist, engaged in pen manufacture and other trades, and a philanthropist. He founded Mason Science College in 1875, which later became the University of Birmingham.