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Papers of George Airy

Title Minutes of the Board of Visitors
Reference RGO 6/21
(former reference: M1/51)
Covering Dates 1710–1784
Extent and Medium 1 volume
Content and context

Minutes of the Council of the Royal Society:

14 December 1710: concerning a letter from the Queen, dated 12 December 1710, regarding the formation of a Board of Visitors for the Royal Observatory.

30 May 1711: concerning a letter sent to the Revd John Flamsteed.

16 October 1711: concerning a meeting with Flamsteed.

12 June 1712: ordering a report by a 'Mathematical Instrument maker' on the number and condition of the instruments at the Royal Observatory.

4 November 1712: concerning Mr Waller looking up Flamsteed's observations for 1711.

24 August 1713: concerning a letter to be sent to the Ordnance Office.

18 February 1714: concerning a letter to be sent to Flamsteed concerning his observations, 1713, and a letter to the Office of Ordnance covering repairs and renovations at the Royal Observatory.

Journals:

25 February 1714: concerning the drawing up of a letter to Flamsteed about his observations.

4 March 1714: concerning the reading of the letter to Flamsteed to the Royal Society.

11 March 1714: report of Mr Thomas, who delivered the letter to Flamsteed.

7 May 1714: concerning Flamsteed's reply to the above letter.

15 July 1714: concerning the reply to the letter sent to the Office of Ordnance.

12 May 1726: concerning Dr Edmond Halley's need for more money to furnish instruments for the Royal Observatory and the Council's order to look into the accounts.

26 May 1726: concerning a report of Halley's improvements and what is still needed to further improve the Royal Observatory.

2 March 1727: concerning the need for more money for Halley and regarding an annual report.

Miscellaneous items:

A note on the death of Sir Isaac Newton, 20 March 1727.

A report to the President and Council of the Royal Society from the committee appointed to view the state of the Royal Observatory, 26 May 1726.

A letter to the Duke of Argyle, Master of his Majesty's Ordnances, concerning more money for Dr Halley, 2 June 1726.

Minutes of the Council of the Royal Society:

10 August 1748: concerning a petition from James Bradley for more instruments.

17 October 1748: directed to the Lords of the Admiralty, with a list of the instruments needed in the Royal Observatory and an estimate of their cost.

9 November 1748: concerning the President attending the Lords of the Admiralty with the petition for more instruments.

10 October 1754: concerning the proposed visit to the Royal Observatory to see the new instruments.

16 October 1754: at the Royal Observatory concerning the new instruments installed and still being made.

17 October 1754: ordering Bradley to make an exact inventory of the instruments which belong to the public.

12 August 1762: regarding action to be taken concerning the Royal Observatory on the death of Bradley.

Minutes of the Council of the Royal Society:

3 September 1762: including appendix A-E concerning the report of the Visitors after Bradley's death; estimates of the values of the instruments; an inventory of the mathematical and astronomical instruments; a report on the state of the buildings; and a report on the state of the instruments.

4 November 1762: concerning the carrying out of repairs to the Royal Observatory.

Journal, 1763:

9 June 1763: taken at a meeting of the Royal Society, with a speech from Nevil Maskelyne concerning the observations of Astronomers Royal and the advantages of having yearly reports in the future.

Minutes of the Council of the Royal Society:

23 June 1763: concerning Maskelyne's speech.

22 December 1763: arranging the topics for the meeting after recess and asking Nathaniel Bliss to be there.

12 June 1764: concerning the position of the Society in relation to the Royal Observatory and the appointment of Bliss as Astronomer Royal.

19 January 1764: concerning the Visitation's power over the Royal Observatory.

26 January 1764: concerning the case drawn up by order of the last Council to be laid before the Attorney and Solicitor General.

Minutes of the Council of the Royal Society:

3 May 1764: concerning the answer of the Attorney and Solicitor General on the Visitation's power.

10 May 1764: concerning the answer of the Attorney and Solicitor General on the Visitation's power and their suggestions as to increasing it.

16 August 1764: concerning the right of the Crown to the observations and the fact that the Visitation's power ended when Queen Anne died.

13 September 1764: concerning the letter to be delivered to the Earl of Halifax regarding the Visitation's power over the Royal Observatory by the Royal Society. The minutes also discuss a letter from one of the assistants at the Royal Observatory about the number, type and subject matter of Bradley's observations.

25 October 1764: concerning a paper titled 'A Memorial of the President and Council of the Royal Society, to the King for the Future Regulation of the Royal Observatory'.

6 November 1764: concerning a letter from Bradley's executors regarding his observations.

8 November 1764: including a copy of the memorial to be presented to the King concerning the Royal Warrant and extra regulations proposed by the Royal Society to be included in the Warrant.

28 February 1765: concerning the taking up of the new Royal Warrant and a list of instruments at the Royal Observatory being sent to Nevil Maskelyne, the new Astronomer Royal.

12 March 1765: including a copy of the Royal Warrant.

Minutes of the Council of the Royal Observatory:

21 March 1765: including a list of the instruments found in the Royal Observatory after the visitation of 16 March 1765, and an order that the Astronomer Royal reports what needs to be done to the instruments.

Minutes of the Visitors of the Royal Observatory:

12 April 1765: including a copy of the regulations of the Royal Observatory, a letter on the appointment of Visitors of the Observatory, and a list of what needs to be done to the instruments.

9 May 1765: concerning the preparation of a form of application to the Board of Ordnance for the repairs to the house and instruments.

16 May 1765: concerning the reading of a draught of an application to the Board of Ordnance for the repairs to instruments of the Royal Observatory.

20 May 1765: concerning an addition to the application to the Board of Ordnance.

23 May 1765: concerning the application to the Board of Ordnance being delivered to Maskelyne.

Minutes of the Council of the Royal Society.

20 June 1765: including a letter from the Board of Ordnance concerning the Royal Observatory, and a list of Halley's manuscripts, books and papers to be delivered to the Astronomer Royal.

Minutes of the Visitors of the Royal Observatory:

17 October 1765: concerning Maskelyne passing on a letter, dated 17 September 1765, that he had received from the Board of Ordnance.

14 November 1765: ordering repairs be carried out immediately.

Minutes of the Council of the Royal Society:

21 May 1767: concerning a memorial to the Crown to be prepared concerning the cost of printing the 'Annual Observations' made at the Royal Observatory.

Minutes of the Visitors of the Royal Observatory:

21 May 1767: concerning bills to the Board of Ordnance.

Minutes of the Council of the Royal Society:

28 May 1767: concerning the approval of the memorial to His Majesty for printing the 'Annual Observations' made at the Royal Observatory.

18 June 1767: concerning Maskelyne delivering the observations. There is also a copy of the memorial to the King about the printing of the observations.

12 November 1767: including copies of the letters which, at the King's command, were sent to the Master General of the Ordnance concerning the bills for the printing of the 'Annual Observations'.

22 December 1767: concerning reducing the observations to mean or apparent time.

7 January 1768: concerning the distribution of the papers on the reductions being to mean or apparent time.

15 February 1768: concerning the approval of the Astronomer Royal's suggestion to reduce the observations to mean time.

23 June 1768: concerning the delivery of the observations, 10 April 1767 - 26 January 1768, signed by Maskelyne.

26 January 1769: concerning the approval of the bill for the printing.

9 February 1769: concerning the acceptance of the bill by the Office of Ordnance and asking for six copies of the observations.

12 July 1770: including a copy of Maskelyne's letter regarding the need for a new equatorial sector and two rooms to be added onto the Royal Observatory.

6 December 1770: concerning the Report of the Visitors of the Royal Observatory, dated 24 October 1770, on using the terraces of the Royal Observatory instead of building new rooms for the equatorial sector.

20 December 1770: concerning a bill to be presented to the Board of Ordnance for work done, 4 October 1767 - 1 December 1769.

7 March 1771: including a letter from the Astronomer Royal concerning an assistant for the memorialist, and a letter from the Office of Ordnance, dated 5 March 1771, concerning the state of the terraces at the Royal Observatory.

20 May 1771: concerning the deliverance by the Astronomer Royal of his observations for 1770, with a letter from Maskelyne suggesting ways of improving the terraces.

19 March 1772: concerning the deliverance by the Astronomer Royal of his observations for 1771.

2 April 1772: concerning a list of improvements proposed to be made in the instruments, delivered to the Royal Society by the Astronomer Royal.

24 June 1773: concerning the deliverance by the Astronomer Royal of his observations for 1772 and an application for leave.

10 March 1774: concerning the publication of the 'Astronomical Observations', 1765-1769.

21 April 1774: concerning the copies of the 'Astronomical Observations', 1765-1769, with a list of the institutes which received free copies.

13 June 1774: concerning the titles for the 'Astronomical Observations', 1765-1769.

30 June 1774: concerning the deliverance by the Astronomer Royal of his observations for 1773.

8 December 1774: ordering a Visitation of the Royal Observatory.

22 December 1774: concerning the bills for the instruments made for the Royal Observatory and also concerning the distribution of sheets of observations to the library of the Royal Society.

30 March 1775: including a report from the Visitors of the Royal Observatory titled 'At a Visitation of the Royal Observatory', 14 December 1774, with an inventory of the instruments and a list of the improvements needing to be made to the apparatus.

25 May 1775: concerning resolutions relating to the 'Annual Observations'.

13 July 1775: concerning the deliverance of the observations for 1774 and the Report of the Visitors of the Royal Observatory, dated 21 June 1775.

14 September 1775: concerning faults found in the instruments by the Astronomer Royal, and concerning the application to the Board of Ordnance for someone to clean the instruments occasionally.

12 October 1775: concerning the report of the committee appointed to examine the instruments, dated 5 October 1775.

26 October 1775: concerning the report from Mr Ramsden on the state of the faulty instruments, and ordering a report to be made on Bradley's observations.

18 January 1776: ordering the publication of the last five years' observations.

7 March 1776: concerning Bradley's papers.

21 March 1776: concerning the formation of a committee to revise Maskelyne's prefaces to the 'Greenwich Observations', 1770-1774.

1 July 1776: concerning Maskelyne's informing the Council that the prefaces were ready and the Council resolving to publish forthwith.

14 October 1776: concerning the Report of the Visitors of the Royal Observatory, dated 10 July 1776.

29 May 1777: concerning the appointment of the Board of Visitors for the Annual Visitation.

19 June 1777: regarding the Report of the Visitors of the Royal Observatory, dated 2 June 1777, and the delivery of the observations. The minutes also cover proposed changes in the zenith sector and an application from the Revd Maskelyne for leave of absence.

18 June 1778: concerning the Annual Visitation of the Observatory.

9 July 1778: concerning the addition of Mr Smeaton to the Visitors and the deliverance of the Observations for the year 1777.

20 July 1778: concerning the Report of the Visitation to the Royal Observatory, dated 13 July 1778.

19 November 1778: concerning a letter from Maskelyne to the Board of Ordnance requesting that the windows and openings in the roof be enlarged and that a covered walkway be provided.

26 November 1778: including the letter from Maskelyne to the Board of Ordnance concerning the windows, etc.

14 January 1779: concerning a letter from Mr Boddington acquainting the Council with the grant from Parliament.

11 March 1779: ordering the Astronomer Royal to print the 'Astronomical Observations' from the year 1774.

3 June 1779: concerning the representation by the Astronomer Royal of several small but necessary alterations.

24 June 1779: concerning more alterations deemed necessary by the Astronomer Royal.

20 July 1779: concerning the Visitation arrangements.

18 November 1779: concerning and including the Report of the Visitors of the Royal Observatory, dated 13 July 1779.

15 June 1780: concerning the Visitation arrangements.

3 July 1780: requesting the attendance at the Visitation of Mr Stuart, Mr Mylne and Mr Gandon.

15 July 1780: concerning and including the Report of the Visitors of the Royal Observatory, dated 4 July 1780.

2 August 1781: concerning the Visitation arrangements.

15 November 1781: concerning and including the Report of the Visitors of the Royal Observatory, dated 11 August 1781.

21 March 1782: concerning bills submitted by the Astronomer Royal and also a resolution by the Council for Maskelyne to print ten years' worth of the 'Greenwich Observations'.

14 November 1782: concerning the bill for the paper used in printing the 'Greenwich Observations'.

16 January 1783: concerning the delay in the completion and delivery of the equatorial instrument.

13 February 1783: ordering a copy of the 'Greenwich Observations', 1770-1775, be sent to the University of Cambridge in New England.

10 July 1783: concerning the Visitation arrangements.

31 July 1783: concerning and including the Report of the Visitors of the Royal Observatory, dated 25 July 1783.

13 November 1783: concerning the 'Greenwich Observations' for the year 1782, with the report of the committee for inspecting Mr Ramsden's equatorial instrument, dated 14 August 1783 and 16 October 1783.

27 May 1784: resolving that the printing bill for the second volume of 'Greenwich Observations' be paid.

24 June 1784: pages are missing at this point.

29 July 1791: concerning Bradley's observations.

Further information

Indexed

Index Terms
Flamsteed, John (1646-1719) astronomer
Halley, Edmond (1656-1742) astronomer
Bradley, James (1692-1762) astronomer
Bliss, Nathaniel (1700-1764) astronomer
Maskelyne, Nevil (1732-1811) astronomer and mathematician
Newton, Sir Isaac (1642-1727) Knight, natural philosopher and mathematician
Royal Society
Admiralty
Anne (1665-1714) Queen of Great Britain and Ireland
Board of Ordnance
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