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Papers of William Christie

Title Papers of William Christie
Reference GBR/0180/RGO 7
Creator Christie, William Henry Mahoney
Covering Dates 1823–1952
Extent and Medium 3 cubic metres; paper
Repository Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives
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William Henry Mahoney Christie (1845-1922) was born at Woolwich on 1 October 1845, son of Samuel Hunter Christie, Professor of Mathematics at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. He attended King's College School, London, and matriculated at Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1864, where he studied mathematics (B.A., 1868), and was elected a Fellow in 1869.

In 1870 Christie was selected by George Airy, the Astronomer Royal, as the new Chief Assistant at Greenwich. After taking up his position, he instituted the daily photographic observations of the Sun and spectroscopic observations of the Sun and stars. He invented a mechanical paper drum in 1873 for recording the observation of star declinations, and designed a new spectroscope, which came into use in 1877. He also introduced the Observatory magazine, which he continued to edit until 1882, and published several papers on spectroscopy.

In 1881 Christie was appointed Astronomer Royal in succession to Airy, and began work on expanding and updating the work of the Observatory. Solar photography at Greenwich was increased and improved, and other observatories were asked to provide plates for days when the weather conditions at Greenwich were unfavourable to photography. Christie made improvements to the Observatory's instrumentation, procuring a 28-inch refractor and 13-inch photographic refractor and instigating the purchasing or refurbishing of other telescopes. He also oversaw changes to the Greenwich site, with the construction of new buildings and the expansion of existing ones. Some of the most significant reforms of this period related to staffing. The number of staff was greatly increased, and changes were made to improve the methods of recruitment. In 1896 Christie persuaded the Admiralty to allow him two Chief Assistants, leading to the appointment of P.H. Cowell to support the existing assistant, F.W. Dyson. Other changes included improvements to work rotas and the employment of women as computers for the first time. Away from Greenwich, Christie contributed to many international conferences and engaged in the discussions that led to the adoption of Greenwich as the international Zero Meridian. He also joined expeditions to observe solar eclipses, including trips to Japan (1896), India (1898), Portugal (1900) and Tunisia (1905).

Christie was married in 1881 to Violette Mary Hickman (d. 1888), by whom he had two sons, one of whom died at a young age. His elder son, Harold, became a lawyer and lived with his father at Greenwich until his marriage in 1921. Christie was an active member of the Royal Astronomical Society, being elected Fellow in 1871, and serving as Secretary, 1880-1882, and President, 1888-1890. He was also a Fellow of the Royal Society, serving on its Council three times, including twice as Vice-President. In 1902 he was awarded an Honorary D.Sc. by Oxford University, and in 1904 he received his knighthood. He retired from the Royal Observatory in 1910, and spent his later years travelling extensively. He died at sea on 22 January 1922, while travelling to Morocco.

The collection contains a wide range of papers relating to the activities of the Greenwich Observatory during Christie's period in office, with some additional material from Airy and Dyson's time. The early papers are concerned primarily with administration, including superintendence by the Government; internal regulations; buildings and grounds; moveable property; accounts with tradesmen; printing and publications; and the appointment and affairs of supernumerary computers. The later series cover chronometers; magnetism; meteorology; geodesy; standards; observatories in Britain and the Empire; planetary and lunar physics; astronomy and astrophysics; solar work; lectures and exhibitions; societies, charities and other institutions; the Time Service; and meridian work. The papers also include a wide selection of miscellaneous correspondence.

Most of the papers became part of the Observatory's archives subsequent to Christie's retirement. Details of later accessions are given with the records concerned.

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In English, Fre, Ger, Italian

Please cite as Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives, Papers of William Christie, RGO 7

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This description was created by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

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Christie, Sir William Henry Mahoney (1845-1922) Knight, astronomer
RGO Archives/RGO 7 contains:
1 Papers on the Observatory's history. Correspondence and other papers relating to different aspects of the history of the Royal Observatory:. Copy of John Flamsteed's will. Copy of Edmond Halley's will. Correspondence from F. Streatfield asking for a list of Astronomers Royals and other information, and a letter from W.S. Granville Richards asking for any information about T. Taylor in the Royal Observatory records, 1878. Correspondence with Captain S.P. Oliver on the subject of Halley's monument, 1880. Correspondence between Sir George Airy and the Director of Works on the repairs made to Halley's tombstone at Lee, 1878-1881. Address to Sir George Airy on his retirement, 1881. Miscellaneous correspondence with Sir George Airy, 1882-1890. The correspondents are A.M.W. Downing, H.H. Turner and W.J. Wickison. Memorial to Sir George Airy on his 90th birthday, 1891. Letters of condolence from Admiral E. Mouchez and K. Worrschiloff on the death of Sir George Airy, 1892. Obituary notices for Sir George Airy from 'The Times', 5 January 1892; 'East Anglian Daily Times', 5-11 January 1892; 'Proceedings of the Royal Society'; 'Institution of Civil Engineers'; 'Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society' (by H.H. Turner); and 'Astronomische Nachrichten' (by Turner). Correspondence with E. Ammanney, J. Evans, J.W.L. Glaisher, Mr Horsyth, J.F. Tennant and Sir W. Thomson regarding a proposed memorial to Sir George Airy, 1892, with a list of people who attended the preliminary meeting concerning this matter. Letter of enquiry from J.E. Hodgkin, 1882, questioning the accuracy of an excerpt from Flamsteed's manuscripts published in the 'Every Day Book' for 10 August (Journal 1880-1881). Correspondence with W. Cudworth, 1887-1888, requesting and being granted permission to examine the letters of Abraham Sharp for the purpose of writing a biography. Correspondence with the Revd B. Price, 1887, concerning the life of Halley and the literary qualifications of Mr Ranyard as a possible author. Letter from E.M. Evans about Ilkeston church, which contains relics of the Flamsteed family, 1889. Letter from R.B. Prosser trying to ascertain if G. Knight was ever paid the sum of £300 recommended by the Board of Longitude for his improvements to the mariners' compass, 1891. Information supplied to Captain W.J. Wharton, 1892, about the voyage to Barbados of N. Maskelyne and C. Green (assistant to J. Bradley and N. Bliss). 'A Short History of the Royal Observatory, Greenwich' by W.T. Lynn, and two letters from Lynn on the subject of a memorial for Flamsteed in Burstow church, 1892. Letter from Mrs A.S. Green, 1892, seeking permission to examine some engravings of the Royal Observatory and others owned by it, and to have copies made with which to illustrate 'A Short History of English People'. Correspondence of the Flamsteed Memorial Committee, 1893. Thomas Lindsay's 'Historical Sketch of the Greenwich Nautical Almanac', 1895. Letter from Washington Teasdale enclosing photographs of J. Glaisher and Perigal, 1897, with a reply from Christie indicating that the photographs were received and retained, although they do not appear with this correspondence. Letter from H. Griesbach enquiring about the place of birth and death of G. Gilpin, 1899. Letter from the Coast and Geodetic Survey Office, United States of America, requesting information about the lives of Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon for the purpose of including two biographies in a bibliography, 1899. Letter replying and giving the requested information concerning C. Mason, 1899. Letter from David H. Ray, 1901, requesting details of the instruments used by C. Mason and D. Dixon in America, c. 1767. Letter from Christabel Airy, 1901, requesting permission for W. Williamson, an artist, to borrow and copy the bust of Sir George Airy owned by the Royal Observatory in order to make a medallion from it. Letter from Josef and Jan Fric requesting details of the construction of the Royal Observatory buildings and instruments, 1902, with a reply giving a list of publications on this subject. Letter from G. Borrel requesting a description of the Greenwich time signal system and the correction of faults in clocks, 1902, with a reply mentioning various excerpts and cuttings. Letter from Dr Osmund Airy enquiring if Sir George Airy had any correspondence with James Bowman Lindsay, 1902, with a reply stating that no mention of any such correspondence could be found in the Royal Observatory papers. Letter from Greenwich Council on the subject of a new coat of arms for the Council, with a reply arranging a meeting, 1902. Letter to Jean de Tourga Stchiquelsky informing him that 'Zylinski's Vertical Circle' had been traced to the Front Courtyard and inviting him to view it, 1903. Letters from A.V. White enquiring how the height of the Royal Observatory above 'mean water' at Greenwich and Liverpool was deduced, 1903. Letter to the Director General of Ordnance Surveys at Southampton referring White's letter to him, 1904. Letter to A.V. White informing him of the referral of his letter and enclosing a copy of the Director General's reply, 1904. Letter from Sir R. Ball on behalf of an American friend wanting to know of any correspondence between B. Franklin and N. Maskelyne, 1905. Letter from N.T. Thistleton Dyer requesting a rough proof of an article published in 'Nature' Magazine, 24 May 1906, which referred to his grandfather, N. Maskelyne, 1906, with a copy of the article. Correspondence with the Revd G. Austen regarding instruments lent to him by the Board of Longitude, 1906. Austen's letters concern his attempt to obtain information about the Board of Longitude and ask if any of the instruments now in his possession correspond with those on the Board's list. Rough draft and a final draft of a reply to the Revd Austen giving details of the Board of Longitude and informing him that the instruments he describes do not correspond with those listed by the Board, 1906. Letter of reply from the Revd Austen giving his thanks, 1906. Extract from the minutes of the meeting of the Longitude Commission, 2 March 1776, concerning the arrangements of the voyage of the 'Resolution' and the 'Discovery' to the southern hemisphere [1906]. . Extract from the minutes of the meeting of the Longitude Commission, 17 August 1785, concerning the loan of astronomical instruments to Captain Cook [1906]. Letter to H.H. Turner requesting a copy of an article in the 'Cornhill Magazine' concerning Greenwich Time, 1907, with a reply enclosing the article. Correspondence on the restoration of Halley's tomb at Lee, 1908, including a letter from E. Clapton, Rector of Lee, proposing the restoration. Report from G. Lipton on the state of repair of Halley's tomb, 1908. Letter to the 'Civil Engineer' asking that the repairs to the tomb be carried out under supervision of the Admiralty, 1908. Extract from the 'Standard', 30 November 1908. Correspondence on the subject of the restoration of Halley's tomb, 1908. The letters concern the attempt to establish which official body is responsible for the renovation: the Admiralty or the Royal Observatory. Excerpt from the 'Blackheath Local Guide and Advertiser', 15 May 1909, on the restoration of Halley's tomb. Articles on the history and work of the Royal Observatory, 1862, including 'The Royal Observatory' by James Glaisher, and 'A Night at the Observatory' by E. Dunkin. Excerpt from the 'Philosophical Magazine', May 1863, on the subject of magnetic actions on clock rates. Lecture by W. Ellis on the Greenwich system of time signals, delivered 1865, filed 1901. Extract from the 'Horological Journal', November 1875, titled 'Standard Sidereal Clock', and a map showing the allowance of time to be made on account of the velocity of sound for the Westminster clock bell. Extract from 'The Observatory' on 'The Historical Instruments at Greenwich', 1890. Articles on the Royal Observatory by E.W. Maunder extracted from 'Leisure Hour', 1898. Article from the 'New Penny Magazine' by C. McDonell titled 'What is Greenwich Time?', 1901. Extract from 'Our Boys Magazine' by G. Angus, April 1905, titled 'Greenwich Observatory from within', 1905. Cutting from the 'Illustrated Mail', 13 February 1904, on 'How Chronometers are examined and corrected'. . Extract from the 'Cornhill Magazine' by H.H. Turner, January 1907, titled 'Greenwich Time'.
1 volume.
1862–1909
2 Official instructions. Letter from J. Hall of the Admiralty requesting a list of all officers and clerks employed by the Royal Observatory who are 60 years of age or over, 1879, with a reply including the requested list. Letter from J. Hall requesting a list of all employees of the Royal Observatory who are directors of public companies, 1879. Correspondence between Sir George Airy and Admiral Sir Cooper Kay, 1880, containing a request by Kay to visit the Royal Observatory in order to see the general organisation of the establishment, with a letter in reply agreeing to this request. Letter from E. MacGregor concerning the failure of certain employees to obtain Civil Service Certificates, 1884. Copy of the 'Superannuation Act 1884'. Letter from Christie informing the Secretary of the Admiralty of the employees at the Royal Observatory who had not obtained certificates, 1884. Reply from E. MacGregor admitting J. Henry and W.C. Nash to the benefits of the superannuation Scheme, 1885. Letter from E. MacGregor enclosing a Treasury Minute on the subject of 'Civil Servants who may become candidates for seats in the House of Commons', 1884. Memorandum on the subject of 'Official secrecy and reserve', 1886, with an attached reprint of the Treasury Minute of 5 March 1884. Letter from Christie requesting a further five copies of the above memorandum, 1886. Letter from the Admiralty confirming that the copies will be sent to Christie, 1886. Memorandum on the 'Establishment of New Forms', 1886. Letter from E. MacGregor informing staff of the complaints procedure and suggesting that each Civil Service establishment nominate a representative, 1886. Letter from E. MacGregor enclosing the regulations for annual proposals of new works, 1887, with a set of specimen forms. Letter from E. MacGregor regarding the placing of four new fire extinguishers, 1887. Reply from Christie giving the deposition of the new fire extinguishers around the Royal Observatory, 1887. Correspondence between the Accountant General and Christie dealing with details of the length of employment of the staff at the Royal Observatory, 1887. Copy of the Treasury Minute on 'Civil Establishments', 1889. Copy of an Order-in-Council of 21 March 1890 relating to clerks of the second division. Extract from the 'London Gazette' of 25 March 1890. Extract from 'The Times' on the 'Royal Commission on Civil Establishments', 1890. Letter from Christie to the Secretary of the Admiralty, 1891, requesting a copy of an Order-in-Council of 15 August 1890 concerning the upper division of the Civil Service, with a letter from E. MacGregor enclosing the copy. Extract from the 'London Gazette' of 19 August 1890. Letter from Christie to the Secretary of the Admiralty, 1891, requesting a copy of the Admiralty memorandum of May 1882, with a copy of the memorandum. Account of instruments and stores, 1888-1892, with correspondence on the requirements of the Exchequer and Audit Departments. Correspondence concerning a request by a committee of the House of Commons dealing with stores and accounts that the Astronomer Royal attend, 1892. Correspondence on the subject of W.J. Wickison's defalcations and subsequent dismissal, 1892-1893. Extract from the report of the Astronomer Royal to the Board of Visitors, 4 June 1836. Statement showing the duties and responsibilities of each of the scientific staff, 1892. Memorandum on the observing duties of assistants, 1892. Statement of 1892 showing the increase in the chronometer duties between 1851 and 1892. Document showing the average annual number of observations from annual reports for periods of five years, 1892. Document showing increases in the vote for computers [1892]. Document showing the arrangement of office duties, 1892. List of present staff at the Royal Observatory, 1892. Correspondence on the instructions given for the transfer of the Royal Observatory's bank accounts to the Astronomer Royal's name during C. Cass's temporary appointment as cashier, 1894. Memorandum on designs and estimates on new works, buildings, etc., 1896. Letter from the Ordnance Survey Office enclosing a supply of forms, one of which is filed with the letter, 1897. Letter from the Admiralty authorising the repayment of the cost of a truss purchased by W. Manns, the gate porter, who ruptured himself while on duty at the gatehouse, 1897. Correspondence with the Admiralty, 1897, regarding seats for the 'Queens Diamond Jubilee Procession and Naval Review'. Letter and memorandum regarding new contracts for Admiralty printing and a notice of changed contractors, 1897. Letter from the Foreign Office appointing Christie Companion of the Bath, 1897. Letter to the Director General recommending that W. Manns be fitted with a truss at the expense of the Admiralty, 1900. Document titled 'Workman's Compensation Act 1897', with a letter from the Admiralty, 1900, asking that the 12 enclosed copies be posted in prominent places and that a further 24 copies be distributed among the workmen. There is also a document titled 'Scheme of compensation in case of injury to workmen in Government Establishments'; a copy of a contract to be signed by all the workmen; correspondence on the 'Workmen's Compensation Act'; and ten signed contracts for the 'Scheme of Compensation', signed by the following employees: Frederick Barnards, John Carter, John Harding, William Hassett, Charles Hoyes, William McManus, Thomas Minifee, Gordon Niblett, James Porteons and Walter Woodman. Correspondence with the Admiralty and the Board of Visitors on the subject of a new Warrant being required by the Astronomer Royal due to the death of Queen Victoria, 1901. Printed copy of the above Warrant, 23 May 1902. Letter from the Treasury Chambers to the Admiralty approving a grant of special leave to all civil servants who are members of a volunteer battalion and are sent on training, 1901. Circular from the Ordnance Survey Office titled 'Notifications relative to the supply of Geological Survey Publications to Public Departments', 1901. Set of blank, undated requisition forms and a receipt voucher for ordnance survey maps on permanent use and loan. Letter from the Admiralty on determining pensions, 1902. Correspondence with the Admiralty on the appointment of a standing committee to relieve all departments of unnecessary clerical duties, 1902. Circular from the Ordnance Survey Office regarding late return of maps on loan for a limited period, 1902. Correspondence with the Admiralty regarding tickets for the official stands to view the 'Coronation Procession' and 'Royal Progress Through London', 1902. Letter from the Admiralty informing the Astronomer Royal that he is no longer required to countersign cheques, 1902. Letter from the Admiralty regarding persons employed at the Royal Observatory for a certain number of years being eligible for the 'Imperial Service Medal', 1902. Letter from the Admiralty giving the King's approval of the uniform of the 3rd class being worn by the Astronomer Royal, 1903. Documents and correspondence regarding a new inventory of the furniture of the Royal Observatory by the Naval Stores Branch, 1903. Letter from the Admiralty increasing the limit for new works from £500 to £2000, 1903. Letter from the Admiralty regarding expenditure not provided for in estimates, 1904. Printed copy of 'The Admiralty Seniority Lists', 1905. Correspondence regarding Lord Cawdor's remark in the 'Blue Book' that 'the work of the Royal Observatory is only indirectly of practical use to the Navy', 1905, with the Astronomer Royal's objection to this remark and an extract from 'The Times', 11 December 1905, containing a letter by H.H. Turner refuting Lord Cawdor's claims. Extract from the 'Daily Graphic', 12 December 1905, titled 'The Observatories and the Navy'. Extract from the 'Kentish Mercury', 15 December 1905, discussing a statement made by Lord Cawdor. Copy of H.H. Turner's letter to 'The Times' mentioned above, 1905. 'A Statement of Admiralty Policy', 1905. Memorandum from the Admiralty titled 'Travelling Expenses', 1906. Memorandum from the Lord Chamberlain's Office regarding forms of dress and giving instructions as to when gloves should be worn, 1906. 'An Official Instruction regarding excesses in Navy votes and subheads', 1906. Letter from the Admiralty regarding travelling expenses, 1906.
1 volume.
1879–1906
3 Official instructions. Papers regarding the trial of telescopes, binoculars, mirrors, gun directors, etc., for the Royal Navy:. Letter from the Admiralty, 1885, asking that the Astronomer Royal draw up a specification for telescopes for automatic sights of turret guns, so that the purchase may be put out to competitive tender. Form for the forwarding of a pattern of a gun director (pattern 306, registration no. 27) from Portsmouth, 1885. Blank form for use in tendering estimates for the manufacture of telescopes, 1884. Letter from the Astronomer Royal to the Director of Navy Contracts on the subject of the specifications for the telescopes to be purchased for gun directors, 1885. Correspondence on the design, specification and trial of telescopes for gun directors for the Navy, 1885-1888. The correspondents are R.D. Awdry, A.S. Commin, J. Collett, T. Cooke and Sons, T. Dallmeyer, Captain A.J. Fisher, Sir H. Grubb, W. Halewhite, A. Hilger, Messrs Ross and Co., W.E. Smith, the Director of Navy Contracts, H.H. Turner and W.J. Wickison. Correspondence on the trial of binoculars for the Navy, and correspondence with the Admiralty, 1886-1887. The correspondents are G. Christwick, J. Collett, W. Halewhite, Captain I. Long, the Director of Navy Contracts, Messrs Troughton and Simms, and J. Wheeler. Correspondence on the trial of mirrors for electric search lights for the Navy, and general correspondence with the Admiralty and others, 1885-1887. The correspondents are J. Collett, Sir H. Grubb, W. Halewhite, Captain I. Long, E. MacGregor, H.L. Maule, Captain Markham and H.H. Turner.
1 volume.
1885–1888
4 Correspondence on leave. Correspondence between the Admiralty and the Astronomer Royal concerning the latter's requests for leave of absence from the Royal Observatory. The letters relate to two Astronomers Royal: Sir George Airy and Sir William Christie. The papers include a summary of the leaves of absence taken by each Astronomer Royal.
1 bundle.
1876–1910
5 Papers on appointments and regulations. (1) Correspondence between the Admiralty and the Astronomer Royal regarding staff appointments, applications and regulations:. G.S. Criswick, Second Class Assistant, retires on a pension, 1896. H.P. Hollis, Second Class Assistant, promoted to First Class Assistant, 1896. P.H. Cowell appointed Chief Assistant, 1896. H. Outhwaite appointed Clerical Assistant, 1897. W.C. Nash, Superintendent of the Magnetical and Meteorological section, retires on a pension, 1903. Walter W. Bryant, Second Class Assistant, promoted to Assistant in charge of the Magnetic and Meteorological section, 1903. A.C.D. Crommelin, Second Class Assistant, promoted to First Class Assistant. C. Davidson, Established Computer, promoted to Established Computer, Higher Grade. F.W. Dyson, Chief Assistant, resigns on being appointed Astronomer Royal for Scotland, 1906. A. Eddington appointed Chief Assistant. Sir William Christie, Astronomer Royal, resigns his office, 1 October 1910, and is replaced with F.W. Dyson. The only papers concerning Dyson's appointment are a congratulatory letter to him from Christie, with Dyson's acknowledgement. P.H. Cowell, Chief Assistant, resigns on being appointed Superintendent of the Nautical Almanac Office, 1910. S. Chapman appointed Chief Assistant. B.D. Evans, Established Computer, resigns on being appointed First Assistant in the Hong Kong Observatory, 1912. H.W. Acton, C.J. Passfield and F. Jeffries are examined for the post of Junior Assistant and Acton is appointed, 1912. J.E. Evans, Junior Assistant, resigns on being appointed Second Assistant Astronomer in Ceylon, 1912. F. Jeffries, Temporary Computer, appointed Junior Assistant, 1912. E.W. Maunder, Assistant, his services retained until the completion of 40 years' service, 1911. A.S. Eddington appointed Plumian Professor of Astronomy and Experimental Philosophy at Cambridge University, resigns from the post of Chief Assistant and is succeeded by H.S. Jones, 1913. W.G. Thackeray, Senior Assistant, his services retained until the completion of 40 years' service, and then for further individual periods totalling five years, 1913. W.G. Thackeray, Senior Assistant, retires on a pension, 1919. E.W. Maunder, Assistant, retires on a pension, 1913. W. Bowyer, Junior Assistant, promoted to Junior Assistant, Higher Grade, 1913. T. Lewis applies for compensation for injuries suffered whilst adjusting the Time Ball, 1914. G. Bartle, E. Chamberlain, W. Davis, F. Entwistle and H. Newton are nominated and examined for the post of Junior Assistant and Newton is appointed, 1913. S. Chapman, Chief Assistant, appointed Mathematical Lecturer at Trinity College, Cambridge, and resigns from the post of Chief Assistant, 1914. J. Jackson appointed Chief Assistant, 1914. J.E. Evans retires on pension due to illness (delusional insanity), 1925. (2) Regulations. Special regulations for examinations for Second Class Assistants, 1881. General regulations for Civil Service posts [1880]. Limits of age and subjects of examination for Second Class Assistants. Special regulations for examinations for Junior Assistants, 1880, 2 copies. General regulations for Civil Service posts, 1880, 2 copies. . Applications for a clerical assistant to be placed on the same scale of pay as a staff clerk and an application for a Second Division Clerk to deal with the clerical work of the Royal Observatory (the appointment of an Established Computer was approved in lieu of a clerk), 1901-1902. Memorandum and correspondence on the increase in clerical work at the Royal Observatory. H. Outhwaite, Clerical Assistant, applies for an increase in his scale of pay, which is refused, 1907-1908. Request from the assistants at the Royal Observatory to the Astronomer Royal for improved salaries, 1906-1907, with related correspondence and various tables and graphs on salary scales within the Civil Service over a number of years. Enquiry from S. Leathes of the Civil Service Commission, 'How are Assistants appointed?', 1907. List of Royal Observatory staff, with a copy, 1916.
2 bundles.
1880–1925
6 Papers on appointments. Applications for employment at the Royal Observatory, 1875-1881, from E. Barrington, J. Esmott, E. Herbert, R. Hoggan, J. Laffeatey, A. Maclaine, T. Patterson, H.W. Pratorius, F.P. Purvis, A.W. Vandenberg, R.M. Walmsley and J. Williams. Copies of old regulations for the employment of Supernumerary Computers, Junior Assistants, Superior Assistants, Senior Assistants and Second Class Assistants, 1857-1893. List of dates of appointments, promotions and resignations of assistants from 1870, compiled 1893. List of temporary and permanent staff at the Royal Observatory in 1902. List of temporary and permanent staff at the Royal Observatory in 1904. Copy of an Order-in-Council, 1870. List, with notes, of vacancies and appointments for Established Computers, 1906. History of examinations for the post of Established Computer, 1906. Memoranda on the subject of examinations for Established Computers, 1909. Completed examination papers for the post of Established Computer, 1897. The candidates were E.B. Banks, R.W. Cheeseman, H.H. Furner and G.F. Johns. Correspondence with applicants for posts as assistants and computers at the Royal Observatory and with professors concerning them, 1892. The candidates are M.A. Auislie, G. Brehennan, J. Brown, W.W. Bryant, J.E. Croasdaile, W.J. Dobbs, W.E. Fisher, J.H. Gossette, J.C. Hudson, J.E. Jelly, M.J. Morrison, A.L. Solomon, J.W. Stoops, R.G. Vaughton and W.J. Ward. W.W. Bryant and J.C. Hudson were appointed Second Class Assistants. Letters to G. Darwin, Professor Niven and Professor Tait regarding notice of examinations sent to them, 1891. Correspondence with Mr Robson about a pupil of his who had expressed interest in a post at the Royal Observatory, 1891. Application from M.A. Auislie for the post of assistant (and a testimonial from Lord Brandreth), 1891. Application from W.W. Bryant for the post of assistant, with testimonials, 1891. Applications from J. Brown, J.E. Croasdaile and J. White for the post of assistant and correspondence with R.S. Ball and G.F. Fitzgerald regarding the candidates, 1891. Application from J.H. Gossette for the post of assistant and testimonials from W.H. Young, C.H. Prior and W.M. Coates, 1891. Correspondence with J.V. Hudson and A. Graham, 1891. Correspondence with J.E. Jelly, W.E. Plummer, T.I. Pocock, E.C. Pritchard and R. Vaughton on the examination for Second Class Assistants. J.E. Jelly was appointed Second Class Assistant. Correspondence with N. Grant of Glasgow concerning the candidate A. Buchanan, who did not eventually compete in the examination for the post of assistant, 1891. Correspondence with W.J. Dobbs, W.E. Fisher, M.J. Morrison, A.L. Solomon, J.W. Stoops and W.J. Ward, 1891. The candidates applied for the posts as assistants but either withdrew or were not nominated to sit the examination. Enquiries regarding assistantships at the Royal Observatory from H.L. Aldis, D. Arkell, G.W. Bowesman, R.S. Cole, C. Devis, R. Hadden, A. Larkman, C.L. Lye, J.D. McClure, A. MacGean, W.D. Niven, H.F. Pinder, F. Robbins, A.L. Solomon, A. Wartrington and W. Welsh, 1891-1893. Applications for employment at the Royal Observatory from S. Bennett, G. Bryant, R. Cooper, G. Dalliet, J. Ely, E. Gumley, C. Harper, T. Hearson, F.H. Kitchen, A. Liljequist, C. Mackenzie-Miall, T. Page, E.A. Punchard, T. Richards, A. Robb, P. Smith, E. Stuart, W. Sutton-Stenning and F. Woolcoft, 1886-1890.
1 bundle.
1857–1909
7 Papers on appointments. Papers regarding appointments, regulations and salaries:. (1) Enquiries and applications for employment as assistants at the Royal Observatory, 1900-1913. The applicants are:. 1900: F. Taylor. 1904: H.J. Bellamy, E.G. Constable, W.A. Holmes and C. Egerton-Wragge. 1905: T. Kimber and E.W. Metcalfe. 1906: C.G. Browne, C.E. Wright, B.A. Bull and A. Andrews. 1907: E. Carpenter, T.C. Wetton, R. Coombes and R.H.C. Christman. 1908: The Revd M. Langdale, S.S. Nairn and H. Blackett. 1909: T.G. Strain, C.W. Casswell, J. McCowan, W.H. Tapp and J.W. Grundy. 1910: H.T.H. Butt, J.A. Maxwell, O. Roper, M.H. Gibb, J.H. Hodge, F.W. Withers, A.G. Tanant, E. Addison and W.H. Waterfield. 1911: Miss M.A. Trehearne, R.E. Rennoy, C. Brownlow, Mrs M. Steppings-Wright, E. Breson (including photograph and testimonial) and A.E. Blackall. 1912: G. Duffield, R. Fowler (including testimonials), H. Bloisins, A. Varley, R.S. Capon, C.A. Gould, I. Kemal, P. Plappert and J.C. Clancy. 1913: J.H. Morris, H. Job, A.A. Allan and L. Chaplin. (2) Applications for appointments as assistants at the Royal Observatory, c. 1870-1902. The applicants are:. [1870] T. Tyson, W. Freeman, R. Lines, D. Arkell and H. Pinder. 1893: M.J. Berry, H. Lawton, T. Höppner, J.A. Scott, T.T. Mains and L.A. Taylor. 1894: W.E. Besley, R. Hewitt, S. Patterson, H.E. Lee, A. Hitcher, H.W. Ride, A.E. Larkman, W. Shackelton, J. Brown, A. Solomon, P. Wittich, G.H. Darwin, J. Craig, F.H. Kitchen, T. Mansell, E. Simmons, C.C. Garner Richards and H. Wimpers. 1895: F.S. Craven, J.A. Clacton, J. Cassin, J. Jacob, G.L. Thomas and C.E. Wright. 1896: A.E. Lyster, B. Hunter, F.E. Baxandall, F.W. Gray, H.J. Moorland, Sir Howard Grubb and F.H. Jeffrey. 1897: G. Atkinson, H.W. Geare, J. Levy, R. Plato, B. Cohen, F.W. Henkel, S. Baudry and A.C. Phillips. 1898: A. Riches, F.P. Bell, G.E. Maddison, W. Bell, A.G. Kayser, W. Abraham, L. Bramley-Moore, F. Percy, A.B. Clementson and Miss H. Jackson. 1899: T. Butler, R. Stoley, G.C. Avery and D. Hanbury. 1900: Miss C. Squire and R. Casson. 1901: A.J. Clark, E.J. Brown and A. McKinstry. 1900: W.B. Moreton. 1901: J. Ingleby, F.W. Gerrish and Miss M.G. Spencer. 1902: M.A. LeBeau, A. Stacey, W.H. Shepard, B. Cousens, A. Pearl and B.E. Andrew,. (3) Correspondence dealing with a request from the Astronomer Royal for the Admiralty to pay overtime to the Established Computers at the Royal Observatory, 1903. (4) Correspondence on the proposed revised scheme for the examination of Established Computers, 1897-1912.
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circa 1870–1913
8 Papers on the appointment of assistants. Correspondence between Sir George Airy and the Admiralty on the difficulty of obtaining a sufficient number of suitable applicants for the post of Second Class Assistant to the Astronomer Royal, 1880. The correspondence covers discussion of the postponement of the examination of applicants, the suitability of the existing examination requirements, and the possibility of revising them. The correspondents are Sir George Airy, S. Butler, W.H.M. Christie, A. Fowler, R. Hall, E. Headlam, M. Howlett, E. Humphreys, J. Lockhart, E. MacGregor, R. Main, G. Swainson and W. Wharton. Correspondence between Sir George Airy, W. Lynn and the Admiralty concerning the retirement of Lynn as First Assistant due to prolonged ill-health, 1879-1880. The correspondence covers Lynn's offer of resignation, the arrangement of his pension, and an application for the vacant post from G.S. Criswick, who was at that time a Second Class Assistant. Correspondence between Sir George Airy and the Admiralty, 1880, regarding C. Taylor, who applied for the post of Junior Assistant and was conditionally accepted, but was subsequently disqualified from the appointment as a result of his medical examination. There is also subsequent correspondence involving Airy and the Admiralty, concerning the modification or revision of the existing procedures with regard to applicants. The correspondents are Sir George Airy, E. Dunkin, R. Hall, E. Headlam, J. Lilburn, H. Mann and C. Taylor. Correspondence on the applications of T. Lewis, R. Pett, W. Robinson and W. Walmsley for the post of Junior Assistant and the subsequent appointment of T. Lewis, 1880. Correspondence concerning the promotion of E. Dunkin to Chief Assistant and that of A. Downing to First Assistant, and the examination to be held to fill the post vacated by Downing, 1881. Application from J. Wilson for the post of Second Class Assistant and related correspondence, 1881. Letter from G. Pinnington enquiring with which person or department the appointment of Astronomer Royal rested and a reply giving the information required, 1881. Letter from Lord Crawford to Christie congratulating him on his appointment as Astronomer Royal and recommending Mr Carpenter for a post should there be any vacancies, 1881. Letter to W. Spottiswoode informing him that the Admiralty has approved E. Dunkin's promotion and therefore a vacancy will arise for a Second Class Assistant, 1881. Letter from J. Walrond regarding the arrangements for an examination for Second Class Assistant and a delay in holding the examination, 1881. In his reply, Christie states that in order to attract Cambridge graduates the examination should be held on or about 20 October. Letter from the Admiralty forwarding copies of the revised regulations for open competitive examinations, 1881. Letter from A. Freeman enquiring about a vacancy for the position of First Assistant and a reply from Christie informing him that the post has been filled by E. Dunkin for the past three years, 1881. Letter from James Stuart recommending Mr Niven as a possible candidate and agreeing that October or after would be a suitable time for the examinations to be held, 1881. Letter from R. Hall asking if Christie would agree to postponing the examinations for a Second Class Assistant until after the universities have their new intake, with Christie's reply in the affirmative, 1881. Letter from E.J. Routh discussing the examinations in October and suggesting some possible candidates currently studying at Cambridge, 1881. Further letter from E.J. Routh informing Christie that of all the men he told of the vacancy, only one was likely to be a candidate, J. Hammond, 1881. Application from J.L. Heath for the post of Assistant at the Royal Observatory, 1881. Letter from the Admiralty enclosing ten copies of the regulations under which the examination of candidates for the Assistant's post will be conducted, 1881. Applications from J. Hammond, J.E. Marshall and M. Rickcord for the post of Second Class Assistant at the Royal Observatory, 1881. Correspondence on the candidates and examinations for the post of Assistant, 1881. The correspondents are E. Dunkin, A. Freeman, R. Hall, J. Heath, E. Humphreys, S. Lamb, E. Routh and J. Walrond. Letter from the Civil Service Commission informing Christie that the successful candidate for the post of Second Class Assistant was H. Hollis, 1881. Correspondence between Christie and H. Hollis regarding the date on which his employment commences, 1881. Letter from William Ellis to Sir George Airy enclosing a letter from W. Nash, the Magnetical and Meteorological Assistant at the Observatory, expressing dissatisfaction with his salary and status, 1876. Correspondence on the appointment of H.H. Turner as Chief Assistant to Christie following the retirement of E. Dunkin, 1883. The correspondents are W.G. Adams, E. MacGregor and H.H. Turner. Correspondence on the retirement of E. Dunkin, Chief Assistant, 1884. Correspondence with E. MacGregor, E.W. Maunder and Captain W.J. Wharton on Maunder's promotion to First Assistant, 1883-1884. Correspondence on the decision of the Board of Visitors to appoint a clerk to the Royal Observatory in order that the Astronomer Royal and his assistants be free to carry out their astronomical duties, and on the resulting appointment of W.J. Wickison, 1886-1887. Correspondence concerning candidates for the post of Second Class Assistant to the Astronomer Royal, 1890. The candidates were B.F. Bawtree, E.W. Brown, A. Crommelin, H.N. Dickson, W. Doake, J.C. Hudson, F. Jelly and F.H. Kitchen. Correspondence on the appointment of A. Crommelin as Assistant to the Astronomer Royal, 1891, including correspondence with J. Lockhart of the Civil Service Commission, material on the exemption of university graduates from preliminary examinations, an extract from A. Crommelin's medical report, a copy of the examination paper and a list of candidates nominated. Correspondence concerning the appointment of Mr Downing as Superintendent of the Nautical Almanac Office in place of R. Hind, 1891. The correspondents are the Secretary of the Admiralty, G. Darwin, E. MacGregor, E.C. Pritchard, W. Thompson and Captain W.J. Wharton. Correspondence on the application of E. Dunkin for the post of Chief Assistant in the Nautical Almanac Office and various correspondence on the examinations and their results, 1881. The correspondents are E. Dunkin, J. Lockhart, E. Poste and E. MacGregor. Two letters concerning the temporary appointment of Mr Sayers as Clerk to the Royal Observatory after the dismissal of W.J. Wickison, 1892. Correspondence on the appointment of Mr Lebrun as Sub-Accountant at the Royal Observatory and his resignation a year later, 1892. Correspondence on the resignation of T. Hudson, Assistant, 1893. Correspondence concerning W. Ellis, Assistant, 1893, including an extension of his period of services, his resignation, his pension, and the appointment of W. Nash as his successor. The correspondents are Sir George Airy, R.D. Awdry, W.H.M. Christie, W. Ellis and E. MacGregor. Letter on the temporary appointment of C. Cass as accountant, 1894. Correspondence on the resignation of H.H. Turner, Chief Assistant, 1894, including correspondence on a congratulatory dinner held in his honour, with the menu and seating plan; the appointment of F. Dyson as his successor; and the application of J. Findlay for the post of Chief Assistant. The correspondents are F.M. Chan, J. Findlay, E. MacGregor, E.J. Stone, H.H. Turner and Captain W.J. Wharton.
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1880–1894
9 Papers on appointments of Established Computers. (1) Correspondence concerning the appointment of five candidates as Established Computers, 1895-1897, and general correspondence regarding the schedule of the examination for Established Computers, with a full set of exam papers. The candidates were W. Bowyer, C. Davidson, D.J.R. Edney, H. Furner and R.F. Rendell. (2) Correspondence on the examination, appointment and resignation of Established Computers, 1901-1908, concerning the following subjects:. The examination held to appoint an Established Computer, with a query about the successful candidate's health, 1901-1902. W. Witchell was appointed following a second medical examination. Astronomer Royal's application to the Admiralty for two additional Established Computers to be appointed to replace two temporary computers, 1901-1902. J. Storey and G. Bischlager were appointed. Astronomer Royal's application to the Admiralty for two additional Established Computers to be appointed for photography, 1902-1903. The candidates were W.W. Burkett, J.E. Evans, J. Hicks, P. Melotte and W. Stevens. Melotte was appointed. R.F. Rendell's resignation from his post as Established Computer on being appointed First Assistant at the Durban Observatory, 1903. Death of G. Bischlager, Assistant, 1903. W. Stevens' appointment as additional Established Computer for photomapping, 1903. Nomination and examination of candidates for the post of Established Computer, 1903. The candidates were W. Burkett, J.E. Evans, J. Hicks, H. Showell and T. Staples. W. Burkett and J.E. Evans were appointed. Nomination and examination of R. Cullen, S. Daniels and E. Vagg for the post of Established Computer, 1905. E. Vagg was appointed. Death of E. Vagg, 1906. Notification of the scheme for the examination for Established Computers, 1906. R. Cullen's appointment as Established Computer, 1906. J. Storey's resignation as Established Computer on being appointed Assistant at the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, 1908. Nomination and examination under the revised scheme of N.A. Acton, B.D. Evans, A.W. James, A.R.C. Lyne and A.H. Whitney for the post of Established Computer, 1908. B.D. Evans was appointed. (3) Correspondence on the improvement of the status and salaries of Established Computers, resulting in the title of 'Junior Assistant' replacing that of 'Established Computer', 1905-1912. The correspondents are the Secretary of the Admiralty, Sir William Abney, W. Bowyer, W.W. Burkett, R. Cullen, F.W. Dyson, D. Edney, J.E. Evans, M.J. Evans, H. Furner, Admiral Field, W. Pabhall Greene, the Revd J. Glaisher, N. MacLeod, L.V. Meadowcroft, P. Melotte, G.H. Murrey, W. Stevens, J. Storey, H.H. Turner, E.T. Whittaker and W.M. Witchell. (4) List of publications issued by the Royal Observatory during 1907.
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1895–1912
10 Papers on staff reorganisation. (1) Official correspondence, 1883-1896. Papers concerning the appointment of staff at the Royal Observatories at Greenwich and the Cape of Good Hope; the general reorganisation of Observatory staff; increases in scales of salary; additions to staff allowance for the Greenwich Observatory; a comparison table showing the difference between existing and proposed staffing levels; and copies of past correspondence between Sir George Airy and J.J. Scudamore on the same subject. The correspondents are R.D. Awdry, W. Green, Lord George Hamilton, W. Jackson, G. Lynn, R.R.W. Lingen, E. MacGregor, F. Mowatt, W. Swainson and J. Walrond. (2) Semi-official correspondence, 1887-1895. Correspondence between the Astronomer Royal, the Board of Visitors, the Hydrographer of the Navy and other officials on increasing the number of assistants allocated to the Royal Observatory and increases in the existing assistants' salaries. The correspondents are R.D. Awdry, Sir Henry Browne, G. Darwin, Sir John Donnelly, the Revd J. Glaisher, W. Huggins, C. Pullen, G.G. Stokes, Sir Reginald Welby and W. Wharton. . (3) Memoranda and petitions from staff, 1884-1890. Requests and official memoranda from the assistants at the Royal Observatory concerning increases in salaries and the promotion of Second Class Assistants to First Class Assistants to replace external appointments. There are also replies and petitions from W. Ellis, T. Lewis and J. Powers. The correspondents are R.D. Awdry, G. Criswick, A. Downing, W. Ellis, H.T. Hollis, T. Lewis, E. MacGregor, E.W. Maunder, C. Nash, J. Powers and W. Thackeray. (4) Memoranda, 1887. 'Names of Assistants engaged at the Observatory'; 'Summary of the salaries of the staff of the Observatory'; 'Summary of Royal Observatory estimates in differing years'; 'A comparison of Cape and Greenwich observatory salaries'; 'Note on the increase of utilitarian work in the Royal Observatory'; 'Additions and changes to Instruments'; 'Annual payments to Computers'; and 'Notes on United States Naval Observatory, Washington'.
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1883–1896
11 Correspondence on staff changes. Correspondence on the appointments and departures of gate porters, watchmen and other staff:. H. Liffen, labourer, dismissed, 1879. A. Currey, labourer, appointed, 1879. G. Smith, gardener, appointed, 1883. W. Freeman, watchman, resigned, 1884. J. Durrant, watchman, appointed, 1884. G. Smith, gardener, resigned, 1885. J. Carter, gardener, appointed, 1885. J. Rainbow, gate porter, 1887. W. McManus, gate porter, appointed, 1887. Mrs Green, charwoman, appointed, 1887. G.E. Nibblet, mechanic, appointed, 1887. W. Woodman, assistant mechanic, appointed, 1892. T. Minifee, watchman, appointed, 1892. J. Sullivan, messenger, appointed, 1892. W. Newby, attendant at Deal Time Ball, retired with a gratuity, 1898. J.G. Hayward, attendant at Deal Time Ball, appointed, 1898. W. Sullivan, messenger, appointed, 1898. J. Sullivan, messenger, retired, 1898. T. Cross, joiner, died, 1898. J. Porteous, joiner, appointed, 1898. F. Barnard, joiner, resigned, 1898. W. Fassett, joiner, appointed, 1898. F. Barnard, messenger, appointed, 1898. Mrs Cross, charwoman, dismissed, 1898. Mrs Sullivan, charwoman, appointed, 1898. W. Sullivan, messenger, died, 1899. J.H. Harding, messenger, appointed, 1899. Mrs Packham, charwoman, appointed, 1899. F. Barnard, messenger, appointed labourer, 1899. C. Symms, messenger, appointed, 1899. Mrs Chochrane, charwoman, appointed, 1899. W. Fassett, joiner, dismissed, 1902. C. Hole, joiner, appointed, 1902. J. Simmons, foreman of works, resigned and applied for a gratuity, 1902. A.H. Lifton, foreman of works, appointed, 1903. J.H. Harding, messenger, resigned, 1903. J.E. Dix, messenger, appointed, 1903. W. Bischlager, boy mechanic, appointed, 1903. W. McManus, gate porter, resigned and applied for a gratuity, which was granted, 1903. Correspondence between the Astronomer Royal and the Admiralty on the proposed increase in the wages of gate porters and messengers, which was approved, 1903. C.J. Symms, messenger, appointed gate porter, 1903. J. Vickery, messenger, appointed, 1903. J.G. Hayward, attendant at Deal Time Ball, died, 1904. Correspondence with Mr P. Hayward, 1904. J. Jermyn, attendant at Deal Time Ball, appointed, 1904. Thomas Minifee, nightwatchman, resigned and applied for a gratuity, 1908. F. Barnard, labourer, appointed nightwatchman, 1908. J.E. Dix, messenger, resigned following misconduct, 1908. A. Holbrook, messenger, appointed, 1908. W.B. Breezer, labourer, dismissed, 1908. W.B. Fisher, labourer, appointed, 1908. C. Hayes, labourer, resigned, 1910. W. Bischlager, boy mechanic, resigned, 1912. G. Hogben, boy mechanic, appointed, 1912. F. Barnard, nightwatchman, retired and awarded a gratuity, 1912. D. Weston, nightwatchman, appointed, 1912. C.J. Symms, gate porter, retired, 1912. A. Holbrook, messenger, appointed gate porter, 1912. D. Weston, nightwatchman, appointed messenger, 1912. D.R. Weston, nightwatchman, appointed, 1912.
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1879–1912
12 Correspondence on the Annual Visitation. Official correspondence concerning the Annual Visitation of the Board of Visitors to Royal Observatory. The volume is divided into 18 sections. The first two sections cover the years 1891-1893 and 1894-1901. The remaining sections cover the years 1895-1910 inclusive. Much of the correspondence is between Christie and W.D. Barber, the Secretary of the Board of Visitors. The other correspondents are W.G. Adams, R.S. Ball, P. Cavell, A.E. Cooper (for Sir William Abriey), F.W. Dyson, Admiral Field, M. Forster, H.P. Hollis, Sir William Higgins, Lord Kelvin, Mr Lister, E. MacGregor, H. Outhwaite, B. Price, Lord Rayleigh, H.H. Turner and W.J. Wharton. Each section covers the following subjects:. 1. Arrangement of the meeting of the Board of Visitors at the Royal Observatory. 2. Arrangement of a dinner or luncheon for the Board of Visitors. 3. Invitation card for the Annual Visitation to the Royal Observatory. 4. Bills and receipts from tradesmen. 5. List of additions to movable property at the Royal Observatory. Sections 1, 2, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16 and 18 also contain the following:. 1: Correspondence on the addition of W.G. Adams and A.W. Riicker of the Board of Visitors. 2: Recommendation that Lord Baden Powell becomes a member of the Board of Visitors. 4: List of visitors to the Royal Observatory and three tables titled 'The printing of Greenwich volumes', 'The number of pages in the Greenwich volumes' and 'Annual values of magnetic elements'. 8: List of visitors to the Royal Greenwich in 1899. 9: List of the Board of Visitors. 10: Printed copy of the 'Report of the Astronomer Royal to the Board of Visitors 1902' and corrected proofs and duplicates. 11: Letter informing the Astronomer Royal of the appointment of J. Larmor to the Board of Visitors. 12: Correspondence concerning a proposal to abandon the traditional dinner in favour of a luncheon at the Royal Observatory. 13: Copy of a medical certificate signed by G. Potter M.D., stating that Christie is in a 'very poor state of health' and recommending 'that he give up his work immediately'. 16: 'Extracts from the minutes of the meeting of the Board of Visitors 1908 June.'. 18: Correspondence on the postponement of the meeting of the Board of Visitors due to the illness of the Astronomer Royal.
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1891–1910
13 Correspondence on the Annual Visitation. Correspondence and related papers concerning the Annual Visitations of the Board of Visitors to the Royal Observatory:. Three new warrants issued to the Board of Visitors for the years 1858, 1901 and 1910. General correspondence concerning the arrangement of the Annual Visitation and dinner of the Board of Visitors, 1897, with a menu; a list of those wishing to attend the dinner; details for the arrangement of staff; applications to visit the Royal Observatory, accepted or declined; and a blank invitation card. The correspondents are W. Airy, W.D. Cronin, W.B. Gibbs, G. Griffith, S. Hayakawa, F. Howlett, Colonel Hozier, G. Johnstone Honey, H. Outhwaite, J. Sewell and Messrs Spicer and Pond Ltd. Correspondence concerning the arrangement of the Annual Visitation of the Board of Visitors for 1911, with a list of additions to moveable property of the Observatory; a bill and receipts from tradesmen; arrangements for selecting a suitable day for the meeting; and a blank invitation card. The correspondents are A. Eagle, Sir Archibald Geikie and E. Knobel. Correspondence concerning the arrangement of the Annual Visit of the Board of Visitors to the Royal Observatory for 1913, with a list of additions to the moveable property of the Royal Observatory; bills and receipts from tradesmen; and correspondence arranging the day of the Visitation. The correspondents are W.D. Barber and F.W. Dyson. Correspondence concerning H.H. Turner's suggestions at the meeting of the Board of Visitors on 1 June 1912, with regard to the use of photography in fundamental astronomy, 1912-1913, with a printed memorandum by F.W. Dyson. The correspondence are F.W. Dyson, Sir Archibald Geike, J.W.L. Glaisher, J.C. Kapteyn, F. Küstner, H.F. Newall, M. Nyren, H. Struve and H.H. Turner.
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1858–1913
14 Correspondence on the Annual Visitation. Correspondence and related papers concerning the Annual Visitations of the Board of Visitors to the Royal Observatory and Visitation Dinners:. Correspondence arranging the annual dinner for the Board of Visitors, including correspondence with the caterers, Messrs Spicer and Pond, and letters accepting and declining invitations to the dinner. The correspondents are A. Carpenter, W.D. Cronin, A.A. Common, W.B. Gibbs, E.H. Griffiths, the Rajah of Jugga Row, N. Langton, A. Siemens, C. Smith and H. Saverby Wallis. Bill from S. Jobbins Ltd for refreshments supplied for the Royal Observatory Dinner, 1800. Correspondence regarding the invitations for the Annual Visitation to the Royal Observatory by the Board of Visitors, 1900. The papers include a list of persons to whom invitations should be sent and individual requests to visit the Royal Observatory. The correspondents are W. Ellis, W. Harnett, H.W. Henkel, A. Hilger, S. Kinns, E. Knobel, J. McGill, J.W.H. Pead, W.H. Robinson, W. Shackelton, P.G. Shavell, A. Siemens, C. Taylor, H.H. Turner, H. Toynbee and A. Webster. Correspondence concerning individual requests to visit the Royal Observatory either on Visitation Day or during the working year, 1900. The majority of the requests were refused. The correspondents are J.S. Ford, D. Forster, G.P. Hopkins, D. King and C.L. Smith. Correspondence with B. Latham, F.W. Haines and L. Thwaites accepting invitations to visit the Royal Observatory on the occasion of the Annual Visitation of the Board of Visitors, 1900. Correspondence with the Lord Mayor, J. Stuart and the Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, declining invitations to visit the Royal Observatory on the occasion of the Annual Visitation of the Board of Visitors, 1900. List of newspapers, 1900, to whom notice was sent of the 'Annual Visitation day, Royal Observatory, Greenwich', and articles on this subject from 'The Graphic', 30 June 1900; 'Daily Telegraph', 3 July 1900; 'The Times', 4 July 1900; 'Pall Mall Gazette', 3 July 1900; and 'Daily News', 3 July 1900. Papers from 1900 on Visitation Day, comprising a letter from Charles Pilkington of 'The Graphic' sending photographs of the Royal Observatory taken at the Visitation Day (the photographs are not included in these papers and there is no record of them having been received or recorded); 'Arrangements of Visitation Day, 1901'; and a query from A.R. Westley regarding the proposed date for Visitation Day, 1901. List of visitors and persons, 1879-1885, to whom invitation cards were sent for the Visitation Days between 1878 and 1885. Requests for invitation cards for the Visitation Days between 1881 and 1890. 'Visitors' Lists', 1886-1887. Correspondence concerning requests for invitations to the Annual Visitation Day at the Royal Observatory, c. 1879-1885. The correspondents are C.H. Allworth, T. Brewin, E. Brown, R.B. Clifton, C. Curtoys, R. Cross, T. Cushing, A. Downing, R. Elliott, Sir Gerald Fitzgerald, J. Fontaine, Sir Bartle Frere, H. Fountain, T.A. Hirit, Colonel Hozier, R.L. Jones, E. Kensington, Miss J. Lassell, E. Ledger, N. Smith, W. Pearce, W.G. Thackeray and E. Weiss. Visitors' lists for the years 1888, 1889 and 1890. Correspondence concerning requests to visit the Royal Observatory and requests for invitations to Visitation Day, 1887-1889. There are also invitations, accepted and declined. The correspondents are Eleanor A. Armerod, Sir Robert Ball, J.F. La Frobe Bateman, W. Bishop, A. Buchanan, A.R. Clarke, A. Claydon, J. Collett, R. Cross, J.S. Croucher, J.P.K. Curtis, F. Finch, A. Forsyth, J. Greengrass, W.J. Harding, A.G. Harris, J.V.H. Henderson, R. Hicks, B.J. Hopkins, C. Hutchinson, C. Lambert, E. Lankester, the Revd A. Legge, J.B. Lippencott Company, J. Lockyear, J. Laby, M.R. Martin, R. McCheane, S. Phillips, A. Pilkington, W. Pool, C.M. Powell, P. Purvis, D. Reith, W. Sanders, F. Schulss, W. Schooling, Agnes Siberne, E.J. Stone, General J.B. Tennant, H. Toynbee, W.B. Tripp, H.H. Turner, W.P. Wakelin, W. White and W.J. Wickison. List of the persons invited to the Annual Visitation Day of the Royal Observatory, 1890. Correspondence concerning requests for invitations to the Annual Visitation Day of the Royal Observatory and letters of thanks and acceptance, 1890. The correspondents are A.S. Birkwell, A. Buchanan, F. Finch, D. Galloway, W.R. Hopkinson, C. Hutchinson, A.G. Harries, W.J. Harding, C.H. Jordan, R.S. Lecky, J.H. Miller, R.C. Nelson, J.W.H. Pead, P. Purvis, A.E. Pilkington, J. Sharp, A. Shirgeon, W.B. Tripp, C.P. Taylor, G.M. Whipple, T. Wright and W.P. Wakelin. Correspondence with the Accountant General of the Navy on the claims for expenses incurred by the Royal Observatory in connection with the Annual Visitation by the Board of Visitors, 1881-1888. Envelope containing various letters and cards accepting or declining invitations to a party being held by Christie, 1891. The envelope is marked 'Visitation 1891 - replies to ladies cards', but it is not certain if the party mentioned is actually one of the 'open days' held at the Royal Observatory at the time of the Board of Visitors' Annual Visitation, although the dates coincide (6 June 1891). Correspondence with hotel managers and tradesmen on menus, bills and other matters relating to the dinner for Annual Visitation Board of Visitors, 1891. The correspondents are C.P. Bertini, G.R. Smith, Messrs Spicer and Pond, H.H. Turner, W.J. Wickison and W. Wharton. 'Claims for expenses incurred in connection with the Annual Visitation of the Board of Visitors to the Royal Observatory, 1891'. List of signatures of those intending to attend the Visitation Dinner to be held for the Board of Visitors, 1892, and correspondence covering bills and receipts from tradesmen and expenses incurred in connection with the Annual Visitation. The correspondents are A. Fitzgerald and W. Nash. Correspondence concerning the arrangement of the Annual Visitation dinner of the Board of Visitors, 1893, including correspondence with the caterers Messrs Spicer and Pond and Harris Brothers, a list of signatures of those intending to dine, and a copy of the proposed menu. Correspondence concerning the arrangement of the Annual Visitation dinner of the Board of Visitors, 1894, including correspondence with the caterers Messrs Spicer and Pond and Harris Brothers, a list of those intending to dine, bills and receipts from tradesmen, and a copy of the menu. General correspondence concerning the arrangement of the Annual Visitation by the Board of Visitors, including correspondence with Harris Brothers organising refreshments, 1897. Printed copy of the 'London Brighton and South Coast Railway Act, 1903'.
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1879–1903
15 Financial correspondence. Correspondence concerning salaries of staff and other financial matters:. Correspondence between Sir George Airy and the Right Honourable G.W. Hunt M.P. discussing the Astronomer Royal's salary, 1875. Correspondence concerning the Astronomer Royal's salary cheque for 1876. Correspondence concerning an application by the Astronomer Royal to the Admiralty for the imprest of the petty cash to be raised to £600, 1876. Correspondence concerning an application by A. Freeman, nightwatchman, for an increase in salary, 1880. Correspondence concerning an application by J.R. Hind, Superintendent of the Nautical Almanac Office, for an increase in salary, 1880. Correspondence concerning the payment to be made to Staff Commander Neville for duty at the Portsmouth Observatory, 1880. Correspondence concerning the reply to income tax circulars from the Astronomer Royal, an application from the gate porter for an increase in wage, and a letter approving an increase in salary for W.J. Wickison, 1890. Correspondence covering the loss of the Astronomer Royal's salary cheque and the provision for a duplicate, 1892. List of salary bills for staff at the Royal Observatory, 1875-1881. Copies of income tax circulars and property and income tax tables, 1876-1879. . Letter from the gate porter applying for an increase in wages, 1875. Correspondence with the Accountant-General of the Navy and the Director of Works, 1887-1899, on the following subjects: the arrangement of W.J. Wickison's salary, the arrangement of G. Lowdry's salary, the income tax of resident civil officers, an audit of computers' monthly total payments, and an application for compassionate allowance owing to the death of W. Sullivan, messenger. Two blank income tax return forms for the use of salaried officers, 1863. Correspondence concerning the order of names in the annual salary lists, 1875. Circular titled 'Instructions as to the payment of salaries by the paymaster of Contingencies', with resulting correspondence, and a second circular on the 'Assessment of official salaried officers of all Naval Establishments at home and abroad', 1883. Printed copy of a Treasury Minute, 10 August 1889, on the 'Second Report of the Royal Commission on Civil Establishments'.
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1863–1899
16 Annual estimates of expenditure. Correspondence concerning the annual estimate of expenses incurred by the Royal Observatory and the submission to the Admiralty of annual draft estimates of expenditure. The letters are grouped by financial year, with each section listing the items of expense and give details of any extraordinary expenses. (1) Estimated expenditure for the financial year 1886-1887, including: . 1. Amounts of individual salaries of Royal Observatory staff. 2. First instalments of payment for the 28" telescope. 3. Estimate of the cost of the computation of the Ten-Year Catalogue. 4. Printed page of estimates. 5. Rough notes for the preparation of draft estimates. 6. Abstract of expenses, including assistant's salaries, 1886-1887. 7. Copies of explanations of excesses of expenditure sent to the Accountant General of the Navy and the Hydrographer of the Navy. (2) Estimated expenditure for the financial year 1887-1888, including:. 1. Estimates for furniture required by the Royal Observatory. 2. Queries about salaries under consideration of the Admiralty. 3. Salaries of second class clerks. 4. Workmen's wages. 5. Revote of £1300 for the 28" telescope. 6. Estimate of the cost of the computation of the Ten-Year Catalogue. 7. Estimated cost of the enlargement of the Computing rooms and the estimated cost of the completion of the 'Greenwich Meteorological Reductions'. 8. Rough notes for the preparation of draft estimates. 9. Printed page of estimates titled 'Navy Estimates - Vote 6 - Scientific Services'. 10. Abstract of expenses during the financial year 1887-1888 and for each quarter. (3) Estimated expenditure for the financial year 1888-1889, including:. 1. Form giving instructions for the preparation of estimates. 2. Queries about salaries under consideration of the Admiralty. 3. Note to the effect that the Post Office is assuming the responsibility for the galvanic wires and funds for their maintenance will no longer be required. 4. Revote for the 28" telescope. 5. Estimated cost of the computation of the Ten-Year Catalogue. 6. Cost of completion of the meteorological reductions. 7. Estimated cost of determined the longitude of Paris-Greenwich. 8. Cost of a duplicate series of magnetic registers. 9. Printed page of estimates. 10. Statement of expenditure, 1889. 11. Comparison of estimated and actual expenditure, 1888-1889. (4) Estimated expenditure for the financial year 1889-1890, including:. 1. Admiralty form giving instructions for the preparation of estimates. 2. Draft estimates. 3. Possible costs arising from revision of the establishment. 4. Increase of vote for computers. 5. Revote for the 28" telescope. 6. Cost of determining the longitude of Dunkirk. 7. Estimated cost of maintaining the astrographic equatorial telescope. (5) Estimated expenditure for the financial year 1890-1891, including:. 1. Estimates for new buildings and repairs to existing buildings. 2. Possible costs arising from an increase of staff numbers. 3. Expenses incurred by the Board of Visitors Annual Visitation. 4. Estimated cost of compiling the astrographic chart. 5. Explanation of the difference between estimated costs and expenditure, requested by the Accountant General of the Navy. (6) Estimated expenditure for the financial year 1891-1892, including:. 1. Estimate of the cost of the maintenance and repair of buildings. 2. Expenses arising from the addition of two Second Class Assistants to the Royal Observatory staff. 3. Expenses incurred by the Board of Visitors Annual Visitation. 4. Cost of determining the longitude of Montreal. 5. Estimated cost of maintaining the astrographic telescope. 6. Expenses connected with the astrographic chart. (7) Estimated expenditure for the financial year 1892-1893, including:. 1. Request from the Admiralty for a draft estimate of expenses. 2. Sketch estimate of votes. 3. Expenses incurred by the Annual Visitation of the Board of Visitors. 4. Revotes for the porter's uniform, payments of the 28" telescope, repairs to the South East Dome, the determination of the longitude of Montreal, and the determination of the longitude of Greenwich-Paris. 5. Estimated cost of the installation of electric lighting. 6. Estimated cost of maintaining the astrographic telescope. 7. Draft estimates approved for 1892. (8) Estimated expenditure for the financial year 1893-1894, including:. 1. Estimated cost of new buildings, in particular the proposed extension to the Physical Observatory. 2. Sketch estimates sent to the Hydrographer, 1892. 3. Draft estimates sent to the Admiralty, 1892. 4. Revote for the determination of the longitude of Montreal. 5. Estimated cost of electric light installation. (9) Estimated expenditure for the financial year 1894-1895, including:. 1. Estimated cost of wages, salaries and allowances. 2. Estimate for expenses in connection with the 'Photographic Mapping of the Heavens'. 3. Details of expenditure for 1893-1894. 4. Details of extraordinary expenses, 1893-1894. 5. Rough notes for the preparation of a draft estimate. 6. Correspondence with the Admiralty and the Hydrographer of the Navy on various alterations to be made to votes and subheads for the financial year 1894-1895. (10) Estimated expenditure for the financial year 1895-1896, including:. 1. Request from the Hydrographer of the Navy for a draft estimate of the expenses of the Royal Observatory for the year 1895-1896. 2. Draft estimate of expenses. 3. Rough notes for the preparation of a draft estimate. 4. Printed sheet titled 'Navy Estimates - Vote 6 - Scientific Services'. (11) Estimated expenditure for the financial year 1896-1897, including:. 1. Request from the Hydrographer of the Navy for a draft estimate of the expenses of the Royal Observatory for the year 1896-1897. 2. Rough notes for the preparation of a draft estimate. 3. Draft estimate of expenses. 4. Printed sheet titled 'Navy Estimates - Vote 6 - Scientific Services'. (12) Estimated expenditure for the financial year 1897-1898, including: . 1. Rough estimate giving expenditure of the Royal Observatory for the half year ending 30 September 1896. 2. The estimate cost of assistants' salaries. 3. Cost of electric light installation, materials, fittings and supervision. 4. Draft estimate of expenses. 5. Printed sheet titled 'Navy Estimates - Vote 6 - Scientific Services'. (13) Estimated expenditure for the financial year 1898-1899, including:. 1. List of furniture required and the estimated cost. 2. Expenses of determining the longitude of Paris, 1892. 3. Estimated cost of assistants' salaries. 4. Draft estimate of expenses. (14) Estimated expenditure for the financial year 1899-1900, including:. 1. Comparison of votes and expenditure for the year 1898-1899. 2. Draft estimates of expenses. 3. Printed sheet titled 'Navy Estimates - Vote 6 - Scientific Services'.
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1886–1900
17 Annual estimates of expenditure. Correspondence concerning the annual estimate of expenses incurred by the Royal Observatory and the submission to the Admiralty of annual draft estimates of expenditure. The letters are grouped by financial year, with each section listing the items of expense and give details of any extraordinary expenses. (1) Estimated expenditure for the financial year 1900-1901, including:. 1. Comparison of votes and expenditure. 2. Estimated cost of Assistants' salaries. 3. Estimated cost of workmen's wages. 4. Estimate of total expenses for the year. 5. Printed sheet titled 'Navy Estimates - Vote - 6 Scientific Service'. (2) Estimated expenditure for the financial year 1901-1902, including:. 1. Comparison of votes and expenditure. 2. Estimated cost of assistants' salaries. 3. Rough notes for the preparation of draft estimates. 4. Draft estimate of expenses. 5. 'Errata' sheets headed 'Yard wages and allowances'. 6. Printed sheet titled 'Navy Estimates - Vote 6 - Scientific Services'. (3) Estimated expenditure for the financial year 1902-1903, including:. 1. Request for a sketch estimate of expenses. 2. Sketch estimate of expenses. . 3. Estimated cost of assistants' salaries. 4. Comparison of votes and expenditure. 5. Table showing variations between estimated and actual expenditure. 6. Rough notes for the preparation of draft estimates. 7. Draft estimate of expenses. 8. Printed sheet titled 'Navy Estimates - Vote 6 - Scientific Services'. (4) Estimated expenditure for the financial year 1903-1904, including:. 1. Estimated cost of assistants' salaries. 2. Details of expenditure for 1902. 3. Rough notes for the preparation of draft estimates. 4. Draft estimate of expenses. 5. Request for a sketch estimate. 6. Sketch estimate of expenses. 7. Printed sheet titled 'Navy Estimates - Vote 6 - Scientific Services'. (5) Estimated expenditure for the financial year 1904-1905, including:. 1. Request for sketch estimate of expenses. 2. Sketch estimate of expenses. 3. Estimated cost of assistants' salaries. 4. Estimated cost of workmen's wages. 5. Draft estimate. 6. Estimated cost of electric light accumulators. 7. Rough notes for the preparation of draft estimates. 8. Note of an adjustment to the draft estimate. 9. Printed sheet titled 'Navy Estimates - Vote 6 - Scientific Services'. (6) Estimated expenditure for the financial year 1905-1906, including: . 1. Request for sketch estimate of expenses. 2. Sketch estimate of expenses. 3. Rough notes for the preparation of draft estimates. 4. Draft estimates. 5. Printed sheet titled 'Navy estimates - Vote 6 - Scientific Services'. 6. Estimated requirements of furniture and stores. 7. Estimated list of assistants' salaries. 8. Estimated expenditure on the Ten-Year Catalogue and 'Groombridge's Catalogue'. (7) Estimated expenditure for the financial year 1906-1907, including:. 1. Request for a sketch estimate of expenses. 2. Sketch estimate of expenses. 3. Printed sheet titled 'Navy Estimates - Vote 6 - Scientific Services'. 4. Estimated requirements of furniture and replacements. 5. Estimated cost of assistants' salaries. 6. Draft estimate of expenses. (8) Estimated expenditure for the financial year 1907-1908, including:. 1. Request for a sketch estimate of expenses. 2. Sketch estimate of expenses. 3. Estimated requirements of furniture and replacements. 4. Estimated cost of assistants' salaries. 5. Estimated cost of continuing the 'Photographic Mapping of the Heavens'. 6. Draft estimate of expenses. 7. Printed sheet titled 'Navy Estimates - Vote 6 - Scientific Services'. (9) Estimated expenditure for the financial year 1908-1909, including:. 1. Request for a sketch estimate of expenses. 2. Sketch estimate of expenses. 3. Draft estimate of expenses. 4. Printed sheet titled 'Navy Estimates - Vote 6 - Scientific Services'. 5. Comparison between estimated and actual expenditure for 1908-1909. 6. Estimated cost of assistants' salaries. 7. Estimated cost of workmen's wages. 8. Application from G.H. Lifton for an increase in salary. 9. Estimated cost of employing additional computers to record sunspot activity. 10. Estimated cost of employing additional computers to study the orbit of Halley's Comet. (10) Estimated expenditure for the financial year 1909-1910, including:. 1. Request for a sketch estimate of expenses. 2. Sketch estimate of expenses. 3. Draft estimate of expenses. 4. Estimated cost of the computation of the Ten-Year Catalogue spread over three years. 5. Comparison of estimated and actual expenditure. 6. Estimated cost of assistants' salaries. 7. Estimated cost of workmen's wages. 8. Estimated cost of the 'Photographic Mapping of the Heavens' for 1909-1910. 9. Printed sheet titled 'Navy Estimates - Vote 6 - Scientific Services'. (11) Estimated expenditure for the financial year 1910-1911, including:. 1. Request for a sketch estimate of expenses. 2. Sketch estimate of expenses. 3. Draft estimate of expenses. 4. Estimated cost of the Nine-Year Catalogue. 5. Estimated cost of assistants' salaries. 6. Estimated cost of workmen's wages. 7. Estimated cost of the 'Photographic Mapping of the Heavens' for 1910-1911. 8. Estimated cost of the Oxford zone of the astrographic chart. 9. Printed sheet titled 'Navy Estimates - Vote 6 - Scientific Services'. 10. Estimated cost of the Photoheliographic Department for 1910-1911. (12) Estimated expenditure for the financial year 1911-1912, including:. 1. Request for a sketch estimate of expenses. 2. Sketch estimates of expenses. 3. Draft estimate of expenses. 4. Estimated cost of assistants' salaries. 5. Estimated cost of workmen's wages. 6. Printed sheet titled 'Navy Estimates - Vote 6 - Scientific Services'. (13) Estimated expenditure for the financial year 1912-1913, including:. 1. Request for a sketch estimate of expenses. 2. Sketch estimate of expenses. 3. Draft estimate of expenses. 4. Estimated cost of assistants' salaries. 5. Estimated cost of workmen's wages. 6. Printed sheet titled 'Navy Estimates - Vote 6 - Scientific Services'.
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1900–1913
18 Miscellaneous correspondence. A miscellaneous set of letters, including several applications for references and pensions. Much of the correspondence involves Sir George Airy. Letter from Sir George Airy informing the Treasury of the death of Lady Airy, 1875. Letter from the Revd A.C. Wright applying to Airy for a reference, 1876. Letter from the H. Lister applying to Airy for a reference, 1876. Letter from the Revd W.J. Read applying to Airy for a reference, 1876. Letter from J. Miles, carpenter, applying for a pension, 1876. Letter from Mrs H. Griesbach applying for a pension, 1877. Correspondence with J. Gordon, and with the Admiralty on his behalf, concerning Gordon's application for a pension, 1879. Application from Mrs A.D. Ansted asking Airy to sign a petition for a pension for her, 1880. Letter from W.J. Thackeray requesting that Airy apply the title 'Mr or 'Esquire' to the names of assistants in the printed introduction to the 'Greenwich Observations', 1877. Request from the Greenwich Hospital School for Airy to attend the annual presentation day, 1875. Invitation from the Admiralty to Airy to attend the Jubilee Naval Review, 1875. Estimate of the costs involved in observing the transit of Venus, 1870-1876. Newspaper cutting giving news of political appointments, 1886. Letter from H. Batner asking for information on the residences of staff of the Royal Observatory.
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1875–1886
19 Correspondence with the Chief Assistant. Correspondence of the Chief Assistants with the Astronomer Royal during the latter's official absences. (1) Letters from F.W. Dyson to the Astronomer Royal, 1894-1895, covering the following subjects:. 1. Forwarding of mail from the Admiralty on the subject of chronometers. 2. Forwarding personal mail. 3. Repairs to the Royal Observatory letterbox and a request for instructions. 4. Administrative matters. 5. Information on the use and the repair of Royal Observatory instruments. 6. Information on staff changes. 7. Reports on the daily work of the Royal Observatory during the absence of the Astronomer Royal. There are also two photographs affixed to greetings cards, sent to Christie by 'W Hamilton Merritt Esq', with no indication of date. The photographs were taken 'among the Thousand Islands, St Lawrence River', Canada. The first shows a man sitting in a rocking chair on the veranda overlooking the river. The second shows a man, a woman and a young child standing on a bridge over the river, looking at a man in a boat immediately below. (2) Letters from F.W. Dyson and P.H. Cowell to the Astronomer Royal during his visit to Japan, 1896. The correspondence includes brief reports of observations being carried out at the Royal Observatory in his absence, and covers the forwarding of mail to Japan and two other unspecified locations. (3) Letters from F.W. Dyson to the Astronomer Royal during the latter's absence in India and Switzerland. The correspondence covers the following subjects:. 1. Problem concerning the electric light contract of the Royal Observatory. 2. Late delivery of the mercury trough for the altazimuth. 3. Reports of observations made during the absence of the Astronomer Royal. 4. Letter from H.H. Turner arranging codes in order to exchange information on observations of eclipses. 5. Letters giving brief reports to the Astronomer Royal on the daily work of the Royal Observatory. 6. A fault in the altazimuth. 7. Request by the Royal Institution that the Astronomer Royal give a talk on the successful results of the recent 'Eclipse Expedition'. 8. Diagram showing the original design of the gallery for the 28" telescope, the design modified by Mr Crisp and the final design by Mr Crisp. 9. Alteration to the number of copies of the astrographic catalogue required. 10. Various queries from members of the public on electric railways. 11. A warning that the rats are eating Christie's peaches and 'some action should be taken to save the fruit'. 12. Invitation for the Astronomer Royal to attend a meeting of the Solar Physics Committee. 13. Copies of two telegrams dated 1905.
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1894–1906
20 Papers on staff annual leave. List of the number of days of leave of absence allowed to Royal Observatory staff each year, 1903. List of the number of days of leave of absence allowed to Royal Observatory staff each year, 1909. List of the number of leave days carried forward for the years 1905-1909. General order on revised scales of sick leave, 1912. Memorandum on leave arrangements for Royal Observatory staff, 1898. Applications from Royal Observatory staff for leave of absence and sick leave, and some cases of compassionate leave, 1879-1902. The correspondents are G. Criswick, A. Downing, E. Dunkin, W. Ellis, H.P. Hollis, W.T. Lynn, E.W. Maunder, C. Nash, J. Simmons, H.H. Turner, W.G. Thackeray and W.G. Wickison. Extract from a newspaper, 23 June 1881, titled 'Extracts from a report of proceedings - House of Lords'.
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1879–1909
21 Applications for sick leave. Applications for sick leave from Royal Observatory staff and medical certificates sent to the Astronomer Royal, 1895-1909. The correspondents are F.W. Dyson, H.P. MacManus, G.E. Niblett, J. Simmons and C.J. Symms. Correspondence with employees confined to their homes for a quarantine period for smallpox and with doctors regarding safeguards for the rest of the Royal Observatory staff, 1902. The correspondents are G. Bischlager, F.W. Dyson and W.G. Thackeray. Applications for sick leave and medical certificates from Royal Observatory staff, 1902-1909. The correspondents are J. Carter, E. Dix, A. Grumwool, C. Hole, C. Hare, G. Lifton, A. Lifton, J. Lewis, W. MacManus, A. Niblett, H. Outhwaite, C. Symms, J. Simmons, T. Minifee, E. Vickery, J. Vickery and W. Woodman. Applications from Royal Observatory staff for sick leave and medical certificates sent in support of these requests, 1886-1909. The correspondents are W. Bowyer, W. Bryant and Mrs E. Criswick. G. Criswick, P.H. Cowell, A. Crommelin, C. Davidson, A. Davidson, J. Durrant, D. Edney, H. Turner, H.P. Hollis, I. Lewis, J. MacGavin, E.W. Maunder, C. Nash, G.E. Niblett, H. Outhwaite, R. Rendell, J. Rainage, J. Simmons, H.H. Turner, W.G. Thackeray and W.J. Wickison.
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1886–1909
22 Occasional orders. (1) General orders and instructions given to assistants by the Astronomer Royal on the following subjects, 1859-1880:. 1. Limiting visitors to the Royal Observatory to those with invitations. 2. The use of instruments. 3. Observations of stars by reflexion. 4. Staff holidays. 5. Orders to individual members of staff. 6. Observation of the Moon. 7. Days of general holiday, 1876. 8. Instructions on the use of light and gas. 9. Days of general holiday, 1877. 10. Arrangement of the assistants' allowance. 11. Measurement of the Sun pictures. 12. Days of general holiday, 1878. 13. Notice on the late arrival of assistants. 14. Notice on procedure for the delivery of parcels. 15. Adjustments to altazimuth. 16. Notice to observers of the Moon. 17. Arrangements for the care of the Observatory on Visitation Day, 1879. 18. Report on injury to the pocket chronometer Arnold 6221. 19. Days of general holiday, 1879. 20. Days of general holiday 1880. (2) Miscellaneous orders to Royal Observatory staff, 1880. (3) Lists giving the arrangements of staff duties, attendance and responsibilities for the years 1880-1908. (4) General orders and instructions to assistants from the Astronomer Royal on the following subjects, 1890-1903:. 1. Regulations as to sick leave. 2. Office hours. 3. Office hours in the Astronomical Branch. 4. Arrangement of staff duties, 1893. 5. 28-inch equatorial telescope. 6. Examination of stock on arrival. 7. Hours of attendance at the gate. 8. Invitation to all staff to join Christie for dinner. 9. Arrangements for showing the Observatory to visitors. 10. Telephone communications. 11. Fire hydrants. 12. Use of the library. (5) General orders on the arrangement of observers and the allocation of responsibility for various instruments, 1903-1909. (6) General orders on the arrangement of staff and personnel, 1908-1910.
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1859–1911
23 General staff orders. Instructions to staff on the arrangement of office duties, 1881. Instructions to staff and correspondence on the following subjects, 1881-1892:. 1. Hours of attendance at the Royal Observatory. 2. Staff holidays. 3. Adherence to the set times for lunch breaks. 4. Marriage of Princess Beatrice. 5. A change in computers' office hours. 6. Holidays allowed to workmen. 7. Opening of the Imperial Institute. 8. Marriage of the Duke of York. Instructions to staff on arrangements to be made for the observation of special phenomena, 1882-1891, including:. 1. Eclipse of the Sun, 16 May 1882. 2. Occultations during the total eclipse of the Moon, 28 January 1885. 3. Partial solar eclipse, 6 June 1891. 4. Solar eclipse, 17 June 1890. 5. Transit of Mercury, 9 May 1891. 6. Total eclipse of the Moon, 15 November 1891. Instructions to staff on the use of the spectroscopes and the measurement of solar photographs, 1882-1890. Instructions to staff on the setting and care of chronometers, 1881-1893. Revised instructions to staff on the dating of receipts for salaries of the Royal Observatory staff, and the payment of computers for observations and reading of microscopes, 1885-1892. Instructions to staff on the following subjects, 1880-1892:. 1. Altazimuth reductions. 2. Azimuth of altazimuth mark. 3. Altazimuth reversion prism. Instructions to staff on the subject of the reflex zenith tube and the transit of Gamma Draconis, 1882-1887. General instructions to staff of the Magnetical and Meteorological Department, 1881-1878. Instructions to staff on the use and care of the transit circle, 1882-1895, including:. 1. Observation of stars by reflexion. 2. Bisection of stars. 3. Meridian and equatorial observations. 4. Meteorological standard thermometer. 5. Instructions to individual members of staff. 6. Observations of circumpolar stars. 7. Reversion prism. 8. Observations of Mercury, 13 October 1883. 9. Computation of occultations. 10. Format of standing notes for the transit section of the volume. 11. Format of notes for the circle copy for the press. 12. Notes to be used in the copy for the press of zenith points. 13. Personal equation machine. 14. Adoption of the zenith points. 15. Weights for combining observations above and below the pole. 16. Check signals from the sidereal standard clock. 17. Precessions and similar variations for the 5-year catalogue, 1890. 18. Mars. 19. Transit circle - special instructions to observers. Instructions to staff on the posting of letters and parcels and on use of the library, 1881. Instructions to staff and correspondence on the Annual Visitation to the Royal Observatory by the Board of Visitors, 1887-1894. General instructions to staff on the location of equipment, i.e. the return of keys to their proper place and the removal of periodicals from the library, 1881-1893. Instructions to gardeners and porters on the general maintenance of the Royal Observatory grounds and buildings, 1880-1892. Instructions to staff engaged on observing duty to attempt observations of Venus with the South East Equatorial, 1881. General instructions on the use of instruments, 1885-1895. Instructions to staff on the following subjects, 1904-1925:. 1. Use of electric light. 2. Receipt of parcels. 3. Annual leave. 4. Damage to the astrographic telescope. 5. Attendance at the gate. 6. Visitors to the Observatory. 7. Use of lights in the domes. 8. Bank holidays. 9. Requisitions - workshop. 10. Summer Time, 1917. 11. Whit Monday and the King's birthday. 12. Christmas holidays. 13. Staff safety in cases of hostile aircraft. 14. Easter Holidays, 1919. 15. General holiday to celebrate the end of the war. 16. Additional leave. 17. 26-inch equatorial telescope. 18. Armistice Day, 1919. 19. Two minute silence to honour those who died in the war. 20. Coal restrictions. 21. Christmas leave, 1921. 22. Spring cleaning, 1922. 23. Notice to transit circle observers. General orders to staff granting extra leave and giving information on general holidays, 1893-1915.
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1880–1925
24 Orders. (1) Financial orders, 1887-1923. Orders and notices from the Astronomer Royal to Royal Observatory staff on the rate of pay for observing duties and overtime payments for extra computing, 1887-1912. Summary of payments made to computers during the years 1910-1923, and notice of the rates of pay for observing duties, 1910-1923. Orders and notes from the Astronomer Royal to Royal Observatory staff on the rates of pay for observing duties, 1905-1909. Orders and instructions from the Astronomer Royal to individual members of staff on routine matters, such as the wages of the labourers and workmen, with occasional orders relating to observing duties, 1893. (2) Astronomical orders, 1884-1910. Orders and instructions from the Astronomer Royal to the assistants assigned to observing duties on the transit circle, 1884-1910. Orders and instructions from the Astronomer Royal to the assistants assigned to observing duties on the altazimuth telescope, 1896-1909. Miscellaneous orders and instructions from the Astronomer Royal to assistants relating to the use of instruments and instructions for observations, 1895-1910, including the following:. 1. Transit circle, 1896. 2. Star corrections. 3. Star corrections, 1897. 4. Observers for 1898. 5. Notes on correction to refraction tables for variation of gravity. 6. Meridian reductions. 7. London County Council Generating Station, 1908. 8. Arrangements for the observing of the eclipse of Sun, 28 June 1908. 9. Preparation of the Annual Report. 10. Planetary ledgers, 1908. (3) Chronometer and time orders, 1893-1918. Orders and instructions from the Astronomer Royal to staff assigned to the Time Department, 1893-1918, including the following:. 1. Failure in Greenwich Time Ball. 2. Chronometer oven. 3. Repairs to chronometers and deck watches. 4. Sunday duty. 5. Mistakes of assistants in winding chronometers, 1893. 6. Report on special services, 1914. 7. Trials of chronometers and watches. (4) Astrographic orders, 1889-1908. Orders and instructions from the Astronomer Royal to assistants assigned to duties relating to the astrographic telescope and chart, 1889-1908, including the following:. 1. Focus of 4-inch pilot object glass. 2. Orientation of the photographic equatorial. 3. Duration of development for each plate. 4. List of photographs to be taken in selected regions. 5. An instruction to the effect that a copy of the 'Instructions for use' for the astrographic telescope be placed in the Photographic Dome. 6. Observations of guiding stars with the transit circle. 7. An instruction to the effect that all photographic plates are to be taken of even degrees of declination. 8. Changes of orientation. 9. Note on the 'measurement of Catalogue Plates.'. 10. Note on the adjustments to be made when 'Measuring stellar photographs.'. 11. 'Measurement of 20s[econd] images Photo 444'. 12. Note to the effect that the 'Hypobath' should not be taken into the darkroom or the washing room. 13. Note to the effect that all photographs must be numbered in the 'North East Corner.'. 14. Note to the effect that all chart plates should be taken in zones of odd declination if zones of even declination are not available. 15. Photographs of the Pole for adjustments of Polar axis. 16. 'Catalogue of chart plates of the Oxford field or the pole should be taken whenever the opportunity arises.'. (5) General orders, 1894. Correspondence with the Heliographic Department resulting in the issuing of orders and instructions by the Astronomer Royal on the following subjects, 1894:. 1. Overtime payments. 2. Examination of proof sheets. 3. Cost of papers, plates and chemicals. 4. Use of the photographic spectroscope. 5. Position of the Sun's pole. 6. Morning duty with the photoheliograph. (6) Magnetic and meteorological orders, 1894-1910. General orders and instructions from the Astronomer Royal to the staff of the Magnetical and Meteorological Branch on the following subjects, 1894-1910:. 1. Daily expenditure on photographic paper. 2. Orders to individual members of staff. 3. Timetable of daily work. 4. Observations of the Leonid Meteors. 5. The sunshine average. 6. Printing of meteorological observations in the Greenwich annual volumes. 7. Daily consumption of photographic paper. 8. Magnetic disturbances. 9. Measure of sunshine. 10. Maximum temperature. 11. Ozonometer.
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1884–1923
25 Correspondence with occasional observers. Correspondence with individuals who temporarily held positions as observers or visited the Royal Observatory and used its instruments, 1880-1919. The correspondents are F.F. Adams, B. Balland, B.F. Bawtree, A.J. Coleman, Lt. Cust, B. Douglas, Ann Field, F.C. Hanning Lee, Captain Haynes, Lt. Henning, S. Hirayame, E.P. Hubble, N. Liapine, W.J. Luyten, Lt. Monro, K. Popoff, C.F. Richardson, M. Royds, W. Shaw, W.S. Smart, Lt. M.H. Smythe, G. Straham, W.H. Wagstaff, A. Wise and H. Young.
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1880–1919
26 Reports on instruments. Report on the instruments of the Royal Observatory and their state of repair, 1875: the transit circle, altazimuth telescope, Great Equatorial Telescope, Sheepshanks Equatorial Telescope, reflex zenith tube, and magnetic and meteorological instruments. Report on the instruments of the Royal Observatory and their state of repair, 1876: the transit circle, altazimuth telescope, Great Equatorial Telescope, Sheepshanks Equatorial Telescope, reflex zenith tube, magnetic and meteorological instruments, Shuckburgh Equatorial Telescope and photoheliograph. Report on the instruments of the Royal Observatory and their state of repair, 1877: the transit circle, reflex zenith tube, altazimuth telescope, chronograph, Great Equatorial Telescope and photoheliograph. Report on the magnetic and meteorological instruments of the Royal Observatory and their state of repair, 1877: the upper declination magnet, barometer, magnetometers and earth current galvanometers, barometer record, electrometer mast, Thomson Electrometer, the Robinson (Anemometer) and the Osler (Anemometer). Report on the instruments of the Royal Observatory and their state of repair, 1878: the transit circle, altazimuth telescope, reflex zenith tube, Great Equatorial, Shuckburgh Equatorial Telescope, Sheepshanks Equatorial Telescope, photoheliograph, and magnetic and meteorological instruments. List of instruments to be cleaned before Visitation Day, 1898: astrographic equatorial telescope, transit circle chronograph, 26-inch Thompson Equatorial Telescope, Thompson Photoheliograph, astrographic micrometers, solar micrometers, Robinson Anemometer, Osler Anemometer, rain gauges, transit circle, reflex zenith tube, 28-inch equatorial telescope, Sheepshanks Equatorial Telescope, New Altazimuth Instrument, magnetic and meteorological instruments, Dallmeyer Photoheliograph and portable transits. Report on the condition of the object glass of the 28-inch refracting telescope, 1897. List of instruments to be cleaned before Visitation Day, 1895: Sheepshanks Equatorial Telescope, Dallmeyer Photoheliograph, 28-inch equatorial telescope, water clock, altazimuth telescope, transit circle, reflex zenith tube, astrographic telescope, chronograph, small transit instruments, solar micrometers, astrographic micrometers, Robinson Anemometer, Osler Anemometer and rain gauges. Report of the daily work of the Royal Observatory during August 1898.
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1875–1898
27 Drafts for printed forms. Rough drafts for forms; form letters; receipts; and correspondence with H. Schlagintwert on the printing of forms. There is also a list of 'skeleton forms' and their subjects.
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1850–1862
28 Miscellaneous correspondence. Correspondence between the Astronomer Royal and A. Downing, assistant, on the subject of eyepieces, lenses and the principles of the telescope, 1874. Report to the Astronomer Royal on the work of E.W. Maunder, assistant, 1874. List of addresses of Royal Observatory staff, 1872. Request from W.G. Thackeray, assistant, for a testimonial from the Astronomer Royal, 1877. Letter from F. Galton and a reply informing him that in E. Dunkin's absence his letter was being dealt with by the Astronomer Royal, 1877. Correspondence on the increase in observing duties as a result of W. Lynn's illness, 1879. Letter from the Astronomer Royal relieving W. Thackeray and W. Lynn from Time Ball duty, 1879. Correspondence with the Astronomer Royal on the duties of labourers at the Royal Observatory, 1879. Correspondence with the Astronomer Royal concerning the overcrowding of the Lower Computing Room, 1879. 'Eye and Ear Observations of the Sun with the Sheepshanks Equatorial', 1876. Routine correspondence with assistants on the daily work of the Royal Observatory, 1875-1890. Correspondence with G.H. Lifton, assistant to the Astronomer Royal, enclosing his recommendations on the hours of attendance and duties of charwomen at the Royal Observatory, 1904. Letter to J. Carter enclosing the sum of £4 6s 6d which was collected by and from the Royal Observatory staff to help him out of the financial difficulties caused by his long disability, 1908. List of subscribers to the collection for P.H. Cowell on his transfer to the Nautical Almanac Office, amounting to £7 0s 0d, 1910. Bill and receipt from Hampton and Sons for a divan easy chair (purchased for P.H. Cowell as a parting gift from Observatory staff), 1910. . Letter from W. Witchell, assistant, requesting that the Royal Observatory Hockey Club be granted the use of the Assistants' and Chief Assistants' rooms as changing rooms for visiting teams, 1910. Bill and receipt from Henry Richardson for 'An illuminated testimonial on vellum to Sir William Christie from the staff of the Royal Observatory, with cut mount and frame complete £7 10s 0d', and a letter to Christie expressing the good wishes of the staff for his retirement, 1910. Letter from Mrs E. Robbins enclosing circulars offering 'board and residence', 1912. Letter from the National Council of the Young Man's Christian Association asking for donations to the 'war fund', receipts for the amounts of 7/- and £1 5s 6d for donations to the fund, and a letter from the Y.M.C.A. thanking the staff of the Royal Observatory for their generosity, 1915. Letter from the staff of the Royal Observatory to T. Lewis on his retirement giving their best wishes, and a letter from the Junior Assistants at the Royal Observatory to H. Outhwaite, assistant, sending their good wishes on the occasion of his marriage, 1917. Bill and a receipt from Maple and Company Ltd for an inlaid mahogany bookcase for the sum of £5 18s 6d, 1919. List of contributors to a collection for a wreath for G.H. Lifton, late foreman of works at the Royal Observatory, 1919. Bill from J. Walker and Son for a wreath, 1919. Three letters of thanks from Mrs A. Lifton for the kindness of the Astronomer Royal and Royal Observatory staff and their continued assistance on the death of her husband, 1919. Five printed notices from the London County Council Education Officer on 'Compulsory day continuation schools' and 'Interim scheme under section 10 of the Education Act 1918', 1920. Correspondence between the Astronomer Royal and Greenwich County Court requesting that the following employees of the Royal Observatory be excused from jury service, 1908: H. Turner, C. Symms, C. Davidson, J. Carter, J. Vickery and W. Bowyer. Correspondence with the Royal Observatory staff and others concerning the Astronomer Royal's garden party to be held at the Royal Observatory on 15 July 1920 in aid of the war memorial fund. There are also applications to visit the Royal Observatory and newspaper cuttings containing reports on the garden party. The correspondents include E.P. Baldwin, M.F. Barnes, F. Hird, T. Hudson, M. McMaster, H.R. Richardson, Miss E. Saunders, O. Small, H.W. Stanton, R.J. Thompson, C. Waldcott and E.A. Widowson. Extract from the 'Blackheath Guide' on the Royal Observatory garden party, 15 July 1920. Circulars on entertainment tax, and applications and letters of thanks for tickets to the Royal Observatory garden party, 1919. The correspondents are E.A. Chamberlain, S.A. Kelly, Miss M. Loft, F. Osborn and J.W. Waterer. Bills and receipts from tradesmen for the Royal Observatory garden party, 1919. Envelope containing seventeen unused tickets for the Royal Observatory garden party, 1919. Note on 'Service on Juries', 1894. Correspondence on the Royal Observatory Hockey Club dinner and the 'send off' for Messrs Banks, Johns and Walter, including a menu and programme, 1897. Royal Observatory Camera Club catalogue for the second annual exhibition, 1901. . Correspondence with C.A. Butler of the Royal College of Science, London, dealing with a request for a set of regulations applying to the post of Second Class Assistant, 1902. Notification from staff of thefts and breakages, 1902. Catalogue for the third annual exhibition of photographs of the Royal Observatory Camera Club, held at the Royal Observatory, 5 November 1902. Request from the Royal Observatory Camera Club to be allowed use of the north library for their annual exhibition, 1903. Catalogue for the fourth annual exhibition of the Royal Observatory Camera Club, held at the Royal Observatory, 11 November 1903. Correspondence with the Admiralty on a dinner and 'smoking concert', 1904. Catalogue for the fifth annual exhibition of the Royal Observatory Camera Club, held at the Royal Observatory, 7 December 1904. Letter from Mrs E. Hewett enclosing an advertisement offering 'Board and Residence', 1905. Four cards from Mrs Nettleford advertising 'Board and Residence'. List of addresses of all Royal Observatory staff, 1906. Catalogue for the sixth annual exhibition of the Royal Observatory Camera Club, held at the Royal Observatory, 18 October 1906. Menu, programme and invitation for the Royal Observatory Hockey Club annual dinner, 1907.
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1872–1920
29 Chief Assistant's journal. A journal covering different aspects of the work of the Chief Assistant, notably the maintenance, adjustment, repair and testing of the Royal Observatory instruments. There is also a record of visiting scientists, instrument-makers, dignitaries and other individuals, including W.B. Murray of the 'Illustrated London News', Professor Balfour Stewart and J. Plummer. The journal was kept irregularly and has several gaps. Some of the gaps cover only a few days (e.g. 29 July - 2 August 1881), but there are others of 3 months or more (e.g. 19 August - 18 November 1881). A note in the Astronomer Royal's Journal indicates that entries by the Astronomer Royal for the period May 1883 - March 1893 were made in this journal, and the Astronomer Royal's handwriting does appear throughout the entries for these years, as do other hands. There is an 'index to years' on the inside front board of the journal.
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1879–1892
30 Astronomer Royal's journal. A journal covering different aspects of the work of the Astronomer Royal, notably the maintenance, repair, adjustment and replacement of instruments. There is a record of visitors to the Royal Observatory, including newspaper reporters, navy officers, astronomers, V.I.P.s and those affiliated to the Observatory, including Dr Gill and Professor Turner. There is also a partial record of observations; an account of the annual Visitation Day, 1894 and 1895; and a record of a variety of meetings and committees on various subjects attended by the Astronomer Royal. The journal was kept irregularly and has several gaps. Some of the gaps are for only five days (e.g. 7-12 April 1893), but there are others of five months or more (e.g. 13 December 1897 - 6 May 1898).
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1893–1898
31 Papers on Transit Circle I. Report by H.H. Turner on the inclination of the horizontal wire of the transit circle, 24 November 1890. Fifteen tables, one for each year, showing the monthly inclination of the horizontal wire of the transit circle, 1878-1892. Correspondence on the loan of an instrument from the City and Guilds Engineering College to determine the flexure of the transit circle, 1915. Correspondence with Troughton and Simms and with H.H. Turner concerning the difference between observations made direct and those made by reflection, and the possibility of the difference being caused by defective fitting of the object glass in the transit circle, 1894-1895. Correspondence with Troughton and Simms regarding maintenance and repairs to the transit circle and some minor adjustments to correct faults, 1902-1923. There is also a report from T. Gray of Cooke, Troughton and Simms Ltd on 'The 8" Transit Circle faults', and full size blueprints of proposed alterations to the anti-friction rollers of the transit circle, dated October 1923. Calculations to determine the inclination of the horizontal wire of the transit circle, 1888. Correspondence with Troughton and Simms and members of the Royal Observatory staff on illuminating the microscopes of the transit circle, 1888. . Tables of readings for various collimators and tables showing the differences in their readings, 1886-1888. Comparison tables of thermometer readings from the Astronomical Department and thermometer readings from standard thermometers, 1889. Correspondence on the fitting of a new reflector to the Bohnenberger eyepiece, 1889. Notes and tables on the following subjects, 1884-1889: 1. Residual temperature correction to north polar distance; 2. North polar distances of stars observed in different months; 3. Variations of the nadir; and 4. Diurnal variations of the level error. Diurnal variations of the level and altazimuth, and tables and notes on amalgamated mercury trough experiments, 1884. Correspondence with Troughton and Simms and notes and tables on the following subjects, 1888-1890: 1. Intervals of wires, 1888; 2. The difference between the exterior thermometer and the Magnetical and Meteorological Department standard thermometer; 3. The examination of 2D micrometer slips; 4. The differences of observation of collimators; 5. The mercury trough; and 6. Correspondence with Dr Spitts on the drilling of screen holes. 'Intervals between wires N + T and T + Z and N + Z' and notes on the alteration of level and altazimuth error of the transit circle, 1890. Correspondence with James Simms on the polishing of the transit circle object glass and the new arrangement of the eyepiece, 1891. Notes on the following subjects, 1890-1891: 1. Right ascension and zenith distance micrometer screws; 2. Number of transit wire; 3. Arrangements of transit webs in the transit circle; 4. Intervals of wires in the transit circle by means of the right ascension micrometer; and 5. Intervals of eye and ear wires, observations made on north collimation. Differences of the exterior thermometers compared with the front court and magnetical and meteorological standard thermometer, 1891. Result of the comparison of thermometers of the Astronomical Department with the standard, 1892. Transit circle north polar distance observations of 11 November 1891. Difference of readings for coincidence of wire of the north collimator with the corresponding wire of the south collimator through the tube of the transit circle with the instrument raised, from observations made during the year 1890, and the same table for 1891. Error of passage of the Sun's diameter, 1885-1886. Errors of the Sun's horizontal diameter, 1887-1888. Errors of sidereal time of the passage of the Sun's diameter, 1889. Error of the passage of the Sun's diameter, 1890. Errors of horizontal diameters of the Sun, 1891-1892. Errors of vertical diameters of the Sun, 1891-1892. Notes and tables on the following subjects, 1891: 1. Intervals of wires of the transit circle; 2. Measures of the south collimator; 3. Measures of the south collimator; 4. Mean readings of the right ascension micrometer for altazimuth stars; 5. Intervals of wires I-X; 6. Intervals of wires II-IX; and 7. Table of the values of parts of a revolution of the right ascension micrometer. Tables and rough notes on observations on the north collimator to determine the intervals of the eye and ear transit wires of the transit circle, 1891. Notes on the following subjects, 1891: 1. Intervals of wires I-X; 2. Intervals of wires II-IX; 3. Measures on collimators to determine intervals of galvanic wires; and 4. Computations of the value of one revolution of the right ascension micrometer. Figures showing the excess of the readings of the courtyard thermometer over the exterior thermometer at observations of the Sun during 1890. Errors of the transit circle microscope screws. Dimensions of the mercury trough of the transit circle, 13 December 1892. Notes on the flexure of the transit circle, 1892. Table showing observations of wire 'R' from 1 January 1893. Notes to staff giving instructions for the use of instruments and orders concerning observations, 1887.
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1878–1923
32 Papers on Transit Circle II. Correspondence with Troughton and Simms regarding the polishing of the transit circle object glass and the subsequent overhaul of the instrument, as well as the proposal to fit an aluminium dew cap to the transit circle, 1906. Correspondence with Troughton and Simms on the improved illumination of the transit circle, 1908. Correspondence with Troughton and Simms on the new travelling wire micrometer for the transit circle, including estimates, specifications, and the order and fitting of the new wire. Miscellaneous notes on faults, damage and repairs to the transit circle and correspondence with S. Newcomb on the subject of refraction, 1875-1905. Printed graph showing 'Latitude variations at Greenwich, 1911-1936, mean minus observed latitudes'. Graph titled 'Parallax Error of Parallax plate'. Tables of figures and graphs, 'Parallax Vol 2', 1927-1936. Black and white photograph, probably taken on the site of the Royal Observatory, c. 1903. The photograph depicts a man standing behind a hollow concrete foundation and almost certainly relates to the building of the new transit circle. Correspondence with Dr Schorr, Sir James Jeans and Major Levin regarding the specifications for the new transit circle, 1930-1931. Correspondence with Sir Joseph Petavel, National Physical Laboratory, regarding the specifications for the glass circle on the new transit circle, 1933, including a report on the thermal coefficients of expansion of samples of glass, cast iron and gun metal. Carbon copy of the conditions of contract for the manufacture and erection of the new transit circle, undated. Correspondence between F.W. Dyson and the Admiralty requesting authorisation for the building of a new transit circle instrument and dome, 1929, including a confidential letter to the Board of Visitors on the same subject, of which there are three copies dated 26 May 1930. Correspondence between H. Spencer Jones and T.W. Chalmers of 'The Engineer' magazine, 1936, concerning a request to visit the Royal Observatory, view the new transit circle and publish a description of it. Correspondence between H. Spencer Jones and H.R. Lang of the 'Journal of Scientific Instruments' concerning a request for a detailed description of the new transit circle, 1936. Correspondence with Dr W. Doberck on the new transit circle, 1936. Black and white photograph of the new transit circle at the York works while undergoing tests, taken on the occasion of the visit of the British Association to York, September 1932. Correspondence with J. Gray of Cooke, Troughton and Simms regarding cylindrical lenses and micrometers for the 3" transit circle, 1923. Correspondence with Adam Huger Ltd on the testing of a new photoelectric cell at the Royal Observatory, 1925. Memorandum from the Hydrographer of the Navy informing the Astronomer Royal that the lease on the site on Pole Hill of the North Meridian mark is to expire shortly and asking if a fresh lease is required, 1923 (the lease was allowed to expire and was not renewed). Correspondence with J.F. Hellweg, United States Naval Observatory, recommending manufacturers of astronomical instruments, 1931. Correspondence with A.F.C. Pollard on a new method of illuminating the crosswires of the transit circle, 1936. Drawing (number 15) of a crosswire illuminator for a transit instrument, 1928. Blueprint (number 1651) from Troughton and Simms Ltd of the 'Adjustable 'Y' block for East Pier' for the new transit circle, 1923.
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1875–1936
33 Correspondence on the reflex zenith tube. Correspondence on faults and damage to the reflex zenith tube, including plans to illuminate it properly.
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1902–1909
34 Papers on the New Altazimuth Instrument. Correspondence concerning the proposal to the Board of Visitors for a new universal transit circle, to be called the New Altazimuth Instrument, 1892, includes preliminary correspondence with the Admiralty and the estimated cost of constructing the instrument. Correspondence informing the Admiralty of the resolution of the Board of Visitors in favour of the new instrument and correspondence with the Admiralty asking that they authorise the construction of the instrument, 1892-1893. The letters include the sanction from the Admiralty to build the instrument and tenders and specifications from Troughton and Simms. Correspondence with Troughton and Simms concerning the construction of the New Altazimuth Instrument, including copies of the contract, tender, specifications and rough diagrams, 1892-1898. Experimental observations and notes made with the New Altazimuth Instrument, 1896. Observations made with the New Altazimuth Instrument, 1897. Original rough drafts, sketches, plans and memoranda concerning the building of the New Altazimuth Instrument, 1892. Fragile, loose plans of the New Altazimuth Instrument, 1894-1895, including:. 1. 'Section of Circles, 3ft Diameter', 1894. 2. Detailed plan showing collimators 'Scale 1½" to one foot', signed by G. Cowdry, dated 24 December 1895. 3. Two black and white photographs of the New Altazimuth Instrument: 5½" x 7½" (in good condition) and 6½" x 8½" (in poor condition, faded and spotted).
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1892–1898
35 Papers on the New Altazimuth Building and Dome. Correspondence with the Director of Works concerning the building of the New Altazimuth Dome, 1892. Correspondence with the Admiralty concerning the contract for the building of the New Altazimuth Dome, 1894-1895. Correspondence with Sir Howard Grubb concerning the contract for the New Altazimuth Dome, 1895. Bills and accounts from Grubb for the building of the New Altazimuth Dome, 1895-1896. Correspondence with Grubb on the progress of the building of the New Altazimuth Dome, including rough sketches, 1894-1896. Correspondence with Cooke and Sons concerning an estimate for the building of the New Altazimuth Dome, which was declined, 1894. Various undated, loose papers:. 1. Three metal models of revolving gears for the New Altazimuth Dome. 2. Diagram of the base of the transit circle. 3. Blueprint: 'Greenwich Altazimuth Dome, Elevation vertical Lunette Girder'. 4. Sketch of the latches for the New Altazimuth Dome. 5. Detailed diagram in black and red showing the exterior of the New Altazimuth Dome, north and south elevations and east and west elevations. 6. Blueprint of the New Altazimuth Dome.
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1892–1896
36 Papers on the New Altazimuth Instrument. Tables showing 'the difference in the values of the runs of the microscope - micrometers as found from observations made during the day and during the night', 1888-1889. Correspondence with Troughton and Simms regarding the supply of an eyepiece and the supply of a long focus lens for the altazimuth instrument, 1889. Correspondence with J.G. Loughborough requesting six 6" cannon balls to raise the Altazimuth Dome 1" higher, 1889. There is also correspondence with the Admiralty. Tables showing the determination of values of the level scales of the levels of the altazimuth by various methods, 1888-1890. Tables of an examination of the altazimuth level scales and the difference of autumnal measure values of a division of zenith distance levels, 1890-1891. Corrections to assumed values of divisions of the level scales of the altazimuth deduced from measures made 28-29 May 1890. Determination of the values of the level scales of the levels of the altazimuth and comparison of results, 1800 and 1891. Comparison of the change of zero of the altazimuth with those of the circle readings, 1888-1889. Repairs required to the altazimuth instrument, 1883. 'Circle readings for marks', undated. Note on a cut in the vertical circle, 25 May 1889. The history of the altazimuth marks, 1881-1889. Reduction of the zenith distance of Pollux for clock error, 1888. Note to the effect that the altazimuth field lens eyepiece was renewed, 1893. Note to the effect that the altazimuth instrument wires were broken and replaced, 1893. Note of the system of wires in use in the New Altazimuth Instrument from 26 September 1901 to 1920. Correspondence with Troughton and Simms regarding a proposed alteration to the eye-end of the New Altazimuth Instrument, 1911-1913. Miscellaneous memoranda to staff concerning the New Altazimuth Instrument, 1894-1901. Correspondence with Troughton and Simms regarding improvements to be made to the mercury trough of the New Altazimuth Instrument, 1910-1911. Correspondence with Troughton and Simms concerning improvements, adjustments and repairs to the New Altazimuth Instrument, 1899-1909.
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1881–1920
37 Papers on the Thompson 28-inch Equatorial Telescope. 'Observations for the determining of the focus of the South East Equatorial for different rays', 1882-1888. Sixteen undated pages of calculations titled 'Correction of chromatic aberration for photographic rays by convex flint lens and concave crown lens placed within principal focus'. Undated sheet of calculations on the separation of the lenses of an object glass. Three undated sheets of calculations on the correction of an object glass for photographic rays by the separation of the lenses. Four sheets of undated calculations giving general formulae for corrections. Notes and diagrams by Christie titled 'on a corrector for adapting an ordinary object glass to photography'. Rough notes on 'Heath's Optics', 1887. Seven pencilled sheets of undated calculations on the double corrector for 'Photo-Rays'. 'Photo object glass - Flint lens in front.'. Notes on Herschel's form of object glass, undated. Correspondence with E.W. Maunder on the difficulty of turning the South East Dome. Notes on the water clock. Correspondence with Sir Harry Thompson concerning the gift of a 9" photo-object glass and a 9" prism, 1890. Correspondence with Dr A.A. Common regarding the manufacture of a new 3 foot mirror, 1890. Correspondence with Sir Howard Grubb regarding the proposal to fit a new clock and electric control to the Lassell Equatorial Telescope, and correspondence with Miss J. Lassell concerning modifications to the Lassell Equatorial Telescope, 1890. Correspondence with Troughton and Simms concerning the fitting of an adaptor to the Sheepshanks Equatorial Telescope, 1890. Estimate from E. Challis and Son for a cover for the Cooke Equatorial Telescope, 1887. Miscellaneous correspondence regarding the Equatorial Lassell and Astrographic Telescopes, 1885-1891. List of the weight of additions to the Lassell Telescope, 1886. Note of an examination of the Merz 12¾" Telescope, 1893. Correspondence concerning the Sheepshanks Equatorial Telescope, 1893. Correspondence with T. Maw supplying information for an article on 'The Power required to Drive Telescopes', with a rough draft of the article, 1893. List of drawings of the South East Equatorial received from Messrs Ransomes, Sims and Jeffries, 1893. Correspondence with Troughton and Simms on the following subjects, 1893-1894: 1. Fittings for the 28" Telescope; 2. Differential chain tackle; 3. Slow motion clamps; 4. Alterations to the position micrometer; and 5. New eyepieces. Correspondence with Sir Howard Grubb on the 28" Telescope object glass and the replacement of a broken mirror, 1894. Miscellaneous memoranda concerning the Thompson Equatorial Telescope, 1897-1900. Correspondence with Troughton and Simms concerning various minor repairs and adjustments to the 28" Refractor, 1900-1905. . Miscellaneous correspondence concerning repairs and queries relating to the 28" Equatorial Telescope, 1907-1920. Correspondence with Troughton and Simms on the following subjects, 1908-1912: 1. New eyepiece for the Merz Refractor; 2. Position micrometer; 3. Convex mirror; 4. Rotating occulting sector; and 5. New cell for object glass.
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1882–1920
38 Papers on the Thompson 26-inch Equatorial Telescope. Correspondence with the Admiralty concerning the acceptance of Sir H. Thompson's offer of a 26-inch reflecting telescope for £5000, 1894. Correspondence with Sir H. Thompson concerning alterations to the 26-inch reflector and its transfer to the Royal Observatory, 1893-1899. Copies of correspondence between Sir Howard Grubb and A.A. Common concerning alterations and tests relating to the 26-inch reflector, 1895-1899. Correspondence with Troughton and Simms concerning the delivery of a set of scales, divided according to instructions from the Astronomer Royal, 1894-1898. Correspondence with M. Henry, 1894. Correspondence with F. McClean on the Thompson Equatorial, 1898. Correspondence with 'The Times', 1897, including a copy of an article titled 'The New Telescope at Greenwich', 15 April 1897. Various memoranda, 1897-1899:. 1. Scales for the Thompson Equatorial. 2. The Thompson Equatorial (1899). 3. Thompson Equatorial (1897). 4. Thompson Equatorial - comparison of controlling pendulum (1897). 5. 26-inch photographic object glass. 6. Thompson photo-equatorial. 7. Thompson Equatorial - measurement of the diameter of photographs of stars taken with the 26 inch. 8. 30-inch Cassegrain Reflector. 9. Thompson Equatorial - Cassegrain Reflector. 10. Photographic Spectroscope. 11. Thompson Equatorial - photographic equatorial. 12. Rough sketch of differential of the Thompson 26-inch driving clock. 13. Dewcap of 26-inch equatorial. 14. Rough sketch of the proposed adaptor for holding dark slides, prism, etc. on the 30-inch reflector.
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1893–1899
39 Papers on the Thompson Equatorial Telescope. Correspondence with Sir Howard Grubb concerning the contract for the construction and erection of the Thompson Equatorial Telescope, including:. 1. Estimate for the cost of the construction of the telescope. 2. Copy of the specifications for the telescope. 3. Two black and white photographs of the model of the Thompson Equatorial Telescope, sent to the Astronomer Royal by Sir Howard Grubb, 26 March 1894. 4. Correspondence concerning alterations to the specifications. 5. Four black and white photographs of the following parts of the telescope under construction: 1. Large wedge casting; 2. Lower portion works; 3. The clock works; and 4. Telescope tube. The photographs were sent to the Astronomer Royal by Sir Howard Grubb with a progress report on the construction of the telescope, 16 September 1895. 6. Black and white photograph of a portion of the base of the Thompson Equatorial with right ascension quick motion wheel, sent to the Astronomer Royal by Sir Howard Grubb, 16 September 1895. 7. Correspondence concerning test observations undertaken at the Dublin works of Sir Howard Grubb. 8. Correspondence with Troughton and Simms requesting the use of tackle to assist in the erection of the telescope at the Royal Observatory.
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1894–1898
40 Alterations to the 26-inch telescope. Correspondence and papers concerning alterations to the 26-inch telescope:. 'Scales of Hodgson', 1908. 'Position Micrometer for Hodgson telescope' and a detailed diagram, 1908. 'Guiding Telescope of 30" Reflector, position micrometer' and a detailed explanatory diagram, 1908. 'Thompson Equatorial - Power of eyepieces', undated. Correspondence on various adjustments and alterations to the 26-inch reflector, 1934-1935. The correspondents are C. Young of Sir Howard Grubb and Parsons Co. and S.J. Watson of the Central Electricity Board.
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1908–1934
41 Papers on the 28-inch refractor. Correspondence with the Admiralty concerning estimates for the cost of producing the New Refracting Telescope and Dome, including applications to the Treasury for the necessary funds, 1885. Correspondence with Sir Howard Grubb concerning the production of the 28" refracting telescope, including copies of the first, second, third and final claims for instalments of payment, 1886. Correspondence with Sir Howard Grubb concerning the cost of erecting the New Refracting Telescope, 1891-1894. . Correspondence with G.G. Stokes concerning the adaption of the 28" objective to photography and on experiments in stellar photography with 4" and 6" object glass, including a preliminary letter to W. Huggins, 1885-1888. Correspondence with Sir Howard Grubb, 1885-1894, with an index, including the following:. 1. Preliminary discussion of details and construction of a model of the 28" refractor, with estimates, 1885. 2. Correspondence on instalments of payment requested and paid; proposed tests; receipt of Treasury sanction; and general correspondence, 1885-1886. 3. General correspondence, principally on the construction of the tube, eye and dewcap, 1886. 4. Correspondence on the lenses for the object glass; the crown disc; and a letter giving a proposed date for the completion of the telescope, 1887. 5. Reports on the progress of construction, claims for payment and discussion of the erection of the telescope. . 6. General correspondence, including the adaption of an existing mounting for the new telescope, the delivery of the new object glass to the Royal Observatory, and payment of the final instalment, 1892. . 7. Correspondence concerning the mounting of the telescope and final adjustments, 1893. 8. Sir Howard Grubb's account for work done erecting the 28" refractor at the Royal Observatory, 1894.
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1885–1894
42 Papers on the photographic spectroscope. Correspondence with Troughton and Simms concerning the order, construction and testing of the photographic spectroscope, 1895-1901. Miscellaneous correspondence concerning the repair and replacement of spectroscopes, 1885-1895. The correspondents are J. Brashear, J. Browning, Messrs Harvey and Peak, E.W. Maunder and J. Simms. Memoranda concerning spectroscopes, 1886-1896: 1. Oxford Reversion Spectroscope; 2. Half Prism Spectroscope; 3. Suggestions with regard to the spectroscope for the new 28" refractor for measurement of the displacement of the lines in stellar spectra; and 4. Half Prism Spectroscope. Correspondence concerning the repair and adjustment of micrometers, 1890-1900. The correspondents are G. Criswick, F.W. Dyson, M. Maw, Messrs Troughton and Simms, and H.H. Turner. Memoranda, 1902-1904: 1. Micrometer for Eros Photographs, 2. Glass Diaphragm for new micrometer, 3. New micrometer for Eros photos, 11 December 1902, 4. Measures of stars with n ew micrometer, 5. New micrometer for Eros photos; 6. Notes on alterations required, and 7. Drawing of glass diaphragm in focal plane of micrometer for measuring Eros. Correspondence with Troughton and Simms, 1902-1904. Correspondence with J. Dallmeyer Ltd on a telephotographic negative 3" lens for the Thompson Photoheliograph, 1896. Correspondence with P. Meagher concerning the purchase of camera box slides for the Thompson Photoheliograph, 1896. Correspondence with Messrs Ross and Co. concerning the purchase of new photographic lenses, a new camera box and photographic slides, 1900. Correspondence with Troughton and Simms concerning a required extension of the tube of the 9" Thompson Photographic Telescope, 1900. Correspondence with Ross and Co. concerning plate holders for photoheliographs, 1901. Correspondence with the Royal Alfred Observatory, Mauritius, concerning the exchange of a photoheliograph with the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, 1901.
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1885–1904
43 Correspondence on astrographic equatorials. Correspondence concerning astrographic equatorials for the Greenwich and Cape observatories:. Official and unofficial correspondence with the Admiralty concerning the photographic mapping of the heavens, the transfer of the telegraphic wires to the Post Office, and the extra expense of re-determining the longitude between Paris and Greenwich telegraphically, 1887. Official and unofficial correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy, A. Milner and Sir Howard Grubb concerning the photographic mapping of the heavens and a question about it asked in the House of Commons, 1887-1888. Correspondence with the Admiralty and H.H. Turner concerning the order to Sir Howard Grubb to construct photographic telescopes, 1888. Correspondence with the Admiralty regarding the payment for the photographic telescopes, 1889-1890. Correspondence with Sir Howard Grubb concerning experiments and suggestions for the object glass, including a copy of a letter from Messrs Schott and Son on the employment of patent glass for photographic objectives, 1887-1888. Correspondence with Grubb concerning arrangements for the payment and construction of an experimental object glass, with estimates for the production and erection of the photographic telescope, 1888. Correspondence with Grubb accepting his tenders for telescopes for Greenwich and the Cape, and correspondence on the mechanical details of the instruments, 1888-1889. Correspondence with Grubb concerned principally with optical matters, 1889-1890, including receipt of the 4" and 6" experimental object glasses and photographs taken with them. Correspondence with Grubb concerning the charges for workmen's time, the division of the declination circle, the claim for the second instalment of the telescope for the Cape Observatory, and the dispatch of a telescope to the Royal Observatory at Greenwich, 1890. Correspondence with Grubb giving details of the telescope for the Cape Observatory, a receipt for a 10" object glass and dark slide, and general correspondence on the mounting of the telescope and the dispatch to the Cape of the Cape Telescope, 1890-1891.
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1887–1891
44 Papers on instruments. 1. Spectroscopes. Various memoranda concerning spectroscopes, 1901-1925. 1. 'Spectroscope', 21 September 1901. 2. 'Spectroscope', 23 September 1901. 3. 'Photographic Spectroscope', January 1900. 4. 'Photographic Spectroscope', 14 October 1901. 5. 'Christie's direct-vision "half prism" spectroscope'. 6. 'Wave lengths of spectrum lines'. 7. 'Standard Wavelengths', 1922 (printed). 8. 'Report on Pure Carbon Electrodes', 1925. 2. Photoheliographs. Correspondence and memoranda concerning photoheliographs, 1908-1926, including:. 1. 'Relative definition of the Greenwich Photoheliographs'. 2. 'Madras Photoheliograph now at Kodai Kanal Observatory'. 3. 'The Thompson Photoheliograph, Alteration of scale'. 4. 'The Dallmeyer Photoheliograph', 1910. 5. Correspondence with Ross and Co. on adaptors for homocentric lenses. 6. 'Dallmeyer Photoheliograph', 1911. 7. 'Abney Lens'. 8. 'Dallmeyer Lens'. Correspondence with Sir Howard Grubb concerning a new 4" object glass for the Dallmeyer Photoheliograph, 1911-1912. 3. Time Ball. Notes of days during the period 1895-1909 when the Time Ball could not be raised or dropped due to faults in the mechanism or the weather. There is also correspondence, principally with Troughton and Simms, concerning repairs to the Time Ball. 4. Clocks. List of clocks and chronometers in the possession of the Royal Observatory on 1 January 1909, and where they were placed. Report, including graphs, on the temperature of the clock room, giving results and comparisons for 3 and 6 month periods, 1911-1912. Memoranda concerning clocks, including the Krille chronograph and receiving instruments, 1912-1916. Blueprint (No. 3697M) of the micrometer for the transit instrument, 27 August 1920.
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1895–1926
45 Papers on clocks and chronographs. Correspondence with T. Lewis and E. Dent and Co. concerning repairs to clocks and correspondence with W.H. Shepherd, 1888-1889. Correspondence with Victor Kullberg concerning the tender for the supply of new electric dials and the repair of old ones, 1897-1899. Correspondence with clockmakers, principally V. Kullberg and Dent and Co., concerning repairs to Royal Observatory clocks and chronometers, 1901-1911. Internal memoranda on the subject of clocks, chronographs and chronometers, 1892-1909, including a list of clocks at the Royal Observatory and on loan on 22 June 1892. List of Royal Observatory chronometers on 25 June 1894. Correspondence with Troughton and Simms concerning chronographs, including an estimate for a new chronograph for the New Altazimuth Instrument, 1897. Correspondence with T. Cooke and Sons and an estimate for a new chronograph for the New Altazimuth Instrument, 1898. Correspondence with Sir Howard Grubb and an estimate for a chronograph for the New Altazimuth Instrument, and correspondence with the Admiralty and approval of this estimate, 1897-1898. Internal and external memoranda concerning chronographs, 1889-1906.
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1888–1911
46 Papers on astronomical instruments. Memoranda concerning miscellaneous astronomical instruments, 1888-1908, including:. 1. 'Measurements of portable instruments'. 2. List of astronomical instruments. 3. 'Lubricant for heavy bearings'. 4. 'Stauffers Lubricant'. 5. 'Observations with small Transit'. 6. 'Portable Transits'. 7. 'Small Transit Instrument - Paris longitude'. 8. 'Mercury basins used with small Transits'. 9. 'Transit Pavilion'. 10. 'Stellar Telescope'. 11. 'Portable Transit - illumination of field' (diagram). Correspondence with T. Cooke and Sons concerning the new self-recording micrometer for the 3" transit instrument, 1919-1920, with a black and white photograph (5" x 8") of one of the company's transit instruments fitted with a self-recording micrometer. . Miscellaneous correspondence concerning astronomical instruments, 1886-1912, including the following:. 1. Correspondence with Troughton and Simms concerning new wires for the zenith tube, the right ascension micrometer for the small transit circle and illumination of the field telescope. 2. Correspondence with A.A. Common concerning the methods for resilvering mirrors. 3. Correspondence with R. Aitchison concerning the supply of prism binoculars. 4. Correspondence with T. Cooke and Sons concerning the supply of a new 4" astrographic lens and on levels for small transits. 5. Correspondence with Troughton and Simms and D. Gill concerning portable transits. 6. Correspondence with G.M. Whipple concerning a Schanschieff battery. 7. Correspondence with M. Lecky and C.A. Young concerning the use of spirit scales. Memoranda concerning optics, 1876-1892:. 1. 'Concave enlarging lens', 1876. 2. 'Enlargement of chart or catalogue photos with 4" object glass of the photoheliograph', 1876. 3. 'Dallmeyer Photoheliograph', 1876. 4. 'Thompson Photoheliograph', 1891. 5. 'Dallmayer's new Doublet for Thompson Photoheliograph', 1892. 6. 'Measures of distortion Photographs', 1892. 7. 'Alteration of focus for the Thompson 9-inch', 1892. 8. 'Enlarging camera for the Thompson 26-inch', 1892.
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1876–1920
47 Papers on magnetic instruments. Correspondence with E. Dent and Co. concerning the replacement of the escape wheel of the magnetic declination time piece, 1891. . Correspondence with Troughton and Simms concerning the repair of the declination magnet theodolite, 1892. Correspondence with A. Reuker concerning the design of declination magnets, 1898. Correspondence with the Kew Observatory concerning the supply of a unifilax magnetometer to the Royal Observatory, 1890-1891. Correspondence with Samuel Courtauld and Co. Ltd. on the purchase of silk thread for suspending magnets, 1909. Memoranda concerning magnetic instruments and their use, 1886-1902, including:. 1. 'Readings of Magnet Thermometers', 1886. 2. 'A table showing the temperature of the Magnetic Basement', 1886. 3. 'Observations to determine the effect of the Elliot Declinometers upon a dip needle at different distances', 1896. 4. 'Elliot Instrument (75)'. 5. 'Upper Declination Magnet'. 6. 'Vertical face damper'. Correspondence with the Admiralty, Cambridge Scientific Instrument Co. and Troughton and Simms concerning the supply of a dip inductor, 1911-1913. Correspondence with E. Dent and Co. concerning the supply of two new driving clocks for magnetometers, 1910-1911. . Drawings of magnetographs, 1910-1911:. 1. 'Magnet system and compensation bar for vertical force'. 2. 'Recording arrangements in Magnet Room', 11 September 1914. 3. 'Magnetograph - Vertical force'. 4. 'Vertical force Magnetograph Recorder for 1904 August'. 5. 'Magnetograph Vertical force instrument'.
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1886–1913
48 Memoranda on meteorological instruments. Various memoranda concerning meteorological instruments:. 1. Refraction through glass stem of photographic thermometers. 2. Positive potential - Thompson's (electrometer). 3. Osler's anemometer. 4. Comparison of sunshine instruments. 5. Osler's anemometer pressure scale from 1893. 6. Breakage of the solar radiation thermometer. 7. Comparison of the altazimuth thermometer with the standard. 8. Examination of Robinson's anemometer. 9. Chronometer room thermometers. 10. Osler's clock. 11. Osler's anemometer. 12. Sunshine instruments. 13. Ozonometer. 14. Solar radiation thermometer.
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1883–1909
49 Correspondence with the Director of Works. Correspondence with the Director of Works concerning the buildings and grounds of the Royal Observatory:. Construction of the new library, 1878-1882. Repairs to the Octagon Room, 1897. Piers in the new library for the magnetic instruments, 1883. Construction of a wall for the Lassell Dome, 1883. Cost of the South East Equatorial buildings, 1887. Enlargement of the computing rooms and the erection of an 18 foot dome over them for the astrographic equatorial, 1887. . Erection of a porter's lodge, 1889-1890. . Construction of a building for the transit circle (i.e. the Transit Pavilion), 1890-1891. Construction of a balcony around the East Dome, 1894-1898. Construction of the Magnetical Department's hut in the south enclosure of Greenwich Park, 1894-1901. . Proposals for a new boundary fence, 1897-1901. The 1887 papers include a list giving the dates of the Royal Observatory buildings. In a pocket at the back of the volume are plans showing the proposed new boundary fence, 1899-1900.
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1878–1901
50 Correspondence with the Director of Works. Correspondence with the Director of Works concerning the construction of the New Museum and the Physical Observatory, 1888-1899, including the following: 1. Plans of the buildings; 2. Estimated cost of construction; 3. Contract for construction; 4. Extract from the Astronomer Royal's diary, 18 May 1889; and 5. Extract from the Report of the Astronomer Royal to the Board of Visitors. Correspondence with Christie concerning the construction of the New Museum and Physical Observatory, 1890-1895. The correspondents are H. Pilkington, the Director of Works; W.M. Crisp; C. Jordan; E.J. Woodhead; and W.J. Wharton. Correspondence with the Director of Works concerning the ornamental work outside the east and west wings of the new buildings, 1898, with three photographs of the ornamental work for the gables, as well as rough plans, notes and memoranda concerning the building work.
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1888–1899
51 Correspondence with the Director of Works. Correspondence with the Director of Works regarding the buildings and grounds of the Royal Observatory, including lists of proposed new buildings and repairs to existing ones, and printed copies of the returns for annual estimates.
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1892–1912
52 Measures and plans. Measures and plans relating to the buildings and grounds of the Royal Observatory:. Documents showing the measurements of the Great Equatorial room, 1877. Plans for the fitting of a gas pipe to Naptha House, 1877. Plans of alterations necessary due to the erection of the new library, 1878-1879. Miscellaneous measures and plans, 1879-1881. Paper giving the measurements of Zylinski's transit and vertical circle in the front courtyard of the Royal Observatory, 1889. Measurement of the space occupied by chronometers, 1895. Rough plan of shelves and the chronometer oven, 1895. Ground plan of the South East Dome lower room, a plan of the chronometer room and oven, and plans for the proposed new chronometer oven, 1896. Dimensions of the space occupied by books and manuscripts in the library, the record room and the depot, 1894-1898. Material on sliding shelves for charts, maps, etc., 1902. Survey of portfolios of charts, 1903. Material on the portable canvas hut for the French Longitude Station and the plan giving details of the shutter in the roof, 1902. Memoranda, 1902: 1. 'Effect of ironwork in proposed New Altazimuth Dome'; 2. 'Cost of chronometer oven'; 3. 'Plans and measurement of the Lassell Dome'; 4. 'Transit Pavilion'; and 5. 'Plan of grounds between the New Physical Observatory and the Altazimuth Pavilion'.
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1877–1903
53 Papers on the South East Dome. Correspondence with the Admiralty concerning the cost of the South East Dome, 1890. . Correspondence concerning the expenses of the Astronomer Royal and a claim from Cooke and Son for part payment for the construction of the South East Dome, 1893. Correspondence on the dismantling of the South East Dome, applications for tenders, tenders, and letters of acceptance, 1891. Sir Howard Grubb's plans for the machinery in the Dome, 1891. Notes and memoranda concerning the South East Dome, 1890-1893. Printed copy of a paper by Christie extracted from the 'Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society', May 1891, titled 'On the New Dome at Greenwich'. Extract from 'The Times', 14 October 1892. Loose papers and plans (in a pocket at the back of the volume):. 1. 'Proposed new cistern to supply water clock in Great Equatorial Dome', 1896. 2. 'Site Elevation - Gear for moving of shutter of 36ft Dome', 1892. 3. 'Plan of top rollers for shutter', 1891. 4. 'Gearing for revolving Lassell Dome'. 5. 'Plan of bottom rollers for shutter', 1891. 6. 'Details of shutter top - connection of top rail'.
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1890–1896
54 Correspondence on domes. Correspondence concerning the supply of a new canvas wind screen for the South East Dome, 1908. Correspondence with Ewart and Son concerning the copper ribs for the Lassell Dome, 1896. Correspondence with T. Cooke and Sons and the Director of Works concerning the removal of the Lassell Dome, 1894. Correspondence with Sir Howard Grubb concerning an accident to the Astrographic Dome and the supply of a new shutter, 1894-1895, with two black and white photographs depicting the broken shutter of the Astrographic Dome lying in the courtyard. Correspondence concerning the provision of two wind-screens for the East Dome and Equatorial telescopes, 1895. Correspondence with T. Cooke and Sons concerning the repair of the revolving gear of the 28" Equatorial Dome, 1899. Correspondence with W.F. Rabbidge concerning the examination of the shutter gearing for the South East Dome, 1912. Correspondence with His Majesty's Dockyard concerning accident repairs to the South East Dome, 1915. Correspondence with the Royal Naval College concerning additional electrical points for the darkroom, 1920. Correspondence with T. Cooke and Sons concerning the repair of the 'wheel-work for opening the Dome' of the 28" Equatorial, 1906. Correspondence concerning repairs to the South East Dome, 1908. Correspondence with T. Cooke and Sons concerning repairs to the Lassell Dome, 1902-1903.
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1894–1920
55 Papers on electric light installation. Correspondence with the Admiralty concerning the proposal and estimated cost of electrical light installations at the Royal Observatory, 1891-1894, including tenders from various companies. Contract with Johnson and Phillips to install electric lighting at the Royal Observatory, with related correspondence, 1892-1896. Tenders from J.D.F. Andrews and Co., the Anglo-American Brush Co., Drake and Goreham, and Siemen Bros., all of which were rejected, with related correspondence, 1892. Miscellaneous papers and memoranda to staff on the installation of electric lighting at the Royal Observatory, 1891, with a black and white photograph of the gas engine and dynamo installed at the Observatory and an envelope containing a small reel of copper lamp fuse wire. Correspondence with Messrs Verity and Co. and the General Electrical Company concerning the lighting for the Physical Observatory and the New Altazimuth, 1897-1901. Correspondence with Niblett and Sutherland concerning the lighting for the east and west wings of the Physical Observatory, 1899-1901. Correspondence with the Alliance Electrical Co. concerning the lighting for the basement and libraries, 1900-1901. Correspondence with the Admiralty concerning the renewal of the electric light accumulator at the Royal Observatory, 1899. Correspondence with Johnson and Phillips concerning the renewal of the electric light accumulator at the Royal Observatory, 1898-1899. Correspondence with the Electric Power Storage Co. Ltd concerning the renewal of the electric light accumulator at the Royal Observatory, 1899. Correspondence and a contract with the Chloride Electric Storage Syndicate Ltd for a new accumulator, 1899-1900. Further correspondence with the Chloride Electric Storage Syndicate Ltd, 1900. Blueprints: 'Arrangement of 53 RG4 Cells' and 'Arrangement of CE55 RG Cells', 1899. Correspondence with the Chloride Electric Storage Co. Ltd, the Admiralty, the D.P. Battery Co., Johnson and Phillips, and the Tudor Accumulator Co. concerning the disposal of the old accumulator and the purchase of a new one, 1902. Correspondence with the Admiralty concerning the renewal of the accumulator, 1904. Correspondence with the D.P. Battery Co. concerning the renewal of the accumulator, with blueprints of cells, 1904. Correspondence with the D.P. Battery Co. concerning the periodical inspection of the battery, 1904. Consignment notes and delivery arrangements for the new accumulator battery, 1904. Correspondence with Johnson and Phillips, the Tudor Accumulator Co. and the Chloride Electric Co. concerning the removal of the accumulator, 1904. Correspondence with the Admiralty concerning the disposal of the old accumulator battery, 1905. Various memoranda concerning the renewal of the accumulator, 1904.
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1891–1905
56 Papers on electric light installation. Correspondence with Johnson and Phillips concerning leakage in the electric light installations, 1900. Correspondence with Crossley Bros. concerning repairs to the gas engine and the supply of cooling tanks, 1901-1902. Correspondence with Longstreth's Ltd concerning the purchase of new electric hand lamps, 1902. Correspondence with Rawlings Bros., including an estimate and a sketch for a wrought iron basket, 1902. Correspondence with the Electrical Engineer, Chatham, concerning an enquiry about the supply of electricity to the Royal Observatory, 1902. Correspondence with H.M. Dockyard concerning the supply of a new leather driving belt for the gas engine, 1906. Correspondence with Haycraft and Son concerning repairs to the exhaust pipe of the gas engine, 1906-1907. Correspondence with Crossley Bros. concerning the repair of the gas engine, 1906-1907. Correspondence with Mr Rennie of the Board of Trade, 1907. Correspondence on the supply of new electricity meters, 1907. Quotation from Ferranti Ltd for a new electricity meter, 1907. Correspondence with Johnson and Phillips and related internal memoranda concerning the examination of the dynamo, electric mains and the supply of a new dynamo, 1907-1909. Correspondence with Johnson and Phillips concerning the supply of a new dynamo, and with the Admiralty regarding temperature experiments, 1908-1909. Correspondence with Crossley Bros. and the Civil Engineer, Royal Naval College, concerning gas and electric light at the Royal Observatory, the exhaust pipe of the gas engine, the introduction of a screening pit, and the change of position of the gas engine, 1910.
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1900–1910
57 Papers on the water supply. Correspondence and official agreements with Kent Water Works regarding the supply of water to the Royal Observatory, water rates and increases in water rates, regulations for meter supplies and the arrangement of new water mains.
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1883–1890
58 Papers on Greenwich Park. 1. Police Protection, 1881-1912. Correspondence, newscuttings and other papers regarding security at Greenwich Park, including much material on the explosion of 15 February 1894 caused by a botched anarchist attack on the Observatory:. Papers concerning the bomb explosion in Greenwich Park, 1894. Extracts from newspapers concerning the bomb incident of 15 February 1894:. 1. 'The Globe', 16 February 1894: 'Bomb explosion in Greenwich Park'. 2. 'Kentish Mercury', 16 February 1894: 'Fatal explosion in Greenwich Park'. 3. 'Daily Graphic', 16 February 1894: 'Explosion in Greenwich Park'. 4. 'Daily Telegraph', 16 February 1894: 'Mysterious occurrence in Greenwich Park'. 5. 'St James's Gazette', 16 February 1894: 'The Greenwich explosion - the victim identified'. 6. 'Pall Mall Gazette', 16 February 1894: 'Anarchism at home and abroad'. 7. 'Central News', 16 February 1894: 'French Anarchists in London'. 8. 'Evening News', 16 February 1894: 'Bombs and Anarchy'. 9. 'The Echo', 16 February 1894: 'Startling explosion at Greenwich - plot to blow up the Observatory'. 10. 'Evening News and Post', 16 February 1894: 'Bombs and Anarchy - a French anarchist is blown to pieces in Greenwich Park, extraordinary career'. 11. 'The Star', February 1894: 'An Anarchist Accident, Frenchman the victim of his own explosive in Greenwich Park'. 12. 'The Morning', 16 February 1894: 'Anarchist attempt to blow up Greenwich Observatory'. 13. 'The Standard', 17 February 1894: 'Anarchists in London - the Greenwich explosion'. 14. 'Daily Graphic', 17 February 1894: 'The Greenwich explosion - raid on anarchist club'. 15. 'Daily Graphic', 17 February 1894: 'The Greenwich explosion - illustrated'. 16. 'Larks', vol. 2, 19 February 1894: 'The Ball's Pond Banditti at Greenwich Observatory'. 17. 'Kentish Mercury', 23 February 1894: 'The bomb explosion in Greenwich Park - opening of the inquest on Bourdin', 2 copies. Letter from Mrs Isabella Watson, 26 February 1894, concerning the 'bomb incident' in the park on 15 February. Anonymous letter of warning to the Astronomer Royal concerning experiments on animals, 1894. Envelope with a warning message written across it, informing the Astronomer Royal that his telescopes are being intercepted by spiritual means, 1894. Letter from W.R. Waugh concerning the 'bomb incident in Greenwich Park', with a miniature varnished photograph affixed beside the letter heading, 1894. Letter from the Home Office concerning 'Outrages - attempts' and asking if any pieces of metal fell within the Observatory Grounds as a result of the explosion, 1894. Letter from the Blackheath Camera Club concerning the explosion, 1894. . Letter from George Knott concerning the explosion, 1894. Letter from H. Wynne concerning the explosion, 1894. Correspondence with Henry Major concerning the committee for improving the approaches to Greenwich Park, 1883-1885, including a coloured plan showing the proposed improvement. Correspondence with the Admiralty discussing the security of the Royal Observatory, 1885. Correspondence with the Park Superintendent concerning a complaint about the Chief Assistant's key to the park gate, 1886. Correspondence concerning Greenwich Park gates being left unlocked at night by Royal Observatory staff, 1886-1890. Letter from Douglas Smith requesting permission to take photographs in Greenwich Park, 1889-1891. Correspondence concerning a proposal for new paths in Greenwich Park and a request for permission to play a football match in the park, 1891. Correspondence concerning the loan, return and loss of keys to Greenwich Park gates, including a list of members of staff in possession of a key, 1877-1881. Reports by members of staff on the explosion in Greenwich Park, including letters of congratulation on the Royal Observatory's escape from harm, 1894. Correspondence concerning the death of Mr Jordan and the appointment of his successor, 1881. Miscellaneous correspondence relating to Greenwich Park, 1883-1891. Correspondence with Greenwich Park authorities concerning issues relating to the use of the park, 1902-1912, including: 1. Replacement of broken keys; 2. Trees obscuring telescopes; 3. Smoke from bonfires; 4. Opening gates at night; 5. Theft of fruit from the Astronomer Royal's garden; and 6. Revising the map of Greenwich Park. Correspondence concerning the cutting of trees which were obscuring the telescopes, 1893. 2. General correspondence, 1876-1896. Correspondence with the Superintendent of Parks requesting the use of a part of Greenwich Park to temporarily store the transit of Venus instruments, 1876. Correspondence with the Superintendent of Parks concerning the removal of certain trees which were obscuring the telescopes, 1877. Correspondence with the Park Keeper informing the Astronomer Royal that his servants are letting young men into the park after the gates are closed for the night, 1877. Complaint by Sir George Airy on the disturbance caused by the sheep in Greenwich Park, 1878. Correspondence concerning the state of the path on Observatory Hill, 1878. Correspondence concerning the testing of the Time wires between the Royal Observatory and the South Eastern Railway, 1879. Correspondence with the Director of Works concerning the improvements to be made in the park on Observatory Hill, 1894-1895. Correspondence concerning the distribution of park keys to Royal Observatory staff, 1895. Correspondence with the Office of Works concerning the supply of new keys to the park gates, 1896. General correspondence concerning permits to take photographs in the park. Correspondence with the park authorities, 1899. Correspondence concerning the proposed improvements to be made to the north-west corner of the park, 1880, including an extract from the 'Kentish Mercury', 23 October 1880, titled 'The Approaches to Greenwich Park'. 3. Police Protection, 1894. Correspondence with the Admiralty and the Metropolitan Police requesting police protection following the fatal explosion in Greenwich Park on 15 February 1894.
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59 Correspondence on approaching railways. Correspondence with the local committee for promoting railway communication between Greenwich and Woolwich concerning the possible interference of trains with the instruments of the Royal Observatory, 1887-1888. Correspondence concerning the proposed extension of the London Chatham and Dover Railway Co. Ltd, 1881-1888, including a printed copy of the Railway Extensions Act and notes by W. Ellis. Correspondence concerning the Bexley Heath Railway extension, 1883-1888, including: 1. Bexley Heath Railway Act, 1883; 2. Bexley Heath Railway Act, 1886; 3. Bexley Heath Railway Act, 1887; 4. Clauses and acts of the Bexley Heath Railway; 5. Bexley Heath Railway Bill; and 6. Report of the Secretary of State for the Home Office on The Bexley Heath Railway Bill (1888). Correspondence and other papers regarding experiments carried out at the Royal Observatory to establish the extent to which the trains passing close by were disturbing readings and instruments, 1888. Correspondence with Mr Lockyer enquiring about the result of the above experiments, 1889. Correspondence with the 'Daily Telegraph' concerning the effect of passing trains on Observatory instruments, 1890.
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1881–1890
60 Papers on the Observatory's protection. Correspondence concerning 'Special cases out of which arose discussions as to original protective clauses', including conferences at the Board of Trade. The correspondence covers the period 1893-1903, and is mainly with the Director of Works. Correspondence with A.W. Rücker and others concerning the protection of the Royal Observatory from the production of a 'magnetic field' as a result of poor insulation between the carriages of the trains passing by the Royal Observatory, 1898-1904. Correspondence with the Treasury, the Royal Society and the Director of Works concerning the proposed removal of the magnetic instruments from the Kew and Greenwich Observatories, 1901. 'Administrative County of London and District Electric Power Co. Bill', 1905. 'London County Council Electric Supply Bill 1906/7.'. Correspondence with the Director of Works, the Board of Trade and the Treasury, 1905-1907, concerning the above bills and a conference held at the Treasury on 18 June 1907, including a discussion as to the protective clause. Correspondence with the Admiralty concerning the London County Council Electric Supply Bill 1906 and the proposed revision of the clause relating to the protection of government observatories, 1906. Correspondence concerning a conference at the Treasury on 18 June 1907, including a memorandum of the conclusions arrived at. Correspondence concerning electric railway trains, 1893-1909. The correspondents are W.D. Prideaux; J. Janssen; R. Hill; the Director General, Ordnance Survey; G. Whale; and the Mount Hamilton Exploitation Co. Comparison of the magnetic declination at Greenwich and Parc St., Maur, Paris, 1901. Correspondence with the Board of Trade concerning a visit to the Royal Observatory to inspect the Earth current registers, and subsequent correspondence on electrical disturbances, 1910. Copies of protective clauses and related notes, 1899-1903. Memoranda relating to magnetism and earth currents, 1897-1901. Extracts from various newspapers concerning electric railways, 1900-1909, including an article on the removal of the Royal Observatory:. 1. 'The Times', 24 January 1900: 'Electric Traction on the underground railway'. 2. 'Daily Mail', 4 July 1900: 'Vagrant Electricity'. 3. 'The Times', 25 December 1900: 'Electric Trains and Magnetic Observations'. 4. 'The Times', 26 December 1900: 'Electric Trains and Magnetic Observations'. 5. 'The Times', 29 December 1900: an article on the removal of the Royal Observatory due to electric trains causing disturbances in the magnetic readings. 6. 'The Times', 14 February 1901: 'South Metropolitan Gas Co.'. 7. 'Engineering', 24 November 1905: 'Single - Phase V. continuous current for traction purposes' and 'Engineering Schemes in Parliament'. 8. 'Electrical Industries and Investments', 29 November 1905: 'The autocrat of the Board Table - XVI' and 'The South Metropolitan Electric Light and Power Co. Ltd - Growing Demand for Light and Power'. 9. 'The Times', 13 December 1905: 'The St Neots' Electric Power Scheme'. 10. 'The Times', 2 May 1906: 'London County Council (tramways and improvements) Bill'. 11. 'The Times', 10 May 1906: 'Parliamentary Committees - London County Council (Electric Supply) Bill'. 12. 'The Times', 11 May 1906: 'London County Council (Electric Supply Bill)'. 13. 'The Times', 19 March 1907: 'London County Council Committees'. 14. 'The Times', March 1907: 'London County Council - New chairman of committees'. 15. 'The Times', 10 May 1907: 'London County Council (Electric Supply) Bill'. 16. 'The Times', 28 May 1907: 'Electric Supply in London'. 17. 'The Times', 12 June 1907 'London County Council - The Electricity Supply Bill'. 18. 'The Times', 1 January 1908: engineering supplement, 'London Power proposals for 1908'. 19. 'The Times', 17 June 1908: 'London Electricity Supply'. 20. 'The Times', 8 January 1909: 'The Electrification Scheme'. 21. 'The Morning Post', 27 September 1909: 'Royal Observatory and Electric Railways'. 22. 'The Times', 25 September 1909: 'The Royal Observatory and Electric Railways'. 23. 'Daily Mail', 31 August 1905: 'Why Greenwich Observatory ought to be moved'. 24. 'Daily Mail', 1 September 1905: 'Greenwich Royal Observatory - should it be moved? - Scientists' views'. 25. 'Daily Mail', 2 September 1905: 'Greenwich Royal Observatory - The essential factors in selecting a site'. 26. 'Daily Mail', 4 September 1905: 'The Royal Observatory - The case for the Greenwich site'. 27. 'Daily Mail', 5 September 1905: 'The Royal Observatory - How haze and fog impede work'. 28. 'Daily Mail', 6 September 1905: 'Professor Gregory on the Greenwich Site'. 29. 'Daily Mail', 7 September 1905: 'The Royal Observatory - Astronomers' Defence of Greenwich'.
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1893–1910
61 Papers on electric railways. Correspondence with the Director of Works concerning various electric railway and power bills, including an index of bills, 1898-1907. Correspondence concerning requests for further information on the following bills, 1906: North West London Railway Company Bill; Corporation of London (Blackfriars and other bridges) Bill; Metropolitan District Railway Bill; City of London Electric Lighting Company Bill; and Additional Electric Power Supply (London) Bill. Correspondence with the Director of Works concerning railways outside the five mile radius which affect the Royal Observatory in some way, 1898-1905, with an index of correspondence. Correspondence with the Director of Works and London County Council concerning the London County Council Tramways, 1898-1902. Copies of the following Bills, with related correspondence, 1908: London Electric Supply Bill, 1908; London District Electricity Supply Bill, 1908; and London (Westminster and Kensington) Electric Supply Companies Bill, 1908.
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1898–1908
62 Papers on electric tramways and railways. Copies of the London County Council (Tramways and improvements) Bills, with related correspondence, 1910-1925. Correspondence with the Hydrographer and the Home Office concerning the Bexley Heath Railway Bill, 1893. Copies of Railway Bills, 1903-1921: . London, Brighton and South Coast Railway Bill, 1903. Charing Cross, Euston and Hampstead Railway Bill, 1910. London Electric Supply Corporation Bill, 1910. London Electric Supply Corporation Bill, 1912. London Electric Railway Bill, 1911. London Electric Railway Amalgamation Act, 1910. City of London (Various Powers) Bill, 1911. London and North Western Railway Bill, 1912. Metropolitan District Railway Bill, 1912. West Ham Corporation Bill, 1912. Great Eastern Railway Bill, 1913. Metropolitan Railway Bill, 1913. City and South London Railway Act, 1913. Metropolitan and Great Northern Railway Companies Bill, 1914. Midland Railway Bill, 1914. London Electric Supply Co. Ltd Bill, 1921.
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1893–1925
63 Ordnance Survey maps. Ordnance Survey maps showing tramways, railways and generating stations in London:. 1. Ordnance survey map of London, No. 271, showing the Royal Observatory and the surrounding area, 1894. 2. Ordnance survey map of South East London, No. 11 SE, 1894-1896 edition. 3. Large scale ordnance survey map of the Royal Observatory and the surrounding area, 1900. 4. Ordnance survey map of London marked to show the nearest points of the rail systems to the Royal Observatory, 1894-1896 revised edition. 5. Map of the existing lines of London United Tramways Ltd and the proposed extensions, 1900. 6. Ordnance survey map of South London, No. 270, 1906. 7. Ordnance survey map of London, No. 8 SE, 1894-1896 edition, marked in 1906 to show the proposed sites of generating stations. 8. Ordnance survey map of London, No. 12 NE, 1894-1896 edition. 9. Ordnance survey map showing parts of Kent, No. 23 (including sheets 1, 2, 7 and 8), marked to show the route of the authorised Bexley Heath Railway, 1888. 10. Ordnance survey map of London, Nos 256 and 270, with parts of 257 and 277, marked to show the site of the Deptford Generating Station and its area of supply, 1906. 11. Ordnance survey map of London and part of Middlesex, Nos 11 NE and 22 NE, 1894-1896 edition. 12. Ordnance survey map of London and part of Middlesex, Nos 11 NW and 22 NW, 1894-1896 edition. 13. Ordnance survey map of London and part of Middlesex, Nos 12 NW and 23 NW, 1894-1896 edition. 14. Ordnance survey map of London and part of Middlesex, No. 277, 1908, marked to show the site of a new generating station. 15. Ordnance survey map of Dartford, No. 277, 1909, showing the Royal Observatory and all stations within a three mile radius. 16. Ordnance survey map of London and part of Middlesex, Nos 7 SW and 18 SW, 1894-1896 edition, showing the tramlines. 17. Ordnance survey map of Kent, No. 2 SW, 1898. 18. Ordnance survey map of London, No. 8 SE, 1894-1896 edition. 19. Ordnance survey map of London, No. 12 SW, 1894-1896 edition. 20. Ordnance survey map of London and part of Middlesex, Nos 8 NW and 18 NW, 1894-1896 edition, marked to show eleven tram routes. 21. Ordnance survey map of London, No. 8 NE, 1894-1896 edition. 22. Ordnance survey map of Kent, No. 8 NW, 1898 revised edition. 23. Ordnance survey map of Romford, No. 257, 1906, marked to show the London Outer Circular Railway 'as per Bill 1906'. 24. Ordnance survey map of South East London and part of Middlesex, Nos 7 SE and 17 SE, 1894-1896 edition. 25. Ordnance survey map of London and parts of Middlesex, Nos 270 and 271, 1908, marked to show the Royal Observatory, as well as the new tramlines within its 5 mile and 3 mile limits resulting from the Metropolitan Electrical Tramways Bill and the London County Council Tramways and Improvements Bill of 1908. 26. Undated, large scale map showing the existing and proposed tramways of London, c. 1903.
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1888–1909
64 Papers on electric railways. Correspondence with the Director of Works and London County Council concerning the new overhead tramway from Woolwich to Eltham, 1901-1910, including:. 1. Correspondence on measures to the taken to protect the magnetic instruments of the Royal Observatory. 2. Black and white photograph of a house in 'Spencer Gardens, Eltham' sent with a letter by S.T. Stafford to the Astronomer Royal asking that he refuse permission for the new line to go into operation because it would disturb a peaceful area. 3. Article from 'The Times Engineering Supplement', 14 April 1909: 'The Surface Contact Tramway in London'. Memorandum by the Astronomer Royal 'On the Effects of Disturbances from Electric Railways on the Magnetic Work carried on at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich', 6 May 1907, 23 confidential copies. Undated list of proposed railways during the period 1840-1888 which would approach or run close to the Royal Observatory. Three printed copies of an enclosure to the Astronomer Royal's report on the disturbance of magnetic instruments by railways, 1900. The enclosure is in French and has the title 'Sur un moyen d'attenuer l'influence des courants industriels sur le champ terrestre, dans les observatories magnetiques. Par M. Th. MOUREAUX'. Printed official copy of the Electric Lighting Acts, 1882 and 1888, and Board of Trade Regulations. Three printed copies of the regulations made by the Board of Trade relating to the Tramways Acts, 1894. Printed report by the Board of Trade titled 'Magnetic Effects of Electrical Traction', 1900. Printed memorandum by the Commissioners of Works concerning electric power and supply bills, 1901. Confidential printed report of a committee appointed to enquire into the working of the London County Council generating station at Greenwich in its relation to the Royal Observatory, including a plan of the generating station, 1906, 4 copies. Printed 'Minutes of Proceedings at a meeting of the Council of the administrative County of London', 17 October 1899.
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1882–1910
65 Papers on the L.C.C. generating station. Papers regarding the London County Council generating station at Greenwich:. (1) Correspondence, 1906. General correspondence with officers of London County Council concerning the generating station, 1906, including a report of the highways committee, a report on the generating station and its relation to the Royal Observatory, and reports of L.C.C. meetings from shorthand notes by Leslie Bannerman. Correspondence with Lord Crawford and Lord Ellenborough concerning a debate in the House of Lords on the generating station, 1906. Correspondence with Professor Foerster concerning the generating station and its interference with the Royal Observatory instruments, 1906, including printed papers on the 'Wegener Fire-box'. Correspondence with the Headmaster of the Greenwich Hospital School concerning the disturbance to instruments caused by the generating station, 1906. Correspondence concerning suggestions for eliminating smoke and vibration from the generating station, 1906. The correspondents are F.J. Down; the Evaporator and Smoke Condenser Co.; A.B. Lennox; Mitchells, Ashworth and Co.; W. Pilkington; and R.H. Smith. Correspondence with the Royal Astronomical Society on possible action to be taken to prevent the L.C.C. generating station interfering with Royal Observatory instruments, 1906. (2) Memoranda, 1906-1909. Notes and memoranda relating to observations made with the transit circle and small transits 'during the experiments at the Greenwich electric generating station. 1906 December 3'. Notes and memoranda on nadir observations made at the Royal Hospital School during the experiments at the generating station. 'Observations of smoke from London County Council generating station chimneys 1907-1909.'. 'Notes on the smoke seen coming from the chimneys of the electric power station, and its effects', March-August 1907 and January-May 1909. 5. 'Low stars observed with Altazimuth.'. (3) Newscuttings, 1905-1907. Extracts and articles from newspapers concerning the generating station and the interference suffered by instruments and observations at the Royal Observatory as a result of smoke and vibration:. 'Kentish Mercury', 20 October 1905: 'Parisian councillors at Deptford and Greenwich'. 'The Times', 30 October 1905: 'Electric Power for London - County Council proposals'. 'The Times', 1 November 1905: 'Electric Power Proposal'. 'The Times', 11 December 1905: 'London County Council Tramways'. 'Daily News', 30 April 1906: 'London Latest danger - generating station at Greenwich'. 'Electrical industries and investments', 2 May 1906: an article on a memorandum issued by the Director of Works. 20 May 1906: 'A great power house'. 'The Standard', 31 May 1906: 'Desecrated Meridian'. 'The Tribune', 31 May 1906: 'Greenwich Danger'. 'Daily Chronicle', 31 May 1906: 'Observatory Risk'. 'Morning Post', 31 May 1906: 'Greenwich Observatory - its efficiency threatened'. 'Daily Express', 7 June 1906: 'Observatory perils - International interest in troubles at Greenwich'. 'Daily Telegraph', 31 May 1906: 'LCC Generator - The Observatory Threatened'. 'Morning Leader', 31 May 1906: 'Observatory's work - Greenwich menaced by Power Stations'. 'Daily Graphic', 31 May 1906: 'Tremors at Greenwich'. 'Westminster Gazette', 31 May 1906: 'Interfering with the Meridian - Astronomer Royal and the LCC'. 'The Times', 1 June 1906: 'Royal Observatory, Greenwich'. 'Daily News, 1 June 1906: 'Greenwich in danger - LCC Engines which defy the stars'. 'Kentish Mercury', 1 June 1906: 'Greenwich Observatory - Annual Visitation. A serious danger'. 'Lee Journal', 1 June 1906: 'Thinking in millions'. 'The Engineer', 1 June 1906: 'Electricity and Astronomy'. 'Electrician', 1 June 1906: an article on the Annual Visitation of the Royal Observatory. 'The Times', 2 June 1906: 'The danger to Greenwich Observatory'. 'The Times', 4 June 1906: 'The Astronomer Royal'. 'Daily Mail, 5 June 1906: 'Greenwich in Danger'. 'Morning Advertiser', 5 June 1906: 'Greenwich Observatory'. 'London Argus', 6 June 1906: an article on the Annual Visitation of the Board of Visitors. 'Electrical Industries and Investments', 6 June 1906: an article on the generating station. 'Daily Mail', 6 June 1906: 'Greenwich in danger'. 'The Standard', 7 June 1906: 'Astronomer's fears'. 'The Times', 7 June 1906: 'The Danger to Greenwich Observatory'. 'Westminster Gazette', 8 June 1906: 'Greenwich Observatory troubles'. 'The Globe', 8 June 1906: 'Letters to the Editor - The LCC and Greenwich Observatory'. 'Electricity', 8 June 1906: 'Scientific Troubles'. 'Daily News', 8 June 1906: 'Shaky Meridian'. 'Daily Chronicle', 8 June 1906. 'The Tribune', 8 June 1906. 'Architect and Contract Reporter' (supplement), 8 June 1906. 'Electrician', 8 June 1906. 'Electrical Review', 8 June 1906: 'Greenwich Observatory and the LCC Power Station'. 'Daily Chronicle', 11 June 1906: 'Observatory in peril'. 'The Standard', 11 June 1906: 'Observatory's Peril'. 'Electrical Industries and Investments', 20 June 1906: 'The Greenwich Electric Power Station'. 'Kentish Mercury', 22 June 1906. 'Daily Mail', 22 June 1906: 'Greenwich Danger - Action by the Government'. 'Daily Mail', 22 June 1906: 'The Outlook'. 'Daily Telegraph', 22 June 1906: 'Greenwich Electric Station - a gigantic mistake'. 'The Times', 22 June 1906: 'Greenwich Observatory'. 'The Globe', 23 June 1906: 'LCC and Greenwich Observatory'. 'Illustrated Mail', 23 June 1906: 'Greenwich Observatory VS LCC'. 'The Graphic', 23 June 1906: 'The Menace to the Meridian'. 'Electrical industries and investments', 27 June 1906. 'Daily News', 28 June 1906. 'Kentish Mercury', 29 June 1906: 'The Danger to Greenwich Observatory'. 'London Argus', 18 August 1906: 'Greenwich Mean Time'. 'The Times', 11 February 1907: 'The LCC and the Royal Observatory'. 'The Times', 20 February 1907: 'The LCC and The Royal Observatory'. 'Engineering', 2 March 1906: 'The London County Council Tramway Power Station at Greenwich'. 'Engineering', 16 March 1906: 'The London County Council Tramway Power Station at Greenwich'. 'Engineering', 30 March 1906: 'The London County Council Tramway Power Station at Greenwich'.
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1905–1909
66 Correspondence on the L.C.C. generating station. Correspondence concerning the London County Council generating station at Greenwich:. Correspondence with the Admiralty concerning the disturbance to instruments caused by the generating station, 1905-1908. Correspondence with the Director of Works and London County Council Tramways concerning the 'London County Council Electric Supply Bill, 1906' and the 'London County Council Tramways Improvements Bill, 1906'. Correspondence with Professor Ewing, Lord Rosse and Sir B. Baker concerning the disturbance to instruments caused by the generating station, 1906. Correspondence with the Treasury and a copy of the case submitted to the Treasury solicitor against the continued operation of the generating station, 1906. Correspondence concerning a conference held at the Admiralty on 14 November 1911, with a copy of the conclusions of the conference, 1911. Correspondence and notes on cables and currents of the generating station and their possible interference with magnetic instruments at the Royal Observatory, 1912, with a blueprint of the 'Low Tension Cables', and an Ordnance Survey Map of London and part of Middlesex, Nos 12 NW and 23 NW, 1894-1896 edition, marked to show the generating station.
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1905–1912
67 Catalogues of moveable property. Catalogues and lists of Royal Observatory moveable property:. Index to charts in the chart room, 1905. Catalogue of instruments and property, including pictures, photographs, engravings, mounted and framed charts, models and busts, 1893. Inventory of the scientific instruments and property of the Magnetical and Meteorological Department, 1893. Catalogue of pictures, furniture and obsolete scientific instruments, 1887. Catalogue of the Shuckburgh and Sheepshanks Equatorials, the altazimuth and accessories, 1887. Draft catalogue of all the instruments and their accessories, 1887. Catalogue of magnetic and meteorological instruments, 1887. Catalogue of furniture and instruments, 1887. List of additions to movable property between June 1875 and June 1876, June 1876 and June 1877, and since June 1877, compiled 1878. List of instruments and property on loan to organisations and individuals, 1878. Lists of additions to movable property between 1878 and 1890, compiled 1879-1890. Undated, alphabetical list of discrepancies found on a survey of the new inventory of instruments and property.
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circa 1875–1905
68 Papers on receipts and gifts. Correspondence and other papers regarding the acquisition of moveable property by the Royal Observatory, including the following:. Correspondence with A. Cowper Ranyard, S. Denman, W. Spottiswoode and S. Crompton, who sent various photographs to Sir George Airy, 1875-1876. Correspondence with J.P. Maclear and the Admiralty concerning the return of a spectroscope which the Royal Observatory had loaned to Maclear, 1876. Copy of a letter from Airy to Lord Lindsay thanking him for the copy of Struve's 'Double Star Catalogue', with a summary, 1877. Copy of a letter from Airy to W. Bosanquet, 1877, thanking him for the copy of his book which was sent to the Royal Observatory. Letter from Airy to the librarian of the Royal Irish Academy requesting copies of volumes of 'Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy' which were missing from the Royal Observatory collection, 1877. Correspondence with Isabella Herschel concerning the postage of a parcel of books sent to Airy, 1877. Correspondence with L. Trouvelet asking for another copy of a drawing of Saturn, 1877. The original copy that was sent to Airy was lost, and Trouvelot offers a replacement. Correspondence with W. Grimaldi concerning his gift of a book to the Royal Observatory: 'Proceedings of the Board of Longitude', 1878. Correspondence with Herr Strasser concerning his gift of a photographic portrait of Johannes Kepler, 1878. Correspondence with the librarians of various institutes and organisations concerning volumes missing from some periodical publications in the Royal Observatory Library, 1878-1879. Correspondence with W.J. Read regarding his book on 'Navigation and Nautical Astronomy', 1879, a copy of which was sent to Airy. Correspondence with the Undersecretary of the India Office concerning the gift of vols II, III and IV of the 'Account of the Great Trigonometrical Survey of India', 1879. Correspondence with the Observatorio Astronomico Central, Mexico, concerning the gift of a celestial map in four parts made at the Observatorio, 1880. Correspondence with the Admiralty and India Office concerning the forwarding of 'Hourly Meteorological Results', 1882. Letter of receipt for the 'Report of the Mauritius Observatory 1884', 1886. Letter of receipt for a volume of astronomical and meteorological observations of the United States Naval College, 1886. List by Airy of the books on the shelves in the Astronomer Royal's office, 1886. Letter of receipt for 'Reports of Meteorological Observations from 1876-1886' by the Imperial Observatory, Japan, 1887. Letter of receipt for 'Abstracts of Meteorological Observations', Puerto Rico, 1888. Letter of receipt for 'Abstracts, in duplicate, of Meteorological Observations at Puerto Rico', 1888. Letter of receipt for a copy of a report made to the Solar Physics Committee by J. Norman Lockyer on the classification of various species of heavenly bodies, 1888. Letter of receipt for a copy of Professor Young's 'General Astronomy', 1889. Letter of receipt for a copy of the magnetic observations made by Captain Laschober on the Adriatic Coast, 1892. Letter of receipt for vols I and II of the 'Edizione Nazionale delle Opere di Galileo Gililei' from the Italian Ministry of Public Instruction, 1893. Letter of receipt for vol. III of the 'Edizione Nazionale delle Opere di Galileo Gililei' from the Italian Ministry of Public Instruction, 1893. Notice from A. Freeman that he will be sending the Royal Observatory a copy of the third edition of 'Cheyne's Planetary Theory', 1893. Letter of receipt from W.H. Wesley of the Royal Astronomical Society for three photographs, 1895: Gill's Eta Argus, a 10" x 8" transparency taken by Barnard, and a lantern slide of the Orion nebula by Dr Roberto'. Letter of receipt for twenty copies of the new star correction tables from the University Observatory, Oxford, 1897. Notice from the Adams Memorial Committee of the gift of vol. 1 of the 'Collected Papers of Professor Adams', 1897. Correspondence with R. Gordon concerning the gift of nautical almanacs and other astronomical books to the Astronomer Royal, 1899, including: . 1. Drew, 'Manual of Astronomer'. 2. Riddle, 'Treatise on Navigation and Nautical Astronomy', 1842. 3. Wollaston, 'Fasciculus Astronomicus', 1800. 4. 'Practical Observations on Telescopes'. 5. Brewster, 'Notes on Ferguson's Astronomy', 3 vols, 1811. 6. Inman, 'Navigation and Practical Astronomy', 1835. 7. 'Nautical Ephemeris Tables', 1802. Letter of receipt for four photographs, 1899:. 1. Urania Observatory at Berlin. 2. A 12" equatorial with micrometer by Bamberg. 3. The photographic mounting with pointer and 6" voigtlaender euryscope with which Eros was discovered. 4. Enlargement of a portion of the plate on which Eros was first sighted, given to the Observatory by M.G. Witt. Letter of receipt for five copies of the 'Proceedings of the 12th General Conference of the International Geodetic Association' and of the 'special report appending to it', 1899. Correspondence with Constance G. Lubbock concerning her gift of a copy of a portrait of Sir William Herschel, 1900. Notice from H. Van Sittart-Neal of a series of tables founded on pendulum observations on board Austro-Hungarian men-of-war, to be forwarded to the Royal Observatory, 1902. Request for a receipt for a set of maps sent to the Royal Observatory by the French Military Attaché, 1902. Letter of receipt for a copy of Dr Holden's 'Memoir of Professors W C and G P Bond', 1902. Letter of thanks to T. Thorpe for his gift of a transparent diffraction grating, 1905. Letter of thanks to H.D. Taylor for the gift of a copy of his book 'A system of Applied Optics', 1906. Correspondence with Francis Webb, 1907, concerning his gift of a model of the Moon by John Russel R.H. and a copy of 'Helvelli Selenographia', 1647, and six spare prints for covering the model. Letter of thanks to Miss S. Paiget for a portrait of P.L. Guinard and biographical notes, 1907. Letter of thanks to Miss A. Cuberne for a copy of her book 'Sun, Moon and Stars', 1907. Letter of thanks to S.T. Humberston for a copy of 'Antiquity Revealed, The Philosophy of the Solar System', 1907. Spectroscopic photograph of the transit of Mercury, sent to the Astronomer Royal by S. Rawilch, Barcelona, Spain, 1907. Letter of thanks to W. Marriott (a former employee of the Observatory), 1910, for his gift of twenty-seven 5 x 5 negatives of the Royal Observatory taken between 1869 and 1877. List of books received from the Royal Astronomical Society, June 1912. Letter of receipt, 1916, for a copy of the 'Report of the Director of Cantonal Observatory of Neuchatel, Switzerland', 1914 and 1915. Letter from the Hydrographic Department sending 'Tide Tables, Part I 1919'. Letter from G.H. Lepper offering a copy of the fourth edition of his work 'From Nebula to Nebula, or The Dynamics of the Heavens', 1919. Letter from the Dominion Observatory offering a list of 3162 stars adapted for latitude work, 1919. Letter to the American Nautical Almanac Office, 1919, requesting that they send the Royal Observatory a copy of the 1920 'American Ephemeris'. Letter of receipt, 1919, for two copies of 'Tide Tables', parts I and II for 1920. Letter of receipt, 1920, for a copy of 'The Talcott Method of Determining Latitude'. Request to the editor of 'Astronomische Nachrichten' for a 1921 copy of no. 13 of 'Beobachtungs - Zirkular der Astronomuschen Nachrichten', 1922. Correspondence concerning the gift of a globe of the planet Mars by Miss Ingeborg Brun, 1925. Envelope containing a copy of 'Nordisk Astronomisk Tidsskrift', 1921, including an article on Miss I. Brun's globe of Mars, which was presented by her to the Royal Observatory. The envelope also holds a booklet containing five photographs of the globe, which were also presented by Miss Brun. Receipts for wall maps from London County Council Tramways, 1925.
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1875–1928
69 Papers on the loan and return of property. Correspondence and other papers regarding the loan and return of property belonging to the Royal Observatory:. Correspondence concerning the loan and return of Observatory instruments, both to institutions and to private individuals such as E. Knobel, Sir George Airy, Captain Abney and others, 1875. Correspondence concerning the photographs sent by the Astronomer Royal to the Potsdam Photographic Exhibition, 1886. Correspondence concerning the loan to Captain W.J. Wharton, Hydrographer of the Navy, and return of 'the published account of the United States Expedition to observe the total eclipse of 1870', 1885. Correspondence of 1885 concerning the loan to General Sir H. Lefroy and return of a volume of original magnetic photographs recording the declination and horizontal force magnets for 1850. Correspondence concerning the return of a driving clock from the Science and Art Department of the Education Council, 1885. Detailed description of the Great Equatorial telescope lent to W.B. Murray, 1882. Correspondence concerning the loan and return of the Lee Equatorial to the Hong Kong Observatory, 1883-1884. Correspondence concerning the loan and return of a Hodgson 6" object glass to the Elder Brethren of Trinity House, 1884. Correspondence concerning the loan of the clock Dent 2011 to the Kew Committee, 1884. Correspondence concerning the loan of a photoheliograph mounting to the Mountain Observatory Committee of the Royal Society, 1884. Correspondence concerning the loan to Bethnal Green Museum and return of the following instruments, 1884-1886: Simms' Equatorial No. 2, Transit D, Transit A and Altazimuth A. Correspondence between Sir Ernest Shackleton of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition and the staff of the Royal Observatory, 1914-1920, arranging for the collection of various instruments loaned to the expedition, and concerning their subsequent loss in the wreck of the 'Endurance' on 27 October 1915. Correspondence between the Astronomer Royal and the Hydrographer of the Navy concerning the loan of magnetic instruments to Sir Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic expedition, 1921. Correspondence concerning the return of photographs lent to the Glasgow Corporation Galleries of Art for the Glasgow Photographic Exhibition, 1887. Correspondence concerning the loan of vols II, III and IV of Nevil Maskelyne's observations to A. Auwers, 1886. . Correspondence concerning the loan of the Corbett Equatorial to the Revd S.J. Perry, 1887. Correspondence concerning the loan of the cap-stone and lewis of a portable transit instrument to G.C. Frederick, 1886. Correspondence with the South Eastern Railway concerning the repair of an electric clock, 1884. List of movable property belonging to the Royal Observatory on loan on 17 May 1889. Request from Sir George Airy, 1888, for the loan of 'Le Verriers Solar Tables' and 'Le Verriers Tables' in 'Annales de l'Observatoire Imperial de Paris', vol. 4. List of movable property belonging to the Royal Observatory in 1890. Note by A.M.W. Downing, Librarian of the Smithsonian Institute, 1890, stating that an examination of the books in the Library and Record Room had discovered only one missing item: 'Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections', vol. XXXII. Request from the Royal Meteorological Society, 1890, for copies of all observations of thunderstorms, lightning, etc., for 1888-1889. Note of instruments returned to the Royal Observatory by the Bethnal Green Museum, 1890. Correspondence concerning the return of a barometer (Negretti and Zambra 8314) by Dr Copeland, 1886. Request from Captain Hills for the loan of Harrison's chronometer, 1886. Request from Captain Darwin for two or three dry plate boxes, 1886. Request from E. Knobel for a few duplicate sheets of meteorological observations, 1886. Correspondence with Sir George Airy concerning loans of various books and instruments, 1882-1887. List of loans and returns of movable property belonging to the Royal Observatory in 1889. List of solar photographs lent to R. Meldola, 1888. Correspondence with Professor Adams concerning the loan of Auwers's 'Catalogue', 1888. . Correspondence with the Kew Committee concerning the loan of the clock Dent 2011, 1888. List of Royal Observatory instruments on loan on 2 May 1888. . Correspondence with A.R. Sennat of the Masters of the Bench of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple regarding the loan of solar photographs, 1888.
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1875–1927
70 Reports on portable instruments. Correspondence with the Superintendent of Portsmouth Observatory concerning the removal and possibly repair of obsolete instruments, 1883-1884. List of transit of Venus instruments at the Royal Observatory, 20 November 1883. List of transit of Venus instruments at the Cape of Good Hope, 14 March 1884. List of transit of Venus instruments belonging to the Royal Observatory, 1 April 1886. List of instruments belonging to the Royal Observatory held in store, 31 January 1888. List of photoheliographs at the Royal Observatory, 22 May 1890. List of additions to movable property since 11 May 1891, compiled 1892. . List of instruments belonging to the Royal Observatory held in store, 17 May 1889.
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1883–1892
71 Papers on instrument damage. Notes and memoranda to staff concerning damage to portage instruments, as follows:. 1. The breakage of the chronograph glass. 2. The leakage of a glycerine trough. 3. The breakage of a thermometer. 4. The breakage of threads of the declination instruments. 5. The disturbance of the Naval College mark. 6. The repair of the azimuth compass. 7. The damage to fire extinguishers.
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1877–1891
72 Miscellaneous correspondence. Memoranda and notes to staff concerning portable instruments and property of the Royal Observatory, 1875-1882. Letter of thanks to the Director of the Science Museum for the gift of a photograph of Harrison's chronometer No. 2, 1928. Correspondence with the State Research Institute of Geodesy and Cartography, Moscow, concerning an exchange of almanacs, 1933. Correspondence with Lord Bishop of Guildford, 1934, concerning his presentation of two sketches of the Royal Observatory drawn by a Frenchman in 1699. Correspondence with Mrs Tomkins concerning the gift to the Royal Observatory of a machine for grinding mirrors, 1935. Letter of thanks to the Radcliffe Trustees, 1935, for the gift of an original manuscript by John Flamsteed of the British Catalogue, 1701, and a manuscript volume by Nathaniel Bliss of observations made in Oxford during 1755-1863. . Correspondence with Professor Degner concerning the gift of three volumes of logarithmic tables, 1936. Correspondence with the National Portrait Gallery and Messrs F. Haines and Sons regarding the restoration of portraits of Bradley and Dollond, and the regilding of the portraits, 1889. Correspondence with Mrs Hayes concerning her offer for the Royal Observatory to purchase a copy of a portrait of James Bradley, which was declined, 1897. Receipt for a mercury trough, 1913. Enquiry from H.W.G. MacLeod concerning the purchase of lantern slides of Mars, 1920. Circular from the Department of Commerce concerning revised mailing lists, 1920. 'Philosophical Magazine', Vol. 39: 'A note on the equivalent shell of a circular current'. Request from L. Roberts for the use of an old telescope, 1922. Copies of letters from Sir Oliver Lodge, R.A. Millikan, H.C. Plummer and A.A. Robb discussing the 'Theory of the shell of a circular current', 1919. Enquiry from F.G. Ball concerning the worth of a book titled 'Silby's Illustration of Astrology', which was in the possession of his neighbour, 1927. Correspondence with H.S. Rice of the American Museum of Natural History concerning the loan of fourteen photographic transparencies for an exhibition at the planetarium in New York, 1935.
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1875–1936
73 Correspondence with tradesmen. Correspondence regarding accounts held with various tradesmen:. Section (i). Correspondence with tradesmen concerning the settlement of bills and accounts for repairs to buildings, instruments and stationery, 1908. Estimate from Williams and Norgate for supplying millimetre paper, 1894. Correspondence with Bernard Quaritch concerning the purchases of books, 1894. Bill from Gridley and Ford for the carriage of parcels, 1894. Bill from H.J. Smith for repairs to the observing couch, 1894. Estimate from Smith and Son for steel wire, with an envelope containing three samples, 1894. Correspondence with Johnson and Phillips concerning the supply of belt fasteners, 1894. Bills from Atkinson and Co., Banks Ltd and others, 1895. Estimates from Maple and Co. and Haycroft and Son for the supply of copper pails, 1895. Correspondence with Lane and Neave and Piggott Bros. concerning the purchase of tarpaulins, with an envelope containing three samples, 1895. Correspondence with Morgan and Kidd concerning the supply of photographic paper, 1895. Correspondence concerning the settlement of accounts with Charles Lowe, Leggart Bros., Richardsons, G. Hart, W. Hart, A. Keell, Jacob Bros. Ltd, and J.D. Muir, 1895. Correspondence with the Anglo-American Varnish Co. concerning the purchase of black and white enamels, 1896. Tenders from Huntly and Co. and W. Dowell and Co. for the supply of coal to the Royal Observatory, 1896. Estimate from Buck and Hickman for a steel punch, 1897. . Estimate from E. Challis for manilla rope, 1897. Correspondence with M. Likeman concerning the purchase of the 'Argelander Star Chart', 1897. Estimates for tools from Buck and Hickman and Tanner and Co., 1898. Estimate from R. Rollinson for roller blinds, 1898. Correspondence with Robinsons Ltd concerning the purchase of photographic envelopes, 1898. Correspondence concerning the settlement of an account with Herr Teubner, 1899. Correspondence with H. Knight concerning a new polishing process, 1899. Section (ii). Correspondence with Willesden Paper and Canvas Works Ltd concerning an order for sheets of canvas, 1909. Correspondence with J.W. Snee concerning the purchase of firewood, 1909. Price lists from Simmens and Co. and Drew, Clark and Co. for two-wheeled trolleys, 1909. Correspondence with A.R. Thomas concerning the sale of a medal with a portrait of Sir Isaac Newton engraved upon it, 1909. Correspondence with Grimshaw, Baxter and J.J. Elliott Ltd cancelling an order for cutting broaches, 1909. Correspondence with the Agricultural Association Ltd concerning an order for fumigating compound, 1909. Estimate from Johnson, Matthey and Co. Ltd for a sheet of platinum, 1909. Correspondence with Richard Bell and Co. concerning the purchase of white cotton wipers for machinery, 1909. Estimate from Samuel Putney Ltd for boxwood, 1909. Estimate from M. Sallinger for the framing of diplomas, 1909. Estimate from Collins Bros and Gabriel advertising rare flower bulbs, 1909. Letter from H.N. Wood, 1909, offering for sale a copy of 'Hieronymous Astronomicon' printed in 1485. Letter from E. Sims offering for sale a portrait of John Harrison, 1909. Letter from Laing and Wharton Ltd offering to re-silver telescopic mirrors ready for the return of Halley's Comet, 1909. Tenders from Haycroft and Son Ltd, G.H. Beaver and Co., and Beard and Co. for various items of hardware, 1909. Estimate from J. Heathman and Co. for a step-ladder, 1909. Estimate from Wittingham and Co. for the repair of a 'Brunsviga' calculating machine, 1909. Estimate from Haycraft and Son Ltd for an iron hook to be made to order, 1909. Estimate from William Cottis and Sons for the repair of a lawn mower, 1910. Estimate from the Great International Plate Glass Insurance and Cleaning Company for cleaning the windows at the Royal Observatory, 1910. Letter and advertising literature from Birnbaum and Co. for the 'Archimedes' calculating machine, 1910. Letter from Spink and Son offering for sale a portrait intaglio of Halley, 1910. Correspondence with Richard Bell and Co. concerning the late delivery of an order for white cotton wipers for machinery, 1911. Letter from J.L.E. Dreyer enclosing a page from a book list offering an autographed letter by John Flamsteed, 1911. Letter from A. Schlesinger offering for sale an engraving of Nevil Maskelyne, 1911. Correspondence with E. Goodrich concerning the settlement of the Royal Observatory's account, 1911. Estimate from the Gandy Belt Manufacturing Co. Ltd for white cotton wipers for machinery, 1911. Estimates from Butcher, Carrow and Co. Ltd for disinfectant and weed killer, 1911. Estimate from the Nelson Window Cleaning Co. for cleaning windows at the Royal Observatory, 1911. Estimate from W.E. Lee and Son for the cleaning, repair and polishing of tables at the Royal Observatory, 1911. Estimate from Stockall, Marples and Sons for 'Gunmetal Mitre Wheels', 1912. Letter from H.M. Mitchell offering for sale 'Poly-cycle-epicycloidal and other Geometric Curves' by Dr Alabone, 1912. Estimate from J. Meyer for steel wire, 1912. Estimate and price list from George Kent Ltd for refrigerators, 1912. Estimate from F.R. Martin and Co. for refrigerators, 1912. Estimate from the Nelson Window Cleaning Co. for cleaning the windows at the Royal Observatory, 1912. Estimates from the Gandy Belt Manufacturing Co. Ltd, Richard Bell and Co. and E.H. Burt-Smith and Co. for white cotton wipers, with a sample, 1912. Estimate from the Brilliant Sign Co. Ltd for a brass wall plate, 1912. Correspondence with Magic Appliances Ltd concerning the supply of a vacuum cleaner, 1911-1912. Correspondence with Shand, Mason and Co. concerning the installation of a standpipe, 1912. Correspondence with S. Clark and Son concerning the purchase of a gas stove, 1912. Estimate from the British Aluminium Co. Ltd for aluminium wire, 1912. Estimate from J. Benson for rubber tubing, 1912. Circular from Miss Mooney advertising secretarial services, 1913. Letter from C. Fitch offering for sale a mezzotint engraving of James Bradley (which the Astronomer Royal purchased), 1913. Estimate from J.H. Heathman and Co. for a ladder, 1913. Estimate from the Nelson Window Cleaning Company for cleaning the windows at the Royal Observatory, 1913. Quotation for relays from the Automatic Telephone Manufacturing Co. Ltd, 1913. Estimates for an observing mattress from W.E. Lee and Son, 1913. Circular letter from Roneo Ltd advertising fireproof filing cabinets, 1913. Letter from Richard Bell and Co. advertising white cotton wipers for machinery, 1913. Tenders from E. Freak and Castle's Shipbreaking Co. for supplying firewood, 1914. Estimate from S. Mason and Co. for a canvas fire hose, 1914. Estimate from Kelvin Bottomley and Baird Ltd for siphon recorder tubes, 1914. Correspondence with Richard Bell and Co. concerning an order for white cotton wipers, 1914. Correspondence with Claudius Ash and Sons Ltd concerning the purchase of two pieces of flexible coupling, 1914. Estimate from W.E. Lee and Son for the repair of an observing chair, 1914. Price list for baskets from the Workshop for the Blind of Kent, 1914. Estimate from J.E. and S. Spencer for a drawn steel tube, 1914. Estimate from E. Dent and Co. for the repair of a chronometer, 1915. Quotation from Hawkins and Tipson for rope, 1915. Estimate from P.B. Cow and Co. for vulcanised rubber washers, 1915. Estimates from Hile and Cozens and Haycraft and Son Ltd for screws and hinges, 1915. Estimate from Victor Kullberg for repairs to the micrometer of the transit circle, 1915. Letter from Hile and Cozens concerning the delayed delivery of an order, 1915. Tender from W. Potter and Sons for the supply of cardboard boxes for chronometers, 1915-1916. Estimate from Lithanode Ltd for glass battery boxes, 1916. Estimate from the Nelson Window Cleaning Company Ltd for the cleaning of the windows at the Royal Observatory, 1916. Advertising literature from the Mulvido Calculating Machine Co. for the Mulvido Calculator, 1916. Estimate from Borgzinner Bros Ltd for leather boxes for chronometers, 1916. Correspondence with Mosses and Mitchell Ltd concerning the purchase of fibre rings, 1916. Tender from Shand, Mason and Co. for the supply of a canvas fire hose, 1916. Estimate from G.H. Richards for liquid insecticide, 1916. Tender from Hunt Wauthier and Co. for a copper-plate engraving of charts, maps and diagrams, 1916.
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1894–1916
74 Correspondence with instrument-makers. Correspondence regarding accounts held with various instrument-makers:. Correspondence with Troughton and Simms, 1898-1909, including a summary of the annual cost of cleaning instruments. Correspondence with the Improved Electric Glow Lamp Company concerning the re-silvering and polishing of mirrors, 1899-1900. Correspondence with Victor Kullberg concerning an estimate for the cost of repairs to Osler's anemometer, 1903. Correspondence with Peter Heele, manufacturer of scientific instruments, concerning an instrument he wished to sell but which the Royal Observatory rejected, 1904. Correspondence with Negretti and Zambra concerning a defect in a thermometer made by them and its repair, 1907. Correspondence with the '"Vega" Societe Anonymede photographie' concerning a dark slide for observing the Sun, 1907. Correspondence with Troughton and Simms concerning the late delivery of orders and an order for aluminium alloy rods, 1907-1908. Correspondence with Siemens Brothers and Co. concerning a previous order and containing a new order for tungsten wire, 1913. Bills and accounts from Troughton and Simms for the annual cleaning of instruments at the Royal Observatory, 1898-1909. Correspondence with Elliott Bros. concerning the repair of 'The Wheatstone bridge and Galvanometer', 1914. Correspondence with Sir Howard Grubb, Dollond and Co., Newton and Co., and Adam Hilger Ltd concerning the purchase of a small flat mirror for determining the flexure of instruments, 1914-1915.
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1898–1915
75 Calculations of transit circle observations. Notes and calculations of Nadir observations made with the transit circle, 1913-1915. Miscellaneous notes and calculations of observations made with the transit circle, including correspondence with Professor Kopff, 1907-1937. Calculations of observations of clock stars made with the transit circle, arranged in 12 hour groups, 1906-1911. Notes concerning corrections made to wire 'R' of the transit circle, 1913. Record of the number of observations made with the transit circle, 1886-1911. Calculations of the errors of the Moon from observations with the transit circle, 1883-1914. Tables of diurnal changes of the Nadir, 1916-1918. Table comparing Nadir observations observed with the transit circle before and after sunset, 1917.
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1883–1937
76 Calculations of altazimuth observations. Comparison tables of the three determinations of division errors of right degrees of the fixed circle from observations made with the New Altazimuth, 1898-1901. Calculations of discordance between wires 'R' and 'D' on the New Altazimuth, 1899-1901. Meridian observations of the Moon made with the New Altazimuth compared with those made with the transit circle, 1909. Calculations of corrections from reflection observations with the New Altazimuth, 1904-1905.
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1898–1909
77 Calculations of astrographic and equatorial observations. Calculations of astrographic refractor and 28" equatorial telescope observations:. 1. 'Error of adjustment of polar axis on the Astrographical Equational', 1893. 2. Observations of Saturn's rings and double star observations made with the 28" refractor, 1896-1908.
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1893–1908
78 Calculations of photoheliographic observations. Calculations of observations with the photoheliographs:. 1. Solar photographs taken at Srinagar, India, 1916. 2. Results of measures of bright bands in the spectrum of the comet, 1881.
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1881–1916
79 Results of photographic observations. 1. Determinations of star densities and magnitudes on the Franklin-Adams plates, undated. 2. Reports, calculations and memoranda on the magnitude of Nova Persei and Professor Pickering's standard stars from observations made on the astrographic and photographic telescopes, undated.
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80 Miscellaneous astronomical observations. Observations of solar eclipses at Greenwich, 1870-1900. Determination of clock error in Transit 'B', 1906. Occultations of bright stars, 1907-1909. Variable clock stars, 1909. Internal correspondence on the printing of observations of Halley's Comet, 1910. 'Transit of Mercury', 1914. 'Red stars within 17° of Pole', undated.
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1870–1914
81 Papers on the reflex zenith tube. Correspondence with S.C. Chandler concerning the reflex zenith tube and observations made with it over a number of years, including a monthly analysis showing the total number of observations made in each star group for 1906 and 1908 and a memorandum on the publication of reflex zenith tube results.
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1901–1910
82 Papers on star catalogues. Correspondence, calculations and internal memoranda relating to the compilation of star catalogues:. 1. Letter from A.C. Dixon including notes of errors in the Greenwich Observations. 2. Comparison of results on the North Polar distance of stars common to the 1887 and 1888 annual catalogues. 3. The algebraic excess of 1888 North Polar distances over those for 1887 for stars common to both catalogues. 4. Computation of precessions. 5. The number of stars observed in the annual catalogues, 1877-1894. 6. Comparison of 'Astronomische Geselleschaft' and the Greenwich Ten-Year Catalogues, 1890. 7. List of star catalogues and almanacs, including:. (a) 'Nautical Almanac', 1898. (b) 'Connaissance des Temps'. (c) 'Berliner Jahrbuck'. (d) American ephemeris. (e) List of Zodiacal stars in the 'Nautical Almanac', 1898. (f) Newcomb's standard stars. (g) Auwers's fundamental stars. (h) Stars down to the fourth magnitude. 8. Notes on the total of stars in the Third Ten-Year Catalogue of 1900 and a general statement on the re-reduction of Groombridge's observations. 9. Description of work done during the year 1900-1901 on Groombridge's observations. 10. Description of work done during the year 1901-1902 on Groombridge's observations. 11. Progress of observations of astrographic reference stars. 12. Summary of meridian observations in the Greenwich Zone for the New Ten-Year Catalogue. 13. Transit circle working catalogue, 1900. 14. 'Definitive places of the 622 stars of the Fundamental Catalogue for the "Astronomische Geselleschaft" Zones and the Southern Continuations', 1906. 15. Notes regarding the proposed Altazimuth Ten-Year Catalogue. 16. Notes on Professor Boss' catalogue of 1069 fundamental stars and M. Backlund's list of standard stars 1909. 17. List of stars which appear in the ephemerides for 1850.
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1850–1909
83 Material for volumes of Greenwich observations. Extraneous papers printed in the annual volumes of Greenwich observations, 1836-1875, compiled 1879. Undated rough draft of an introduction by Sir George Airy to a volume of Greenwich observations. Index by Airy to the records of occasional observations and calculations made at Greenwich and of miscellaneous papers published in the annual volumes of Greenwich observations during 1836-1875, compiled 1878. Undated notes of errata in the annual volumes of Greenwich observations for 1859-1892. . Notes for the Astronomer Royal's report to the Board of Visitors, 1890. Rough draft of and introduction to an annual volume of Greenwich observations, 1883.
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circa 1879–1890
84 Papers on Greenwich publications. Correspondence and lists relating to the printing and distribution of Greenwich publications:. Distribution lists for the following Royal Observatory publications, 1899-1914:. 1. 'Annual Photographic Results'. 2. 'Double Stars'. 3. 'Determinations of constants of Precession'. 4. 'Planets and Comets'. 5. 'Division errors of Transit Circle and proper motion'. 6. 'Eclipse paper, 1900 May 28'. 7. 'Sumatra Eclipse Report'. 8. 'Paris-Greenwich longitude 1902'. 9. 'Neptune and satellites'. 10. 'Eclipse report 1905 August 30'. Distribution lists for the following Royal Observatory publications, 1896:. 1. 'R-D Nutation'. 2. 'Comparison of Groombridge's and Struve's right ascension of stars'. 3. 'Determination of positions of stars for the Astrographic Catalogue'. 4. 'Double stars and Capella as a double star'. 5. 'Comparison of a number of stars in the Greenwich Astrographic catalogue'. 6. 'Statistics of stars in the Astrographic catalogue'. 7. 'Annual Photographic Results'. 8. 'Orbit of 2525'. 9. 'Paris-Greenwich longitude'. Distribution lists for various reprints of papers from the Royal Astronomical Society notices, with some papers by the Astronomer Royal, 1885-1888. Distribution lists for the Nautical Almanacs, 1897-1915. General correspondence on the printing and distribution of Royal Observatory publications and reprints of papers, with an index, 1891-1893. General correspondence on the printing and distribution of Royal Observatory publications and stationery, with an index, 1885-1890.
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1885–1915
85 Correspondence on chronometers. Reports on experiments with chronometers in magnetic fields, including a preliminary report, 1911; second report, 1911; final report, 1912; and report on the use of iron boxes as magnetic shields, 1912. Observations, reports and memoranda concerning the rates of chronometers in magnetic fields, 1911-1910. . Correspondence with Captain Miller and others concerning magnetic tests on chronometers, 1910-1913.
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1910–1913
86 Correspondence on chronometers. Correspondence with the Admiralty concerning the annual trial of deck watches, 1900. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy concerning the shipment of chronometers and instructions on the direction of invoices, 1900-1901. Correspondence concerning damage to chronometers in transit due to bad packing and revised instructions for packing, 1904. Correspondence concerning the alteration in the times of the diurnal trials of chronometers and deck watches, 1905. Correspondence concerning the number of chronometers to be purchased annually for the Navy, 1905-1906. List of chronometers reclassified as hack watches, 1906. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy concerning the irregularity by second and minute hands in hack watches, 1907. Correspondence on the proposed purchase of stop-watches in place of pocket chronometers, 1905-1909. Correspondence concerning Lindgvist's electric tape chronograph, including two test tapes from the chronograph, 1905-1909. Correspondence with horologists concerning the purchase of stop-watches, 1905-1909. . Correspondence concerning the trial of Lindgvist's chronograph No. 3 and Arnold No. 502, including two test tapes from the chronograph, 1911. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy concerning the scarcity of room for deck watches and chronometers at the Royal Observatory, including details of the number of watches which the Royal Observatory tests each year, 1912.
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1900–1912
87 Correspondence on chronometers. Correspondence with Lady Lockyer concerning the storage of Royal Observatory chronometers at her house in Sidmouth for the duration of the war, 1940. Correspondence with Professor Greaves of the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, concerning the transportation of chronometers from Greenwich to Edinburgh for safety during the war, 1940. Correspondence with His Majesty's Chronometer Depot concerning arrangements for the removal of stocks of Admiralty navigational equipment from Bristol Depot due to enemy bombing in the war, 1940. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy concerning the possibility of using the St Loyes Training Centre, Exeter, for chronometer repairs and adjustments, 1940 (twelve chronometer watches were sent for repair to test the workmanship, which was found to be of poor quality). Correspondence with A. Johannsen and Co. concerning the loss of three Royal Observatory chronometers (Isaac 1855, Keys 974 and Usher & Cole 2190) in the bombing in which the workshops of A. Johannsen and Co. were completely destroyed, 1940. 'A report on correspondence from the British Admiralty Technical Mission, Ottawa, enclosing offers made by Longines Wittnauer Watch Co. Ltd of New York' to make and deliver chronometers, 1940. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy detailing the disposition of chronometer stocks of the Royal Observatory, 16 September 1940. Correspondence with C. Gent, horologist, declining his offer to supply chronometers, 1940. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy concerning the salvage and repair of chronometers from enemy aircraft shot down in England, 1940. Report on a visit to the Royal Aircraft Establishment in Hampshire, 1940. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy concerning plans to take chronometers up on aircraft test flights, 1940. . Report on a visit to the St Loyes training centre, Exeter, 1940. Correspondence with His Majesty's Chronometer Depot and a report on the purchase of watches and chronometers, 1940. Report on chronometers and watches lost and/or stolen during the removal to Bristol of all chronometer work formerly undertaken at the Royal Observatory, 1940. Report on outstanding orders for watches and chronometers and prospective purchases, 1940. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy concerning tests of watches in low temperatures, 1940. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy concerning problems of delivery with regard to chronometers ordered from Switzerland and the rapid depletion of chronometer stocks due to war, 1939. Report on chronometer purchases, 12 December 1939. Report on watch purchases during 1939. . Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy concerning the alteration of times when chronometers may be applied for or issued, 1901. Correspondence concerning revised instructions for the packing of chronometers, 1904. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy prohibiting the repair of chronometers being carried out abroad, 1905. Application from W. Lidgvist for an old unused chronometer movement for an experiment, 1906. Letter from the Hydrographer of the Navy informing the Astronomer Royal of a new chronometer depot on Sheerness, 1908. Correspondence with the Admiralty concerning the supply and testing of chronometers to Navy destroyers for use in wireless telegraphy, including notes on the chronometer test rates, 1907. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy concerning the shortage of chronometers ready for issue at the Royal Observatory, 1909. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy and the horologists A. Webb and J. Travers concerning the poor state of the chronometer trade and the increasing scarcity of professional clockmakers, 1909-1911, including rough notes on the importance of Admiralty work and its bearing on the chronometer trade. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy concerning the supply of non-magnetic watches to submarines and the tests of various watches aboard submarines, 1910-1911. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy and H. White and Sons concerning a chronometer submitted by them as being suitable for use in submarines, 1910, including results of tests made on the specimen chronometer. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy concerning the numbers and classification of all chronometers at the Royal Observatory in 1911. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy concerning an advertisement by Messrs Hurcomb in the 'Jeweller and Metal Worker' containing disparaging statements concerning the Royal Observatory Annual Trial of Chronometers for purchase by the Navy, 1911. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy concerning proposed alterations in procedures for dealing with Admiralty chronometers and watches, 1911. . Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy concerning the trial of cheap metal watches to be used in surveying ships as Tide Watches, 1911. Correspondence with the Admiralty concerning the regulations relating to chronometers and watches and the fixing of prices, 1912. Query from the Hydrographic Department as to whether any foreign-made chronometers or watches were entered in the trials, 1913. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy, 1913, concerning a proposal to purchase 150 hack watches during 1913-1915 and the settlement of a premium as an inducement to makers of watches. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy concerning the number of hack watches in stock at the Royal Observatory and instructions for their issue, 1914. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy concerning the selection of chronometers for ships, 1914. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy concerning the disposal of 'B' class chronometers, 1914. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy concerning the suggestion from various sources that all watches purchased in future should have centre second hands, 1914. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy, 1914, concerning an increase in the number of hack watches to be kept in store from 1914. Notice from the Astronomer Royal to all persons issued with chronometers instructing them to keep them away from electric machines, 1914. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy concerning the purchase of non-magnetic watches, 1914. Correspondence concerning a query from the Hydrographic Department on the age limit of chronometers afloat, 1914. Instruction from the Hydrographer of the Navy to fit India rubber studs to the base of all chronometer boxes, 1914. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy concerning revised instructions for the unpacking and restarting of chronometers at their destination, 1914.
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1901–1940
88 Correspondence on chronometers. Correspondence concerning the purchase and loss of chronometers:. Correspondence with E. Dent and Co., J. Poole and Co., T. Hewitt and other watchmakers asking for a quote for making deck watches, 1885. Correspondence concerning the purchase of chronometers from Messrs Williams, Moore, Shephard and Son, J. Poole and Co., and Reid and Sons, 1885. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy concerning the purchase of chronometers and deck watches, 1885. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy concerning the purchase of chronometers from T. Hewitt, E. Dent and Co., H.P. Isaac, V. Killberg and J. Pennington, 1886. Correspondence with J. Keys asking if he would be willing to sell the chronometer Keys 450, and letters to the horologists Glover, King, Lister and Sons, Weichare, and Edward and Sons asking if they would be willing to sell certain chronometers in their possession, 1886. Correspondence with Mrs Porter concerning the purchase of the chronometers Lowry 1831 and 1832, 1886. Notice to the effect that Dent 2300 and Harrison 481 are to be entered on the books as Government chronometers, 1885-1886. Notice from the Admiralty of a £400 increase in the vote for chronometers, 1886. Printed circulars from the Clockmakers Company and related correspondence on annual prizes for horologists, 1887. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy, 1888, concerning the purchase of the chronometers Webster 16968, Hume 2014, Pyott 887 and Isaac 1688. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy concerning the purchase of chronometers and deck watches during 1888-1889. Correspondence with Buckney, Hau and Ashley, horologists, requesting the delivery of chronometers purchased from them, 1890. Correspondence with J. Player concerning the purchase of deck watch 25445 from him, 1891. Correspondence with Ashley, King, Kendal and Dent, Speigelhalter, Bannister and Judd, horologists, requesting the delivery of chronometers and deck watches, 1892. List of seventeen old chronometers in bad condition, giving the history of each, 1884. Correspondence with Mr Crisp, horologist, 1885-1886, requesting the return of the Government chronometers in his possession for repair since 1882, including replies from Mr Crisp confessing his inability to return the chronometers, a letter from his son offering to work off his father's debt for the chronometers pawned, and correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy and Inspector Swanson concerning the return of nineteen of the missing chronometers. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy concerning chronometers which have been lost or are missing, and are to be written off the books of the Royal Observatory as losses, 1885. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy and E. Dent and Co. concerning the exchange of thirteen old chronometers for two new deck watches, Dent 43109 and Dent 43110, 1886. Correspondence concerning the sale of Frodsham and Baker 6188 to H.P. Isaac, and correspondence with E. Dent and Co. concerning the exchange of five old chronometers for the deck watch Dent 43107, 1887. Correspondence with Reid and Son, horologists, concerning the provision of chronometers for government ships, 1889. . Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy, September 1889, concerning chronometers lost at sea in the wreck of H.M.S. 'Lily', especially Lister 508, Parkinson and Frodsham 2264, and Molyneux 1263. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy, 1891, concerning chronometers lost at sea in the wreck of H.M.S. 'Serpent', especially Dent M F 23084, Killberg 3970, and Molyneux 2094. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy, 1892, concerning the loss of the deck watches Arnold 301 and Arnold 602 on H.M.S. 'Rodney'. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of Navy concerning his refusal to sell unserviceable Royal Observatory chronometers to H.P. Isaac, horologist, 1891. Correspondence with Inspector Swanson concerning the loss of the Dent 11425 chronometer, 1892. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy, 1893, concerning the loss in the wreck of H.M.S. 'Victoria', 22 June 1892, of the following chronometers: Arnold 330, Barraud 957, Dent 1790, Keys 889, Parkinson and Frodsham 2153, Birchall 308, and Dent 42028. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy concerning the receipt of two chronometers from the Foreign Office for trial at the Royal Observatory, 1893. Correspondence with the Union Steam Ship Company concerning the value of chronometers shipped on their steamers, 1894. Correspondence with Nugent, Wells and Sons, 1895, concerning the loss of Nugent and Wells 2858. Correspondence with the Union Steam Ship Company concerning the value of chronometers shipped on their steamers, 1895. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy concerning the loss of the chronometer Dent 30055 in the wreck of H.M.S. 'Herald', 1896. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy, 1897, concerning the loss of White 34612. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy concerning the loss of the deck watch Hall 3651 from H.M.S. 'Corius', and Dent 228 from H.M.S. 'Calypso', 1897. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy concerning the loss of Frodsham 07959 from H.M.S. 'St George', 1898. Correspondence with the Transport Officer, Southampton, concerning the value of the chronometers proposed for H.M.S. 'Flora', 1899. . Correspondence with A. Johannsen and Co., 1899, concerning the theft of deck watch 6456. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy, 1900, concerning the theft of Brockbank and Atkin 74451 and Bannister 1712. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy concerning the number of deck watches sold to the Colonial Office, 1900. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy, 1901, concerning the loss of the deck watch Isaac 10831.
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1884–1901
89 Correspondence on chronometers. Correspondence between the Hydrographer of the Navy, Sir Frank Dyson and Lieutenant-Commander R.T. Gould on the following subjects:. 1. The Astronomer Royal's permission for Gould to see the Board of Longitude papers. 2. The preparation of Gould's book 'The Marine Chronometer'. 3. The cleaning and repair of Harrison 1, 2, 3 and 4 by Gould, including a list of notebooks and papers relating to the Harrison chronometers which Gould presented to the National Maritime Museum. 4. Correspondence between Gould and J.G. Griffen concerning the chronometers used on Captain Cook's voyages.
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1920–1946
90 Correspondence on chronometers. General correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy, 1894-1896, concerning the trial of chronometers, the number of chronometers available for issue to the Navy, the inspection of the book of weekly chronometer rates by the Assistant Hydrographer, and the distribution of 'B' class chronometers. Correspondence between the Hydrographer of the Navy, the Astronomer Royal and members of the Royal Observatory staff concerning the issue of chronometers, 1896-1897, including lists of chronometers available for issue and discussion of various individual chronometers. 'A list of chronometers out for repair over twelve months', 1898. Correspondence with the Admiralty concerning the delivery of a defective chronometer to H.M.S. 'Imperiense' and the return of the chronometer to the Royal Observatory, 1898. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy concerning the review of chronometer records, the issue and return of chronometers to Her Majesty's Ships, occasional repairs to chronometers, and the inspection of the weekly chronometer rates book by the Hydrographer and Assistant Hydrographer, 1898. Correspondence with the Admiralty concerning the transfer of the Naval Store Depot from Deptford to the West India Docks, 1899. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy concerning the return of the deck watch Ollivant and Botsford without its wooden case, 1899. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy concerning the suitability of the chronometer Poole 2312 as a navigational chronometer, with an estimate for its repair, 1899. . Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy concerning queries on individual chronometers and the classification of X chronometers, 1899. Correspondence between the Hydrographer of the Navy, the Commanding Officers of H.M.S. 'Orlando' and 'Endymion', and the Astronomer Royal, 1899-1900, concerning three deck watches that were sent to Hong Kong, which suffered damage from damp on the journey and had to be returned to England. The correspondence includes reports from the captains of both ships regarding the storage of the chronometers whilst in transit. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy and Thomas Lewis of the Chronometer Department at the Royal Observatory, 1899-1900, concerning the issue of chronometers and the ordering of stationery. Correspondence between Thomas Lewis and A.J. Thorne of the Hydrographic Department, 1900, regarding the purchase of chronometers by the Colonial Office, receipts for repairs to chronometers, the extension of loan periods for chronometers, and the return of chronometers from Her Majesty's Ships. Five sheets of copy-type paper, either blank or too faded to read, 1900. The only legible writing is the signature of Thomas Lewis. General correspondence between the Astronomer Royal, the Assistant Hydrographer of the Navy, A.J. Thorne and others concerning chronometers, 1901-1902 , including bills and receipts for repairs, the compilation of the weekly chronometer rates book, the exchange of chronometers, the collection of chronometers by Royal Navy staff, and reports on individual chronometers. Correspondence with James Poole, 1899, concerning his request to examine the Larcum Kendal chronometer (K1) at the Royal Observatory to help him repair Harrison 4, as the two chronometers are of similar design.
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1894–1899
91 Correspondence on chronometer sales. Correspondence between the Astronomer Royal; the British Consulate, Istanbul; and Professor E.F. Freundlich of the Observatory of Istanbul concerning the sake of the second-hand chronometers Lowry 1832 and Parkinson & Frodsham 3642 to Professor Freundlich, including arrangements for payment and delivery, consignment and insurance forms, and invoices.
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1934–1936
92 Chronometer audit papers. Correspondence regarding the annual audit of the Royal Observatory chronometers and watches for the years 1892, 1893, 1894, 1909 and 1912. Each set of correspondence includes instructions restricting loans during the week preceding the audit, a list of chronometers absent for repair on the day of the audit, a list of makers' chronometers and their addresses, and a list of chronometers at the Observatory on the day of the audit. For 1892 there are also corrections to chronometer numbers and answers to queries concerning individual chronometers.
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1892–1912
93 Correspondence on chronometers for India. Correspondence regarding chronometers supplied to the Indian Government:. Correspondence with the India Office concerning the trial of three chronometers ordered from Johannsen and Co. for the Mathematical Instrument Office, Calcutta, 1894. Correspondence concerning a request by the India Office that chronometers to be shipped out to India should be securely packed by the Royal Observatory ready for export, 1894. Correspondence with the India Office concerning the trial of a pocket chronometer (Brock 1755) repaired by James Brock and Co. for the Government of Colaba, 1894. . Correspondence with the India Office and J. Poole and Co. concerning the trial of a chronometer (Birchall 1243) repaired by J. Poole and Co. for the Mathematical Instrument Office, Calcutta, 1894-1895. . Correspondence with the India Office concerning arrangements for repairs to chronometers for the Indian Government to be the same as those for the Admiralty, 1894. Correspondence with Johannsen and Co. and the India Office concerning the trial of three chronometers ordered from Johannsen and Co. for the Indian Government Observatory, Colaba, 1894-1895. Correspondence with the India Office and J. Poole and Co. concerning various chronometers supplied or repaired by J. Poole and Co. for the India Office, 1894-1894. Correspondence with the India Office concerning orders from Johannsen and Co. for the Mathematical Instrument Office, Calcutta, 1895. Correspondence with the India Office, Johannsen and Co., Thomas Mercer and Arthur Webb concerning orders for pocket chronometers to be supplied, via trial at the Royal Observatory, to the India Office, 1895. Correspondence with the India Office concerning the supply of chronometers for the chronometer store at the Government Observatory, 1896. Correspondence with the India Office concerning the trial of a chronometer (Kullberg 6134) ordered for the Kodaikanal Observatory, Madras, 1897. Correspondence with the India Office concerning the purchase of new chronometers for the Colaba Observatory and the trial at the Royal Observatory of possible purchases, 1905-1906. . Correspondence with the India Office concerning the trial and purchase of chronometers for the Colaba Observatory, 1906-1907. . Correspondence with the India Office concerning the selection and purchase of chronometers for the Colaba Observatory from the annual chronometer trials at the Royal Observatory, 1907-1908. Correspondence with various horologists concerning orders for chronometers for the India Office, 1908-1910.
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1894–1910
94 Correspondence on chronometers for India. Correspondence regarding chronometers supplied to the Indian Government:. Correspondence with the India Office and various chronometer-makers concerning the supply, trial and purchase of chronometers and chronograph watches for the Marine Department, Bombay, 1908-1909. Correspondence with the India Office concerning the trial and purchase of chronometers for the Government Observatory, Colaba, and for the Mathematical Instrument Office, Calcutta, 1908-1910. Correspondence with the India Office concerning the trial and purchase of chronometers for the Colaba Observatory, 1909-1910. Correspondence with the India Office concerning the purchase of chronometers for the Marine Department, Bombay, 1912. Correspondence with the India Office concerning the purchase of chronometers already under trial at the Royal Observatory to replace two old chronometers that were beyond repair, 1913-1914. Correspondence with the India Office concerning the purchase of a chronometer for the Government College, Rajahmundry, 1913. Correspondence with the India Office, 1913-1914, concerning the trial and purchase of chronometers for the Mathematical Instrument Office, Calcutta, and for Colaba Observatory, including a special trial in 1914. Correspondence with the India Office and Victor Kullberg, 1914-1915, concerning a break circuit chronometer made by V. Kullberg, tested at the Royal Observatory and purchased by the Mathematical Instrument Department, Calcutta. Correspondence with the India Office concerning the trial and purchase of chronometers for the Colaba Observatory, 1915-1916. Correspondence with the India Office concerning the supply of twelve chronometers for Indian Government steamships, 1915-1916. Correspondence with the India Office, 1916-1917, concerning the purchase of chronometers for the Colaba Observatory; the Royal Indian Marine; and the Marine Department, Bombay. Correspondence with the India Office concerning special purchases of chronometers from Sharman D. Neill Ltd, Belfast, 1917. Correspondence with the India Office concerning the purchase of chronometers for the Royal Indian Marine, 1917-1918. Internal memoranda concerning the increase in the amount of time and money expended on obtaining, testing and despatching chronometers for the Indian Government, including detailed accounts of the number of chronometers tested, purchased and repaired per annum, 1909. Correspondence with the India Office concerning repairs to Indian Government chronometers, including estimates and acceptance forms, 1927-1938. Copies of correspondence with the horologist Thomas Ainsley, 1914, concerning Kullberg 1006, purchased privately by Ainsley but found on inspection to bear the Government mark.
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1908–1938
95 Correspondence on chronometers. Miscellaneous correspondence concerning chronometers:. Correspondence with the British Horological Institute concerning the nomination and election of the Astronomer Royal as an honorary member, 1882. Correspondence with Kew Observatory concerning the rating of chronometers, 1888, including 'an abstract of the principal changes of rate of marine chronometers at Kew Observatory'. Printed notices of the quarterly meetings of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers, 1885-1893. Correspondence with Monsieur Caspari concerning the arrangements for a conference in Paris, 'Congres International de Chronmetrie', 1889. Correspondence with Liverpool Observatory concerning the effect of temperature on rates of chronometers, 1890, including an 'Abstract from Chronometer Rate Book'. Correspondence with G.P. Grace concerning temperature errors in marine chronometers, 1885, including a copy of a drawing of an 'automatic compensating Balance Weight' for cancelling the middle temperature error in marine chronometers. Correspondence with Victor Kullberg concerning the chronometer oven, 1885. Letter from the horologist J. Poole concerning alterations to chronometers, 1886. Correspondence with H. Gartner concerning his design for a chronometer compensation balance, 1886, including an explanation of the theory accompanied by diagrams titled 'H Gartner's In all temperatures constant maintaining velocity variable arcs of motion Isochronous Chronometer Compensation Balance and Astronomical Clock Pendulums, being the only means of obtaining Perfect Performing Instruments'. Correspondence with R.L. Jones, 1887, concerning a complaint about a speech made by the Astronomer Royal to the Royal Astronomical Society on 13 May 1887 in which he associated Jones with a certain method for regulating clock pendulums which Jones denies using. Correspondence with Kendal and Dent concerning the chronometers Kendal and Dent 4465 and 4636 under trial at the Royal Observatory, 1889, and an extract from the 'Horological Journal', May 1885, titled 'Kendal's Attached Winder for Marine Chronometers'. Correspondence with A.J. Loftus, chronometer finisher, concerning a proposal for improvements on dial plates, 1889, including a printed 'Provisional Specification'. Printed advertising literature from Giovanni Bon concerning his method for the 'Hermetical closing of chronometers', 1889. Correspondence with J. Hartnup of the Liverpool Observatory concerning a query about timekeepers on merchant steamers, 1890. Papers from G.T. Guthrie concerning his 'new patent Isochronous Governor for regulating the motion of clocks, chronometers and Astronomical machinery', 1890, including a drawing numbered and dated 11749/AD 1889. Correspondence with D.R. Dingwall, Winnipeg, concerning his proposal for a detached escapement for clocks, 1891. Correspondence with the horologist R. Whittaker concerning 'Whittaker's Patent Resillient Watch Escapement', 1891. Correspondence with Osmund Airy concerning his request to purchase a chronometer - Larcum Kendell I, 1892. Miscellaneous correspondence with horologists, 1892, including advertising literature; enquiries; the trial, return and repair of chronometers; and notices of meetings. Much of the correspondence is incomplete. The correspondents are the Platnauer Bros., Bolton Smith, the Cantonal Observatory, L.P. Casella and the Clock and Watch Makers' Asylum. Correspondence with Samuel Smith and Son, horologists, concerning non-magnetizable watches and a proposal for improvements to the existing design, 1894. Photograph from the horologist Brommie Copeland, Salem, New York, of a watch-testing machine, 1894. Letter from Joseph White and Son, chronometer and watch manufacturers, concerning the delivery of chronometers, including a business card, 1894. Letter acknowledging the receipt of four chronometers by the Government Observatory, Bombay, 1895. Correspondence with the horologist Fritz Ehrecke concerning an invention of his, 1878. Correspondence with Samuel Smith and Son concerning a new design - the revolving escapement pocket chronometer, 1898. Correspondence with George Grant concerning an invention for setting the hands of chronometers, including a printed specification, 1899. Papers concerning the trial of a chronometer of Victor Kullberg's at his special request, including drawings and chronometer rates, 1887.
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1878–1899
96 Correspondence on chronometers. Miscellaneous correspondence concerning chronometers:. Letter from Yarrow and Co. Ltd requesting that Lieutenant J. Znierkonski be granted permission to compare the rates of chronometers belonging to two Austrian torpedo boats, 'Huzar' and 'Kaiman', at the Royal Observatory, 1905. Telegram from the Navigating Officer of H.M.S. 'Victoria and Albert' requesting information on chronometer error and Greenwich Mean Time, 1905. Correspondence with the Naval Store Officer concerning the method of transport to be used to deliver chronometers to be shipped on H.M.S. 'Goldfinch', 1905. . Correspondence with Duncan Milligan, 1907, concerning the history of the chronometer Parkinson and Frodsham 2709. Correspondence with H.M. Gaydon of Birch Gaydon, horologists, concerning his request to inspect the chronometer ovens at the Royal Observatory, 1907. Correspondence with Miss R. Belleville concerning certain reports in newspapers about her business and its connection with the Royal Observatory, 1908, including the following press cuttings:. 1. 'The Times', 7 March 1908: 'Lady who conveys the time' and 'Lying Clocks'. 2. 'The Daily Express', 10 March 1908: 'Selling the Time'. 3. 'The Daily Graphic', 9 March 1908: 'The Lady Time-teller', 'Strange profession of the Belleville family', 'Lady of the Clock' and 'Business that dates back for 70 years'. Correspondence with the secretary of the British Horological Institute requesting a list of observatories which test chronometers, 1908. Correspondence with L.F. Forestier, chronometer adjuster, concerning his application to join the Royal Observatory staff as a chronometer repairer, 1908 (the application was rejected). Correspondence with John Bull and Co. concerning a request for a private chronometer trial, 1909. General correspondence with horologists and institutions concerning chronometers, 1909-1911, including the British Watch and Clockmakers' Guild, H.T. Phipps, the New York Nautical School and Edwin Langford and Son. Correspondence with Captain H.W. Grant concerning his request for a member of the Royal Observatory chronometer department to proof-read his translation from the 'German Official Book on Navigation', 1911. Printed pamphlets from Robert Thompson advertising chronometers, 1911. Letter from Haigh Brewery requesting a list of the names of firms selling chronometers, 1911. General correspondence concerning chronometers, trials and purchases, 1911-1917. Correspondence with B. Multanowsky of the Nickolas General Physical Observatory concerning a request for the names of firms of horologists, 1917. Miscellaneous correspondence and internal memoranda concerning chronometers, 1895-1898. Correspondence with B. Bonniksen and J.H. Poole, horologists, concerning Bonniksen's adaptation of the Breguet Tourbillon Carriage and questioning his right to name his adaptation differently and claim the invention as his own, 1898. The correspondence is accompanied by several cuttings from horological magazines, the titles of which are unknown. Business card sent by J. Barnsdale and Son, horologists, importers of Swiss watches, 1898. Correspondence with Captain Jackson of Her Majesty's Dockyard, Portsmouth, concerning the receipt of twelve deck watches, 1898. Letter from Viscount Cross requesting the names of some reputable chronometer-manufacturers, 1898. Advertising literature from L. Leroy and Cie, horologists [1898]. Letter from [A.R. Tappe] informing the Royal Observatory of the death of Mr Uhrig, horologist, 1899. Letters from Captain Jackson of Her Majesty's Dockyard requesting the delivery of chronometer hampers, 1899. Printed complete specification for improvements in Tourbillon watches by A. Taylor, horologist, 1896. Correspondence with E. Schneittev and Co., Swiss horologists, requesting information concerning the testing of chronometers, 1899. Letter from Sir William Huggins requesting the name of a reputable watchmaker to repair a pocket chronometer, 1900. Correspondence with T. Mercer, horologist, concerning the death of T. Mercer Senior and the responsibility of his inheritors for the repair and return of government chronometers in his care, 1900. Internal memorandum concerning the replacement of the pulleys in the chronometer oven, 1900. Letter from Max Kuner, horologist, 1901, requesting a copy of the 'Results of the Annual Trial of Chronometers and Deck Watches 1899-1900' and information on polarity tests in chronometers. Postcard from Lieut. Col. Boileau requesting a private chronometer trial, 1901. Correspondence concerning the establishment of an Italian Hydrographer's Office, 1898. Correspondence with Senor Winroth of the Chilian Navy Chronometer Department concerning his request for information on the maintenance, comparison and classification of chronometers and asking for a recommendation for gas governors for chronometer ovens, 1901. Letters from J.F. Coombes of the Observatory, Devonport, requesting a delivery of chronometer hampers, 1902. Letter from Captain Jackson of His Majesty's Dockyard, Portsmouth, requesting a delivery of chronometer hampers, 1902. Two letters from the Chronometer Depot, Plymouth, concerning the transportation of chronometers, 1902. Correspondence with E.G. Harmer, horologist, concerning his request for the information about the relation of the Royal Observatory's Chronometer Department and annual trials to the chronometer industry as a whole, 1902. Letter from Henry Richardson, Steam Printing Works, giving an estimated cost of a printing order, 1902. Correspondence with William Matthews, horologist, concerning his request to be given chronometers to repair and that he be appointed 'Maker to the Admiralty', 1902. Letter from B. Bonniksen, horologist, requesting details of the number of 'Karrusel' watches made by him which have been tried at the Royal Observatory and of the number purchased by the Admiralty, 1902. Letter from J. Poole, horologist, 1903, enclosing a newspaper cutting titled 'The World's best Watch'. Rough list of tools and instruments required for the chronometer room, 1903. Undated rough typed copy of the foreword to Commander Gould's book 'Harrison's Chronometers', with corrections. Typed copy of a letter from John Travers, horologist, concerning the depression in the chronometer trade and a copy of the Astronomer Royal's reply, 1923. Typed copy of a letter from E. Tills, chronometer finisher, concerning the depression in the chronometer trade and a copy of the Astronomer Royal's reply, 1923. Correspondence with the Agent General for Western Australia concerning the purchase of a new main spring for a Kullberg chronometer, 1916.
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1895–1923
97 Chronometer rates. A printed account of the daily rates of chronometers on trial at the Royal Observatory between March 1823 and February 1836. All the years except 1834 are incomplete.
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1823–1836
98 Chronometer rates. Printed accounts of the weekly sums of the daily rates of chronometers selected for purchase by the Admiralty and on trial at the Royal Observatory between August 1840 and August 1865, including an abstract of the principal changes of rate. The item for 1842 and 1843 includes an appendix to the report.
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1840–1865
99 Chronometer rates. Printed accounts of the rates of chronometers on annual trial at the Royal Observatory with a view to purchase by the Admiralty, 1866 and 1887-1889.
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1866–1889
100 Chronometer rates. Printed accounts of the rates of chronometers on annual trial at the Royal Observatory between the months of July to January in the years 1889-1904 and between June to January during 1904-1908, with a view to their purchase by the Admiralty.
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1889–1908
101 Chronometer rates. Printed accounts of the rates of box and pocket chronometers on annual trial at the Royal Observatory during 1908-1914 with a view to their purchase by the Admiralty. There are annual rates for box chronometers during June-January and for pocket chronometers during August-November. Printed account of the rates of box chronometers on trial at the Royal Observatory during June 1914 to January 1915 with a view to their purchase by the Admiralty.
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1908–1915
102 Chronometer rates. Printed account of the rates of deck watches on annual trial at the Royal Observatory during November 1888 to February 1889 with a view to their purchase by the Admiralty. Printed accounts of the rates of deck watches on annual trial at the Royal Observatory between the months of October to February in the years 1889-1904 with a view to their purchase by the Admiralty. Printed accounts of the rates of deck watches on annual trial at the Royal Observatory during October 1904 to January 1905 and August to November 1905 with a view to their purchase by the Admiralty.
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1888–1905
103 Chronometer rates. Printed account of the rates of chronometer watches and pockets chronometers on annual trial at the Royal Observatory with a view to their purchase by the Admiralty, 1914. Printed account of the rates of chronometers on annual trial at the Royal Observatory during July 1893 to January 1894 with a view to their purchase by the Admiralty. Printed accounts of the rates of chronometer watches on annual trial at the Royal Observatory during 1906-1913 with a view to their purchase by the Admiralty.
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1893–1914
104 Correspondence on chronometer trials. Correspondence concerning the annual trials of chronometers and watches at the Royal Observatory:. Table showing the greatest change in rate, from one week to the next, of various chronometers during the annual trials of 1856-1880, compiled 1885. Correspondence concerning the annual trial of chronometer, 1885, including a rough abstract on the chronometer trial of that year, a letter of withdrawal from the horologist W.G. Schoof, a list of chronometers entered in the trial, a list giving the results in order of merit, and a list of trial chronometers that have been purchased by the Admiralty. Correspondence concerning the annual trial of chronometers, 1886, including a rough abstract on the trial of that year, a list giving the results in order of merit, rough calculations, and a list of chronometers purchased by the Admiralty. Correspondence concerning the alteration of the date of the annual trial of chronometers and the establishment of an annual trial for deck watches, 1886. Correspondence concerning the trial of deck watches, November 1886, including a draft and printed notice of the trial, a written scheme for testing deck watches, a list of deck watches purchased by the Admiralty in March 1885, letters from W.G. Schoof, and the 'Jeweller and Metalworker' papers showing weekly rates of deck watches on trial. Correspondence concerning a supplementary trial of deck watches, January-April 1887, and a supplementary trial of chronometers, March-June 1887, including letters from the watchmakers Leonard Hall, W.G. Schoof and H.P. Isaac. Correspondence concerning the annual trial of chronometers, 1887, including correspondence with W.G. Schoof, a rough abstract of the chronometer trial of 1887, a letter from the watchmakers David Glasgow Jnr and David Reid, and the names of chronometers purchased by the Admiralty. Correspondence concerning the annual trial of deck watches, November 1887 - February 1888, including correspondence with the watchmaker J. Player. Correspondence concerning the annual trial of chronometers, July 1888 - February 1889, including correspondence with Brockbank, Atkins and Moore, and F.J. Britten. There is also a rough abstract of the chronometer trial of 1888 and a list of the results in order of merit. Correspondence concerning the annual trial of deck watches, November 1888 - February 1889, including correspondence with J. Player, H.P. Isaac and David Glasgow Jnr. Correspondence concerning the annual trial of chronometers, 1889-1890, including a table of the chronometer rates of the first and second day of the trial, a rough abstract of the chronometer trial of 1889, a list of results in order of merit, and a letter from the manager of the 'Jeweller and Metalworker'. Correspondence concerning the trial of deck watches, 1889-1890, including a letter from Howard White, Upjohn and Bright, watchmakers, and a table of errors for keyless watches. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy concerning arrangements for the annual trial of chronometers, 1890. Copies of correspondence and tables giving the participants of the annual chronometer trial the official results in order of merit and a rough abstract on the trial and the chronometers purchased by the Admiralty, 1890-1891. Correspondence concerning the trial of chronometers, 1890, including correspondence with the watchmakers Whyte, Thompson and Co.; Frederick Rotig, Usher and Co.; and H.P. Isaac. Copies of letters to the Hydrographer of the Navy, 1890-1891, from the editor of 'Watchmaker, Jeweller and Silversmiths' and the editor of the 'Horological Journal' giving notice of the forthcoming annual trial of chronometers. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy concerning a proposed increase in the number of chronometers accepted for trial and of those purchased by the Navy, 1891-1892. The correspondents are J. Uhrig, C. Frodsham, E. Dent, W. Humphreys, W. Cardall, F.J. Clerke, A. Johannsen and J. Pyott. Correspondence with the Admiralty concerning the late delivery of the results of the deck watch trials, the purchase of deck watches, and regulations concerning the requirement of advance notice of prices before trial, 1891-1892. Correspondence concerning the annual trial of chronometers, including a list of results in order of merit, a rough abstract and a table of rates after the application of approximate acceleration, 1891-1892. . Correspondence concerning the annual trial of deck watches, including a list of watches entered for trial and tables of rates, 1891-1892. Two printed sheets giving the regulations of the trial of deck watches and a rough sheet giving corrections for a reprint [1891-1892]. Correspondence with the watch-manufacturers W. Holland, S. Smith and Son, E. Dent and Co., W. Humphreys, Usher and Co., Francis M. Moore, Leroy and Cie, G.W. Carley, W.G. Schoof, James Imray and Son, and M. Spiegelhalter and Son concerning the trial of deck watches, 1891-1892. Internal memoranda and notes concerning the annual trial of deck watches and chronometers, 1891-1892. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy concerning his suggestion that lever watches should have five beats to two seconds, 1892. Correspondence with the Admiralty concerning the results of the chronometer trial, 1892-1893, including a rough abstract on the trial. Correspondence and notes concerning the annual trial of deck watches, 1892-1893, including an abstract on the annual trial of deck watches, classes A and B, 1892-1893. . Correspondence concerning the second trial of deck watches, 1893, including correspondence with the watch-manufacturers Leonard Hall, S. Smith and Son, A. Webb and David Keys. Correspondence with the watch-manufacturers A. Webb and V. Kullberg concerning the annual trial of chronometers, 1892-1893. Correspondence with F.J. Britten concerning the publication of the results of the annual trial of chronometers, 1892-1893, including correspondence with the watch-manufacturers R. Gardner, V. Kullberg, H.P. Isaac, Kendal and Dent, T. Mercer, J. Penlington, J. Pyott, W.G. Schoof, A.W. Webb and C.A. Williams, and a list of chronometers entered for trial, with the results in order of merit. 'Tests of divisions on the seconds dials of the annual trials of deck watches', 1892-1893. . Miscellaneous correspondence with chronometer-manufacturers concerning the annual trial of chronometers, 1892-1893. The correspondents include S. Smith and Son; W. Humphreys; Samson M. Ayers; Henry Gardner; H.P. Isaac; M. Walker; R. Plaskett; J. Clerke; M.F. Dent; and Brockbank, Atkins and Moore. Correspondence concerning the annual trial of chronometers and deck watches, 1893-1894, including correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy concerning the effect of the public trials at Kew Observatory on those at the Royal Observatory, the results of the chronometer trials and a list of results in order of merit. Correspondence concerning the annual trial of deck watches 1893-1894, including an abstract of the results and a list of chronometers purchased by the Admiralty. 'Range of Dials of the Annual Trial of deck watches 1893-1894.'. Correspondence with the chronometer-maker Robert Gardner concerning his complaint about the low prices offered by the Admiralty for chronometers, 1893. Correspondence with chronometer-makers concerning the annual trial of deck watches and chronometers, 1893-1894. The correspondents include R. Gardner, J. Player and J. Hammersley. Correspondence with F.J. Britten, editor of 'Watchmaker and Jeweller', 1893-1894, concerning the publication of a notice to announce the annual chronometer trial. Miscellaneous correspondence with chronometer-manufacturers, 1893. The correspondents include J. Hammersley, Le Roy and Fils, J. White and Son, Parkinson and Frodsham, and Daniel Buckney.
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1885–1894
105 Correspondence on chronometer trials. Correspondence concerning the trial of chronometers at the Royal Observatory, 1894-1895, including:. (i) Notice of the trial to be published by the 'Horological Journal'. (ii) Copies of chronometer rates. (iii) Copies of letters to Usher and Cole, A. Johannsen and Co., F.J. Clerke, Frodsham and Keen, and M.F. Dent requesting that they withdraw their chronometers from the trial due to their poor performance. (iv) Rough abstract on the annual trial of chronometers. (v) List of results in order of merit. (vi) Comparison of trial rates. (vii) List of chronometers purchased by the Admiralty. (viii) Correspondence with F.J. Britten of the British Horological Institute concerning the publication of the results of the annual trial in the 'Horological Journal'. Correspondence concerning the trial of deck watches, 1894-1895, including:. (i) 'Comparisons of Seconds Dials of Annual Trial Deck Watches'. (ii) List of deck watches entered for trial. (iii) 'Abstract of the Annual Trial Deck Watches 1894-1895'. (iv) Results in order of merit. (v) List of deck watches purchased by the Admiralty. (vi) Correspondence with A. Johannsen, Joseph White and Sons, S. Smith and Son, D. Buckney, J. Hammersley, W. Holland, J. Player and Son, M.F. Dent and Co., and H. Hilbrand. Correspondence concerning the trial of chronometers, 1895-1896, including:. (i) Copies of letters to the 'Horological Journal' and the 'Watchmaker, Jeweller, Silversmith and Optician' concerning the publication of notices of the forthcoming chronometer trial. (ii) Various papers concerning the trial. (iii) Results in order of merit. (iv) List of chronometers purchased by the Admiralty. (v) 'Rough Abstract Sheet of the Annual Trial Chronometers 1895-1896'. Correspondence concerning the trial of deck watches, 1895-1896, including:. (i) Correspondence with Bolton Smith, David Keys, W. Gabriel, H.P. Isaac, Joseph Player and W. Burton. (ii) Notes concerning the trial. (iii) 'Abstract Annual Trial Deck Watches 1895-1896', a rough and final copy. (iv) Results in order of merit. (v) List of deck watches purchased by the Admiralty. Correspondence concerning the trial of chronometers, 1896-1897, including:. (i) Letters to the Hydrographer of the Navy and the British Horological Institute. (ii) Notes on the trial. (iii) Results in order of merit. (iv) List of chronometers purchased by the Admiralty. (v) Rough abstract on the annual trial of chronometers. Correspondence concerning the trial of deck watches, 1896-1897, including:. (i) Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy and the British Horological Institute. (ii) Rough notices and drafts of printed notices of the trial. (iii) Correspondence with J. Player and Son and with F.J. Britten. (iv) Notes on the trial. (v) 'Abstract of Annual Trial of Deck Watches'. (vi) Results on order of merit. (vii) List of deck watches purchased by the Admiralty. Correspondence concerning the trial of chronometers, 1897-1898, including:. (i) Notice of the forthcoming trial. (ii) Letters to the Hydrographer of the Navy and the British Horological Institute concerning the trial. (iii) Notes on the trial. (iv) Results in order of merit. (v) List of chronometers purchased by the Admiralty. (vi) Correspondence with F.J. Britten. (vii) Rough abstract of the annual trial of chronometers. Correspondence concerning the trial of deck watches, 1897-1898, including:. (i) Notices of forthcoming trial. (ii) Notes on the trial. (iii) Results in order of merit. (iv) 'Abstract of the annual Trial of Deck Watches'. (v) List of deck watches purchased by the Admiralty. Correspondence concerning the trial of chronometers, 1898-1899 including:. (i) Notice of forthcoming trial. (ii) Notes on the trial. (iii) Results in order of merit. (iv) List of chronometers purchased by the Admiralty. (v) Correspondence with F.J. Britten. (vi) Rough abstract of the annual trial of chronometers. Correspondence concerning the trial of deck watches, 1898-1899, including:. (i) Notes on the trial. (ii) Correspondence with F.J. Britten. (iii) 'Abstract of annual Trial of Deck Watches'. (iv) List of deck watches purchased by the Admiralty. (v) Results in order of merit.
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1894–1899
106 Correspondence on chronometer trials. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy, trade journals and chronometer-manufacturers concerning the annual trials of chronometers and deck watches at the Royal Observatory, including:. (i) Notices to trade journals. (ii) Correspondence with F.J. Britten. (iii) Results for chronometers in order of merit. (iv) List of chronometers purchased by the Admiralty. (v) 'Rough Abstract of the Annual Trial Box Chronometers'. (vi) 'Abstract of the Annual Trial Deck Watches'. (vii) Results for deck watches in order of merit. (viii) List of deck watches purchased by the Admiralty.
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1899–1904
107 Correspondence on chronometer trials. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy and various trade journals concerning the annual trial of box and pocket chronometers and deck watches at the Royal Observatory, including:. (i) Results for chronometers in order of merit. (ii) Reports and memoranda. (iii) List of chronometers purchased by the Admiralty. (iv) 'Rough abstract of Annual Trial Box Chronometers'. (v) 'Abstract of Annual Trial Centre Seconds Pocket Chronometers'. (vi) 'Abstract of Annual Trial Deck Watches'. (vii) Results for deck watches in order of merit. The papers for 1906-1907 include correspondence with J. Player and Son.
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1904–1909
108 Papers on chronometer trials. Correspondence and other papers relating to the annual trials of chronometers at the Royal Observatory:. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy and internal memoranda concerning the results of the annual trial of chronometers, 1912-1913. Correspondence with trade journals concerning the publication of the results of the annual trial of chronometers, 1913. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy concerning the purchase of chronometers, 1913. Correspondence concerning a special trial of non-magnetic watches for submarines, 1910. Correspondence concerning a special trial of new and second-hand box chronometers, including correspondence with various trade journals and chronometer manufacturers, 1916. Printed table of the trial numbers and prices of the first six chronometers of each annual trial, 1863-1906. 26 printed copies of the 'Regulations for Trial of hack watches'. Printed table of the trial numbers and prices of the first six chronometers of each annual trial, 1863-1906. 25 printed copies of the 'Regulations for Trial of box chronometers'. Three printed forms of the 'Regulations for Purchase of Chronometers'. 25 printed copies of 'Regulations for Trial of Chronometer and Pocket Watches'. 'Trial numbers and prices of chronometers in the Annual Trials from 1863 to date', 1908. 20 rough copies of 'Notice of Annual Chronometer Watch Trials', 1916.
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circa 1906–1916
109 Correspondence on hack watch trials. Correspondence concerning the trial and purchase of hack watches, 1905-1911 and 1912-1916, including correspondence with the chronometer manufacturers and the Hydrographer of the Navy and notes and memoranda concerning the trial and individual watches.
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1905–1916
110 Papers on magnetic investigations. Copies of letters of Sir George Airy, Astronomer Royal, concerning 'A new form of numerical expression of magnetic perturbations', 1872. Copies of letters of Airy concerning papers giving the daily range of magnetic declination, 1878. Copies of notes for the examination of diurnal magnetic curves, 1879. Correspondence with W.J. Cockburn-Muir concerning the latitude of the north magnetic pole, 1879. 'A comparison of daily variation with sun spots', 1879. 'Monthly curves for the means of the years 1858-1863 representing the diurnal inequalities of magnetic horizontal forces at Greenwich', 1881. Correspondence with General Strachey concerning harmonic coefficients [1884]. Correspondence with General Lefroy concerning the comparison of the Greenwich and Toronto photographic records of the movement of the declination and horizontal force magnets, 1885. Notes and correspondence concerning the British Association Magnetic Committee and its work, 1885-1893. Correspondence with A.J.S. Adams concerning the difference in point of time between the coincident Earth current and magnetic vibrations and disturbances, 1885-1891. Correspondence with Professor Schering, 1887, regarding a suggestion that eye observations of magnetometers should be made at the time of the solar eclipse on 19 August 1887. Correspondence with the Revd J.M. Bacon regarding an experiment concerning magnetic observations, 1888. Correspondence with W.G. Adams concerning methods of finding mean declination, 1889. Correspondence with E. Mascart concerning the engraving of curves of magnetic disturbances [1889] for publication, 1890-1893. Correspondence with the Kew Observatory, 1890-1892, requesting information on the determination of magnetic diurnal inequality, 1891. Correspondence with J.P. Hall concerning the comparison of magnetic data from 'Toronto, Genoea, Europe, Asia and Southern hemisphere' to discover how simultaneous certain phenomena, such as magnetic storms, prove to be, 1890. Correspondence with G. Sack, Lübeck, requesting copies of the 'Magnetic and Meteorological results 1887' and related information, 1890. Correspondence with A. Veeder of the United States of America concerning the connection between solar and magnetic disturbances, 1890-1891. . Abstract of a paper by William Ellis, assistant, delivered to the Royal Society by the Astronomer Royal and marked 'not for publication', 1892. Papers relating to experiments carried out at the Royal Observatory concerning the shielding of magnetic instruments from the effects of a dynamo, 1893, including:. (i) An account of the experiment. (ii) Abstract of the results. (iii) Correspondence on the publication of the results. (iv) Copy of the paper by the Astronomer Royal which appeared in 'The Electrician', 25 August 1893. (v) Correspondence with Johnson and Phillips and others. (vi) Copy of Professor Rücker's paper on dynamo-shielding, presented to the Physical Society, 10 October 1893.
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1872–1893
111 Papers on magnetic observations. Comparisons of magnetic observations from Greenwich, St Helena and Paris from 1580 to 1870. Correspondence and notes concerning the magnetic observations of the Arctic expedition, 1875-1876, by Staff-Commander E.W. Creak of the Royal Navy, 1879. Copies of articles by William Ellis, assistant, 1880, concerning the magnetic storm of August 1880, which were sent to 'Nature' for publication.
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1879–1880
112 Papers on magnetic instruments. Letter from E.J. Stone concerning improvements to Fox's needle for dip and intensity, 1873. Instructions from Sir George Airy to William Ellis to record the level readings of the dip instruments, 1875. 'Decimated Compass Card' by James M. Share of the Royal Navy, 1876. 'On Magnetic Induction as affecting observations of the intensity of horizontal component of the Earth's Magnetic Force' by C. Chambers F.R.S., Superintendent of the Colaba Observatory, Bombay. 'The Complete Theory of the Bifilar Magnetometer' by H. Wild, 1880. Note on an improved method of holding dip instrument needles firmly in place, 1880. List of special instruments inspected by the Astronomer Royal, 1885. 'A method of making automatic records of the movement of delicate instruments' by J. Milne of the Seismological Society of Japan, 1885.
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1873–1885
113 Papers on magnetic observations. Paper by Balfour Steward 'On the secular change of magnetic dip at Kew', 1886. Letter of acknowledgement of Captain Evans's paper on compass declinations round Britain, 1873. . Notice from Lewis Guidi, Director of the Meteoric and Magnetic Department of Valerio Observatory, 1876, which accompanied the meteorological and magnetic observations of July 1876. 'Magnetic observations at Kerguelen' by the Revd S.J. Perry F.R.S., from the 'Proceedings of the Royal Society', No. 179, 1877, with related correspondence, 1877-1878. Chart from the Missouri Weather Service: 'Lines of equal transitions of the magnetic needle, 1878-1879'. Correspondence with R. Röttger concerning unusual movements of the magnetic needle, 1879. Observations on the magnetic storm of August 1880, sent by the Observatoire de Zi-ka-wei and the Meteorological Office, Toronto; and observations of the magnetic storm of January-February 1881 and magnetic tracings for 16-21 April 1882, sent by the Meteorological Office, Toronto.
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1873–1886
114 Papers on magnetic observations. Correspondence with W.M. Hutchings of the 'Colliery Guardian', 1874-1877, concerning the engraving and publication of a map and article on magnetic declination, including a 'Map showing the magnetic declination for 1874, England and Wales', printed as a supplement to the 'Colliery Guardian', 1874; and a 'Map showing lines of equal magnetic declination for 1877' from the 'Colliery Guardian', 29 December 1876. Copies of articles on magnetic disturbances by William Ellis sent to 'Nature' for publication, 1878-1886. Copies of the 'Colliery Guardian', 19 May, 2 June and 9 June 1882, including articles by Royal Observatory staff on magnetic disturbances, with related correspondence, 1882-1886. Miscellaneous enquiries from individuals and institutions and requests for copies of magnetic observations, 1873-1893. The correspondents are G.E. Preece, J.D. Hardy, E. Quetelet, M. Hall, A. Edwards, F.A. Howlett, B.J. Hopkins, J.E. Clark, J.A. Bower, F.J. Marston, G.Y. Symons, W.H. Reece, G. Bensted, J. Williams, A. Nutt, J. Cundill, R.H. Scott, R. Shettle, L.F. Bayliff, Sir G. Stokes, A.J.S. Adams, A. Lugli, A.W. Rücker, 'Colliery Guardian', the Weather Bureau of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Professor Helliman, Dr Neumayer, H. Goodyear, P.J. Denza, Captain Lecky and A. Hubner.
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1873–1893
115 Correspondence on compasses in iron ships. (1) Correspondence with W. Barrett, A. Bowers, W. Kiddle, Miss J. Fotheringham, Sir W. Thomson, F. Fraisi and F. Moore regarding the fitting of compasses to ships, 1875-1878. (2) Correspondence with the Royal United Service Institution and others, 1878, concerning a reading of Sir William Thompson's papers on the following:. 1. 'A new form of Marine Azimuth and Steering Compass'. 2. 'An Instrument for completely determining the Compass error when sights of heavenly bodies or compass marks on shore, are not available'. 3. 'A new form of Marine Dipping Needle'. 4. 'A Navigational Sounding Machine'. There are copies of the price list for nos 1 and 4; testimonials; instructions for the adjustment of no. 2; and copies of the patent for no. 1. (3) Copies of correspondence on the correction of compasses in iron ships without use of a fixed mark, 1873. (4) Correspondence with the German Admiralty and A. Collet concerning their attempt to obtain copies of the syllabus of lectures on magnetism, 1879-1880.
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1873–1880
116 Miscellaneous papers on magnetism. Internal memoranda and plans for the New Magnetic Pavilion at the Royal Observatory covering the design and the building itself and including some magnetic observations, 1896. Memoranda and instructions to staff of the Meteorological and Magnetical Department, including various diagrams and tables and magnetic observations, 1845-1903. Miscellaneous correspondence concerning the following subjects, 1873-1892: 1. Conversion of scales; 2. Notes; 3. Aurora of 2 October 1882; 4. A magnetic disturbance; 5. Magnetism of bricks; 6. Treatment of magnetic results; 7. Units of Greenwich measurement; 8. Horizontal force, 1883; 9. Declinations, 1874; 10. Harmonic analysis, 1884; 11. Lassell Dome iron gutters; 12. Magnetic perturbations; 13. Temperature correction of magnets; 14. Defection observations; 15. Change of declination, 1841-1889; 16. Dip photo registers; and 17. Simultaneity of magnetic storms.
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1845–1903
117 Miscellaneous correspondence. Notice from C.F. Varley giving a change of address, 1874. Correspondence with Diamilla Muller, Italy, concerning the title and publishers of a work by Sir George Airy, 1874. Correspondence with W. Bond-Paul regarding terrestrial magnetism, 1875, including an unlabelled diagram and a letter from [W.R.A.] titled 'A concise statement of two distinct hypotheses relative to the variation and dip of the needle'. Correspondence with the Revd S.J. Perry concerning the probable effect of water pipes on a magnet and correspondence with A.P. Skene. 1876. Correspondence with General Sir J.H. Lefroy, 1877-1878, enclosing a printed letter to R. Scott from M. Wÿkanda of the Swedish Spitzbergen Expedition to be inserted in 'Magnetic Observations at Lake Athabasca'. Correspondence with E.M. Edmond requesting information on a work by Sir George Airy, 1878. Letter from [F.A.] Driscoll concerning his theory of the cause of magnetic variation, 1878. Correspondence with the Revd J. Paul concerning the connection between magnetic variations and the hour of the day, 1879. Correspondence with C.A. Leveridge requesting a copy of a work by Sir George Airy, 1880. Printed report, in French, of the meeting of the 'Congres International de Meteorologie' in Rome, 22 April 1879. Internal memorandum concerning the publication of a new edition of a magnetic map by the 'Colliery Guardian', 1880. Cutting from the 'New York Times' of an article by F.H. Bigelow titled 'The Sun like a magnet' [1892]. Correspondence with J. Nowack of the 'Weather Plant Observatory' concerning magnetic and electrical disturbances, 1893. Letter from Thomas and Taylor, civil engineers, requesting information on variations of the magnetic meridian, 1894. Correspondence with L.A. Bauer concerning his intention to found a journal, 'Terrestrial Magnetism', and his hope to enlist the support of Royal Observatory, 1895. Request from F.C. Penrose to visit the Royal Observatory and check his compass, 1896. Correspondence with the Meteorologisches Institut, Berlin W., concerning the building of electric railways near Potsdam and the probable harmful effects on the magnetic instruments, 1898. Letter from H.W. Pearson, 1898, concerning an observation by Peter Adeiger as to the declination of the Needle in 1269. Paper on pseudo-scientific beliefs by J.W. Atkinson, who claims to be in direct communication with the Almighty, c. 1872. Correspondence with D.Y. Cliff, South Africa, concerning queries on magnetism, most of which are illegible, 1900. Note titled 'Antarctic Expedition 1901', 1900. Correspondence with G. Sack, Lübeck, acknowledging receipt of two copies of his paper on the daily variations of magnetic inclination and intensity, 1901. Correspondence with A. Lupton, Leeds, concerning an enquiry about magnetic experiments, 1901. Printed circulars from the Comité International Meteorologique, 1900-1903. Printed circulars from the Commission International de Magnetisme Terrestre and correspondence, 1903-1906. Correspondence with A. Schmidt, Bureau Executif de la Commission International du Magnetisme Terrestre and Dr Maurits Snellen, Apeldoorn, 1906-1908. 'Caractere Magnetique, de chaque jour des mois, Octobre-Decembre 1907', 1908. Magnetic observations, 1908-1912.
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1874–1912
118 Miscellaneous correspondence. Correspondence with Dr Shettie concerning terrestrial magnetism, 1880. Correspondence with F.M. Almond concerning the effects of fog on a compass, 1880. Correspondence with F.B. Heate concerning his theory that terrestrial magnetism could be caused by electricity, 1880. Request from the Hydrographer of the Navy, 1881, on behalf of Captain Count Oscar Cassini, Austrian Naval Attaché, for information on how to obtain a copy of 'Instructions for observations on Earth's magnetism issued for the Royal Observatories' (the correct title is 'Revised instructions for use of magnetical and meteorological observatories', published by the Royal Society, 1842). Copy of an article on Earth currents by William Ellis, 1882, sent to 'Nature' for publication. Correspondence with J.G. Lawrie concerning a paper by Sir George Airy on a correction of compasses, with a copy of an article by W. Ellis on the 'Connection between eclipses of the sun and terrestrial magnetism' for the 'Observatory' magazine, 1883. Article by T.W. Ramm, Canada, on 'The Aurora Borealis', from 'The Operator and Electrical World', 3 March 1883. Correspondence with Balfour Stewart and the Mid-Lincolnshire Iron Co. concerning magnetic phenomena, 1884. Correspondence with Duncan Forbes concerning sunspots and magnetic disturbances, 1885. Correspondence with R.S. Ball concerning terrestrial magnetism, 1885. Correspondence with G.A. Rowell requesting the Astronomer Royal's opinion on his paper on 'the cause of a change in the declination of the needle', 1887. Correspondence with H. Wilson concerning thunderbolts, 1887. Correspondence with J.A. Menzies, Venice, concerning magnetic variation, 1887. Correspondence with H. Job concerning the discoveries of Sir John Ross, 1888. Letter from A. Hutt forecasting unsuccessfully 'a vivid display of aurora', 1888. Rough, printed prospectus for the Gilbert Club and a numbered application form, 1889. Letter from A. Downing to A.W. Rücker, 1890, requesting a copy of 'A Magnetic Survey of the British Isles for the epoch 1886 January 1' by Rücker and T.E. Thorpe, which appeared in 'Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society', Vol. 181, 1890, pp. 53-328. Reprint of a page from the 'Colliery Guardian', 2 January 1891.
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1880–1891
119 Papers on earth currents. Correspondence with the General Post Office and others on Earth currents, disturbances and the maintenance of underground wires, 1891-1911. Correspondence with C.O. Grimshaw concerning a fault in a dynamo armature, 1893. Trace showing Earth current curves, sent by E. Raymond Barker, with correspondence, 1898-1899. Correspondence with C. Chree concerning the details of arrangements for the registration of Earth currents, 1900. Correspondence with G.E. Preece concerning a magnetic storm, 1892. Correspondence with Dr Stein requesting details of a photographic system, 1872. Paper by William Ellis concerning Earth currents, 1879. Correspondence with W.G. Adams and Professor Förster concerning Earth currents, 1881. Notes on the determination of scale for Earth current registers, 1886-1889. Correspondence with South Eastern Railways concerning Earth current wires and abnormal fluctuations, 1891. Correspondence with G.E. Preece concerning Earth currents recorded on 4 February 1872 and others of 1872-1875.
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1872–1911
120 Correspondence on meteorological instruments. Correspondence with J.F. Campbell concerning sunshine recordings, including traces on green card from a solar-recording instrument and diagrams, 1881-1883. Correspondence with D. Winstanley, 1881, concerning his instrument for recording the duration and intensity of sunshine, including:. 1. 'A facsimile of a record of the duration of sunshine made by the Apparatus Winstanley'. 2. 'Winstanley's Radiograph: an instrument which records continuously both the duration and the intensity of the sunshine'. 3. 'Winstanley's apparatus for recording the duration of the sunshine'. 4. 'Facsimile of a trace made at Douglas, Isle of Man, by the Radiograph of Winstanley 1879 November 7', two copies. 5. Extract from the 'Philosophical Magazine', 5 November 1880: 'The Radiograph' by D. Winstanley. 6. Extract from 'Engineering Magazine', November 1880: 'Air-Thermometers' by D. Winstanley. 7. Extract from the 'Manx Sun', 8 May 1880: 'A trap to catch the sunbeams'. 8. Extract from 'Engineering Magazine', 15 October 1880: 'Winstanley's Recording Radiograph'. 9. Photograph of Winstanley's radiograph standing on a table. 10. Photograph of Winstanley's radiograph in a garden in use. Correspondence with C. Piazzi Smyth, 1880, concerning the whereabouts of two black bulb thermometers loaned to the Teneriffe Expedition in 1856 and returning the same year. Correspondence with Mrs L. Macaulay concerning the placing of the Sun thermometer at the Royal Observatory, 1881. Correspondence with F.M. Rodgers concerning a new type of thermometer, 1883. Correspondence with J.C. Potter concerning an electrical thermometer, 1883. Correspondence with C. Druery concerning his proposal for a new kind of rain gauge, 1884. Correspondence with J.B. Jordan concerning 'Jordan's Sunshine Recorder', including diagrams and traces for the winter solstice, equinox and summer solstice, 1885. Correspondence with H. Hainsley concerning a meteorological instrument of his own making on which he wishes the Astronomer Royal to give his opinion, 1885-1886. Correspondence with P. Larrsen concerning the possibility of building an improved form of anemometer, 1885. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy concerning the receipt of two unlabelled barometers, 1885. Diagram and explanation of George R. Primrose's Electric Meteorological Scale Reader and his Electric Barometer, with related correspondence, 1886. Correspondence with Dollon and Co. concerning an improved anemometer, 1886. Correspondence with W.C. Morrison concerning the continuous recording of registers, 1886. Letter from F.J. Guimareas enquiring about an anemometer, 1886. Correspondence with Negretti and Zambra concerning hygrometers, 1887. Correspondence with Colonel Hozier on where to obtain the correct paper for barometer records, 1888. Correspondence with H.C. Casbaugh concerning Osler's anemometer, 1889. Correspondence with J.H. Briggs concerning an enquiry about a barometer, 1889. Correspondence with W.H. Allen and Co. requesting information on types of anemometer for high velocity measurements, 1889. Correspondence with G.W. Gledhill answering various enquiries, 1889. Correspondence with Negretti and Zambra concerning arrangements for their workmen to examine the altered Osler anemometer in order to manufacture a copy for a client, 1889. Correspondence with Oscher Ber, who requests an interview for the Astronomer Royal to see his invention, 1890. Correspondence with W.H. Flower concerning where to purchase a solar recording machine, 1890. Enquiry from G.W. Gledhill concerning a thermometer screen, 1890. Correspondence with C.E. Paget requesting information on the price and cost of fitting of the Campbell-Stokes Sunshine Instrument, 1891. Enquiries from Colonel Nicholson and W.H. Dines concerning anemometers, 1891. Correspondence with J.F. Russell concerning his invention of an anemometer, 1891. Correspondence with De La Rue and Co. concerning the supply of cards for the Campbell-Stokes Sunshine Instrument, 1891. Query from J. Cook about improvements to the mercurial barometer, 1892. Query from W. Bonnie about a rain gauge, 1892. Correspondence with W.E. Plummer, who asks for advice about reducing the meteorological observations made at Liverpool Observatory, 1892. Correspondence with S. Garrett concerning how to best fit meteorological instruments, 1893. Correspondence with J. Bertelsen concerning meteorological instruments, 1893. Correspondence with J. Martin concerning an invention, 1893. Strip of sections of flimsy paper glued together and numbered 2-16, possibly an early form of proof strip for photography [1893]. There is no letter or note of explanation. Eight photographic proof strips with visible numbers 1-10 [1893]. There is no letter or note of explanation. Letter from W.H. Dines acknowledging receipt of an anemometer, 1893. Correspondence with the Telemeter Co., United States of America, concerning the possible adaptation of their 'Telemeter System' to the Royal Observatory's needs, 1885, including printed advertising literature; a blueprint; a cutting from 'The Mail and Express', 10 October 1885, titled 'Telemetric Novelties'; and a dial showing a record of temperature for one week. Correspondence with J. Cook, 1893, concerning his visit to the Royal Observatory in 1892 and the accuracy of the standard barometer. Correspondence with J. Bowen of the Borough Engineer and Surveyors Office asking for a recommendation for a solar recording instrument, 1897. Correspondence with the British North Borneo Co. concerning the supply of meteorological instruments, 1897. Correspondence with N. Narasimham of the Hindu High School, Masulipatam, South India, concerning the accuracy of thermometer readings, 1897. Correspondence with J.E. Miller concerning an improved vacuum barometer, 1897. Correspondence with B.H. Hewett concerning mercurial barometers, 1898. Correspondence with J. Carline requesting information on rain gauges, 1898. Correspondence with Dr L. de Ball, Vienna, who asks for a recommendation of a manufacturer of meteorological instruments, 1899. Correspondence with F. van den Berg concerning his claim to be able to control the weather, 1899. Correspondence with W.M. Crisp concerning anemometers, 1899. Correspondence with J. Wilson Potter concerning a faulty thermometer, 1899. Correspondence with F.C. Bigger concerning wind vanes, 1899. Correspondence with Taylor Brothers Co., United States of America, concerning a hygrometer, 1900. Correspondence with J.A. Jones concerning anemometers, 1900. Correspondence with S.A. Woodhead concerning the setting up of meteorological instruments, 1901. Correspondence with G. Newman asking advice about 4 foot earth thermometers, 1902. Correspondence with W. Sugden and Son asking advice on how to accurately fix a sundial, 1903. Correspondence with A. Williamson concerning a new gnomon and enclosing a brass rubbing of an old sundial face, 1903. Undated advertising literature from J.W. and C.J. Phillips. Correspondence with R.W. Munro concerning the pressure tube anemometer by W.H. Dines, 1896. . Correspondence with R. Allen-Bennett asking for advice on setting up a meteorological station, 1904. Correspondence with Captain H.J. Coningham requesting the loan of Royal Observatory instruments for a balloon ascent from Crystal Palace, 1904. Printed advertising literature from A. Riekmann for thermometers, 1904. Correspondence with A. Seratton concerning the testing of thermometers, 1906. Correspondence with E. Jago asking for information on instruments (if any) capable of registering the quantity of ozone in the air, 1906. Correspondence with C.F. Casena and Co. requesting information on solar recording, 1907. Query from H.W. McKenzie about a Stevenson thermometer screen, 1908. Correspondence with W. Shaw and G.P. Beckett concerning comparisons of standard barometer settings, 1908. Correspondence with W.H. Thorpe concerning the peculiar movements of his barometers, 1908. Correspondence with H.J. Carlisle concerning setting up a solar recording instrument, 1909. Correspondence with W. Barket concerning the testing of thermometers, 1909. Advertising literature from Negretti and Zambra for their recording rain gauge, which had the trade name the 'Hyetograph', 1909.
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1880–1909
121 Meteorological observations. Various meteorological observations comprised mainly of phenomena seen, but with some recorded observations:. 'Weather chart of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution', October to December 1888. Newspaper cutting from 'The Advertiser', Adelaide, 29 April 1891, concerning the summer of 1890-1891. Photograph of a lightning flash taken by R. Law, 1891. Barometric and meteorological data taken aboard SS 'Lapwing' during the passage from Harwich to Hamburg on 10 November 1891. Report of the weather at Sydney, Australia, between 4 January and 23 April 1893. Tables of rainfall in the Lake District for varying numbers of years, 1893.
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1888–1893
122 Meteorological questions. Questions sent to the Royal Observatory and its answers on the subject of meteorology. The papers are split into two parts, the first part concerning rainfall, the second part relating to wind pressure.
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1888–1894
123 Meteorological questions. Questions sent to Royal Observatory and its answers on all areas of meteorology.
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1898–1901
124 Correspondence on meteorology. Miscellaneous correspondence with the general public on meteorological matters, including a pamphlet on 'The use of Wind-Power in Village Water Supply'.
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1902–1903
125 Papers on the Meteorological Council. Papers discussing a table of equivalents of the Beaufort Scale intermingled with papers on tables of sunshine, 1906. Meteorological Office circular on Beaufort's Scale of wind force, 1906. . Tables of averages of temperature, rainfall and bright sunshine based on observations taken during 1866-1900, with related correspondence, 1906. Papers concerning the meteorological reports of the Royal Observatory, 1906-1908. Letters concerning observations of gross minimum temperatures, 1909. Papers concerning the meteorological reports of the Royal Observatory, 1910-1912. Correspondence concerning the completion of the Royal Observatory's collection of weather forecasts, 1879-1880. Correspondence with the Kew Committee concerning the training of H.J. Bell, assistant at the Royal Alfred Observatory, Mauritius, in the use of a photoheliograph, 1879. Correspondence with the Meteorological Office concerning weather forecasts, 1880. Comparison of Meteorological Office weather forecasts with Royal Observatory observed weather for 1879, compiled 1880. List of 'Synchronous Meteorological Observations' made at the Royal Observatory during 1-16 December 1800. Enquiries from the Meteorological Office about the frequency of fog, 1881. Circular from the Meteorological Office concerning guidelines for reports, 1882, and a reply from W. Ellis addressed to R.H. Scott of the Meteorological Office, 1883. Various papers, 1886-1906: General Strachey on the adoption of 24-hour notation in Indian weather reports; correspondence with the Meteorological Office regarding a description of a Royal Observatory weather station and its situation; correspondence with the Meteorological Office concerning new arrangements for the Registrar General's quarterly returns; correspondence concerning the distribution of the government grant and the Committee of Enquiry, including a memorandum on the history and constitution of the Meteorological Office dated 4 March 1903, which also includes costs and details of kite and balloon work; and a request from the Meteorological Office for temporary computers, to which there were no takers.
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1879–1912
126 Papers on the Meteorological Council. Annual reports of meteorological work carried out at the Royal Observatory, 1895-1930. Monthly reports from the Royal Observatory to the Royal Meteorological Society on recorded minimum and maximum temperatures, 1903-1911. Balloting lists and notices of lectures and exhibitions for the Royal Meteorological Society, 1877-1894. Annual reports of meteorological work carried out at the Royal Observatory, 1877-1893. Correspondence between W. Marriott and the Royal Observatory concerning C. Chambers's work on 'The Meteorology of the Bombay Presidency', 1878. Letters on the exhibition of 'Whewell's Anemometer' at the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Royal Meteorological Society, 1882. Catalogue of the exhibits of the Royal Meteorological Society's Third Annual Exhibition of Instruments, 1882. Letter and reply from J.H. Laughton on the subject of C. Piazzi Smyth's 'Rain Band', 1882. Letter from G.J. Symons asking permission to use the Royal Meteorological Society's Library, 1886. Letters from Maxwell Hall concerning nominations for the Royal Meteorological Society, 1888. Letters from F. Booth and R. White offering to make meteorological observations for the Royal Observatory, 1891. Letter from the Revd Voysey concerning the exhibition of hygrometric models, 1894. Notices of Council Meetings, 1901-1908. Notices of ordinary and general meetings, 1894-1909. Balloting lists, 1895-1909. Correspondence with the Meteorological Office concerning the lack of stamps on the covers of the daily weather reports from the Royal Observatory, 1896. Daily amounts of sunshine at Bunhill Row E C for January to March 1897. Letters on the opacity of the ball in the Greenwich sunshine recorder, 1897. Letter concerning the Jubilee of the Royal Meteorological Society, 1899. Letter of 1899 concerning the lack of printed Royal Observatory magnetical and meteorological observations for the years 1897 and 1898. . Letter concerning the resignation of Robert H. Scott from the Meteorological Office, 1900. Notification of the nomination of the Astronomer Royal to the Council of the Royal Meteorological Society, 1900. . Letter asking aid to extend membership, with a pamphlet containing a descriptive notice and prospectus of the Royal Meteorological Society, 1909.
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1877–1930
127 Papers on British rainfall. Annual report from the Astronomer Royal of rainfall at the Royal Observatory during 1893, published 1894. Letter from 'British Rainfall' inviting support, 1894. Annual rainfall report for 1894, published 1895. Letter from 'British Rainfall' inviting support, 1895. Annual rainfall report for 1895, published 1896. Letter from 'British Rainfall' inviting support, 1896. Annual rainfall report for 1896, published 1897. Letter from 'British Rainfall' inviting support, 1897. Annual rainfall report for 1897, published 1898. Letter from 'British Rainfall' inviting support, 1898. Annual rainfall report for 1898, published 1899. Letter from 'British Rainfall' inviting support, 1899. Annual rainfall report from the Astronomer Royal for 1899, published 1900. Letter from Herbert Sowerby-Wallis regarding the death of G.J. Symons, 1900. Letter regarding the memorial subscription for G.J. Symons, 1900. . Letter from H. Sowerby-Wallis regarding support, 1900. Annual rainfall report from the Astronomer Royal for 1900, published 1901. Letter from 'British Rainfall' inviting support, 1901. Annual rainfall report from the Astronomer Royal for 1901, published 1902. Letter from 'British Rainfall inviting support, 1902. Letter from H. Sowerby-Wallis regarding his resignation due to ill health, 1903. Letter to the above expressing regret, 1903. Letter from 'British Rainfall' inviting support, 1903. Annual rainfall report for 1903, published 1904. Letter from 'British Rainfall', 1905, requesting the Royal Observatory annual report for 1904 and the magnetic and meteorological observations from 1897 onwards. Letter from the Secretary of the Royal Observatory, 1905, replying to the above and enclosing the annual report for 1904. Annual rainfall report for 1904, published 1905. Letter from 'British Rainfall' acknowledging receipt of the above, 1905. Annual rainfall report for 1905, published 1906. Annual rainfall report for 1906, published 1907. Annual rainfall report for 1907, published 1908. Annual rainfall report for 1908, published 1909. Four untitled and undated lists of figures, possibly of rainfall. Letter from 'British Rainfall', 1910, requesting a summary for 1909. Letter from W. Bryant replying to the aforementioned request, 1910. Annual rainfall report for 1909, published 1910. Annual rainfall report for 1910, published 1911. Two untitled lists of figures [daily rain gauge readings]. Five untitled lists of figures [daily rain gauge readings]. Letter from 'British Rainfall' regarding temperature observations during a solar eclipse, 1912. Letter from W. Bryant to Dr Mill giving permission for the above results to be used, 1912. List of temperatures taken during a solar eclipse, 1912. Letter from 'British Rainfall' thanking the Royal Observatory for the temperature lists and making a query about readings, 1912. Letter from W. Bryant in answer to the above, 1912. Two untitled lists of figures [rain gauge readings], 1912. Two untitled and undated lists of figures [rain gauge readings], c. 1912. Two untitled and undated lists of figures [rain gauge readings], c. 1913. . Two untitled lists of figures [rain gauge readings] [1913]. Letter from F.W. Dyson to Dr Mill, 1915, enclosing the rainfall figures for 1914. Untitled list of figures [rain gauge readings] [1915]. Two untitled lists of figures [rain gauge readings] [1915].
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1894–1915
128 Miscellaneous meteorological papers. Letter from the Royal Meteorological Society to the Astronomer Royal regarding discrepancies in sunshine records at Kew and Greenwich, 1896. 0Summary totals of sunshine at Bunhill Row, Greenwich and Kew, 1896. Undated, unsigned notes regarding the conditions, position, etc., of sunshine recorders [1896]. Comparative record of sunshine at Greenwich and Kew, 1891-1896 inclusive [1896]. Letter, probably to the Royal Meteorological Society, regarding difference in sunshine records, 1897. Summary sheet of sunshine records for January 1897 sent with the above letter. Letter from the Royal Meteorological Society offering thanks for solving the sunshine records problem, 1897. Letter to the Royal Meteorological Society asking for the sunshine records for 1896-1897. Letter from the Royal Meteorological Society regarding the loan of an anemometer and thanking the Royal Observatory for the sunshine records, 1897. Summary of sunshine records for Bunhill Row and Kew, 1897. Letter from William Ellis regarding sunshine records and offering to visit the Royal Observatory to discuss the problem, 1897. Letter from the Astronomer Royal to W. Ellis inviting him to the Royal Observatory for a discussion, 1897. . Papers relating to the analysis of barometric observations, 1879-1890. Letter from Major W.H. Rawson regarding the analysis of barometric observations, 1896. Analysis of the Greenwich Meteorological Observations for 1841-1892, with special reference to the declination of the Moon and Sun, 1896. Letter from Major Rawson to P. Cowell regarding the analysis for barometric readings, 1896. Two reprints from the 'Royal Meteorological Journal' giving Major Rawson's analysis, 1896. Summary of Major Rawson's analysis by an unknown author [1896]. Letter to Major Rawson from P. Cowell giving minor criticisms and acknowledging receipt of his paper, 1896. Letter from Major Rawson to P. Cowell answering the criticisms of his paper, 1896. Letter from P. Cowell to Major Rawson regarding the analysis, 1897. Graph regarding the analysis [1897]. Letter from Major Rawson to P. Cowell regarding the analysis, 1897. Summary of the annual rainfall on the ground, 1884 (probably an estimate of the annual rainfall over the British Isles). Letter from the Royal Meteorological Society regarding the change of time signals in the United States of America, 1885. Letter from Sir George Airy regarding the extension of meteorological observations, 1881. Letter from G.B. Airy regarding daily sunshine records and anemometer readings, 1882. Letter from the French Meteorological Service, in French, 1884. Letter from W. Ellis to the General Post Office regarding poor deliveries and printed paper rates, 1884. Letter from the General Post Office replying to the above on the subject of paper rates, 1884. Telegram from the Registrar General at Somerset House regarding the usual meteorological returns, 1884. . Reply from the Astronomer Royal, 1884. Letter from Somerset House regarding changes to forms, 1886. Summary of the clearness of nights at Paris, September, October and November 1883-1885, compiled c. 1886. Summary of the clarity of the night sky for September, October and November 1883-1885, compiled 1888. Further details regarding the above, 1888. Summary of the mean amount of cloud cover 1841-1847, compiled 1888.
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1879–1897
129 Papers on the Comité Météorologique International. Printed proceedings of the meeting of 15 September 1900. Printed list of resolutions passed at the above meeting, 1900. Printed circulars concerning observations to be circulated, 1900. Printed circular from Paris concerning circulating barometric information, 1900. Printed circular giving notice of a conference at Innsbruck, 1905. Printed agenda for the above meeting, 1905. Printed circular of questions for the above meeting, 1905. Provisional programme, suite No.2, 1905. Printed list of invited delegates to the above conference, 1905. Manuscript paper, in German, concerning temperature observations [1905]. Printed paper, in French, concerning items to be put before the Innsbruck conference, 1905. Letter from W.H. Bryant to the Astronomer Royal concerning non-attendance at the conference and the effects of decisions taken there, 1905. Manuscript paper giving Greenwich views on conference questions, 1905. Written unsigned memorandum concerning a special network for stations to study barometric pressure, 1905. . Printed paper, in French, concerning a special station network to study barometric pressure, 1905.
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1900–1905
130 Papers on the Thames thermometers. Three unsigned sheets of summary and explanation, 1882. Letter from G. Symons to W.H.M. Christie explaining the layout of the thermometers, 1883. Letter from W. Ellis in reply to the above, 1883. Letter from G. Symons to W. Ellis giving further explanation and details of observational methods, 1883. Letter from G. Symons to W. Ellis regarding forms of report, 1883. Blank observation form [1883]. . Letter to G. Symons from W. Ellis thanking him for the information, 1883. Undated summary sheet for 1873-1882. Report by W. Ellis on a visit to view the thermometers at Deptford, 1883. Letter to G. Symons regarding discrepancies in the readings, 1883. Letter from G. Symons answering points raised in the previous letter, 1883. Letter from W. Ellis to Symons, 1883. Letter from W. Sowerby-Wallis to W. Ellis confirming that the 'reading' indication had been omitted, 1883. Letter from W. Ellis to G. Symons regarding the incorrect recording of readings, 1883. Letter from W. Sowerby-Wallis to W. Ellis regarding incorrect readings, 1883. Letter from W. Ellis to W. Sowerby-Wallis enclosing requested records, 1883. Summary table of thermometer readings, 1883. Letter from W. Sowerby-Wallis to W. Ellis regarding damage done to the Thames thermometers, 1883. Letter from W. Ellis to G. Symons regarding the renewal of the thermometers, 1884. Letter from G. Symons stating that the [London] Sanitary Authority is to renew the thermometers, 1884. Letter from W. Ellis to the Chairman of the [London] Sanitary Authority regarding the renewal of the thermometers, 1884. Papers relating to reductions of observations by Sir George Airy. Letter from G.B. Airy offering to undertake reductions, 1881. Letter to G.B. Airy enclosing abstracts of thermometer readings, 1881. Two undated blank reduction forms [1881]. Two completed reduction sheets covering May/November 1869 [1881].
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1881–1884
131 Miscellaneous meteorological papers. (1) Miscellaneous papers, 1888-1889. Index sheet, 1889. Index sheet, 1888. Letter to W.G. King from H.C. Fox, 1888. Unsigned and undated memorandum [1888]. Letter from W. Ellis to H.C. Fox replying to his letter, 1888. Letter from the R.M. College, Kingston, Ontario, and a reply from W. Ellis, 1888. Letter from W. Hoshen Richards regarding droughts and a reply from W. Ellis, 1888. Letter regarding cup anemometers and a reply to the same, 1888. Proof of meeting notes [1888]. Letter to Negretti and Zamba from W. Ellis and their reply, 1888. Letters regarding missing papers addressed to Paris, 1888. Letter to 'The Times' from G. Symons regarding the wet summer, 1888. Letter from the Athenaeum Club regarding records of barometric pressure, with a reply from W.H.M. Christie, 1888. Letter from Elliott Bros. asking for details of exhibitions, 1888. Letter from Louis P. Cassella regarding an exhibition report, with a reply from H. Turner, 1888. Letter from G.W. Gledhill regarding thermometers, with a reply from W. Ellis, 1889. Letter from a shipping company regarding meteorological stations, with a reply from W. Ellis. 1889. Letter from Miss Leader regarding gales in the Channel, with a reply, 1889. Letter from G.W. Gledhill regarding temperatures, with a reply from W. Ellis, 1889. Letter from E. Kinnerly regarding thunder, with a reply from Ellis, 1889. Telegram regarding the state of the sea at Polack, 1889. Letter from [Thomas Bernard] regarding sunshine, with a reply from W. Ellis [1889]. Telegram from Bedford regarding the weather forecast, 1889. Two letters from S.A. Cutler at Adelaide regarding the weather on the south coast, with replies from W. Ellis, 1888. Letter from R. Godfrey regarding wind calculations, with a reply from the Royal Observatory, 1889. Letter from Mrs Wild requesting detailed forecasts, with a reply from W. Ellis, 1889. Letter from E. Matters, with a reply from W. Ellis, 1889. Letter from W. Stephenson regarding the lunar corona, with a reply from the Royal Observatory, 1889. Letter from E.H.O. Hall regarding weather in the Middle East, with a reply from W. Ellis, 1889. Letter from Gardening World regarding meteorological reports, with a reply from W. Ellis, 1889. Letter from Fletcher and Phillipson regarding wind strengths and directions, with a reply from W. Ellis, 1889. Telegram regarding meteorological information, 1889. Letter from the General Post Office regarding the non-delivery of mail, 1889. Letter and enclosures from W. Gledhill regarding weather at Harrogate, with a reply, 1889. Letter from F.G. Bayard regarding wind directions, with a reply from W. Ellis, 1889. Telegram from Richardson requesting details of weather at Penzance, 1889. Letter from C. Keeble regarding rainbows, with a reply from W. Ellis, 1889. Three telegrams requesting weather forecasts, 1889 (all were referred to the Meteorological Office). Letter from F.G. Bayard regarding rainfall errors, with a reply from W. Ellis, 1889. Letter from H. Gowling Fox regarding errors in rainfall, with a reply from W. Ellis, 1889. Letter from Baker and Sons regarding winds in central London, with a reply, 1889. Letter from Captain Hannah regarding temperatures at Brisbane, with a reply from W. Ellis, 1889. Letters from J. Sherley regarding old weather records, with replies from W. Ellis, 1889. Letter from the Palmers Shipbuilding and Iron Co. regarding the Beaufort Scale, with a reply from W. Ellis, 1889. (2) Miscellaneous papers, 1890-1892. Index of 1890 correspondence. Letter from G. Gledhill regarding the siting of instruments, 1890. Two sheets of thermometer readings from G. Gledhill, with a reply from W. Ellis, 1890. Letter from J.J. Gilbert regarding anemometers, with a reply from W Ellis, 1890. Letter from H. Clements regarding lunar influences on the weather, 1890. Letter from the Scottish Meteorological Office drawing attention to the attached printed matter, 1890. Printed statement by the Scottish Meteorological Society, 1890. Application for membership of the above [1890]. Letter from G. Gledhill regarding the positions of thermometers, with a reply from W. Ellis, 1890. Letter from W.H. Bright regarding 'Chance' lightning, with a letter of reply from W. Ellis asking for clarification, 1890. . Letter from a Mr Moore of Brazil, with a reply from H.H. Turner, 1890. Letter from [H. Rothbrand] regarding changes in climate, with a reply from W. Ellis, 1890. Letter from F.J.C. Fenton asking about zodiacal light, with a reply from W. Ellis, 1891. Letter from Francis Stevens regarding weather reports, with a reply from W. Ellis, 1891. Letter from a Mr Whiteman, Rye, asking for a weather chart, 1891. Letter from Mr Watherston discussing letters to 'The Times' on the subject of meteorology, with a reply from H. Turner, 1891. Report on meteorology by W. Ellis in 'The Times', 1891. Memorandum regarding extraordinary depressions, 1891. Letter from E. Wilson regarding lunar and planetary influences, with a reply from W. Ellis, 1891. Letter from G. Gledhill regarding the position of thermometers, with a reply from W. Ellis, 1891. Two letters from W. Marsh regarding the expansion of air, 1891. Letter from Blanche Johnson regarding lunar effects, with a reply from H. Turner, 1891. Letter from C. Wraye seeking possible employment, with a reply from W. Ellis, 1892. . Letter from Somerset House regarding returns, with a memorandum from W. Ellis on this subject, 1892. Letter to the Registrar General's office from W.H.M. Christie, 1892. Memorandum detailing the transfer of meteorological observations to the Meteorological Office, 1892. Letter to E.R. Taylor regarding the above, 1892. Two letters from J.W. Evans enquiring about barometers, with a reply from W. Ellis, 1892. Letter from T. Lund regarding sunshine records, with a reply from W. Ellis, 1892. Letter from G.H. Lamb regarding solar halos, with a reply, 1892. Letter from France regarding the collection of meteorological data, 1892. Letter from L.E. Norfolk regarding a severe winter, with a reply from W. Ellis, 1892. Extract from 'The Times' regarding artificial rain production [1892]. (3) Miscellaneous papers, 1884-1887. Letter from L.S. Petrie regarding the reduction of barometric pressure, with a reply from W. Ellis, 1884. Letter from the Home Office regarding correspondence from Italy, 1884. Letter from the Foreign Office to the Home Office regarding the above, with a letter from the Astronomer Royal acknowledging receipt, 1884. Letter from the Foreign Office regarding the American request for meteorological information, 1885. Letter from V.S. Leyton requesting information regarding the establishment of a meteorological observatory, with a reply from the Chief Assistant of the Royal Observatory, 1885. Letter from Brigadier General [Hayes] regarding the Astronomer Royal's movements, with a reply from H.H. Turner, 1885. Letter regarding meteorological observations at Hudson's Bay, with a reply from the Royal Observatory, 1885. The signature on the first letter is unclear. Letter from Dr Viltras regarding attendance at a meteorological conference, with a reply from W. Ellis, 1886. Letter from the Revd Watson offering weather records for 1815-1845, with a reply from W. Ellis declining the offer, 1886. Letter from the Registrar General regarding new forms, with a reply from W. Ellis, 1886. Letter from J. Eaton Team regarding meteorological observations, with a reply from W. Ellis, 1887. Letter to A.H. Swinton from W. Ellis, 1887, concerning scientific papers, with a reply from A.H. Swinton requesting further information and a further letter from W. Ellis containing this information. Letter from M. Jordan, St Vallier, près Nice, regarding Australian meteorological work, with a reply from W. Ellis, 1887. (4) Miscellaneous papers, 1890-1898. Letter from Pinkney and Bolam, Solicitors, regarding wind directions, with a letter of reply from W. Ellis, 1890. Letter from Percy Vinicombe regarding visibility of the Moon, with a reply from the Royal Observatory, 1893. Letter from J. Christofer regarding unusual atmospheric effects, 1893. Letter, in French, from [E. Mascary] regarding unusual meteorological observations and communications, with a reply from W. Ellis, 1893. Letter from J.S. Clayton regarding sunshine records, with a reply from W. Ellis, 1893. Letter from E.B. Penn regarding meteorological observations and meteor showers, with a reply from the Royal Observatory, 1893. Letter from the 'Weather Plant Observatory' regarding magnetic disturbances, 1893. Letter from S.W.S. Woodward regarding photographs of the sky, 1893. Letter from W. Locke regarding meteorological observations, with a reply from W. Ellis, 1893. Letter from the Great Northern Railway thanking the Royal Observatory for the information received, 1893. Letter from A. Litherland Jones and Co. requesting meteorological information from Japan, with a reply from W. Ellis, 1893. Letter from A.B. McDowall regarding the correlation between sunspots and barometric pressure, with reply from W. Ellis, 1893. Letter from the Crown Agents regarding meteorological instruments that are no longer wanted, with a reply from W.H.M. Christie, 1893. Letter from W. Ellis to L.M. Marcasson regarding wind directions and weekly meteorological reports, 1893. Letter from W. Ellis to A.J. Symonds regarding the correlation between drought periods, 1893. Printed extract from a Romford local paper regarding drought cycles [1893]. Letter from L.M. Marcasson offering thanks for a letter from W. Ellis, 1893. Letter from Harris and Dixon, London, requesting meteorological information, with a reply from [L. le Brunn], 1893. Letter from D. Mason and Sons, Birmingham, requesting the time of sunset each day, with a reply from H.P. Hobbs, 1893. Letter from the Wollescote Galvanizing Co. regarding weather at Weymouth, with a reply from L. le Brun, 1893. Letter from the Registrar General regarding temperature observations, with a reply from W. Ellis giving details of 50-year tables to be published, 1893. Printed abstract of a paper by Veeder on storm tracks, 1893. Letter from A.E. Wood regarding rainfall, with a reply from the Royal Observatory, 1893. Printed matter relating to 'Clements's Weather Calendar and Diary', 1893. Two letters from Ed Sant regarding the accuracy of weather forecasts, with replies from W. Ellis, 1893. Telegram from Chepmell, Bushey, requesting a weather forecast, 1893. Letter from M. Constable regarding cloud photographs, with a reply from W. Ellis, 1893. Letters from S. Riggal regarding storms, with a reply from W.C. Nash, 1893. Letter requesting details of weather in the Bay of Biscay, with a reply from W.C. Nash, 1893. The signature on the first letter is unclear. Letter from J. Cobb, United States of America, regarding a meteorological bibliography, with a reply from W. Ellis, 1893. Letter from B. Norton requesting weather information, 1893. Letter from V. Bente requesting information on unusual lunar phenomena, with a reply from H. Hollis, 1894. Letter from A. Durant requesting information on unusual phenomena seen on Good Friday, with a reply from W.C. Nash, 1894. Letter from J. Breckells regarding the particulars of moonshine, with a reply from W.C. Nash, 1894. Letter from the North Eastern Railway regarding rainfall, with a reply from W.C. Nash, 1894. Letter from the North Eastern Railway offering thanks for information, 1894. Letter from W. Thompson regarding solar halos, 1894. Letter from H. Gold regarding solar temperatures, with a reply from W.C. Nash, 1894. Letter from E.B. Lorrimer regarding weather forecasts, with a reply from H. Hollis, 1894. Two letters from E.J. Lowe regarding ozone tests and balloon flights, with replies from W.C. Nash, 1894. Letter from Roland Mott regarding the lack of published reports for the West Country, with a reply from W.C. Nash, 1894. Letter from Gyertsen and Grayerson regarding ocean weather forecasts and log-books for ships, with a reply, 1894. Letter and accompanying papers from W. Starr regarding J. Glaisher and J. Plant, with a reply from H.R. Hollis, 1894. Telegram requesting the forecast for Dublin, with a reply, 1895. Telegram requesting details of the weather at Nice, with a reply, 1895. Letter from H.W. Shephard-Walwyn regarding lunar influences, with a reply from W.H.M. Christie, 1895. Unsigned copy of a letter to H.W. Shephard-Walwyn, 1895. Unsigned copy of a book list regarding lunar influences on the weather [1895]. Letter, in French, regarding thermometers, marked 'no reply', 1895. Letter of advertisement from Grim and Co., publishers, 1895. Letter from W. Middleton requesting information regarding average temperatures, with a reply from F.W. Dyson, 1895. Letter from R.W. Brookes regarding the weather in the Thames Valley, with a reply, 1895. Letter from C.E. Broyne regarding weather charts, with a reply, 1895. Letter from F. Pearse M.D. regarding tidal influence on the weather, with a reply from W.C. Nash, 1896. Telegram from Perry and Swanage regarding the weather in the south-west of the English Channel, 1896. Letter from W.J. Carrow requesting an interview with Sir George Airy, with a reply from P. Cowell, 1896. Letter from W.J. Carrow requesting an interview with W.H.M. Christie, with a reply from P. Cowell, 1896. Letter from W.J. Carrow regarding unusual weather, 1896. Letter from W.M. Fison regarding temperatures, with a reply from P. Cowell, 1896. Letter from Clement Wragge concerning meteorological observations in Tasmania, with a reply from W.H.M. Christie, and acknowledgement of this from Wragge, 1896. Letter from R. Runnells requesting meteorological observation forms, with a reply from W.C. Nash, 1896. Telegram from Knott, Stalybridge, requesting a weather forecast, with a reply, 1896. Letter from John Schofield requesting daily forecasts, with a reply from H. Outhwaite, 1897. Letter from Macdonald, Hamilton, Australia, regarding barometers, with a reply from W.C. Nash, 1897. Letter from J. Bullard requesting temperatures recorded in various towns, with two replies from W. Nash, and a letter of thanks from Bullard, 1897. Telegram from Lord Onslow regarding the gale in the English Channel, 1897. Letter from J.J. Tosen regarding the sea temperatures at Hastings, with a reply from H. Outhwaite, 1897. Letter from J. Bartlett regarding the weather at Marlborough, with a reply, 1897. Letter from W.P. Noon regarding aneroid barometers, with a reply from W.C. Nash, 1897. Letter from W. Sigerston regarding weather forecasts, with a reply from W.C. Nash, 1897. Letter from John Riley and Sons regarding weather forecasts, with a reply from P.H. Cowell, 1897. Letter from E. Watts Phillips regarding solar haloes, with a reply from W.C. Nash, 1897. Letter from A. Appleby of Accrington regarding weather forecasts, with a reply from W.C. Nash, 1897. Letter from Nathan of Sydney regarding annual weather forecasts, 1897. Letter from L. Werner Laurie regarding the manuscript of the weather book, with a reply from F.W. Dyson, and an acknowledgement of this from Laurie, 1897. Telegram from Pethwicks, Exmouth, regarding weather, 1897. Telegram from Vernon requesting a weather forecast, 1897. Letter from the town clerk of Lymington requesting weather data, with a reply from H. Outhwaite, 1897. Letter from L. Elgic regarding fog in London, with a reply from H. Outhwaite, 1897. Letter from Robert Devereux regarding weather in the Brighton area, with a reply from W.C. Nash, and an acknowledgement of this from Devereux, 1898. (5) Miscellaneous papers, 1897-1899. Correspondence with Negretti and Zambra regarding ozone test boxes, 1897, and ozone papers, 1898. Letter from L. Wood regarding thunderbolts at Folkestone, with a reply, 1898. Letter to I.C.M., 1898. Two letters to R.H. Stott regarding weather reports, 1898. Two letters from W.C. Nash to an unknown correspondent, 1898. Letter from Annabella Milne regarding atmospheric conditions and the influenza epidemic, with a reply from H. Outhwaite, 1898. Letter from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Weather Bureau requesting information regarding meteorological observations and organisation, with an unsigned draft reply and a reply signed by W.H.M. Christie, 1898. Letter from Mr Smenitoff concerning a method for dispersing fog, with a reply from H. Outhwaite, 1898. . Letter from F. Garlich concerning a piece of round metal found during gardening operations, with a reply from H. Outhwaite, 1898. Letter from J. Thompson requesting a weather forecast, 1898. Letter from Northern Assurance requesting the location of the nearest meteorological station, with a reply from H. Outhwaite, 1898. Letter of acknowledgement from Northern Assurance, 1898. Letter from the Meteorological Office concerning annual weather charts, 1898. Telegram from Beart, Godmanchester, requesting a weather forecast, 1898. Letter from E.J. Lowe regarding barometric reductions, with a reply from H. Outhwaite giving the desired information, 1898. Telegram from Phillimore, Radlett, requesting a weather forecast, 1898. Letter from P. Clutterbuck, Stanmore, requesting weather information, with a reply from W.C. Nash, 1898. Letter from Christy Bros, Chelmsford, requesting details of wind velocities, with a reply from W.C. Nash and a letter of thanks for this from Christy Bros, 1898. Letter from Shaw, Stranraer, requesting a forecast, 1898. Letter from F. Beaumont requesting information on meteorological topics, with reply from H. Outhwaite, 1898. Letter from J.M. Bacon suggesting a balloon ascent to observe the leonid meteor stream, with a reply from W.H.M. Christie, 1898. Letter to the Bureau Central Meteorologique, Paris, regarding a lost document, 1898. Letter from A.E. Creysten regarding a thermometer, with a reply from W.C. Nash, 1898. Letter from A. Nuttall regarding a bright star, with a reply from H. Outhwaite, 1898. Letter from F.J. Hamburg regarding meteorological statistics for Kent, with a reply from H. Outhwaite, 1898. Letter from J. Johnston requesting a meteorological report, with a reply from H. Outhwaite, 1898. Letter from E. Willies regarding annual meteorological surveys, with a reply from W.C. Nash, 1899. Telegram from St John regarding weather in the English Channel, 1899. Letter from Z.H. Ross regarding weather in Iceland and the aurorae, 1899. . Unsigned memorandum regarding the aurorae in the records, 1899. Reply to Z.H. Ross regarding an aurora photo, 1899. Letter from James Glaisher regarding rainfall statistics, with a reply from F.W. Dyson, 1899. Letter from W. Collingwood regarding the weather at Lincoln, with a reply from H. Outhwaite, 1899. Letter from Crosby and Co. regarding clouds over Farnham, 1899. Letter from W. Terry regarding clouds over Farnham, with a reply from H. Outhwaite, 1899. (6) Miscellaneous papers, 1899-1904. Copy of a printed map of isobars over Australasia, 1899. Printed chart, made in 1899, of meteorological statistics from Queensland, Australia, for 1898. Letter from the Meteorological Office regarding annual synoptic charts, 1899. Two letters from D. Biddle regarding the lunar halo, with replies from H. Outhwaite, 1900. Letter from W. Meade-King regarding rainfall statistics, with a reply from H. Outhwaite, 1900. Letter from G.G. Simpson regarding the distribution of sunshine, with a reply from H. Outhwaite, 1900. Letter from John Warner and Sons regarding evaporation from lakes, with a reply from H. Outhwaite, 1900. Letter of acknowledgement from J. Warner, 1900. Letter from Forshaw and Hawkins regarding the light levels at dawn, with a reply from H. Outhwaite, 1900. Letter from H. Lowe regarding a visit to the Royal Observatory to obtain guidance on producing meteorological observations, with a reply from H. Outhwaite, 1900. Letter from H. Cookson, Brazil, regarding lunar rainbows, with a reply, 1900. Letter from W.H. Hindson regarding weather in the Indian Ocean, with a reply, 1900. Letter from [Luis Ceinza] regarding meteorological observations, 1900. Printed notice from the International Meteorological Conference regarding a meeting in Paris, 1900. Letter from H. Willey regarding sunshine and rainfall, with a reply from H. Outhwaite, 1900. Letter from W.A.M. Knight regarding rainfall, with a reply from H. Outhwaite, 1900. Letter from Reckill and Sons regarding hours of sunshine, 1900. Telegram from Liddledale regarding weather in the North Sea, 1900. Letter from S. Wright regarding thunderbolts, with a reply, 1900. Letter from C. Cookson regarding weather statistics and fog, 1900. Printed notice from the Coal Smoke Abatement Society introducing themselves, 1900. Unsigned memorandum on foggy conditions in London, November 1900. Reply to C. Cookson regarding fog in London, 1900. Letter from R. Stewart-Saville regarding rainfall statistics, 1900. Letter from the Meteorological Office, London, regarding annual reports, 1901. Letter and photograph from G. Keighly-Stewart regarding solar parhelion, with a reply, 1901. Letter from R. Williams regarding a short manuscript by him on aurorae, 1901. Letter to R. Williams requesting details of his manuscript be sent to the Royal Observatory, 1901. Further letter from R. Williams enclosing the manuscript, 1901. Paper by R. Williams on the cause of aurorae, 1901, comprising pages 3-39 only (pages 1 and 2 appear to be lost), with a letter of reply from the Royal Observatory. Memorandum: 'Remarks on Mr Richard Williams' paper "On the cause and origin of the Aurora Borealis"', 1901. Further letter from R. Williams regarding aurorae, 1901. Letter from William Younger and Co. regarding wet and dry thermometers, with a reply, 1901. Letter from Rowland and Son, Liverpool, regarding a brilliant meteor, with a reply, 1901. Letter from Captain Drummond regarding the submission of observations, with a reply, 1901. Letter from Henry Bedford regarding a pillar of real light from the horizon reflected by clouds, with a reply, 1901. Letter from the Revd A. Clark regarding a solar halo, with a reply, 1901. Printed letter from M. Barac regarding a fall in 'real rain', with a reply, 1901. Letter from W.S. Dunn regarding a brilliant meteor, with a reply, 1901. Letter from R. Purdy regarding the cause of forked lightning, with a reply, 1901. Further letter from R. Purdy regarding forked lightning, 1901. Letter from the General Agency Co. regarding weather in Torquay, with a reply from the Secretary of the Royal Observatory, 1901. Telegram from Mr Cornish, Eton, regarding weather in the English Channel, 1901. Letter from W.T. Bach regarding barometric readings, with a reply, 1901. Letter from W.T. Bach regarding sea-level readings, with a reply, 1901. Letter from Miss E. Becker regarding zodiacal light, with a reply, 1901. Letter from the Brazilian Contracts Corporation regarding photographs of lightning, with a reply from the Secretary of the Royal Observatory, 1901. Printed letter from an Indian Government meteorologist regarding rainfall statistics, with a reply from the Astronomer Royal, 1901. Letter from B.G. Gooch regarding the driest place in England, with a reply, 1901. Letter from Chas Edmonds requesting weather data, with a reply, 1902. Letter from T. Fisher-Unwin regarding forecasts for the United States of America, with a reply, 1902. Telegram from the editor of the 'Daily Mail' regarding a bright light seen over London, 1902. Letter from Revd T.S. Lanyon regarding foreign matter falling with rain, with a reply, 1902. Letter from Arthur Sneyd regarding the stars of Ursa Major and connections with the weather, with a reply from the Secretary of the Royal Observatory, 1902. Letter from the Maypole Drain Co., Ireland, regarding rainfall in Ireland, with a reply, 1902. Letter from H. Bedford regarding a solar halo seen at Torquay, with a reply from the Secretary of the Royal Observatory, 1902. Letter from H. Bedford regarding solar halos, with a reply, 1902. Letter from John M. Bacon regarding experiments at Woolwich with sound signals, with a printed notice containing the details of the experiments and a reply from E.W. Maunder, 1902. Letter from W. Oliver Gridly regarding a solar halo and parahelic circles, with a reply from the Secretary of the Royal Observatory, 1902. Letter from Mrs Bryn Davies regarding the atmospheric effects in North Wales, with a reply, 1902. Letter from Dr Charles Chree of the National Physical Laboratory regarding sunshine records and their cataloguing, with three handwritten reports and observations regarding sunrise and sunset and a reply from the Astronomer Royal, 1902. Further letter from Dr Chree regarding times of sunrise and sunset, with a reply from the Astronomer Royal, 1902. Letter from H. Smith regarding a solar halo at Odessa, with a reply from the Secretary of the Royal Observatory, 1902. Letter from Captain Hawarth of the Royal Artillery regarding the fall of shot and the effects of weather on the same, with a reply signed by the Astronomer Royal and a letter of thanks from Captain Hawarth, 1902. Letter from A. Gormond regarding solar phenomena and mirror planets, 1902. Letter from L. Burnett regarding meteorological observations, with a reply, 1902. . Letter from Robert Michiels regarding lunar influences on weather, with a reply from the Secretary of the Royal Observatory, 1903. Letter from F. Coleman, with printed notes, regarding the periodicity of droughts, 1903. Copy of the 'Sydney Morning Herald', 10 April 1903, regarding lunar influences on the weather, with a letter in reply from the Secretary of the Royal Observatory. Letter from the 'Morning Advertiser' regarding forecasts of weather by H. Clements, 1903. Cutting from the 'Morning Advertiser', 30 June 1903, regarding H. Clements's weather forecasts. Three written sheets on 'Comparison of Clements's Forecasts with Greenwich Observations', 1903. Three written graphs comparing the Royal Observatory's observations with H. Clements's forecasts, 1903. Letter from W. Ferd-Tyler regarding an interview with the Astronomer Royal, with a reply, 1903. Handwritten report on the above interview, 1903. Letter from the U.S. Consular Service regarding zero marking on Fahrenheit thermometers, with a reply from the Secretary of the Royal Observatory, 1903. Letter from T. Le May regarding long term changes in the climate, 1903, with a reply from the Secretary of the Royal Observatory, 1904. The final bundle of papers is missing:. Monthly totals of rainfall, 1892. Two undated sheets showing the annual means of meteorological observations, 1880-1890, compiled circa 1892. Undated sheet giving details of snowfall for the winter of 1890-1891, compiled circa 1892. Undated sheet giving details of greatest barometric pressures, 1882-1894, compiled circa 1894. Two undated sheets giving abstracts of temperature, 1894-1895, compiled circa 1895. Two undated sheets giving abstracts of temperature, January and February 1855, compiled 1895. Undated sheet giving details of frosts, 1855-1895, compiled circa 1895. . Undated sheet giving comparisons of temperatures, 1841-1895, compiled circa 1895. One sheet giving hourly rainfall on 21 July 1895. One sheet giving hourly rainfall on 24 July 1895. One sheet giving details of hourly rainfall on 3-10 August 1895. One sheet giving mean cloud for September 1841-1865, compiled circa 1895. One sheet giving details of temperature and sunshine for 1895-1899. One sheet giving details of September temperatures 1858-1895, compiled 1895. . Large printed sheet giving rainfall details for each year, 1816-1898. Undated memorandum regarding barometric observations. Letter from F.Y. Hicks, Exmouth, regarding the weather and phases of the Moon, with a reply from the Secretary of the Royal Observatory stating that no correlation exists, 1903. Unsigned sheet titled 'Lunar Influence on the Barometer', 1903. Unsigned sheet titled 'Meteorological Conditions attending the storm of 1903 May 15-17', 1903. Report on damage during the storm of 17 May 1903. Report on damage to E C Equipment, 1903. Report on 'Abnormal Magnetic Disturbances', 1903. One sheet detailing monthly rainfall for 1903. One sheet detailing rainfall for October 1903. One sheet detailing annual rainfalls for the years 1941-1902, compiled 1903. One sheet detailing rainfall on the ground for 9-15 June 1903. Memorandum regarding rainfall on 24 July 1903. One sheet detailing monthly rainfall totals, January-July 1903. Reprint from 'Observatory', No. 337, November 1903: 'Greenwich Rainfall 1841-1902'. One sheet detailing monthly rainfall for January-November 1903. Report on the observation of the solar halo of 30 June 1904. Report of rainfall on the Osler Sheet for 25 July 1904. Further report regarding the above rainfall, 1904. Report of rainfall in March 1905, with comparisons for 1851-1888. Three copies of a paper on deficiency of rainfall during 1904-1905, compiled 1905. Report on sunshine in June 1907. Report on temperatures in July 1907. Further report on the above, and correction to the observed temperatures, 1907. Further report on temperatures in July 1907. Reports on maximum temperature, 25 September 1907. Paper on the Earth Thermometer, giving discrepancies [1908]. . Report of the Earth Thermometer's thirty year comparisons [1908]. . Report on the 'Remarkable Sunshine System', 1909. 'Barometer corrections to reduce to 32°', 1909. Unsigned memorandum on totals of corrections [1909]. Memorandum on the unusual gale of 2 December 1909. Memorandum on the lowest barometer readings, 1909. Six copies of a determination of monthly wind direction means, 1870-1909, compiled 1910.
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1884–1904
132 Correspondence on computers. Letter from the Secretary of the Admiralty regarding an explosion in the Chronometer Room and injuries to W. Bartlett, 1901. Letter from the Astronomer Royal concerning compensation for a computer, 1901. Letter from a group of computers regarding the Civil Service examinations, 1901. Printed notice, lists, conditions, etc., for clerkship examinations in the Civil Service, 1906. Letter from a group of computers regarding unsatisfactory conditions, with a reply from the Astronomer Royal, 1910. Lists of names for extra clerks' posts at the Civil Service, 1910. Reference for J. Sheppard, 1910. Letter from F.W. Dyson concerning the names of computers applying to the Civil Service and a list of these names, 1910. Written copy of the reference for J. Sheppard, 1910. Reference for J. Sheppard from the Zenith Department, 1910. Reference for J. Sheppard from the Time Department, 1910. Letter from the Admiralty concerning the forms of reference, 1910. Letter from F.W. Dyson to Mr Scott concerning applications for extra clerks, 1910. Two printed sheets giving the conditions of employment in the Civil Service, 1910. Letter from the Admiralty rejecting a computer on medical grounds, 1911. Letter from F.W. Dyson to the Admiralty regarding the above, 1912. Telegram from the Admiralty regarding the addresses of computers, with a reply, 1912. Telegram from the Admiralty regarding conditions of employment, with a telegram in reply, 1912. Letter from F.W. Dyson regarding a reply to the above telegram, 1912. Letter from the London County Council regarding vacancies for clerks, 1911. Printed paper regarding examinations for the Postmaster General's office, 1911. Printed paper regarding application for clerkships in the Civil Service, 1911. Printed paper regarding an open examination for the Customs and Excise, 1911. Printed paper regarding examinations for various Civil Service jobs, 1911. Written listing of the attendance of computers at various examinations [1911]. . Letter from Customs, London, regarding the temporary computer F.G. Taylor, with a reply from the Secretary of the Royal Observatory, 1882. Letter from H.H. Turner regarding the short notice of his transfer to the Civil Service, 1886. Letter from the Civil Service Commission regarding the above, with a reply from the Astronomer Royal, 1886. Letter from the General Post Office regarding H.H. Turner's appointment, with a reply from Turner, 1886. Letter from H.H. Turner to Horace Mann of the Civil Service regarding notice of leave, 1886. Letter from Horace Mann regarding periods of notice, 1886. Letter from the Astronomer Royal to the Metropolitan Board of Works regarding leave and notice, 1889. Telegram regarding the appointment of a computer to the Metropolitan Board of Works, 1889. Letter from the Metropolitan Board of Works regarding the appointment of H.A. Wise, 1889. Letter from W.H.M. Christie to Customs and Excise regarding the appointment of a computer to the clerkship, 1893. Letter from W.H.M. Christie regarding appointments to the Civil Service and notice periods, with a reply from Customs and Excise, 1893. Letter from W.H.M. Christie to Customs and Excise regarding the appointment of a computer to a clerkship, 1893. Letter from the Civil Service Commissioners regarding notice, 1893. Letter granting Sydney Phillips permission to attend an examination, 1886. . Two letters granting William Russell permission to attend examinations, 1890. Letter granting William Russell permission to attend an examination, 1891. Two letters granting Alfred Miskin permission to attend examinations, 1891. Letter granting George Allworth permission to attend an examination, 1891. Letter granting A.P. Miskin permission to attend an examination, 1892. Letter granting David Edney permission to attend an examination, 1892. Letter granting G.A. Allworth permission to attend an examination, 1892. Letter granting Charles Davidson permission to attend an examination, 1892. Letter granting H.H. Turner permission to attend an examination, 1893.
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1882–1912
133 Papers on computers. (1) Papers concerning supernumerary computers:. Letter from computers regarding an increase in salary, with a reply from Sir George Airy and a letter from Airy to Christie on this matter, 1881. Letter from Mr Greengrass regarding a letter to be sent to the Admiralty concerning computers and the Civil Service examinations, with a reply from Christie giving the reason why the letter was not forwarded, 1881. Letter from Mr Greengrass regarding improved conditions and salaries for computers, 1881. Further letter from Mr Greengrass regarding computers, with a reply from Christie, 1882. (2) Papers relating to office regulations for computers:. Letter from computers regarding a holiday on the Queen's birthday, with a reply from G.B. Airy, 1881. Memorandum from W. Ellis regarding the sacking of computers, 1881. Letter from G.B. Airy to W. Stafford giving notice, 1881. Letter to W. Ellis from G.B. Airy regarding the number of computers, 1881. Memorandum from W. Ellis regarding a reduction of the computer staff, 1881. Letter from G.B. Airy to W. Ellis regarding a reduction of the computer staff, 1881. Memorandum by W. Ellis regarding giving notice to W. Stafford and Mr Sanders, 1881. Letter from computers regarding the payment for observing duties, with a reply from W.H.M. Christie, 1882. Letter from W.H.M. Christie regarding discharge at the age of 23, 1883. Letter from Messrs Cox, Sanders and Knowles regarding the Civil Service examinations, 1883. Memorandum by W.H.M. Christie regarding the payment of computers for observing, 1884. Memorandum by Christie regarding computers' refreshment breaks, 1884. Memorandum by Christie regarding an increase in hours, pay and lunch-breaks, 1884. Memorandum by Christie regarding office work and payment for the same, 1884. Printed notice of the examination for the computers, 1888. (3) Papers relating to computer examination results:. Written examination paper on arithmetic, 1882. Results of examinations, 1882-1884. Arithmetic paper, 1884. Results of examinations, 1885-1887. Algebra paper, 1888. Arithmetic paper, 1888. Results of examinations, 1888. Examination papers, 1888. Algebra paper and results, 1888. Examination results for March 1889. Examination paper for April 1889. Results for April 1889. Paper for March 1890. Results for March 1890. Arithmetic paper [1891]. Results for March 1891. Arithmetic paper for February 1892. Results for February 1892. Arithmetic paper for June 1892. Results for June 1892. Paper for September 1892. Results for September 1892. Arithmetic paper for April 1893. Results for April 1893.
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1881–1893
134 Papers on the engagement of computers. Correspondence and other papers regarding the employment of computers. The letters include enquiries about vacancies and potential candidates and notification of the result of applications. (1) Letters and other papers concerning the engagement of computers:. Letter from W. Saunders requesting employment, with a memorandum from W. Ellis on this matter, 1881. Letter to W. Saunders offering employment, with a memorandum from W. Ellis on this subject, 1881. Two letters from H. Dolman requesting employment, with replies from E. Dunkin, 1881-1882. Letter to H. Dolman offering employment to his son, with Dolman's letter of acknowledgement, 1882. Letter from J. Knowles requesting employment, with a reply from E. Dunkin and J. Knowles's response to that, 1882. Letter to J. Knowles offering an examination place, 1882. Letter to J. Knowles offering employment, 1882. Letter from F. Finch requesting employment, with a reply offering an examination place, 1882. Letter to F. Finch offering employment, 1882. Letter to A. Scott concerning the failure of 'Horton' in the examination, 1882. Letter from the Headmaster, Royal Hospital School, concerning possible candidates, 1883. Letter from E. Dunkin asking for further information about 'Horton', with a reply from the Royal Hospital School, 1883. Letter offering employment to John Hawton, 1883. Letter of thanks to Greenwich School for recommending a computer candidate, 1883. . Letter to L. Fisher offering employment, 1883. Letter to G.H. Gooding offering employment, 1883. Letter from W.H. Robinson requesting employment for his son, with a reply from E. Dunkin, 1882. Letter to W.H. Robinson offering an examination place to his son, 1883. Letter offering employment on a trial basis to F.C. Robinson, 1883. Letter to A. Scott requesting the names of possible examination candidates, with his reply recommending three names, 1883. . Letter to A. Scott asking the candidates to take the examination, 1883. Letter to A. Scott offering employment to R. Woodgate, 1883. . Letter to A. Scott requesting the names of examination candidates, with a reply from Scott offering two names, 1883. Letter to A. Scott offering examination places, 1883. Letter from E. Finch requesting an examination place, with a reply from E. Dunkin offering a place, 1883. Letter to E. Finch offering employment, 1883. Letter to F. Wilkins offering employment, 1883. Letter to S. Phillips offering an examination place, with a reply, 1884. Letter offering employment to S. Phillips, with a letter of acceptance, 1883. Letter offering employment to H.J. Willoughby, with a letter of acknowledgement, 1885. Letter from James Letchford offering his son for candidacy, with a reply from H. Turner, 1885. Letter to F.H. Letchford expressing regret that there are no vacancies, 1885. Letter to F.H. Letchford offering a position, with his letter of acceptance, 1885. Letter from H.A. Wise requesting employment at the Hydrographer's Office, 1885. Letter from H. Turner explaining a mistake, 1885. Letter from J. Wise requesting that his son's name be put forward for examination, with a reply from H. Turner, 1885. Letter of reference from [Browne] for Herbert Wise, 1885. Letter to H. Wise offering employment, 1885. Letter from F. Hope asking to sit the examination, with a reply from H. Turner, 1885. Letter to F. Hope offering employment, 1885. . Letter from F. Barrow seeking employment, with a reply from H. Turner, 1885. . Letter to F. Barrow offering employment, with his reply accepting the offer, 1886. Letter from H. Turner to F. Barrow, 1886. Letter from A.E. Pilkington regarding the examination for the post of computer [1885]. Letter to A.E. Pilkington offering employment, 1886. Letter to A. Cochrane offering employment, with a reply accepting the post, 1887. Letter from H. Turner to A. Cochrane, 1887. Letter from H. Bishop concerning the examination results, 1888. Letter from H. Turner to H. Bishop explaining the position, 1888. Letter to H. Bishop offering employment, with his reply accepting the post, 1888. Letter from Wm Russell asking for employment, 1888. Letter to W. Russell offering a place at the examination, 1888. Letter to W. Russell offering employment, with his letter of acceptance, 1888. Letter from R. Tweed requesting employment, 1888. Letter to W.J. Wickerson offering an examination place, 1888. Letter to W.J. Wilkinson offering employment, 1888. Printed sheet of 'Regulations for Supernumerary Computers', 1888. Letter from H. Turner and W. Kumber asking to sit the computers' examination, with a reply offering places, 1889. Letter to A. Escott offering an examination place, 1889. Letter to A. Escott offering employment, with a reply from A. Scott stating that Escott has declined the offer, 1889. Letter to H. Turner offering employment, with his reply accepting the offer, 1889. Letter from A.E. Gleave requesting an examination place, with a reply offering him a place, 1889. Letter to A.E. Gleave stating that he cannot be offered employment, 1889. Letter from A.E. Gleave wanting to know whether he passed or failed the examination, with a reply providing this information, 1889. Letter from A.E. Gleave asking for employment, with a letter of reply, 1889. Letter to A.E. Gleave offering employment, with his reply accepting the offer, 1889. Letter to Roan School offering boys places at the next examination, with a reply from the headmaster accepting the offer and a letter to him offering that the school be advised of vacancies, 1889. Letter to Ridge offering employment, 1889. Letter to A.P. Mishen offering employment, with his letter of acceptance, 1889. Letter from E. Maunder regarding S. Temple's candidature as a computer, 1889. Letter to S. Temple offering employment, with his reply accepting the offer and a memorandum on this subject by W. Ellis, 1889. Letter to G.A. Allworth offering an examination place, with his letter of acceptance, 1889. Letter to G.A. Allworth offering employment, with his letter of acceptance, 1889. Letter to H. Appleyard regretting that there is no offer of employment, 1889. Letter to A.E. Scott regretting that there is no offer of employment for C. Martin, 1889. Letter from A.E. Scott requesting employment, 1889. Letter to A.E. Scott engaging C. Martin for employment, with Scott's letter of acknowledgement, 1889. Letter from F.F. Claxton requesting employment, 1890. Letter to F.F. Claxton offering him a place at the next examination, with a letter to him giving details of the examination and another offering employment, 1890. Letter to A.E. Scott requesting candidates for the examination, 1890. Letter from A.E. Scott giving details of C. Davidson as a candidate, 1890. Letter to A.E. Scott offering employment to C. Davidson, 1890. Letter to H. Appleyard giving details of the next examination, 1890. Letter to H. Appleyard offering employment, with his letter of acceptance, 1890. Memorandum regarding R.W. Cheeseman as the only candidate, 1890. Letter from R.W. Cheeseman concerning employment, 1890. Letter to R.W. Cheeseman offering an examination place, 1890. Letter of notice to R.W. Cheeseman concerning the examination, 1890. Letter to R.W. Cheeseman offering employment, with his letter of acceptance, 1890. Letter from R.W. Cheeseman detailing mistakes in personal data, 1890. Letter to A.E. Scott asking for candidates, 1891. Letter to D. Edney offering employment, with his reply accepting the offer, 1891. Letter to H. McManus stating that he cannot be offered employment due to his poor result in the examination, 1890. Letter to H. McManus offering employment, 1891. Letter from O.T. Tuck requesting an examination place, 1891. Letter to O.T. Tuck giving details of the next examination, 1891. Letter to Captain Collins offering an examination place to his school, with his letter of acknowledgement, 1891. Letter to O.T. Tuck giving details of the next examination, 1891. Memorandum regarding O.T. Tuck, 1891. Letter to O.T. Tuck offering employment, with his reply accepting the offer, 1891. Letter to G.A. Youngman giving details of the examination and requesting names, 1892. Letter to [M Bridges] detailing the next examination, 1892. Letter from Greenwich School stating that no boys are available, 1892. Letter from G.A. Youngman giving the details of one boy, with a letter on this subject from Robert Rendell in which he also asks for employment, 1892. Letter to G.A. Youngman from the Astronomer Royal, 1892. Letter to R. Rendell offering employment, with his letter of acceptance, 1892. Letter from C.B. Lacey requesting examination details, 1892. Letter to C.B. Lacey offering employment, 1892. Letter to W. Walker offering employment, with his letter of acceptance, 1892. Letter from W.H.M. Christie to W.J. Wickerson detailing the engagement of W. Bowyer, 1892. Letter from W. Bowyer asking to sit the examination, 1892. Letter to G.C. Pulsford asking for candidates for the examination, 1892. Letter to [name indecipherable] asking for candidates for the examination, 1892. Letter to [name indecipherable] inviting attendance at the examination, 1892. Letter from G.C. Pulsford giving details of four candidates, 1892. Further letter from G. Pulsford giving the details of a new candidate, 1892. Letter to F. Johns offering employment, with his reply accepting the offer, 1892. Letter to F. Gillingham offering employment, with his reply accepting the offer, 1892. Letter from J.H. Bell suggesting a candidate for employment, 1892. Letter to J.H. Bell directing him to send his son to the examination, 1892. Letter to A.G. Bell offering employment, with a reply accepting the offer, 1892. Letter to Ridge requesting character details, with his reply providing this information, 1892. Letter from P. Beadle enquiring about computer ships, with a reply, 1892. Letter from P. Beadle detailing future plans, 1892. Letter from P. Beadle offering employment, with his reply accepting the offer, 1892. Letter to the Headmaster, Royal Hospital Greenwich, giving details of the next examination, 1893. Letter to the Headmaster, Roan School, giving details of the next examination, 1893. Letter to the Headmaster, Boys' Orphanage, giving details of the next examination, 1893. Memorandum from the Astronomer Royal requesting that notice of the next examination be sent to various people, 1893. Letter from the Headmaster, Royal Hospital School, giving the names of candidates. 1893. Letter from the Boys' Orphanage stating there are no boys available to take the examination, 1893. Letter from Mr Wenborn asking for his son to be placed on the list, 1893. Circular letter sent to examination candidates, 1893. Letter of acceptance from E. Wenborn, 1893. Letter to E. Wenborn requesting his age and testimonial, with his reply giving these details, 1893. Testimonial for E. Wenborn, 1893. Letter to E. Wenborn offering employment, with his reply accepting the offer, 1893. Letter from G. Pulsford giving the results of the examination, 1893. Letter from G.C. Pulsford accepting employment on behalf of E.H. Banks, 1893. Letter to G.C. Pulsford offering employment to H. Turner, 1893. Letter from G.C. Pulsford accepting employment on behalf of H. Turner, 1893. Letter to P. Marchant offering employment, with his letter of acceptance, 1894. Memorandum by H. Turner, 1894. Further letter to P. Marchant, 1894. Letter from P. Showell requesting information as to the next vacancy, 1894. Letter to P. Showell offering employment, 1894. (2) Applications for employment as supernumerary computers:. Correspondence with H. Testard, R. Hughes and W.V. Barnett concerning employment, 1891. Applications for employment as computers from J.H. Bradford, W.G. Jeffrey, E. Hilbert, W.G. Lefevre, S. Wise, W. Mitchell and A.J. Wilkins, 1893. Applications for employment as computers from S.W. Coen, W. Stevens, E. Lowe, A.F. Clarke, H. Brown, C.L. Wise, H.B. Cornwell and F.J. Follett, 1894. Applications for employment as computers from E. Gurr, W.A. Gunner, H.H. Turner, Miss McElderry and H. Wilson, 1895 . Applications for employment as computers from Allworth, W. Bartlett, J. McLennan and J. Evans, 1896. Applications for employment as computers from C. Jefferies, P.A. Dupere, H. Childs, H. Sloley, C. Hopkins, P.M. Rydes, J. Lushbrook, H. Dixon-Hewitt and A. Langbourne, 1897. Applications for employment as computers from W.H. Hoare, A.E. Showell, Mr Munro, Miss F. de Ferry and W.W. Harrison, 1898. Applications for employment as computers from J.P. O'Callaghan, A. Coulson, J. Staples, W. Wilson, H. Windsor, T.R. Redmayne, R.G. Herget, W. Wittingdale and T. Alery, 1900.
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1881–1900
135 Papers on the engagement of computers. Correspondence and other papers regarding the employment of computers. The letters are concerned principally with selecting candidates to take the Observatory's examination, including correspondence with schools, and providing notification of whether candidates have failed or if they have passed and are offered employment. The papers also include some examination results. (1) Papers concerning the engagement of computers. Draft of a letter to the Headmaster, Greenwich School, 1897. Draft of a letter sent to individuals, 1897. Letter to the Headmaster, Roan School, 1897. Letter to H. Wilson, Boys' Orphanage, 1897. Letter from the Roan School stating that there are no candidates for the Observatory's examination, 1897. Letter from the Boys' Orphanage stating that there are no examination candidates, 1897. List of examination candidates, 1897. Letter from W. Bartlett, 1897. . Letter from C.W. Jefferies, 1897. Letter from J.E. Evans, 1897. Letter from Blackheath Road School regarding J.E. Evans, 1897. . Letter from the Royal Hospital School giving the names of examination candidates, 1897. Examination results for 1897. Letter to G.C. Pulsford engaging Cotton and C.W. Jefferies, 1897. Letter from C.W. Jefferies accepting employment, 1897. Letter from Cotton accepting an offer of employment, 1897. Letter to G.C. Pulsford engaging W. Bartlett, with his letter of acceptance, 1897. Letter to G.C. Pulsford requesting the names of examination candidates, with his reply giving these names, 1897. Letter to J.E. Evans offering an examination place, with his letter of acceptance, 1897. Letter from G. Black asking for an examination place, 1897. Letter to G. Black asking for his headmaster's report, 1897. Results for the examination of May 1897. Letter to G.C. Pulsford engaging Stiles, 1897. Letter to [G. Black] offering employment, 1897. Letter to Stiles offering employment, 1897. Letter from J. Evans accepting an offer of employment, 1897. Letter to G.C. Pulsford regarding Stiles, with a reply, 1897. Letter from Stiles accepting an offer of employment, 1897. Letter from W.H. Hoare requesting examination details, with a reply providing this information, 1897. Letter to G.C. Pulsford asking for the names of examination candidates, with a reply, 1899. Letter to Greenwich College and the Roan School regarding examination candidates, 1899. Copy of a letter sent to Showell, W.H. Hoare, Hopkins, Lashbrook and Harrison regarding the examination, 1899. Letter from the Roan School stating that there are no examination candidates, 1899. Letter to Blackheath School requesting the names of examination candidates, 1899. Letter from W.H. Hoare declining an invitation to take the examination, 1899. Letter from T.H. Clarke regarding the examination, 1899. Letter from Mr Harrison regarding T.H. Clarke, 1899. Letter from Howell requesting an examination place, 1899. Letter from W.H. Hoare requesting an examination place, 1899. Letter to W.H. Hoare stating the examination requirements, 1899. Letter to G.R. Showell regarding his son's place at the examination, 1899. Letter to T.H. Clarke regarding an examination place, 1899. Examination results for February 1899. Letter to T.H. Clarke offering employment, 1899. Letter to W.H. Hoare offering employment, 1899. Letter to A.E. Showell expressing regret at his failure in the examination, 1899. Letter from W.H. Hoare accepting employment, 1899. Letter from A.E. Showell asking him to take the examination again, 1899. Letter from T.H. Clarke accepting employment, 1899. Letter from Miss Hilda Bell enquiring about vacancies on behalf of Charles Ralph, the son of a friend, 1899. Letter from Miss H. Bell regarding C. Ralph, 1899. Letter from William Rushbrooke, St Olave's School, Southwark, regarding C. Ralph, 1899. Letter from W. Rushbrooke regarding C. Ralph, including reference to the certificate recording his matriculation at London University, 1899. Letter from W.H.M. Christie to W. Rushbrooke, 1899. Letter to C. Ralph offering employment, with a reply accepting the post, 1899. Letter to headmasters regarding the examination, 1899. Letter to Jarrett, J. Pead and Burkley, 1899. Letter from Greenwich School giving the details of one examination candidate, 1899. Letter from the Roan School stating that there were no examination candidates, 1899. Letter from A.J. Oakley accepting an examination place, 1899. Letter from the City of London School, 1899. Letter from J. Pead requesting examination details, 1899. Letter from C.J. Gurnett requesting details of vacancies, with a reply, 1899. Letter from C.J. Gurnett accepting an examination place, 1899. Letter from the Roan School, with a character reference for C.J. Gurnett, 1899. Letter from the Ordnance College concerning J.W. Hicks, 1899. Letter from J.W. Hicks asking for examination details, 1899. Letter of reference for J.W. Hicks from the Board School, Plumstead, 1899. Letter of reference for J.W. Hicks from the Headmaster, Bloomfield Road Board School, Plumstead, 1899. Letter to J.W. Hicks offering an examination place, 1899. Letter to A.J. Oakley giving examination hours, 1899. Letter from A.E. Showell requesting an examination place, 1899. Letter from W. Rushbrooke, St Olave's School, stating that there were no examination candidates, 1899. Letter from H.L. Pead declining to attend an examination, 1899. Letter from W. Stiffe requesting an examination place, 1899. Letter to W. Stiffe giving details of the examination, 1899. Results of the examination of October 1899. Letters to unsuccessful examination candidates, 1899. Letter to A.J. Oakley offering employment, with his reply accepting the post, 1899. Letter to A.J. Oakley giving hours of work, 1899. Copy of the letter to examination candidates, 1899. Letter from A. Daniels accepting an examination place, 1899. Letter from A.E. Showell accepting an examination place, 1899. Letter from Hicks accepting an examination place, 1899. Letter from Gurnett accepting an examination place, 1899. Results of the examination of 9 November 1899. Letter to Daniels offering employment, 1899. Letter to J.W. Hicks giving notification that he has failed the examination, 1899. Letter to A.E. Showell giving notification that he has failed the examination, 1899. . Letter to Gurnett giving notification that he has failed the examination, 1899. Letter to J.W. Hicks offering employment, 1899. Letter to A.E. Showell offering employment, 1899. Letter from J.W. Hicks accepting the offer of employment, 1899. Letter from A.E. Showell accepting the offer of employment, 1899. Letter to headmasters requesting the names of examination candidates, 1900. Letter to various candidates regarding the examination, 1900. Letter from the Boys' Orphanage stating that there were no examination candidates, 1900. Letter from the Roan School stating that there were no examination candidates, 1900. Letter from A. Coulson accepting an examination place, 1900. . Letter from G. Ince accepting an examination place, 1900. Letter from the Roan School referring to G. Ince, 1900. Letter of reference for Staples, 1900. Letter from the Royal Hospital School stating that there were no examination candidates, 1900. Results for the examination of 9 October 1900. Letter to A. Coulson offering employment, 1900. Letter to G. Ince giving notification that he has failed the examination, 1900. Letter to G. Ince offering employment, 1900. Letter of acceptance from A. Coulson, 1900. Letter of acceptance from Staples, 1900. Letter to various examination candidates, 1900. Letter to headmasters, 1900. Letters to various examination candidates, 1900. Letter from G. Largue asking for examination details, 1900. Results for the examination of 20 December 1900. Letter offering employment, 1900. The name of the addressee is not given. Letter giving notification that that the recipient has failed the examination, 1900. The name of the addressee is not given. Letter of acceptance from Bartlett, 1900. Letter of acceptance from W.C. Parkinson, 1900. Letter of acceptance from W. Whittingdale, 1900. Letter to headmasters, 1901. Letter to various examination candidates, 1901. Letter from R.G. Herget, 1901. Letter from G. Ivereigh requesting the details of the examination, 1901. Letter from the Royal Hospital School providing a reference for G. Ivereigh, 1901. Letter from the Roan School stating that there were no examination candidates, 1901. Letter of reference for W.J. Perry from Blackheath School, 1901. Letter from Blackheath School recommending W.J. Perry, 1901. Letter from Royal Hospital School recommending two names for examination candidates, 1901. Letter of reference for Ralph G. [Heryet] from Blackheath School, 1901. Letter from F. Aley declining an offer to attend the examination, 1901. Letter from W.J. Hooper requesting examination details, with a reply providing this information, 1901. Letter from H.W. Moore asking for an examination place, 1901. Letter of reference for H.W. Moore from his school, 1901. Letter to H.W. Moore offering an examination place, 1901. Results for the examination of 28 February 1901. Further sheet of examination results, 1901. Letter to W.J. Perry offering employment, 1901. Letter to H.W. Moore offering employment, 1901. Letter to Cullen offering employment, 1901. Letter to G. Ivereigh giving notification that he has failed the examination, 1901. Letter to Kilpatrick giving notification that he has failed the examination, 1901. Letter to Herget giving notification that he has failed the examination, 1901. Letter to W.J. Perry confirming hours, 1901. Letter of acceptance from H.W. Moore, 1901. Letter from G. Ivereigh stating his desire to sit the examination again, 1901. Letter from Cullen accepting an offer of employment, 1901. Letter of acceptance from W.J. Perry, 1901. Letter to headmasters, 1901. Letter to various examination candidates, 1901. Letter from Adams, Chichester, accepting a place, with a letter of reference, 1901. Letter from Blackheath School giving the name of one examination candidate, 1901. Letter from E.S. Birkett regarding his son, with a reply, 1901. Letter from William Leggatt asking for an examination place, 1901. Letter from the Roan School regarding W. Leggatt, 1901. Letter from the Royal School regarding two examination candidates, 1901. Examination results for July 1901. Unsigned notes on the examination results, 1901. Letter from E.S. Birkett querying the examination questions, with a reply from the Secretary of the Royal Observatory, 1901. Letter to E.S. Birkett offering employment, with a letter of acceptance from his father, 1901. Letter to E.S. Birkett requesting details of the date of commencement of his duties as computer, with his reply providing this information, 1901. Letter to Adams, S. Daniels and W. Leggatt giving notification that they have failed the examination, 1901. Letter to Evans and Fowler giving notification that they have failed the examination, 1901. Letter from Adams requesting a further examination, 1901. Letter to Adams offering employment, 1901. Letter from Edmond Talbot regarding Adams's failure, 1901. Letter of acceptance from Adams, 1901. Letter from Thomas Dempster, Mauritius, requesting that his son, H.F. Dempster, be permitted to compete for the next computer vacancy, 1901. Letter to H.F. Dempster offering an examination place, with his letter of acceptance, 1901. Letter to W. Leggatt and S. Daniels offering examination places, 1901. Letters to headmasters, 1901. Letter from the Roan School stating that there were no examination candidates, 1901. Letter from the Royal Hospital School concerning S. Daniels, 1901. Results for the examination of 5 November 1901. Letter to S. Daniels offering employment, 1901. Letter to Fowler giving notification that he has failed the examination, 1901. Letter to Dempster, Evans and Higgitt giving notification that they have failed the examination, 1901. Letter of acceptance from S. Daniels, 1901. Letter to Fowler offering employment, with a reply accepting the post, 1901. Letters to headmasters, 1901. Letters to Evans and Higgitt, 1901. Letter from A.E. Higgitt accepting the offer of an examination place, 1901. Letter from the Royal Hospital School regarding Higgitt, 1902. Letter from Blackheath School, with two names of examination candidates, 1902. Letters from four schools and three individuals, 1902. Letter from the Roan School stating that there were no examination candidates, 1902. Examination results for January 1902. Letter to Evans, Higgitt and Vagg offering employment, 1902. Letter to headmasters, 1902. Letter from the Royal Hospital School giving the name of one examination candidate, G. Cody, 1902. Results for the examination of 13 May 1902. Letter to G. Cody offering employment, 1902. Letter to headmasters, 1902. Letter from Royal Hospital School giving two names of examination candidates, 1902. Letter from Royal Hospital School giving the name of one examination candidate, 1902. Examination results for July 1902. Letter to James and Barrett offering employment, 1902. Letter from James accepting employment, 1902. Letter from Barrett accepting employment, 1902. Letter from F.W. Dyson to Evans asking for the names of examination candidates, 1902. Letter from the Royal Hospital School giving two names of examination candidates, 1902. Letter to the Royal Hospital School giving examination details, 1902. Letters to Arthur Lyne and Thomas Wheate regarding the examination, 1902. Letter to headmasters, 1902. Card from the Roan School stating that there were no examination candidates, 1902. Examination results for December 1902. Letter to Wheate and Lyne offering employment, 1902. Letter from Wheate accepting employment, 1902. Letter from Lyne's father stating that his son accepts the offer of employment, 1902. Letter from the Meteorological Society of Mauritius regarding Mr Giraud as a computer, with a reply offering a supernumerary computership and advice, 1903. Letter from E.W. Maunder to W.H.M. Christie regarding Mr Giraud, 1903. Letter from A. Walter of Mauritius stating that Mr Giraud will accept the offer of employment and giving the date of his departure from Mauritius, 1903. Letter from F.W. Dyson, 1903, stating that Mr Giraud started on 5 August. Letter from the Crown Agents asking if Giraud started and if any special facilities are required, with a reply from W.H.M. Christie, 1903. Letter to Evans offering an examination place, 1903. Letter from the Royal Hospital School giving the names of two examination candidates, 1903. Letter to headmasters, 1903. Letter from the Royal Hospital School stating that two names of examination candidates have already been sent, 1903. Examination results for March 1903. Letter to Richards and Sheppard offering employment, 1903. Letter from Richards accepting the offer of employment, 1903. Letter from Sheppard accepting the offer of employment, 1903. Letter to headmasters, 1903. Card from the Roan School stating that there were no examination candidates, 1903. Letter from the Royal Hospital School providing the name of one examination candidate, 1903. Examination results for June 1903. Letter from Whitney accepting an offer of employment, 1903. Letter from the Royal Hospital School giving four names, 1903. Letter from F.W. Dyson to the Royal Hospital School giving examination details, 1903. Letter to the Headmaster, Blackheath Road School, giving examination details, 1903. Letter from the Headmaster, Blackheath Road School, giving the name of one examination candidate, 1903. Letter from the Royal Hospital School giving the names of three examination candidates, 1903. Examination results for October 1903. Letter to all examination candidates offering employment, 1903. Letters of acceptance from all examination candidates, 1903. Letter from C. Andrews regarding A. Dawney, an examination candidate, 1903. Letter to the Revd Dawney from F.W. Dyson, with a reply, 1903. Letter to the Revd Dawney from F.W. Dyson offering a possible examination place, 1903. Letter from the Revd Dawney regarding his son and accepting the examination place, 1903. Letter of reference from the Roan School for A Dawney, 1903. Letter from the Royal Hospital School giving the names of four examination candidates, 1903. Letter to all examination candidates, 1903. Letter from Edward Kirby requesting information on any vacancies, with a reply from the Secretary giving examination details, 1903. Letter from E. Kirby accepting an examination place, 1903. Letter from the Roan School concerning E. Kirby, serving as a reference, 1903. Examination results for January 1904. Letter to successful examination candidates, 1904. Letter from A. Dawney offering a post as a temporary computer, 1904. Letter of acceptance from E. Kirby, 1904. Letter of acceptance from Smith, 1904. . Letter of acceptance from Kemp, 1904. . Examination results for December 1904. Letter to the Royal Hospital School asking for the names of examination candidates, 1904. Letter from the Royal Hospital School giving the names of four examination candidates, 1904. Letter to the Royal Hospital School giving examination details, 1904. Letter to headmasters, 1904. Letter from Blackheath School giving the names of two examination candidates, 1904. Letter from A.E. Soomes requesting examination details, with a reply, Soomes' acknowledgement, and a second letter giving further details, 1904. Memorandum from H.P. Hollis requesting the name of a friend be added to the examination list, 1904. Letter to H. Acton giving examination details, 1904. Letter from H. Acton accepting an examination place, 1904. Letter to H. Acton offering employment, 1904. Letter of acceptance from H. Acton, 1904. Letter to Green and Jennings giving notification that they have failed the examination, 1904. Letter of acknowledgement from Jennings, 1904. Letter to unsuccessful examination candidates, 1904. Memorandum regarding replacements for those who have resigned, 1904. Letter to J. Jennings offering employment, with a letter of acceptance, 1904. Letter to Green offering employment, with a letter of acceptance, 1904. Examination results for 12 March 1906. Letter to the Revd Kearney offering employment, 1904. Letter from the Revd Kearney regarding when his son should start work, 1904. Letter to the Revd Kearney giving starting details, 1906. Letter to Passfield and Jefferies offering engagements at a later date, 1906. Letters to Cody and Kelk giving notification that they have failed the examination, 1906. Letter of acknowledgement from Passfield, 1906. Letter to Passfield offering employment, with a reply accepting the offer, 1906. Letter to Jefferies offering employment, with a reply accepting the offer, 1906. Letter to the Royal Hospital School asking for the names of examination candidates, with a reply giving two names, 1907. Letter to the Royal Hospital School giving examination details, 1907. Letter to headmasters, 1907. Letter to Mrs Goodyear giving details of the examination for her son, 1907. Letter to W.G. Wood giving examination details, 1907. Letter to A. Mahoney giving examination details, 1907. Letter from Blackheath School replying that there were no candidates for the examination, 1907. Letter from W.G. Wood stating that candidates would not sit the examination, 1907. Letter from Mrs Goodyear stating that her son was unable to compete in the examination, 1907. Letter to the Revd Quaterman regarding his son, 1907. Letter to the Revd Quaterman offering an examination place to his son, 1907. Letter from D. Mahoney accepting an examination place, with a letter of reference from his headmaster, 1907. Letter from D. Mahoney requesting the return of his testimonials, 1907. Examination results for 1 May 1907. Letter to A. Wheate offering employment, 1907. Letter to Quaterman offering employment at a later date, 1907. Letter to D. Mahoney and Richards giving notification they were not successful in the examination, 1907. Letter of acceptance from A. Wheate, 1907. Letter to Quaterman offering employment, with a reply accepting the offer, 1907. Letter to the Royal Hospital School asking for the names of examination candidates, 1907. Letter from the Royal Hospital School giving the name of one examination candidate, 1907. Letter to the Royal Hospital School giving the examination date, 1907. Letter to headmasters, 1907. . Letter from D. Mahoney requesting an examination place, with a letter of reference, 1907. Letter to D. Mahoney offering an examination place, 1907. Letter to A.E. Davis offering an examination place, 1907. Letter from D. Mahony accepting an examination place, 1907. Letter to Blackheath School offering an examination place, 1907. Examination results for July 1907. Letter to A. Rotherham offering employment, 1907. Letter to Sperring offering employment at a later date, 1907. Letter to D. Mahoney giving notification that he has failed the examination, 1907. Letter from A. Rotherham accepting an offer of employment, 1907. Letter to Sperring offering employment, 1907. Letter from Sperring's father declining the offer of employment made to his son, 1907. Examination results for 17 September 1907. Letter from the Royal Hospital School giving the names of two examination candidates, 1907. Letter to the Royal Hospital School giving examination details, 1907. Letter from the Royal Hospital School giving the names of two examination candidates, 1907. Letter to W.H. Timbury offering employment, 1907. Letter to Slator and A. Saville giving notification that they have failed the examination, 1907. Letter of acknowledgement from W.H. Timbury, 1907. Letter from H. Castledine requesting an examination place, with a reply giving examination details, 1907. Letter from A.E. Loomes requesting vacancy details, with a reply providing examination details, 1907. Letter from H. Castledine declining an offer of an examination place, 1907. Letter from A.E. Loomes accepting the offer of an examination place, 1907. Copy of a 1904 reference for A.E. Loomes, made in 1907. Reference for A.E. Loomes from Addey and Stanhope School, 1907. Results for the examination of October 1907. Letter to A.E. Loomes offering employment, with his letter of acceptance, 1907. Results for the examination of 6 December 1907. Letter to the Royal Hospital School, 1907. Letter from the Royal Hospital School giving the names of two candidates, 1907. Letter to the Royal Hospital School giving the date of the examination, 1907. Letter to A. Saville offering employment, 1907. Letter to E.L. Richardson offering employment at a later date, 1907. Letter of acceptance from A. Saville, 1907. Letter to headmasters, 1908. Letter to A.E. Woods giving examination details, 1908. Letter from the Royal Hospital School giving the name of one examination candidate, 1908. Letter to the Royal Hospital School stating the possibility of engaging staff without an examination, 1908. Letter from G.J. Woods giving his age as 22 years, with a reply stating that he is too old, 1908. Letter to the Royal Hospital School stating that the examination has been cancelled and offering employment to E.L. Richardson, 1908. Letter to Richardson offering employment, with his letter of acceptance, 1908. Letter to the Richardson giving his starting date, 1908. Letter to the Royal Hospital School asking for the names of examination candidates, 1909. Letter from the Royal Hospital School stating that a number of boys are available, 1909. Letter from the Royal Hospital School enclosing a list of the names of available boys, 1909. Letter to the Royal Hospital School giving examination details, 1909. Results for the examination of 10 June 1909. Letter to the Royal Hospital School detailing examination results, with a reply, 1909. Letter to W.J. Davies offering employment, 1909. Letter to unsuccessful examination candidates, 1909. Letter of acceptance from W.J. Davies, 1909. Letter from J.D. Potter asking to be permitted to take the examination, with a reply granting permission and a second letter providing details about the examination, 1915. Letter from E.J. Sharpe requesting examination details, with a reply, 1915. Letter to O.S. Puckle giving examination details, 1915. Letter from E.J. Sharpe accepting the examination place, 1915. Reference for E.J. Sharpe from his headmaster, 1915. Letter to E.J. Sharpe offering employment, 1915. Letter to O.S. Puckle offering employment, with his letter of acceptance, 1915. Letter from Mrs A. Potter stating that her son is not able to sit the examination, 1915. Letter from E. Matters concerning his son Edward, 1915. Letter to E. Matters stating that there is no post available at present, 1915. Letter to E. Matters offering employment to his son, 1915. Letter from E. Matters concerning his son's appointment, 1915. (2) Unsuccessful applications for employment. Letter from R.E. Gurton regarding his son's employment, with a reply stating that there are no vacancies, 1908. Letter from O. Richardson asking for the details of the examination, 1908. . Letters to O. Richardson stating that there are no vacancies at present, 1908. Further letter from O. Richardson asking for the details of the examination, with a reply stating that there are no details available, 1908. . Letter from A. Edge, Liverpool, concerning his son, with a reply stating that there is no vacancy, 1908. Letter from G.E. Prince requesting details of vacancies, with a reply stating that there are none, 1908. Letter from T.H. White concerning vacancies, with a reply stating that there are none, 1908. Letter from O.T. Dussek requesting details of employment, with a reply stating that there are no vacancies, 1909. Letter from B.H. Martin requesting details of employment, with a reply stating that there are no vacancies, 1909. Letter from F.W. Henkel asking about observing work, with a reply stating that there is none available, 1909. . Letter from S. Powell regarding his son's employment, with a letter stating that there are no vacancies, 1909. Letter from F.F. Potter concerning employment, with a reply stating that there are no vacancies, 1909. Letter from A. Newton regarding employment, with a reply stating that there are no vacancies, 1909. Letter from P.D. Head requesting employment, with a reply stating that there are no vacancies, 1909. Letter from K.G. Gordon asking for employment, with a reply stating that there are no vacancies, 1909. Letter from S. Barr requesting employment, with a reply stating that there are no vacancies, 1909. Letter from Miss Jackson requesting employment, with a reply stating that there are no vacancies, 1909. Letter from B.R.V. Lacey requesting employment, with a reply stating that there are no vacancies, 1910.
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136 Papers on computers' orders. Papers concerning occasional orders given to supernumerary computers:. (1) Granting of certificates. Recommendations from staff that certain individuals be granted a certificate asserting their competence to use particular pieces of equipment and notes from the Astronomer Royal announcing these grants, with an index at the beginning: . Memorandum by W.H.M. Christie to E. Dunkin recommending a certificate for W.A. Peat, 1881. Note by Airy stating that on the certificate of Christie and Dunkin, W.A. Peat is approved as competent to carry out observations with the altazimuth, 1881. Memorandum by Dunkin and G.S. Criswick recommending a certificate for Walter Herbert Cox, 1881. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Dunkin and Criswick, W.H. Cox is approved as competent to carry out observations with the transit circle and Sheepshanks Equatorial, 1881. Memorandum by Dunkin and Criswick recommending a certificate for Bertram Bennett, 1882. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Dunkin and Criswick, B. Bennett is approved as competent to carry out observations with the altazimuth, 1882. Memorandum by Dunkin and Criswick recommending a certificate for Sidney Dolman, 1883. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Dunkin and Criswick, S. Dolman is approved as competent to carry out observations with the transit circle and Sheepshanks Equatorial, 1883. Memorandum by Dunkin and Criswick recommending a certificate for Francis Edwards Wilkins, 1884. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Dunkin and Criswick, F.E. Wilkins is approved as competent to carry out observations with the transit circle and Sheepshanks Equatorial, 1884. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of H.H. Turner and Criswick, Robert Woodgate is approved as competent to carry out observations with the transit circle and Sheepshanks Equatorial, 1885. Memorandum by Turner and Criswick recommending a certificate for F.C. Robinson, 1885. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Turner and Criswick, F.C. Robinson is approved as competent to carry out observations with the transit circle and Sheepshanks Equatorial, 1885. Memorandum by Turner, Criswick and A.M.W. Downing recommending a certificate for S. Dolman, 1885. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Turner, Criswick and Downing, S. Dolman is approved as competent to carry out observations with the altazimuth, 1885. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Ellis and Nash, Mr Hope is approved as competent to carry out magnetical and meteorological observations, 1885. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Ellis and Nash, Mr Letchford is approved as competent to carry out magnetical and meteorological observations, 1885. Memorandum by Turner and Criswick recommending a certificate for H.F. Willoughby, 1885. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Ellis and Nash, Mr Hope is approved as competent to undertake photographic work, 1886. Memorandum by Turner, Downing and T. Lewis recommending a certificate for H.F. Willoughby, 1886. Memorandum by Turner, Criswick and W.G. Thackeray recommending a certificate for Thomas Frank Fisher, 1886. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Turner, Criswick and Thackeray, T.F. Fisher is approved as competent to carry out observations with the transit circle and Sheepshanks Equatorial, 1886. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Turner and Lewis, Francis Charles Barrow is approved as competent to carry out observations with the transit circle and Sheepshanks Equatorial, 1887 (two copies). Memorandum by Turner, Criswick and Lewis recommending a certificate for Alfred Ernest Pilkington, 1887. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Turner, Criswick and Lewis, A.E. Pilkington is approved as competent to carry out observations with the transit circle and Sheepshanks Equatorial, 1887. Memorandum by Turner and Downing recommending a certificate for T. F. Fisher. 1887. Note stating that on the certificate of Turner and Downing, Thomas Frank Fisher is approved as competent to carry out observations with the altazimuth, 1887. Memorandum by Turner and Downing recommending a certificate for R. Woodgate. 1887. Note stating that on the certificate of Turner and Downing, R. Woodgate is approved as competent to carry out observations with the altazimuth, 1887. Memorandum by Turner, Criswick and Thackeray recommending a certificate for Herbert Andrew Wise, 1888. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Turner, Criswick and Thackeray, T.A. Wise is approved as competent to carry out observations with the transit circle and Cooke's Equatorial, 1888. Memorandum by Turner, Criswick and Thackeray recommending a certificate for William Russell, 1889. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Turner, Criswick and Thackeray, W. Russell is approved as competent to carry out observations with the transit circle, 1889. Memorandum by Turner and Thackeray recommending a certificate for Alfred Cochrane, 1889. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Turner, Criswick and Thackeray, A. Cochrane is approved as competent to carry out observations with the transit circle, 1889. Memorandum by Turner and Downing recommending a certificate for W. Russell, 1889. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Turner, Downing and Thackeray, W. Russell is approved as competent to carry out observations with the altazimuth, 1889. Memorandum by Turner, Criswick and Thackeray recommending a certificate for Alfred Miskin, 1889. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Turner, Criswick and Thackeray, A. Miskin is approved as competent to carry out observations with the transit circle, 1889 (2 copies). Memorandum by H. Hollis, Turner and Criswick recommending a certificate for Herbert Henry Turner, 1889. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Turner, Criswick and Hollis, H. Turner is approved as competent to carry out observations with the transit circle, 1890. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Ellis and Nash, Mr Allworth is approved as competent to carry out magnetical and meteorological observations, 1890. Memorandum by Turner, Thackeray and Lewis recommending a certificate for Charles Martin Turner, 1890. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Turner, Thackeray and Lewis, C. Martin is approved as competent to carry out observations with the transit circle, 1890 (2 copies). Memorandum by Turner and Downing recommending a certificate for A.P. Miskin, 1890. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Turner and Downing, A.P. Miskin is approved as competent to carry out observations with the altazimuth, 1890. Memorandum by Turner, Downing and Lewis recommending a certificate for Herbert Henry Turner, 1890. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Turner, Downing and Lewis, H.H. Turner is approved as competent to carry out observations with the altazimuth, 1890. Memorandum by Turner and Criswick recommending a certificate for Charles Davidson, 1890. Note by T. Lewis certifying that C. Davidson is competent to carry out observations with the transit circle and to put the chronograph barrel in and out of gear, 1890. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Turner, Criswick and Lewis, C. Davidson is approved as competent to carry out observations with the transit circle, 1891. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Turner and E.W. Maunder, Henry Lovell Appleyard is approved as competent to undertake photoheliographic observations, 1891. Memorandum by Ellis and Nash stating that Mr Allworth is now competent to undertake photographic work, 1891. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Ellis and Nash, Mr Allworth is approved as competent to carry out photographic work, 1891. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Ellis and Nash, Mr McClennan is approved as competent to carry out observations with the magnetic dip, 1891. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Ellis and Nash, T.F. Claxton is approved as competent to carry out magnetical and meteorological observations, 1891. Memorandum by Turner, Downing and Thackeray recommending a certificate for C. Martin, 1891. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Turner, Downing and Thackeray, C. Martin is approved as competent to carry out observations with the altazimuth, 1891. Memorandum by Turner and Hollis recommending a certificate for C. Davidson, 1891. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Turner and Hollis, C. Davidson is approved as competent to carry out observations with the altazimuth, 1891. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Ellis and Nash, T.F. Claxton is approved as competent to undertake photographic work, 1891. Memorandum by Turner and Criswick recommending a certificate for H.H. Turner, 1891. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Turner and Criswick, H.H. Turner is approved as competent to carry out observations with the astrographic equatorial, 1891. Memorandum by Turner and Criswick recommending a certificate for C. Davidson, 1891. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Turner and Criswick, C. Davidson is approved as competent to carry out observations with the astrographic equatorial, 1891. Memorandum by Turner and Lewis recommending a certificate for F.C. Barrow [1891]. Memorandum by Turner, Walter Bryant and Lewis recommending a certificate for Robert William Cheeseman, 1892. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Turner, Lewis and Bryant, R.W. Cheeseman is approved as competent to out observations with the transit circle and Sheepshanks Equatorial, 1892. Memorandum by Ellis and Nash stating that W. MacManus is now competent to undertake magnetical and meteorological observations, 1892. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Ellis and Nash, W. MacManus is approved as competent to undertake magnetical and meteorological observations, 1892. Memorandum by Ellis and Nash stating that W. MacManus is now competent to undertake photographic work, 1892. Note by Turner stating that on the certificate of Ellis and Nash, W. MacManus is approved as competent to carry out photographic work, 1892. Memorandum by Ellis and Nash recommending a certificate for Mr Walter, 1892. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Ellis and Nash, Mr Walter is approved as competent to carry out magnetical and meteorological observations, 1892. Memorandum by Ellis and Nash recommending a certificate for Mr Walter, 1893. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Ellis and Nash, Mr Walter is approved as competent to undertake photographic work, 1893. Memorandum by Lewis, Bryant and Hudson recommending a certificate for David James Reginald Edney, 1892. Memorandum by Lewis, Bryant and Hudson recommending a certificate for D.J.R. Edney, 1892 (a variant on the previous item). Memorandum by Lewis recommending a certificate for D.J.R. Edney, 1892. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Turner, Lewis, Bryant and Hudson, D.J.R. Edney is approved as competent to carry out observations with the transit circle and Sheepshanks Equatorial, 1892. Memorandum by Turner and Criswick recommending a certificate for Robert Fermor Rendell, 1892. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Turner and Criswick, R.F. Rendell is approved as competent to carry out observations with the astrophotographic equatorial, 1892. Memorandum by Maunder recommending a certificate for Charles Craven Lacey, 1893. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Turner and Maunder, C.C. Lacey is approved as competent to take photographs with the photoheliographs, 1893 (2 copies). Memorandum by Turner, Hudson and Bryant recommending a certificate for William Bowyer, 1893. Memorandum by Lewis and Andrew Crommelin recommending a certificate for William Bowyer, 1893. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Turner, Lewis, Crommelin, Bryant and Hudson, W. Bowyer is approved as competent to carry out observations with the transit circle and Sheepshanks Equatorial, 1893. Memorandum by Crommelin and Bryant recommending a certificate for George Frederick Johns, 1893. Memorandum by Crommelin and Turner recommending a certificate for G.F. Johns, 1893. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Turner, Crommelin and Bryant, G.F. Johns is approved as competent to carry out observations with the transit circle and Sheepshanks Equatorial, 1893. Memorandum by Ellis and Nash recommending a certificate for T.F. Claxton, 1893. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Ellis and Nash, T.F. Claxton is approved as competent to carry out observations with the magnetic dip, 1893. Memorandum by Crommelin, Bryant, Hudson and Turner recommending a certificate for Oswald Thomas Tuck, 1893. Memorandum by Crommelin and Turner recommending a certificate for O.T. Tuck, 1893. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Turner, Crommelin, Bryant and Hudson, O.T. Tuck is approved as competent to carry out observations with the transit circle and Sheepshanks Equatorial, 1893. Memorandum by Ellis and Nash recommending a certificate for Mr Beadle, 1893. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Ellis and Nash, Mr Beadle is approved as competent to carry out magnetical and meteorological observations, 1893. Memorandum by Ellis and Nash recommending a certificate for Mr Beadle, 1893. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Ellis and Nash, Mr Beadle is approved as competent to undertake photographic work, 1893. Memorandum by Nash recommending a certificate for T.F. Claxton, 1894. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Nash, T.F. Claxton is approved as competent to undertake observations of deflections, 1894. Memorandum by F.W. Dyson and Maunder recommending a certificate for Mr Gillingham, 1894. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Dyson and Maunder, Mr Gillingham is approved as competent to undertake photoheliographic work, 1894 (2 copies). Memorandum by Criswick and Maunder recommending a certificate for Mr Turner, 1894. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Criswick and Maunder, Mr Turner is approved as competent to undertake photoheliographic work, 1894 (2 copies). Memorandum by Nash recommending a certificate for Mr Marchant, 1894. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Nash, Mr Marchant is approved as competent to undertake magnetical and meteorological observations, 1894. Memorandum by Dyson and Criswick recommending a certificate for G.F. Johns, 1894. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Dyson and Criswick, G.F. Johns is approved as competent to carry out observations with the astrophotographic equatorial, 1894 (2 copies). Memorandum by Dyson and Maunder recommending a certificate for Albert James Wilkin, 1895. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Dyson and Maunder, A.J. Wilkin is approved as competent to carry out observations with the Dallmeyer photo-heliograph, 1895 (2 copies). Memorandum by Nash recommending a certificate for Mr Marchant, 1895. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Nash, Mr Marchant is approved as competent to undertake photographic work, 1895. Memorandum by Dyson, Bryant, Crommelin and Thackeray recommending a certificate for Eric Harold Banks, 1895. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Dyson, Thackeray, Crommelin and Bryant, E.H. Banks is approved as competent to carry out observations with the transit circle and Sheepshanks Equatorial, 1895 (2 copies). Memorandum by Dyson and Criswick recommending a certificate for D.J.R. Edney, 1895. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Dyson and Criswick, D.J.R. Edney is approved as competent to carry out observations with the astrographic equatorial, 1895 (2 copies). Memorandum by Dyson, Crommelin and Bryant recommending a certificate for Paul Groves Showell, 1895. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Dyson, Thackeray, Crommelin and Bryant, P.G. Showell is approved as competent to carry out observations with the transit circle and Sheepshanks Equatorial, 1895 (2 copies). Memorandum by Dyson and Criswick recommending a certificate for C. Martin, 1895. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Dyson and Criswick, C. Martin is approved as competent to carry out observations with the astrographic equatorial, 1895. Memorandum by Dyson and Criswick recommending a certificate for R.W. Cheeseman, 1895. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Dyson and Criswick, R.W. Cheeseman is approved as competent to carry out observations with the astrographic equatorial, 1895 (2 copies). Memorandum by Dyson, Thackeray, Bryant and Crommelin recommending a certificate for R.F. Rendell, 1895. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Dyson, Thackeray, Crommelin and Bryant, R.F. Rendell is approved as competent to carry out observations with the transit circle and Sheepshanks Equatorial, 1895 (2 copies). Memorandum by Dyson, Thackeray, Bryant and Crommelin recommending a certificate for William Moody Witchell, 1895. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Dyson, Thackeray, Crommelin and Bryant, W.M. Moody is approved as competent to carry out observations with the transit circle and Sheepshanks Equatorial, 1895 (2 copies). Memorandum by Dyson, Thackeray, Crommelin and Bryant recommending a certificate for H.L. Appleyard, 1895. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Dyson, Thackeray, Crommelin and Bryant, H.L. Appleyard is approved as competent to carry out observations with the transit circle and Sheepshanks Equatorial, 1895. Memorandum by Nash recommending a certificate for Mr Davies, 1896. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Nash, Mr Davies is approved as competent to undertake magnetical and meteorological observations, 1896. Memorandum by Dyson and Hollis recommending a certificate for W. Bowyer, 1896. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Dyson and Hollis, W. Bowyer is approved as competent to carry out observations with the astrographic equatorial, 1896 (2 copies). Memorandum by Nash recommending a certificate for Mr Davies, 1896. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Nash, Mr Davies is approved as competent to undertake photographic work, 1896. Memorandum by P.H. Cowell and Maunder recommending a certificate for J.A. West, 1896. Note by Dyson stating that on the certificate of Cowell and Maunder, J.A. West is approved as competent to carry out observations with the Dallmeyer photoheliograph, 1896 (2 copies). Memorandum by Dyson, Thackeray, Crommelin and Bryant recommending a certificate for William Stevens, 1896. Note by Dyson stating that on the certificate of Dyson, Thackeray, Crommelin and Bryant, W. Stevens is approved as competent to carry out observations with the transit circle and Sheepshanks Equatorial, 1896 (2 copies). Memorandum by Dyson and Hollis recommending a certificate for E.H. Banks, 1897. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Dyson and Hollis, E.H. Banks is approved as competent to carry out observations with the astrographic equatorial, 1897 (2 copies). Memorandum by Dyson and Hollis recommending a certificate for P.G. Showell, 1897. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Dyson and Hollis, P.G. Showell is approved as competent to carry out observations with the astrographic equatorial, 1897. Memorandum by Hollis and Dyson recommending a certificate for W.M. Witchell, 1897. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Hollis and Dyson, W.M. Witchell is approved as competent to carry out observations with the astrographic equatorial, 1897. Memorandum by Dyson, Thackeray, Crommelin and Bryant recommending a certificate for John Storey, 1897. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Dyson, Thackeray, Crommelin and Bryant, W.M. Witchell is approved as competent to carry out observations with the transit circle and Sheepshanks Equatorial, 1897 (2 copies). Memorandum by Cowell and Hollis recommending a certificate for W. Stevens, 1897. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Cowell and Hollis, W. Stevens is approved as competent to carry out observations with the astrographic equatorial, 1897. Memorandum by Nash recommending a certificate for Mr Jeffries, 1897. Memorandum by Hollis and Dyson recommending a certificate for J. Storey, 1897. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Dyson and Hollis, J. Storey is approved as competent to carry out observations with the astrographic equatorial, 1897. Memorandum by Crommelin and Bryant recommending a certificate for George Bischlager, 1898. Note by Dyson stating that on the certificate of Crommelin and Bryant, G. Bischlager is approved as competent to carry out observations with the transit circle and Sheepshanks Equatorial, 1898. Memorandum by Nash recommending a certificate for Mr Jeffries, 1898. Note stating that on the certificate of Nash, Mr Jeffries is approved as competent to undertake photographic work, 1898. Memorandum by Dyson, Crommelin and Bryant recommending a certificate for Philibert Melotte, 1898. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Dyson, Bryant and Crommelin, P. Melotte is approved as competent to carry out observations with the transit circle and Sheepshanks Equatorial, 1898. Memorandum by Dyson and Hollis recommending a certificate for G. Bischlager, 1898. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Dyson and Hollis, G. Bischlager is approved as competent to carry out observations with the astrographic equatorial, 1898. Memorandum by Cowell, Crommelin Bryant recommending a certificate for Wallace Albert Gummer, 1899. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Cowell, Crommelin and Bryant, W.A. Gummer is approved as competent to carry out observations with the transit circle and Sheepshanks Equatorial, 1899 (two versions). Memorandum by Cowell, Bryant and Crommelin recommending a certificate for A.J. Wilkin, 1899. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Cowell, Crommelin and Bryant, A.J. Wilkin is approved as competent to carry out observations with the transit circle and Sheepshanks Equatorial, 1899. Memorandum by Cowell and Maunder recommending a certificate for W.A. Gummer, 1899. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Cowell and Maunder, W.A. Gummer is approved as competent to carry out observations with the Thompson photoheliograph, 1899. Memorandum by Dyson and Hollis recommending a certificate for P. Melotte, 1899. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Dyson and Hollis, P. Melotte is approved as competent to carry out observations with the astrographic equatorial, 1899. Memorandum by Nash recommending a certificate for Mr Clarke, 1899. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Nash, Mr Clarke is approved as competent to carry out magnetical and meteorological observations, 1899. Memorandum by Nash recommending a certificate for Mr Ralph, 1899. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Nash, Mr Ralph is approved as competent to carry out magnetical and meteorological observations, 1899. Memorandum by Dyson and Hollis recommending a certificate for A.J. Wilkin, 1899. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Dyson and Hollis, A.J. Wilkin is approved as competent to carry out observations with the astrographical equatorial, 1899 (2 copies). Memorandum by Nash recommending a certificate for Mr Clarke, 1899. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Nash, Mr Clarke is approved as competent to carry out photographic work, 1899. Memorandum by Nash recommending a certificate for Mr Ralph, 1900. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Nash, Mr Ralph is approved as competent to carry out photographic work, 1900 (2 copies). Memorandum by Dyson and Hollis recommending a certificate for W.A. Gummer, 1900. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Dyson and Hollis, W.A. Gummer is approved as competent to carry out observations with the astrographic equatorial, 1900 (2 copies). Memorandum by Nash recommending a certificate for P.G. Showell, 1900. Note stating that on the certificate of Nash, P.G. Showell is approved as competent to undertake magnetical and meteorological work, 1900. Memorandum by Cowell and Maunder recommending a certificate for Arthur L. Wood, 1900. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Cowell and Maunder, A.L. Wood is approved as competent to carry out observations with the Thompson photoheliograph, 1900. Memorandum by Nash recommending a certificate for P.G. Showell, 1900. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Nash, P.G. Showell is approved as competent to carry out photographic work, 1900. Memorandum by Cowell and Maunder recommending a certificate for Thomas H. Clarke, 1900. Note by Christie stating that on the certificate of Cowell and Maunder, T.H. Clarke is approved as competent to carry out observations with the Thompson Photoheliograph, 1900. (2) Permissions to learn instruments. Papers concerned the granting of permission to individuals for them to be taught to use specific instruments:. Memorandum from J.H. Pierce requesting to be taught to use the astrographic equatorial, 1910. Memorandum giving permission to Oake and Davies to be taught to use the transit circle, 1910. Memorandum giving permission to Mr Wheate to be taught to use the altazimuth, 1910. Memorandum giving Mr Green permission to be taught to use the astrographic equatorial, 1910. Letter from J.H. Pierce requesting to be taught to use the transit circle, 1911. Unsigned memorandum requesting that Wheate and Leary be taught to use the astrographic equatorial, 1911. (3) Papers concerning duties. Memorandum signed by W.H.M. Christie regarding duty times and off duty for observers at the Thompson Equatorial, 1909. Memorandum by C. Davidson asking for extra rest time for computers on duty at the Thompson Equatorial, 1909. General order concerning the behaviour of computers, 1913. Memorandum concerning the signing of the attendance book, 1913. General order to computers regarding the signing of the attendance book, 1914. General order to computers regarding military service, 1914 (2 copies). Memorandum to H. Outhwaite concerning the suspension of Mr Hills's observing certificate, 1915. Letter from René Dagonnier requesting payment for night and weekend work, 1916. Memorandum regarding computers' sick leave, 1919.
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1881–1919
137 Papers on computers' salaries. Papers relating to and giving details of salary increases for supernumerary computers.
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1893–1900
138 Papers on computers' resignations. (1) Papers relating to the resignations of computers, 1892-1910, including testimonials. Two typed and two written sheets of contents. Handwritten 'Summary of justifications for applying for Testimonial' by Miss A. Everett, 1892. . Handwritten testimonial for Miss Everett by W.H.M. Christie, 1892. Testimonial and letter regarding A.P. Miskin, 1893. Letter and doctor's certificate regarding Mr Allworth and a letter from W. Ellis terminating his employment, 1893. Letter and testimonial regarding E.W. Wenborn, 1893. . Letter from A.E. Gleave requesting notice that he be excused, 1894. Letter and testimonial relating to G. Allworth joining Greenwich Union, 1894. Letter and testimonial relating to S.S. Gillingham joining the Royal Navy, 1894. Letter from H.C. Brush and Co. relating to G. Allworth, with a testimonial, 1894. Letter from O.J. Tuck regarding an appointment at Liverpool, 1894. Letters and testimonial relating to G. Allworth joining the London School Board, 1894. Testimonial for H.J. MacManus, 1894. Testimonial for W. Bowyer, 1894. . Letter and testimonial for A. Graham-Bell regarding his joining the Civil Service, 1894. Letters and testimonials from the Admiralty relating to J. Power, 1894. Testimonial for F. Latchford regarding his joining the Singer Company, 1895. Letters and testimonials relating to Miss A. Everett, 1895. Letter and testimonial relating to C. Davidson joining the Civil Service, 1895. Letter from H. Turner regarding his resignation due to ill health, 1895. Letter and testimonial for C. Martin regarding his joining the Dunsink Observatory, 1895. Letter of resignation from A. Russell, 1895. Letter of resignation from H.J. MacManus, 1895. Letter of resignation from F. Claxton, 1895. Letter and doctor's certificate relating to A. Walter, 1895. Testimonial relating to H. MacManus joining the Provident Benefit Society, 1896. Letter and testimonial relating to G.J. John joining the London Banking Association, 1896. Testimonial relating to A. Walter joining the Royal Alfred Observatory, Mauritius, 1897. Letters and testimonial relating to Miss Maunder joining Girton College, Cambridge, 1897. Letter and testimonial relating to H.L. Appleyard joining the Church, Army, Armour and Co. and E. and T. Pink, 1897. Letter and testimonial relating to P.D. Beadle joining a firm of chartered accountants, 1899. Testimonial for C.F. Turner, 1899. Letter and testimonial relating to T.P. Marchant joining T.S. Conway at Liverpool, 1899. Letter of resignation from E. Shells, 1899. Letter of resignation from C. Davies, 1899. Letter from J.A. Webb relating to an appointment at the War Office, 1900. Testimonial for C.W. Jefferies, 1900. Testimonial for A.J. Wilkins, 1900. Letter of resignation from C. Leary, 1900. Letter and testimonial relating to C.W. Jefferies joining a firm of chartered accountants, 1900. Letter and testimonial relating to C. Ralph joining the Civil Service, 1900. Letter and testimonial relating to G.E. Baker joining the New Zealand Bank, 1907. Testimonial for T.E. Wheate, 1907. Testimonial for A. Daniels, 1907. . Letter of resignation and postponement from A.L. James, 1907. Letter of resignation from H.G.S. Barrett, 1907. Letter and testimonial relating to S. Barrett joining the Civil Service, his subsequent resignation and his replacement by A. Daniels, 1907. Letter and testimonial relating to W.H. Hoare joining the Inland Revenue, 1907. Letter and testimonial relating to E. Shells, 1907. Letter of resignation from H. Quatermain, 1907. Letter from the Estate Office relating to G. Giraud giving a tenancy, 1907. Letter and testimonial relating to G. Cody, 1907. Letter of resignation from R. Fowler, 1907. Letter of resignation from W.C. Parkinson, 1908. Testimonial for S.G. Daniels, 1908. Letter and testimonial relating to B.D. Evans, 1908. Letter and testimonial relating A.F. Dauney taking up theological studies, 1907. Letter and testimonial relating to G. Cody, 1908. Letter and testimonial relating to J. Jennys joining the Post Office, 1908. Request from the Colonial Office for a testimonial for H.B. Banks, 1909. Letter from J.W. Hicks requesting a testimonial, 1909. Testimonial for J.W. Hicks, 1909. Letter from A.E. Higgett requesting a testimonial, 1909. Letter from P.D. Beadle requesting a testimonial, 1909. Letter from Hapgoods regarding a testimonial for W.C. Parkinson, 1909. . Letter and testimonial relating to A. Whitney, 1910. Letter and testimonial relating to C.F. Lait joining the Board of Guardians, 1910. Letter of resignation from A.H. Whitney, 1910. Testimonial for T.E. Wheate, 1910. Testimonial for L.G. Kemp, 1910. Testimonial for A. Lynne, 1910. Testimonial for S.G. Daniels, 1910. Letter of resignation from T.E. Wheate, 1910. Letter of resignation from G. Cody, 1910. Letter of resignation and testimonial relating to H.B. Oake, 1910. Letter from S.G. Daniels asking for an extension of employment, which was granted, 1910. Letter of resignation from S.G. Daniels, 1910. Letters and testimonial relating to A.E. Richards joining London County Council, 1910. Letter and testimonial relating to A.H. Smith joining the Gas Company, 1910. Letters and testimonials relating to A. Rotherham joining the Civil Service, 1910. Letter and testimonials relating to L. Kemp joining the Western Electric Co., 1910. Letter and testimonial relating to A.E. Loomes joining the Western Electric Co., 1910. Letter of resignation from A. Rotherham, 1910. Letter and testimonial relating to A. Wheate, 1910. (2) Testimonials for computers, 1881-1892. Letter and testimonial relating to J.A. Greengrass, 1881. Letter and testimonial relating to H.J. James, 1881. Letter and testimonial relating to G. Stafford, 1881. Letter and testimonial relating to W. Hays, 1881. Letter and testimonial relating to W.J. Saunders, 1881. Letters and testimonials relating to T.M. Plunkett joining the Civil Service, 1881. Testimonial for W.A. Prince of the London and County Bank, 1881. Letter and testimonial relating to E. Jeffery joining the Civil Service, 1881. Letter and testimonial relating to J. Power, 1881. Letter and testimonial relating to J.W.H. Pead, 1881. Letter and testimonial relating to H.T. James, 1881. Letter and testimonial relating to H.T. James, 1882. Letter and testimonial relating to J. Power, 1882. Letter and testimonial relating to J.J. Wood, 1882. Letter and testimonial relating to W.J. Saunders joining the Civil Service, 1882. Letter from the Prison Department requesting a testimonial for H.T. James, 1882. Letter and testimonial relating to J.A.J. Pead joining the London and County Bank, 1882. Testimonial for J.W.H. Pead, 1882. Letter and testimonial relating to M.W.L. Hugo joining the Prison Department, 1882. Letter and testimonial relating to J. Knowles joining the Civil Service, 1883. Letter and testimonial relating to H. James joining the Business Directory Office, 1883. Letter and testimonial relating to W.J. Saunders joining the Civil Service, 1883. Letter and testimonial relating to F. Finch joining the Civil Service, 1883. Unaddressed, written testimonial for H. James, 1883. Letter and testimonial relating to J.R. Toms joining the Kinetic Engineering Co., 1883. Letter and testimonial for J.H. Gooding, 1884. Letter from and testimonial for F. Wilkins, 1885. Two testimonials for B. Bennett, 1885. Letter and testimonials relating to W. Hugo joining Kew Observatory as an assistant, 1885. Letter and testimonial relating to J.F. Hawton joining the Civil Service, 1885. Letter from J.H. Gooding, H.M. Prison Mutley, and a testimonial, 1886. Letter and testimonial relating to S. Phillips joining the Civil Service, 1886. Letter and testimonial relating to J. Greengrass joining the Greenwich Rate Department, 1886. Letter and reply to J.H. Gooding requesting a copy testimonial, 1886. Letter and testimonial for H.J. Willoughby, 1887. Letter and testimonial relating to F.C. Barrow joining the City Bank, 1888. Letter and testimonial relating to H.A. Wise joining the London and County Bank, 1888. Letter and testimonial from the Bankers Guarantee Trust Fund relating to F.C. Barrow, 1888. Letter and testimonial relating to T. Fisher joining the Metropolitan Board of Works, 1888. Letter and testimonial relating to A.E. Pilkington joining the Bank of England, 1888. Unaddressed testimonial for F.H. Letchford, 1889. Letter and testimonial relating to J.A.J. Pead joining the Church, 1889. Letter and testimonial relating to J.A.J. Pead joining Yarrow and Co, 1889. Letter and testimonial relating to A.E. Pilkington joining the London Electricity Supply Co., 1889. Letter and testimonial relating to B. Bennett joining a school in Torquay, 1889. Letter and testimonial relating to S. Dolman, 1889. Letter and testimonial relating to F.C. Robinson, 1889. Unaddressed testimonial for F.H.W. Hope, 1889. Letter and testimonial relating to J.H. Gooding joining the Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 1890. Testimonial for R. Woodgate, 1890. Unaddressed testimonial for A. Cochrane, 1890. Letter and testimonial relating to A.E. Pilkington and his tenancy of a residential property, 1890. Letter of recommendation to the Indian Office for J. Power to conduct research, 1890. Two unaddressed testimonials for J. Power, 1890. Letter and testimonial relating to W. Russell joining Queen Anne's Bounty, 1891. Unaddressed testimonial for E. Finch, 1891. Letter and testimonial relating to R.B. Tweed joining the London and County Bank, 1891. Letter and testimonial relating to H.H. Turner, 1892. Letter and testimonial relating to A.P. Miskin joining the Civil Service, 1892. (3) Papers relating to the resignations of computers, 1881-1906, including testimonials. Letter of resignation from T. Plunknett, 1881. Letter from E. Jeffery stating that he has passed the Civil Service examination for a clerkship, 1881. Letter of resignation from E. Jeffery, 1881. Letter to E. Jeffery requesting the return of keys, 1881. Letter of resignation from J.J. Hood, 1882. . Letter of resignation from H. Arnold, 1882. Letter of resignation from J. Knowles, 1883. Further letter from J. Knowles, 1883. Letter of resignation from J.W.H. Pead, 1883. Letter of resignation from W. Saunders, 1883. Letter of resignation from W.H. Cox, 1883. Letters of resignation from J.H. Gooding, 1884. Letters of resignation from Grainger, 1884. Letters of resignation from F. Wilkins, 1884. Letter of resignation from J.F. Hawton expressed in strong terms, 1885. Letter of resignation from S. Phillips, 1885. Letter of resignation from F.C. Barrow, June 1888. Letter of resignation from H.A. Wise, February 1889. Letter of resignation from F. Hope, February 1890. Letter of resignation from S. Temple, November 1890. Letter of resignation from E. Finch, September 1891. Letter of resignation from R. Tweed, January 1892. Letter of resignation from E. McClellan, August 1892. Testimonial for P. Showell, 1901. Testimonial for E. Cotton, 1901. Letter of resignation and testimonial relating to T.H. Clarke joining the Civil Service, 1901. Letter of resignation and testimonial relating to W.H. Hoar joining the Civil Service, 1901. Testimonial for C.A.F. Davies relating to his joining the Civil Service, 1901. Testimonial for W.M. Mitchell relating to his joining the permanent staff, 1901. Testimonial and letter of resignation relating to A.J. Oakley, 1901. Testimonial for A.L. Wood regarding his joining the cadet ship 'Conway', 1901. Testimonial for W. Stevens, 1901. Testimonial and letter of resignation relating to A. Coulson, 1901. Testimonial for W.A. Gummer, 1902. Testimonial for W.H. Brookes, 1902. Testimonial for A.E. Showell, 1902. . Letter of resignation from P.G. Showell, 1902. . Letter of resignation from W. Bartlett, 1902. Letter and testimonial relating to W. Shiles joining the Civil Service, 1902. Letter of thanks from J. Perry for sympathy expressed, 1902. Letters and testimonial relating to W.H. Brookes joining the National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, 1902-1903. Testimonial relating to P.J. Melotte joining as an established computer, 1902. Letter of resignation from H.B. Adams, 1902. Request for a testimonial from H.B. Adams, 1902. Request for a testimonial from H.B. Adams, 1903. Testimonial for T.G. Staples, 1903. Testimonial for A.W. Coulson, 1903. Testimonial for C.W. Jefferies relating to his joining the Cape of Good Hope Observatory, 1903. Letter from Slaughter and May requesting a testimonial for T.G. Staples, 1904. Testimonial for T.G. Staples, 1904. Letter of resignation from G. Giraud relating to his going to Cambridge, 1904. Letter of resignation from J.W. Hicks, 1905. Testimonial for A. Daniels, 1905. Testimonial for W.C. Parkinson, 1905. Request for a testimonial from A. Higgitt, 1905. Testimonial for H B Adams, 1905. Testimonial for T.G. Staples, 1905. Letter and testimonial relating to S. Bartlett, 1905. . Testimonial for Mr James, 1905. Testimonial for R. Fowler, 1905. Testimonial for R. Kearney, 1905. Letter of resignation from H.W. Moore, 1906. Testimonial for A. Lynne, 1906. Testimonial for H. Giraud, 1906. Letters and testimonial relating to A.E. Showell joining the Ordnance Depot at Woolwich, 1906. Testimonial for A.M. Coulson, 1906. Testimonial for W.C. Parkinson, 1906. Letter from T.G. Staples requesting a testimonial and the resulting testimonial, 1906. Letter of resignation from S. Bartlett, 1906.
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1881–1910
139 Papers on computers. Miscellaneous papers relating to supernumerary computers:. Correspondence concerning militant behaviour by J. Toms, 1880. Written list of the names of computers, 1836-1872, compiled c. 1880. Application from F. Willoughby to be transferred to the Spectroscopic Department, 1885. Application from E. Finch to be transferred to the Physical Department, 1886. Correspondence with A. Bowden concerning computing work done at home, 1886. Letter from F.C. Robinson regarding extra work, 1890. Request from C. Martin to live at Battersea, 1890. Request from E. Finch to transfer, 1891. Letter from J. Power requesting a testimonial, 1890. Correspondence with J. Power regarding his future prospects at the Royal Observatory, 1890. Correspondence with J. Power regarding his unsuccessful application for promotion to 2nd Assistant, 1890. Written statement concerning the ages of the computers employed at the Royal Observatory, 1893. Cumulative statement of the years of service of computers, 1893. Statement of the service and ages of computers, 1895. Statement of computers' ages and service, 1895. Correspondence with C. Davies concerning his failure to make observations, 1899. Correspondence with the headmaster of St Olive's School concerning C. Ralph, 1900. Letter from W.M. Mitchell concerning his failure to make observations, 1900. Unsigned memorandum regarding Mr Higgett's eye trouble, 1903. Statement of the number of computers in various departments, 1903. Memorandum from T. Lewis concerning the attendance book, 1906. Memorandum to C. Cody regarding bad behaviour, 1906. Memorandum from A. Crommelin regarding bad behaviour, 1906. Report of failure to make observations, 1908. Memorandum concerning damage in the upper computing room, 1909. Report of computer numbers, 1894-1909 inclusive, compiled 1909. Cutting from 'John Bull', 13 May 1911. Correspondence with Professor Gutton of V.C. London regarding computers, 1916. Correspondence with S. Sgt Major G.F. Cryer regarding the death of a computer, 1917. Correspondence with N. McLeod regarding lady computers, 1917. Memorandum from the Senior Computer regarding status and future prospects, 1919. Letter from A. Howich regarding references given him, 1919. Correspondence with solicitors regarding W.G. Davies, 1920. Letter from G. Baldwin concerning a testimonial, 1921. Letter from A.R. Score regarding the computers' examination, 1921. Correspondence with A. Howitch concerning sickness certificates and pensions, 1921. Letter from C.R. Varney concerning his war service and pension, 1923. Correspondence with A. Sillows regarding his son's possible career in astronomy, 1929. Report from Woolwich Polytechnic regarding the attendance of Royal Observatory staff, 1930. Correspondence with several companies regarding possible employment for computers, 1933-1934.
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1880–1934
140 Papers on lady computers. Correspondence with and concerning Miss O. Dymond, 1890. Letter concerning female pupils in the Royal Observatory, 1890. Correspondence with Miss Elder concerning possible candidates for computers, 1891. Letter from Miss Edwards concerning employment, 1891. Correspondence relating to Miss Marks, 1891. Correspondence relating to Miss Prestidge, 1890. Correspondence relating to Miss Tate, 1890. Correspondence relating to Miss Walter, 1890. Correspondence relating to Miss Worsfold, 1890. Correspondence relating to the engagement of Miss A. Russell, 1890. Correspondence with Miss F. Allen, 1892. Correspondence with and relating to Miss R.A. Livingston, 1892. Memorandum concerning Miss Everett's visit to Oxford, 1893. Correspondence with Miss A. Money, 1893. Correspondence with Miss W.H. Sargeant, 1893. Correspondence with Miss E. Woods, 1893. Correspondence with Miss E. Howitte, 1894. Correspondence with the Headmistress of Royal Holloway College concerning women's employment, 1894. Correspondence with Miss B.M. Gilford, 1894. Correspondence with Miss L. Round, 1894. Correspondence with Royal Holloway School informing it that ladies are not now employed at the Royal Observatory, 1903. Correspondence with Miss E. Dent, 1903. Correspondence with Dr F. Moore, 1906. Correspondence with Miss A. Molender concerning the employment of ladies at the Royal Observatory, 1909.
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1890–1909
141 Papers on the British Geodetic Survey. Request from Sir George Airy for a copy of 'Report of the Progress of the Ordnance Survey', with a reply from the Secretary of H.M. Office of Works, 1876. Letter from Sir George Airy to Col. Clarke R.E. requesting a contour map of the Malvern Hills, with a letter of rejection, 1877. Correspondence relating to the death of General Cameron, 1878. Correspondence relating to the retirement of Col. Clarke, 1881. Cuttings from 'The Times' relating to the Ordnance Survey, 1892. Proposals by Close and Hills for the re-measurement of the geodetic area of the United Kingdom, 1904. Letter from Col. Johnstone concerning the Ordnance Survey re-observing their primary triangulation, with a reply from W.H.M. Christie, 1904. Letter to the Admiralty expressing concern over the lack of effort shown during the re-triangulation, with a reply and acknowledgement from the Ordnance Survey Office, 1904.
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1876–1904
142 Papers on the Geodetic Association. (1) Papers relating to the Geodetic Association. Letter to the Admiralty concerning the Geodetic Association Conference in Rome, 1883. Correspondence with Colonel A.R. Clarke concerning the Rome conference, 1883. Letter to Dr Hirsch concerning resolutions passed at the Rome conference, 1883. Letter to Col. Donnelly concerning copies of the proceedings of the Rome conference, 1883. Telegram from Col. Donnelly stating that engineers are visiting him, 1883. Correspondence concerning the meeting to discuss the Greenwich Meridian, 1883. Letter from Col. Donnelly thanking Christie for attending the Rome conference, 1884. Letter and copies of a report by Dr Hirsch, 1884. Letter to Col. Donnelly enclosing Hirsch's report, 1884. Telegram requesting a meeting with Col. Donnelly, 1884. Letter to Col. Donnelly reporting a meeting with a member of the Standards Department, 1884. Letter from the Admiralty concerning the survey of Malta and telegraphic connections with Alexandria, with a reply, 1884. Letter from Col. Donnelly concerning the Warden of Standards, with a reply setting out W.H.M. Christie's view as to standards and survey requirements, 1884. Letter from Col. Donnelly concerning the Greenwich Meridian standard, 1884. Letter from Col. Donnelly concerning conference delegates, 1884. Letter from Col. Donnelly giving details of a meeting with General Strachy, 1884. Letters from the India Office concerning the 1884 conference of the Geodetic Association, 1884. Letter to Captain Sir F. Evans, Hydrographer, concerning the International Geodetic Conference, 1884. Letter from Col. Donnelly asking what steps should be taken to get the geodetic surveys started, with a reply from the Astronomer Royal, 1884. Letter from Col. Donnelly stating the Astronomer Royal should be a delegate at the next conference, with a reply stating that the nomination should be approved by the Admiralty, 1884. Letter from the Science and Art Department, with copies of correspondence concerning the appointment of delegates, and a reply from the Astronomer Royal, 1884. Letter to Dr Fisher, with a copy of the delegates' list for the 1884 Conference of the Geodetic Association, 1884. Notice of the death of General Dr Bayer in Berlin, 1885. Letter from the Science and Art Department informing those concerned that the meeting in Nice had been cancelled, 1885. Notice, in German, concerning Dr Bayer, 1885. Papers and correspondence relating to the International Conference of the Geodetic Association and the possible dissolution of the Association, 1886. Circular from the Central Bureau der Internationalen Erdmessung, Berlin, asking for statistics relating to the geodetic survey of India, 1886. Card from Col. Donnelly concerning a meeting of the delegates to the Geodetic Conference, 1887. Notice containing the names and addresses of Association members, 1887. Minutes of the conference delegates meeting of 7 February 1887. Notice from the Science and Art Department that the British membership is to be cancelled, 1887. (2) Papers relating to the 'Association Geodesigne International'. Cuttings from 'Popolo Romano', 15-18 October 1883; 'L'Italia Militare', 19 October 1883; and 'Il Diritto', 18-25 October 1883. Letters from 'Association Geodesigne International' requesting the names of British delegates, with a reply enclosing this information, 1885. Printed circulars from the 'Association Geodesigne International', 1883-1885. Letter, in French, from the 'Association Geodesigne International', 1880. Telegram from General Fenew detailing his visit of 13 June 1890. Letter from Col. Donnelly asking if the Astronomer Royal would act as the British representative at the Geodetic Association Conference in Rome in October 1883. Written précis of correspondence with the Foreign Office, 1883. Reply to Col. Donnelly's letter stating that the Astronomer Royal will become the British representative, 1883. Correspondence concerning fees and expenses, 1883. Correspondence concerning the Astronomer Royal's attendance at the Geodetic Association Conference in Rome in October 1883. . Correspondence with Col. Clarke concerning his visit to Rome at the time of the conference, 1883. Letters, in French, from Dr Hirsch of Neuchatel, 1883. Letter to the Secretary, Science and Art Department, outlining the conference arrangements and the proposals for an international meridian standard and also setting out the Astronomer Royal's comments on the conference decisions, 1883. Printed circular, in Italian, containing the names and addresses of conference delegates, 1883. Map left at the Royal Observatory by General Ferrero showing the journey to Greenwich, 1890. Map left at the Royal Observatory linking the triangulations of Malta and Sicily, 1890. A paper and correspondence between the Admiralty, Treasury and Astronomer Royal relating to the need for Britain to retain membership of the Geodetic Bureau, 1897. (3) Papers relating to the International Geodetic Conference in England (1909). Printed notices from the Geodetic Association relating to the conference in London and in Cambridge, 1909. Correspondence with the Foreign Office, 1909, including a letter from the ambassador in Berlin concerning the conference. Correspondence with G.H. Darwin of Cambridge, 1909, including a written report by the Astronomer Royal concerning the geodetic work carried out during the previous three years and work on the determination of the Greenwich Meridian. Papers concerning the visit of the conference delegates to the Royal Observatory, 1909, including letters from G.H. Darwin concerning the times of the visit and the arrangements for refreshments, including the requirement for the Park Keeper to be on late duty at the Royal Observatory Gate to give the party access. There are also lists of the personnel on duty and the signatures of the visitors. Request from E.R. Watts and Sons for a copy of the report on the 1909 Conference, with a reply rejecting the request, 1909. (4) Papers relating to the International Geodetic Bureau. Correspondence with M. Forster of the Royal Society concerning the International Geodetic Bureau, 1896. 'The British Empire', a printed report by G.H. Darwin, 1899. Letter from F.E. Spring-Rice asking if the Royal Society may name the Astronomer Royal as a British delegate to the International Geodetic Bureau. Reply from the Astronomer Royal to the effect that he would not accept the invitation, 1897. Letter from A.W. Runker asking him to reconsider, with a reply from Astronomer Royal, 1897. List of International Geodetic Association conference dates, 1897. Letter from A.W. Runker acknowledging Christie's reply, 1897. Minutes and a report of the Geodetic Arc Committee containing reports by Gill and Ardagh on geodetic surveys in Africa, 1900. Memorandum from the Foreign Office regarding sending copies of the report of the 13th International Conference of the Geodetic Association, 1901. Memorandum from the Foreign Office regarding sending copies of the report of the 14th International Conference of the Geodetic Association, 1906. Letter from G.H. Darwin, 1906, asking for a report of the geodetic work since 1903. Letters of 1910-1912 transmitting Parts I-III of the proceedings of the conference of 1909. Letter from the Treasury concerning the appointment of a new delegate to the Geodetic Association and the Astronomer Royal's agreement to serve as a British delegate, 1915. Letter, in French, from R. Gautier of Geneva, with a reply, 1918. Letter from R. Gautier concerning geodetic surveys and the meridian determination, 1918. Letter and an enclosure from L. Bayer, Secretary of the 'Committee on Magnetic Surveys, Charts and Secular Variation', 1919, containing an extract from 'Science', 31 October 1919. Letter from L. Bayer acknowledging the receipt of lantern slides and making reference to the 'Einstein' experiments at solar eclipse, 1919. Letter from the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, concerning proposals for a longitude net, 1920. Letter from C. Chree concerning the proposals and explanations on magnetic surveys and instruments published by Col. Lyons, 1921. . Letter from Kew Observatory, 1921, containing proposals for questions at the Rome meeting of the International Geodetic Association in 1922. Letter from the Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society inviting attendance from a Royal Observatory representative at a committee meeting, 1921, with the agenda and proposals for the meeting. Further invitation to the committee meeting of 18 September 1921, including an agenda, in French, for the general conference in Rome in April 1922, and proposals for subjects of discussion at the conference with regard to upper air research. Proposed subjects for discussion at the 1922 conference finalised by the British National Committee [1921]. . Bibliography of geodetic, seismological and magnetic articles, 1923. Letter from W.D. Lambert, Washington, asking for details of the Earth Tide study for previous years, 1923. Typed report and proposals for subjects to be discussed at meeting of the National Committee of Geodesy and Geophysics at Madrid, 1924. Bulletin of the International Geodetic and Geophysical Union, 1924. Minutes of the committee meeting and resolutions to be put forward in Madrid, 1924. Notice of the meeting to be held in Prague, September 1927.
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143 Papers on the Indian Geodetic Survey. Letter to the India Department concerning Professor Benjamin Peirce's request for a sight of the survey reports from India, 1874. Reply from the India Office stating that copies have been sent to Professor Pierce, 1874. Letter from Col. Walker concerning the survey of India and the differences between different surveyors' calculations, 1875. Letter from Col. Walker sending copies of survey reports II, III and IV, 1879. Printed extract titled 'Preface to the Great Survey of India', 1879.
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1874–1879
144 Papers on geodesy pendulums. (1) Miscellaneous papers concerning geodesy pendulums. Correspondence with Kew Observatory, 1874, concerning the correction of the sidereal clock and the extending of the period of transmission of time signals. Printed extract from Walker's report of the survey of India, 1874. Letter from W. Harkness of the U.S. Naval Observatory concerning pendulum swings at the Transit of Venus stations and asking what base stations to use, 1874. Correspondence with Captain Heaviside of the Indian Survey regarding the above letter, 1874. Letter from W. Harkness in reply to Heaviside, 1874. Letter to Captain Heaviside at Kew, 1874. Written mathematical reductions for the pendulum, 1875. Correspondence with G.G. Stokes concerning mathematical reductions of pendulum vibration, 1875. Letter from J. Whitford asking for information on pendulums, 1875. List of personnel concerned with experiments at Dolcoath Mine, Cornwall, in 1827, compiled 1875. Letter from Manager Spen Colliery, Blaydon on Tyne, asking for copies of the account of the Harton pendulum experiments, with a letter of rejection from the Astronomer Royal, 1875. Correspondence with Dr Bryce of Edinburgh concerning experiments at Harton, 1875. Written unsigned and undated memorandum concerning pendulum measurements in the Himalayan Plateau. Correspondence with M. Plantamour concerning the vibration of pendulum supports, 1878. Correspondence with G.G. Stokes and M. Corvu concerning the re-determination of the Earth's density, 1878. Letter from A.J. Perry requesting a copy of results of the mine experiments in Cornwall, with a letter of rejection from the Astronomer Royal, 1879. Letter from Major General Walker, Surveyor General's Office, India, concerning instrumentation for gravity experiments, with a reply from the Astronomer Royal, 1880. Printed extract from the Royal Society of Major Herschel's paper on pendulum experiments, 1881. Letter to the President of the Royal Society giving the Astronomer Royal's comments on the above extract, 1881. Correspondence with G.G. Stokes, Edinburgh, concerning experiments in India, 1881. Correspondence with, and papers relating to, Major Herschel's experiments at Greenwich including data relating to errors in the Greenwich Clocks, 1881-1883. Correspondence with K.F. Tessary concerning Cdr Sabine's experiments, 1886. Letter from L.T. Walker requesting permission to set up a pendulum at Greenwich for comparison with Kew, 1886. Correspondence with G.G. Stokes concerning pendulum facilities at Greenwich, 1886. 'Rough Estimate' for repeating the base observations at Kew, prepared by G.M. Whipple, 1886. Letter from W.H.M. Christie to W. Huggins asking whether Kew observations would be better done at Greenwich, 1886. Correspondence with General Walker concerning setting up a comparison of observations and whether the telegraph line from Greenwich to Kew would be sufficiently rated for the purpose, 1886-1887. There is also a record of the temperature variations in the rooms at Greenwich. Letter to M. Defforges concerning a visit to Paris to compare the five foot bar, 1888. Correspondence with General Walker concerning the journey to Paris for the comparison of the Shuckburgh scale, 1888. Correspondence with G.M. Whipple of Kew concerning arrangements for the deliver of the pendulum apparatus to Greenwich and the facilities for the observing staff, 1888. Letter from General Walker concerning clock comparisons, 1888. Reply from M. Defforges of Paris to a letter from the Royal Observatory concerning comparison of the Shuckburgh scale, 1888. Two handwritten memoranda concerning the receipt and erection of pendulum apparatus, 1888. Correspondence with General Walker concerning clock comparisons and a delay due to changes in the weather, 1888. Record of equipment taken to the Royal Observatory for pendulum observations, 1888. Letter from General Walker asking that pendulum observations be carried out forthwith, 1888. Letter to G.M. Whipple at Kew, 1889, enclosing a report of errors in the 10pm time signal from 5 November to 8 December 1888. Correspondence with General Walker concerning the expenses for the Paris trip, 1889. Correspondence with General Walker concerning the location of the pendulum apparatus in the Royal Observatory and changes not to be carried out to the room, 1889. Reply from G.M. Whipple to the report of the time signal errors, 1889. Correspondence with General Walker concerning arrangements for two officers to visit the Royal Observatory, with a telegram in reply, 1889. Letter to Richard Foeres of France concerning the possible delivery dates of a new thermograph, 1889. Letter from General Walker asking for a thermograph to be ordered for him at his expense, 1889. Letter from G.M. Whipple concerning details of thermographs, including price, 1889. Reply to the above giving the price and other details, 1889. Letter from R. Foeres stating that the thermograph can be built in an acceptable time, 1889. Letter to R. Foeres placing an order for a thermograph and giving details of the requirements for calibration, 1889. Notes on proposed pendulum swings at Greenwich, 1889, including notes of the correct entry on the report sheets and the corrections to be applied for temperature and pressure. Written notes, 1889, containing useful details for working with an invariable pendulum, including a plan of the pendulum room at Kew in 1888. Correspondence with General Walker concerning the reduction of Greenwich pendulum swings to sea-level and the contouring of Greenwich Hill, 1889. . Letter to R. Foeres asking when the thermograph will be delivered, with a reply, 1889. Letter to R. Foeres stating that if the instrument is not delivered by the end of April then the order will be cancelled, 1889. . Letter from R. Foeres promising delivery of the thermograph by 10 May 1889 and a reply from the Royal Observatory accepting delivery by that date. Letter from General Walker proposing a visit to the Royal Observatory for the setting up of equipment, 1889. Letter to R. Foeres asking if the thermograph is to be delivered as promised, with a telegraph in reply stating that it 'left yesterday', 1889. Correspondence with General Walker reporting that the reduction of swings is now nearly complete and the results will be sent to him for his perusal, 1889. Letter to the Kew Observatory enclosing a bill for the thermograph and requesting the refund of carriage charges, with a reply, 1889. Letter from General Walker proposing to visit Greenwich to see the results of the swings and a further letter enclosing his extract of results, 1889. Manuscript account of the pendulum observations at Greenwich, June and July 1889. Letter from General Walker requesting a press copy of the pendulum swing observations and a reply enclosing the same, 1889. Letter from General Walker setting out serious differences between successive values of the time of coincidence, 1889. Reply to the above stating that the differences are not all valid and some of the observations have been rejected, 1889. Letter from General Walker apologising for retaining the observation sheets, 1890. Letter from General Walker asking for the height of the Royal Observatory above sea level and a reply from the Astronomer Royal giving a figure of 153 ft 3½ ins, 1890. Letter to General Walker concerning clock times and enclosing a list of the swing durations, 1890. Letter from General Walker asking for the equipment to be dismantled for return to Kew and a reply stating that the equipment is ready for transport, 1890. Letter of authority for a carter to pick up the pendulum equipment from the Royal Observatory, 1890. Inventory of pendulum equipment returned to Kew, 1890. Acknowledgement of the receipt of the equipment from Kew, with a top copy of the inventory, 1890. Results of the pendulum swings at Kew, November 1888, with meteorological observations, 1890. . (2) Papers relating to Commandant Defforges' pendulum observations at Greenwich. Correspondence with Defforges concerning the transport of his equipment to France, 1888. Written record of hourly barometer readings, 7-13 November 1888. (3) Papers relating to Bassat's and Defforges' pendulum operations at Leith Fort. Letter from the Foreign Office outlining the journey of Bassat and Defforges and asking for every facility to be given them, 1892. Letter of acknowledgement to the above from the Astronomer Royal, 1892. Letter to the Post Office requesting time signals to be sent to Leith Fort, 1892. Telegram to the Post Office requesting time signals be sent to Leith Fort, 1892. Telegram to the Post Office requesting wire be freed for use, 1892. Letter from the General Post Office stating times when the telegraph would be free for time signals, 1892. Letter from the Great Northern Railway giving rates and timetables for transporting equipment to Scotland, 1892. Telegrams between the Royal Observatory and the General Post Office concerning the failure of time signals to Leith Fort, 1892. Correspondence between H.H. Turner, General Walker and Commandant Defforges concerning ½ second pendulum experiments, 1892. Correspondence with the Foreign Office concerning proposed pendulum experiments by Lt. Col. von Sterneck of Vienna, 1893. Correspondence with Lt. Col. von Sterneck concerning his experiments, 1893. Letter from Lt. Col. von Sterneck giving brief results of his experiments and thanking the Royal Observatory for the facilities extended to him, 1893. Written records of errors and the rates of the sidereal standard clock during swings, 1893. Correspondence with A. Hermann of Paris concerning the publication of the pendulum experiments, 1893. Correspondence with E.J. Love concerning his pendulum swings, 1894. Correspondence with J.D. Everett concerning comparisons between Kew and Greenwich, 1901. Letter from J. Nophat of Paris enclosing an extract from 'Science Revue' concerning pendulum experiments, 1902. Correspondence with J. Mann of Bedford concerning the length of a pendulum at the equator, 1903. Correspondence with Dr Greene concerning the design of pendulums and experiments in general, 1919. Correspondence with G.M. Whipple concerning Col. Cowie's pendulum swings and time signals, 1925. Correspondence with Kerr Grant concerning his proposed pendulum swing experiments, turning facilities and what room will be available, 1927, including correspondence with the National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, and Adam Hilger Ltd of London. Letter from Lenox-Conyngham concerning pendulum experiments at the National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, with comparisons at Greenwich, 1927. Letter from R. Threllfall asking that his visit to the Royal Observatory be postponed, 1927. . (4) Papers relating to the India Survey pendulums from 1902. Correspondence with R. Glazebrooke of the National Physical Laboratory, 1902, concerning experiments proposed by Major Burrard, and including statements of experiments carried out in the years 1881-1900. Correspondence with Major Burrard and with the India Office concerning the pendulum experiments at Kew and Greenwich, 1903. Unsigned memorandum asking what arrangements are to be made for registration, 1903. Correspondence with Major Burrard concerning his experiments, including the question of the accommodation and position of time signals, 1903. Unsigned memorandum asking about arrangements for setting up Major Burrard's apparatus and for getting clocks into position, 1903. Three letters from Major Burrard concerning accommodation and the dispatch of equipment to Greenwich, 1903. Correspondence with Major Burrard and C. Chree of the National Physical Laboratory regarding errors in time signals during pendulum swings, 1903. Correspondence with C. Chree concerning errors in time signals, 22-27 June 1903. Letter from Major Burrard regarding apparent errors in the clock rates during experiments, with a reply, 1903. Correspondence with Major Lenox-Conyngham concerning his takeover of the pendulum swing experiments and the installation of the equipment at Greenwich, 1903. Correspondence with C. Chree concerning time signal errors and their application to pendulum observations, 1903. Letter from Major Lenox-Conyngham asking for a daily postcard giving the time error, 1903. Letter to C. Chree concerning corrections for the sidereal clock, 1903. Letter to C. Chree enclosing a statement of the errors on the standard sidereal clock, 19-25 and 31 October 1903. Letter from Major Lenox-Conyngham thanking the Royal Observatory for the facilities granted to him, 1903. Correspondence with C. Chree concerning errors in the time signals, 26-31 October 1903, and enclosing a statement. Correspondence with Sears of the National Physical Laboratory concerning the Shortt clock errors and rates and enclosing extracts from an article on gravity at the National Physical Laboratory, 1927. Advanced proof copy of Major Lenox-Conyngham's paper on pendulum swing experiments in India, 1909. Letter from the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey team requesting the use of facilities at Greenwich and the supply of time signals for the rating of a chronometer, 1900. Reply to the above stating that the facilities requested can be granted, 1900. Letter to G.R. Putnam, United States Coast and Geodetic Survey, 1900, stating that the arrangements are complete and asking that time signals be sent and for confirmation of the start date at Greenwich. Correspondence with G.R. Putnam concerning clock and time signal errors, 1900. Letter from the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey offering thanks for the facilities provided, 1900. Correspondence with R. Glazebrooke, National Physical Laboratory, concerning the publication of the American results, 1902.
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145 Papers on geodesy. (1) Papers relating to the North American Boundary. Correspondence with C. Frodsham and Co. concerning clocks by Lindsay Russell on trial at the Royal Observatory, 1874. (2) Papers relating to the North American Boundary west of Lake in the Woods. Correspondence with Captain L. Anderson, Royal Engineers, concerning the determination of the 49th Parallel and the methods to be used, with a map of the area, a memorandum of progress and the Astronomer Royal's reply. Letter from the Admiralty enclosing confidential letters from Captain L. Anderson, 1874 (the letters were returned to the Admiralty), with a reply. Letter from Captain L. Anderson acknowledging the Astronomer Royal's reply to his request for advice on methods, 1874. Correspondence with the Admiralty and the Foreign Office concerning a letter from Major Cameron, R.A., relating to methods to be used for the determination of the North American Boundary, 1874. Correspondence with Captain Anderson concerning the storing of Commission papers at the Royal Observatory and an acknowledgement from the Astronomer Royal of their receipt, 1874. Correspondence with Captain Featherstonhaugh, Royal Engineers, concerning his 'narrative' to the North American Boundary Commission's work, 1876. (3) Miscellaneous papers concerning geodesy. Printed letter, in French and German, concerning international observations, 1886, with blank report forms. Correspondence with Fritz Arndt, Dresden, regarding the height above mean sea level of Greenwich and Sawbridgeworth, Herts, 1890. Correspondence with H. Bathiuyze, Leiden, regarding the latitude of Greenwich, 1890. Correspondence with Col. Hart regarding the length of the Earth's meridian, 1891. Correspondence with W. Lane concerning the time kept in France, Spain and Italy, 1893. Printed paper by Lt. General Chapman for the President of the Royal Geographic Society regarding the survey of Africa, 1895. Enquiry from the Great Western Railway, Bristol, as to the time difference between London and Bristol, 1895. Correspondence with C. Leeson-Prince concerning old papers found by him relating to the activities of French survey offices in England, 1895. The papers are included in an envelope. Correspondence with the North Charterland Exploration Co. Ltd concerning astronomical observations for its expedition to Northern Kenya, 1895. (4) Papers relating to books required by the North American Boundary Commission and deposited in the Royal Observatory. Correspondence with Captain L. Anderson asking for a sight of the references to the previous survey, 1874. Memorandum from G.B. Airy asking for the book required to be located, 1874. Correspondence with the Topographical Office of the Quartermaster General regarding missing volumes, 1874. (5) Miscellaneous enquiries. Correspondence with various individuals on geodesy, 1875-1880, including J. Hampden on his philosophical effusion; John Burnett on quadrature of the globe; E.J. Routh on a mountain's attraction; D. Gill on geodetic operations in Egypt; Col. Clarke, Ordnance Survey, on his Hyper-hemispherical map; and W.R. Forster on what is the weight of the Earth in tons.
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146 Papers on Universal Time. Canadian and North American Papers relating to Universal Time:. Printed notice from the Royal Society of Canada drawing attention to matters of time determination and nomenclature, 1890. Letter from Wilhelm Prealt of Hamburg, in German, 1890. Letter from Sandford Fleming, Ottawa, enclosing a Bill to be laid before the United States Senate regarding the reckoning of time in the United States, 1891. Letter from [J.P. Sohiham] of Vienna sending a copy of a booklet by Dr R. Schram, 1891. Correspondence with W. Daniels of Southampton concerning civil time, 1891. Letter from the Treasury concerning legal aspects of time determination, with a memorandum from the Astronomer Royal giving his thoughts on the subject, 1891. Notice, in French, from Paris concerning the adoption of Paris time throughout France, 1891. Letter of thanks from R. Schram of Vienna for the Astronomer Royal's comments on his booklet and enclosing a further copy, 1891. Letter from the Department of Science and Art enclosing reports from the American Society of Civil Engineers on the adoption of Universal Time, 1891. Copy of an amended Bill of the Canadian Parliament titled 'An Act Respecting The Reckoning of Time', 1891. Reprint of an article from 'Herapath's Railway Journal' of an article titled 'True and False Time', 1891. Printed proof of the Report of the United Kingdom Delegates to the Washington Conference on meridian fixing, 1885. Printed letter from the Society of the Navy, Washington, concerning changes of meridian and the Astronomer Royal's remarks, 1885. Remarks on the proposed change of the astronomical day, prepared for the Board of Visitors, 1885. Printed extract of correspondence concerning the Washington Prime Meridian, 1886. Printed paper showing the proposed layout of the monthly pages of the 'Nautical Almanac', 1886. Letter from the Foreign Office, with a copy of the Japanese Government's order for the adoption of the Greenwich Meridian, 1886. Correspondence with R. Schram of Vienna concerning meridian location and time differentials, 1890. Correspondence with the Foreign Office, with a letter from the Ambassador in Dresden concerning the adoption of Universal Time in Germany, 1893. Circular letter from the Canadian Institute to all astronomers concerning the reckoning of an astronomical day, with a copy of the reply, 1893. Correspondence with W. Forbes of Southampton enclosing a copy of a lecture on Universal Time, 1893. Correspondence with Lloyds of London concerning changes in time and the adoption of standard times by European countries, 1893. Correspondence with E. Arnold regarding the differences in meridional times between the countries of Europe, 1893. Correspondence with Reale Museo of Turin regarding Universal Time and its effect on railway timetables, 1893. Letter to Sir Charles [Todd] on receiving his knighthood, 1893. Correspondence with S. Fleming concerning his visit to Australia and the adoption of Universal Time there, 1892. Letter from the Science and Art Department enclosing correspondence from Holland and Germany concerning the adoption of Universal Time in these countries, 1892. Correspondence with J.M. Lowther, M.P., concerning the decimal system of time reckoning, 1892. Correspondence with the Foreign Office enclosing dispatches from the Chargé d'Affaires in Brussels relating to the adoption of Universal Time in Belgium, 1892. There is also a minute from the Foreign Office on the adoption of Universal Time in Switzerland. Correspondence with S. Fleming concerning his visit to the Continent and also his visit to the Royal Observatory to inspect correspondence on the change of time, 1892. Correspondence with R. Schram, Vienna, with enclosures in German, 1892. Correspondence with W. Forbes, who requests a copy of the Astronomer Royal's lecture on Universal Time, 1892. Letter from Dr Pechule of Copenhagen remarking that Mid-European Time has been adopted in Denmark, with a letter to Capt. W.J. Wharton informing him of this fact, 1892. Letter from the Science and Arts Department enclosing a French circular concerning the adoption of Universal Time in Switzerland, 1892. Letter from Dr McCarthy of London enclosing a cutting from 'Cassells' concerning the International Date Line, 1894. Correspondence with the General Manager, Cambrian Railway, concerning the adoption of 24-hour notation and the division into 100 parts, 1894. Letter from S. Fleming enclosing a circular titled 'Unification of Astronomical, Civil and Nautical Days', 1894. Newspaper cutting, in German, from the second edition of the 'Frankfurt Journal' concerning the decimalization of time, 1894. Letter from Major General Hutchinson requesting information on almanacs to use on the Greenwich meridian, 1894. Correspondence with Professor Lumsdon, Toronto, concerning a change in the astronomical day, with a reply stating that there was no time available to consider the question, 1894. Letter from T. McNeil asking if any change had yet been made to the almanac with regard to the astronomical day, with a reply in the negative, 1894. Correspondence with Sydney Observatory concerning the time change in Australia, 1895. Letter from S. Fleming, Ottawa, 1895, concerning the 'Definition of Time Act 1895'. Correspondence with R. Schram concerning the change of time on Austrian State Railways, 1895. Letter from W. Wesley and Sons asking for information about any papers published concerning the change in time, 1895. Letter from the Australian General Post Office, Adelaide, concerning the change in time, 1895. Letter from S. Fleming, Ottawa, enclosing a report to the Governor-General of Canada concerning the unification of time, 1895. Letter from S. Fleming, Ottawa, concerning his visit to London and a submission by the American Society of Civil Engineers, 1895. Letter from Collins, Colonial Office, concerning committee meetings, 1896. Letter from W. Greenwood, Glasson Dock, enclosing a circular and petition signed by masters of British and foreign ships on the unification of time, 1896. Correspondence with the Science and Art Department enclosing circulars and letters from the Colonial Office, 1896. Letter from W. Greenwood, Glasson Dock, enclosing a petition of ships' masters and a paper on the unification of time, 1896. Letter from the Foreign Office, 1896, enclosing a note from Belgium stating that 24-hour notation is to be adopted in that country from 1 May 1897. Correspondence with the Hydrographic Department concerning the minutes of a special meeting of the Visitors, 1896-1897. Letter from the Admiralty enclosing copies of the correspondence between the Admiralty, Colonial Office and Foreign Office, 1897. Correspondence with the Shipmasters and Officers Federation, Leith, 1897, concerning the unification of time at sea, including correspondence with Lloyds of London. Letter from the Royal Colonial Institute concerning the unification of time at sea and enclosing a letter from the Royal Society of Canada, 1896. Correspondence with Lloyds of London concerning a committee of the Royal Society to investigate the unification of time at sea, 1897. Memorial of the Royal Colonial Institute: a printed paper titled 'Unification of time at sea', 1897. . Cutting from 'The Times', 5 January 1897. Correspondence with the Royal Society concerning the committee meeting to consider the unification of time, 1897. Letter from the British Association concerning the resolution of the Royal Society of Canada on time at sea, 1898. Cutting from 'The Advertiser', Adelaide, concerning the Standard Time Bill, 1898.
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147 Official correspondence on standards. Correspondence with the Board of Trade concerning the custodianship of standards, 1877. Correspondence with H.W. Chisholm, Warden of Standards, 1877. Letter from the Board of Trade concerning arrangements for viewing the weights room, 1877. Copy of the Weights and Measures Bill of 1878, with the Astronomer Royal's comments, 1878. Correspondence with the Board of Trade concerning the Weights and Measures Bill, 1878. Correspondence with G.G. Stokes, Royal Society, 1878. Correspondence with the Board of Trade regarding the standard foot measure and requesting that a standard yard be delivered to the Board of Trade Office for comparison, with correspondence regarding their return to the Royal Observatory, 1878-1882. Remarks by British delegates and the committee on the report of delegates to the Geodetic Conference in Rome, 1883. Letter to the Secretary, Science and Art Department, containing a report on the Rome conference, 1883. Details of contributions to international weights and measures bureaus, 1876-1884 inclusive, compiled 1884. Correspondence with W. Foerster of Berlin concerning the Board of Trade's wishes to compare international standards, 1884. Letter from the Board of Trade, with copies of the annual report, 1887. Correspondence regarding the ten-yearly comparison of weights and measures, 1891. Correspondence concerning repairs to the Royal Observatory's copies of the standards, 1893. Undated exercise book containing notes on P1 Standards, 1855-1912. Comparison of standards, 1901. Comparison of standards, 1911. Comparison of standards, 1922. Comparison of standards, 1932. Correspondence with the Board of Trade regarding the repair of standards affixed to the Royal Observatory wall, 1910-1911.
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1877–1932
148 Papers on the International Committee on Weights and Measures. Notes on extracts from Board of Trade reports, 1880-1883. Contributions to the International Bureau of Weights and Measures, 1884. Correspondence with Dr Hersch of Vienna, 1883-1884. Correspondence with D. Gill of Berlin and Professor Huxley of the Royal Society concerning the misunderstanding regarding the Astronomer Royal's views on international geophysics, 1884. Correspondence with the Treasury concerning the meeting of the Royal Society on international standards, 1884. Letter from the Royal Society, with a copy of a Treasury letter on weights and measures, 1884. Correspondence with Dr Hersch, Neuchatel, concerning the English adherence to the international standards, 1884. Correspondence with Dr Hersch, 1885. Notice from the Comité International concerning the adoption of metric standards, 1885. Letter to the Admiralty concerning the Astronomer Royal's nomination to the International Committee and attendance at meetings, 1885, with a letter to Captain W.J. Wharton regarding when a reply might be expected. Letter from the Admiralty stating that the Astronomer Royal may accept the nomination for the committee, with an acknowledgement, 1885. Correspondence with the Comité International concerning nominations and meeting dates, 1885. Letter to the Board of Trade concerning the adoption of metric and kilogram standards, 1885. Correspondence with Sir Thomas Farrar of the Board of Trade concerning attendance at committee meetings, 1885. Correspondence with the Warden of Standards regarding his attendance at meetings and the application for metric standards, 1885. Memorandum from the Comité International concerning standard thermometers, 1885. Letter from and reply to J.J. Hicks regarding thermometers and the ordering of two with fixed zeros, 1885. Correspondence with the Warden of Standards concerning the purchase of metric standards, 1886. Reply to the above stating that metric standards cannot be ordered, 1886. Letter from J.J. Hicks requesting the address to which the thermometers are to be sent, 1886. Comité International Annual Report, 1886. Telegram from D. Gill regarding the proposed withdrawal from the Comité International, 1887. Correspondence with various parties concerning British withdrawal and the decision to retain membership, 1887. Letter from the Warden of Standards stating that metric standards have been ordered, 1887. Reports on Tonnelet thermometers, in French, 1887. Annual Report of the Comité International, 1887. Correspondence with the Royal Society regarding metric standards, 1887. Correspondence with the Comité International concerning attendance at meetings, nominations and distribution of standards, 1888. Correspondence regarding the visit of the Warden of Standards and with General Strachy regarding comparison of standards, 1888. Printed circulars from the Comité International, 1889. Notice of a conference in Paris, 1889. Distribution of prototype standards, 1889. Papers concerning the Paris conference, 1889. Special financial report from the Comité International, 1890. Printed circulars from the Comité International, including a notice of a meeting in Munich, 1891. Letter of resignation from the Astronomer Royal to the Comité International, with its reply, 1891. Circular from the Comité International of meeting notes, 1891. Copies of correspondence with W. Foerster, Berlin, concerning misunderstandings over the ordering and payment for standards, 1884. Access points: Board of Trade; Gill; Huxley; Royal Society; Treasury; Standards; Weights and Measures.
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1880–1891
149 Papers on standards. Correspondence with L.D.A. Jackson and J. Forrest regarding a system of simplified weights and measures, 1877. Correspondence regarding the Royal Society's copy of the standard yard, 1877. Letter to 'The Times' concerning the standards of length at the Guildhall, 1878. Correspondence with R. Ferguson and F.F. Barham, 1878. Notice of the International Congress for the Unification of Weights and Measures, 1878. Correspondence with the Royal Mint concerning double standards for coinage, 1878. Correspondence with G. Jostin regarding the testing of gas meters, 1878. Correspondence with E.A. Wood regarding the testing of the standards on the Observatory wall, 1878. Correspondence with J.E. Hilyard concerning the suggested change in the length of standard yard No. 11, 1878. Correspondence with the Board of Trade concerning the construction of gauges for cylindrical measures of capacity, 1879. Copy of correspondence relating to the establishment of public weighing machines, 1879. Copy of a report by the Board of Trade on the Weights and Measures Act, 1879. Remarks by Sir George Airy on the decimal coinage and weights system, 1879. Memorandum on the comparison of the U.S. yard standard with the imperial standard, 1879. Letter from E.W. Strecter concerning gold-marking, 1879. Sample of 'Swedish Filter Paper', 1879. Letters and miscellaneous papers concerning standards of weights and measures, including correspondence with the Decimal Association, 1880-1891. Miscellaneous correspondence relating to weights and measures, 1891-1911.
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150 Papers on planetary and lunar theory. Correspondence concerning Sir George Airy's numerical lunar theory, 1880. Correspondence with S. Newcomb, Washington, concerning lunar theory, 1880. Letter from Archdeacon Kaye concerning the Moon's influence on terrestrial motion, 1880. Correspondence with T.E.V. Oppolzer concerning errors in the lunar tables, 1880. Correspondence with J.D. Forbes, Glasgow, concerning the trans-Neptunian planet, 1880. Correspondence with R.S. Ball concerning his 'elements of astronomy', 1880. Correspondence with B.G. Jenkins, London, 1881, concerning the Earth's perihelion in 1834. Letter from J. McKellar asking for a copy of G.B. Airy's 'Gravitation', 1880. Correspondence with the Revd E. Ledger, Ipswich, concerning the perihelion of Neptune and a geometrical lunar theory, 1883. Correspondence with W. Hayden, Chichester, concerning various questions of lunar motion and position, 1882. Letter from R. Sherwood, London, concerning the perihelions of Saturn and Neptune, 1882. Correspondence with M. Peroche, France, concerning the eccentricity of the lunar orbit, 1883. Correspondence with E.J. Stone concerning errors in Hansen's lunar tables and with Sir George Airy on his numerical lunar theory, 1883. Correspondence with Sir George Airy concerning his lunar theory and the assistance of a computer, 1881-1884. Correspondence with J. Brennan, Jamaica, and with C.G. Stromeyer, London, concerning methods to determine solar parallax, 1886-1888. Correspondence with E. Neville, Naval Observatory, concerning lunar theory, 1888-1889. Correspondence with S. Newcomb and J.C. Adams concerning the publication of errors in the Greenwich observations of the minor planets, 1890. Letter from Carle Bragge, Sweden, sending a table of the Sun and Moon for inspection, 1891. Predictions of the Moon's error in right ascension for Captain Grant's boundary work in Mashonaland, 1892. Correspondence with W.P. Lee, Australia, concerning the effects of irradiation on the observed solar diameter, 1892. Correspondence with the Radcliffe Observatory, Oxford, 1892-1893, enclosing tables of 'Defective Illumination Angles for the Moon, 1890-1893'. Letter from Captain Lecky, 1893, asking for information as to the probable error in the lunar tables for 1890. Letter from A.H. Howe, Scotland, asking for information on the motion of lunar perigee, 1893. Letter from A. Shuster, Manchester, asking if the Earth's rotation is constant, 1893. Correspondence with Dr Bolte, Hamburg, regarding errors in the lunar tables, 1893. Correspondence with S. Newcomb, Washington, 1877-1891, concerning errors of lunar tables and errors of planetary tables, 1891-1892. Letter from Senor Carlos de Costa, 1893, asking for information on solar parallax as found from the 1882 transit of Venus, with correspondence from the Radcliffe Observatory, Oxford, in the negative.
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1880–1893
151 Papers on planetary and lunar theory. Correspondence of 1896-1905 concerning a proposed new comparison of theory with the Greenwich observations of the Moon from 1750. The correspondents include S. Newcomb, E.W. Turner and D. Gill. Correspondence with S. Newcomb concerning errors in the tables of Mars, 1905. Correspondence with S. Newcomb regarding comparisons of Sir George Airy's longitudes of the Moon with Hansen's tables, 1905. Mr Cowell's memoranda on gravitational calculations and empirical terms of lunar longitude, 1906. Correspondence with S. Newcomb, 1908, who requests tabular errors of the Moon. Newspaper cutting announcing the discovery of a new planet beyond Neptune, with correspondence with J.D. Forbes, 1909. Dr T.J.J. See's paper on the cause of the circularity of planetary orbits and the origin of the solar system, with notes by P.H. Cowell, 1909. Correspondence with J.D. Forbes concerning errors in Neptune's orbit and a trans-Neptunian planet, 1905. Correspondence with J. Hakes, London, concerning his new theory of lunar motion, 1906. Letter from A. Webb enquiring about the velocity of planets in their orbits, 1907. Letter from J.F. Phipps concerning a new theory of small planetoids, 1907. Correspondence with G.H. Hickson concerning his discovery of errors in the 'Diurnal' method of parallax, 1907. Correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy regarding gravitational calculations and the sidereal period of Mars, 1907. Cutting from the 'Liverpool Daily Post' of a letter on irregularities in the Moon's declination, 1908. Letter from J. Phipps, Suffolk, concerning his modification of Bode's law of the ratios of planetary distances, 1909. Letter of acknowledgement to S. Soholoff, Pulkova Observatory, Moscow, for the results of the planetary observations, 1909. Letter from N. Emery, London, asking various questions about lunar distance and motion, 1910. Correspondence with W. Gorrold concerning perturbations of Uranus by Saturn, 1913. Correspondence with Professor Porrett on Turner's sunspot theory, 1913. Letter from the Revd Cronin concerning the sidereal period of Saturn, 1914. Letter from Dr Phillips concerning gravitation, 1915. Letter from C. Mason concerning the analogy of the solar system with the atomic system, 1915. Correspondence from T.J.J. See, California, concerning his theory of lunar motion, 1916. Correspondence with A.H. Barley concerning the theory of gravitation, 1917. Correspondence with W.A. Cartile concerning his theories of planetary motion and gravitation, 1918. Paper from F.A. Black, Inverness, concerning the rotation of planets, 1919, including correspondence with the Royal Society of Scotland. Letter from W. Leighton-Jordan concerning his paper on the precession of the equinoxes, 1919. Letter from C. Floyd Perkins concerning life on Mars and Saturn, 1920. Correspondence with J.D. Forbes concerning observations of Neptune, 1920. Correspondence with W.H. Pickering, U.S.A., 1920, concerning observations of Neptune from 1906-1920.
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1896–1920
152 Papers on small planets and satellites. (1) Papers relating to small planets and satellites, 1881-1912. Correspondence with Paris Observatory, 1881, concerning observations of minor planets for the period ending 31 December 1880. Letter from D. Gill, Cape of Good Hope Observatory, 1881, regarding observations of minor planets to determine solar parallax. Telegrams concerning the discovery of new minor planets, 1882-1892. Correspondence with R. Bryant concerning perturbations of Sappho, 1885. Correspondence with D. Gill, Cape of Good Hope, and W. Ellis, Yale, 1888, concerning the opposition of the minor planet Iris, November 1888. Correspondence with F.A.H. Vinnon regarding elements of Jupiter's orbit and satellite elements, 1883. Correspondence with the Royal Astronomical Society concerning errors in the tables of Jupiter's satellites, 1890. Correspondence relating to the discovery of the fifth satellite of Jupiter, 1892, including letters in 'The Times' and a brief ephemeris. Observations of, and correspondence concerning, the satellites of Mars, 1882-1883. Correspondence concerning small planets and satellites, 1889-1893, including correspondence on D. Gill's ephemeris of Sappho; a letter to A. Auwers, with observations of Sappho; Menon on small planet reductions; observations of Vesta; Professor Luther's ephemeris of Glannke; errors in the ephemeris of Eukrite; and observations of Jupiter's fifth satellite. Telegrams announcing the discovery of minor planets, 1893. Letters and other papers relating to the discovery of the eighth satellite of Jupiter by P.J. Melotte, 1908-1909, including notes, printed material and correspondence on the award of a medal and diploma to Melotte by the Astronomical Society of Mexico. Papers of 1909-1912 relating to a new minor planet discovered in photographic plates of Jupiter's eighth satellite and the publication of this finding in 'Astronomische Nachrichten'. (2) Papers and general correspondence concerning satellites and minor planets, 1894-1908. Papers concerning observations of Jupiter's fifth satellite and reporting bad weather, with a note from H.H. Turner, Oxford, concerning data from American observations, 1894. Correspondence with various individuals and press cuttings relating to the second and third satellites of the Earth, 1895-1898. Letter from C.T. Whitwell, 1898, asking for observations of Jupiter's third satellite taken on 19 June 1884. Correspondence with S. Newcomb concerning observations of a satellite of Neptune, 1901-1905. Communication of observations of Jupiter's sixth satellite to 'Astronomische Nachrichten', 1905. Correspondence with F.E. Ross, U.S.A., concerning the ephemeris of Saturn's ninth satellite, 1907-1908. Correspondence with the U.S. Nautical Almanac Office concerning observations of Jupiter's seventh satellite and orbits of Saturn's ninth satellite, 1908. Letter from H.H. Turner, Oxford, asking for information on observations of the Saturnian satellite by E. Halley, 1908. Letter from the Revd Townsend, Tunbridge Wells, concerning the number of Jupiter's satellites, 1903.
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1881–1912
153 Papers on small planets and satellites. Correspondence with A.R. Hinks, Cambridge Observatory, regarding observations of Eros, 1900-1907, including correspondence on the Paris observations and the sending of the results to Cambridge. Correspondence with A.R. Hinks concerning his tables for the computation of standard coordinates, 1907-1908. Correspondence with M. Loewy, Paris, concerning Eros, 1900-1906, including reductions of Greenwich observations; tables of errata; and tables of the results of photographic reductions for 1900-1901. Correspondence with H.H. Turner, Oxford, concerning Eros, 1900-1906. Correspondence with the United States Naval Observatory, Washington, 1900, regarding a suggestion for worldwide co-operation over the observing of Eros and the Royal Observatory's rejection of this idea. Letter to Dr Banschinger of Germany concerning minor planet observations and the computation of orbits, 1899. Letter to Professor Brunns concerning the orbit of Eros and comparison stars, 1899. Correspondence with Dr Mawer of Devon concerning 'new' planets between the Earth and Mars, 1899. Correspondence with 'Daily Mail' concerning the discovery of Eros and it being at opposition in 1900, with details of position and magnitude. Correspondence with Mr Naegamvala of Poona concerning the use of his 20-inch telescope for observations of Eros, 1900. Correspondence with F.W. Dyson, Edinburgh, concerning the Greenwich observations of Eros, 1908. Notes of 1908 on the opposition of Jupiter and observations of satellites during 1905-1908. Correspondence with the United States Almanac Office concerning the supplying of the 2nd edition of the 'American Ephemeris' of 1909 and regarding phenomena of Jupiter's satellites, 1909. Memorandum by P.H. Cowell titled 'Perturbations of Eros', 1909. Correspondence of 1911 concerning observations of the asteroid 1911 MT, with the 'Lick Observatory Bulletin', No. 222. Correspondence with J. Jackson, Paisley, concerning observations of positions of Jupiter VIII (Pasiphal), 1913. Correspondence concerning Jupiter's satellites, including numbers and mean distances, 1916-1917. Letter from D. Barford, Dunstable, concerning Saturn's satellites, 1918. Letter from F.M. Claridge, Essex, concerning reports of a second Earth satellite, 1918. Correspondence with F.A. Simmons concerning the satellites of Mars, 1919. . Letter from the Union Observatory, Johannesburg, on observing Jupiter's satellites, 1920. Correspondence with various individuals concerning minor planets, 1893-1907, with the Greenwich observations for 1903. Letter from H.H. Turner, Oxford, concerning the numbering of minor planets, 1907. Papers sent to the 'Astronomische Nachrichten' concerning the discovery of a new asteroid, 1908.
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1899–1920
154 Papers on eclipses and occultations. Papers and memorandum, 1895-1896, relating to observations of occultations during the total lunar eclipse of February 1895 and the occultation of the Pleiades, September 1896. General correspondence with various individuals relating to lunar occultations, 1895-1906. Papers concerning the transit of Mercury, 14 November 1907, including a list of the observers. Papers from the Union Observatory, South Africa, relating to the parallax of Proxima Centauri, 1917. Correspondence with various individuals concerning eclipses, 1894-1913.
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1894–1917
155 Papers on total eclipses. Cutting from the 'South Australian Register' concerning a lunar eclipse, 1877. Papers and correspondence, 1877, relating to the total lunar eclipse of 23 August 1877, including a request from 'The Times' for a report on the eclipse. Correspondence with C. Richman, Blandford, 1881, concerning the lunar eclipse of 5 December 1881. Correspondence with various individuals, 1884-1886, concerning eclipses, including a letter from O. Struve on the lunar eclipse of 4 October 1884. Letter from J.R. Hind concerning calculations made by him on the occultation of Aldebaran by Vesta, 1885. Correspondence with various individuals concerning eclipses, 1887-1888. Correspondence with various individuals concerning lunar eclipses and occultations, 1889-1891. Papers relating to the total lunar eclipse of 28 June 1888, including arrangements at Greenwich, press queries and general correspondence. Papers relating to the total lunar eclipse of 15 November 1891, including correspondence with various astronomers, arrangements at Greenwich, press cuttings and reports.
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1877–1891
156 Papers on British and Empire observatories. Papers relating to the appointment of the Radcliffe Observer at Oxford, 1897. Papers relating to the appointment of the Director of the Dunsink Observatory, 1897, including applications from the Royal Observatory staff. Correspondence with Professor Aldis concerning the establishment of the Magnetic and Meteorological Observatory at Auckland, New Zealand, 1890. Papers relating to Bidston Observatory, Liverpool, 1890-1893, including suitable work, 1890; the appointment of a Director, 1892; and the Observatory's rating, 1893. Plan of the Magnetic Observatory, Bombay, 1890. Correspondence regarding A.A. Rambant as a candidate for the position of Director of the Dunsink Observatory, 1892. Correspondence with Dr Dryer regarding the appointment of the Astronomer Royal for Scotland, 1888. Correspondence with C. Pritchard, Radcliffe Observatory, including invitations to meetings of the Board of Visitors of the Royal Observatory, 1890-1892. Printed memorial to the Scottish Universities Commission regarding changes to the chair of Astronomy at Glasgow, 1891. Request from the Kew Observatory for information on regulations regarding admission to the Royal Observatory, 1891. Letter from the Director of the Lick Observatory offering the use of its telescope for spectroscopic work, 1891. Cutting from 'Engineering', 2 October 1874, showing the dome at Orwell Park. Correspondence with Henry Defty concerning his proposals for an international observatory, 1889. Letter from F.W. Petter, Barnstaple, concerning the mountings for his telescope, 1892. Correspondence of 1897 concerning the financial crisis at Armagh Observatory, with the Astronomer's annual report on the observatory for the years 1883-1896, published 1896. Invitation to the opening of the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, 1896. Proposal from the Kew Observatory to cease making sunspot drawings in view of better equipment being used at other places, 1897. Papers concerning the periodical opening and closing of the Ben Nevis Observatory, 1898-1902. Proposals for an observatory at Lincoln and the restoration of the observatory at Crowborough, 1899. Papers relating to the transfer of an old observatory at the Royal Naval College to the Royal Hospital School, 1904-1905. Papers relating to the death of the Astronomer Royal for Scotland and correspondence concerning his successor, 1905-1906, with an application from E.W. Maunder. Papers relating to the death of Professor Joly, with an application from A.C.D. Crommelin to succeed him, 1906. Papers relating to the applications for an assistant at the Radcliffe Observatory, 1907. Papers relating to the appointment of an assistant at the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, 1908. Papers relating to the Observations Committee meetings of 27 April and 18 May 1904. Papers relating to the Observations Committee meeting of 18 January 1910.
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1874–1910
157 Papers on overseas observatories. (1) Papers regarding various overseas observatories. Papers relating to the closure of Perth Observatory, Western Australia, 1912-1913, including letters from the Royal Society, the Royal Astronomical Society and Sir David Gill and correspondence with Downing Street and the Agent General for Western Australia. Papers relating to the comparison of Greenwich and Helwan Observatory photographs on the introduction of the new telescope at Helwan, 1909-1912. Correspondence with the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, concerning the establishment of a station in Mexico, 1910. Correspondence with Professor Peddie concerning the proposal to establish an observatory at Dundee, 1911. Correspondence with Professor Claxton concerning proposals to extend the Hong Kong Observatory, 1911. Correspondence with the Lick Observatory concerning the continuance of the work of the D.O. Mills Observatory in Chile, 1911. Letter from the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, regarding the pension entitlements of assistants, 1912. Correspondence concerning the provision of a reflecting telescope at Ottawa, Canada, 1912. Correspondence with Hong Kong Crown Agents and U. Kullsberg concerning the supply of a chronometer for the Hong Kong Observatory, 1912. . Letter from the United States Naval Observatory, Washington, concerning relations with other departments and possible change to civilian control, 1913. Despatch from the Foreign Office concerning astronomical work in South Russia and the expansion of observatories there, 1913. Letter from P. Baracchi, Melbourne, concerning the measuring of longitude areas in Australia, 1914. Letters concerning meetings of the curators of Durham University and the appointment of the Astronomer Royal to the post of curator, 1914-1926. Correspondence with the Radcliffe Observatory, Oxford, concerning the proposal to erect a building near the 24-inch telescope, 1918. Correspondence with the Leiden Observatory concerning the appointment of a new Director and the supply of publications, 1918. Letter from the Director of the Uccle Observatory concerning suggestions for annual budget estimates for publications, 1919. Correspondence concerning vacancies at the Helwan Observatory, Egypt, 1919. Correspondence concerning the re-installation of wireless time signal equipment at Stoneyhurst, Blackburn, 1919. Copy of the financial estimates for the Royal Observatory for 1919-1920, with correspondence on duty rosters, observing practices, etc., sent to the Paris Observatory, 1919. Correspondence concerning the application of the Norman Lockyer Observatory for a grant, the attendance of the Astronomer Royal at the opening ceremony and a report submitted for scrutiny, 1919. Correspondence with Cracow Observatory concerning time signal reception and publications, 1920. Printed death notices received from abroad, 1925-1927. Correspondence concerning the future of the Bidston Observatory, Liverpool, 1923. General correspondence with observatories and individuals around the world, 1915-1926. Correspondence with the Admiralty concerning the re-equipping of the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, 1926. (2) Papers concerning the proposed closure of the Perth Observatory. Letter from the Acting Government Astronomer to W.H.M. Christie, 17 September 1912, concerning the closure proposal and enclosing a newspaper article by H.B. Car-Lewis. Letter from F.W. Dyson to D. Gill at the Cape, 12 October 1912, enclosing a copy of a newspaper report and asking for an early meeting to discuss the situation. Letter from H.H. Turner to Dyson, 12 October 1912, asking for him to initiate action to save the observatory. Letter from W.E. Cooke of Sydney to Dyson, 8 October 1912, stating that he is unable to assist with appointments at the observatory and giving opinions as to its state and the reasons for its retention. Letter to Dyson from R.A. Sampson at the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, 15 October 1912, giving details of the status of Perth astrographic work and stating that some of the plates are unsatisfactory but that the work should continue. Three copies of a letter from Gill to Dyson, 17 October 1912, stating that if the case is properly presented, the State Government might alter its decision to close the observatory. Letter from the Agent General, 21 October 1912. acknowledging receipt of letters from the Astronomer Royal and Gill. Letter from Gill to Sampson, 25 October 1912, enclosing a copy of the Agent General's letter, and stating that the Astronomer Royal is to be asked to organise a memorial to save the observatory. Letter from Gill to Dyson, 25 October 1912, enclosing a copy of the letter sent to the Agent General for Western Australia. Letter from Gill to Dyson, 22 October 1912, stating that he has received a reply from the Agent General. . Letter from Gill to Dyson, 25 October 1912, enclosing a letter from Sampson at the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh. Letter from Sampson to Dyson, 29 October 1912, stating that the memorial from the Royal Society and Royal Astronomical Society should supplement those from the Scottish Office and Royal Observatory, Edinburgh. Letter from Dyson to M. Baillaud, Paris, 2 November 1912, asking him to write a letter in appreciation of the astrographic work done at Perth. Letter to the Agent General, 7 November 1912, enclosing a copy of M. Baillaud's letter. Acknowledgement from the Agent General, 8 November 1912. Letter from Dyson to the Under-Secretary of State, Colonial Office, 8 November 1912, enclosing M. Baillaud's letter in support of the continuation of the Perth Observatory. M. Baillaud's memorandum on the Perth Observatory, in French, 5 November 1912. Letter from Dyson to the Scottish Office, 8 November 1912, enclosing a letter from Baillaud to Dyson and a copy of Baillaud's memorandum, with an acknowledgement from the Scottish Office. Letter from Gill to Dyson, 12 November 1912, acknowledging a copy of a letter from W.A. Cooke. Letter from the Secretary, Royal Astronomical Society, to the Colonial Office, 21 November 1912, with three copies of the memorandum against the closure of the observatory. Letter from W.H. Bragg, Leeds, 14 November 1912, thanking Dyson for papers on the Perth closure. Letter of acknowledgement from the Colonial Office, 16 November 1912, with regard to M. Baillaud's letter. Letter from W.E. Cooke, Sydney, 19 November 1912, giving the latest news and views on the Perth situation and also the situation at Sydney. Letter from Bragg to Dyson, 21 November 1912, thanking him for the papers and returning the same. Letter from Dyson to the Colonial Office, 26 November 1912, enclosing the letter from M. Baillaud, Paris. Further letter from W.E. Cooke of Sydney, 26 November 1912, updating the information in his previous letter. Letter from Dyson to the Colonial Office under the Royal Astronomical Society cover, 26 November 1912, describing the work done at Perth and the equipment used. Acknowledgement from the Agent General, 29 November 1912, enclosing a copy of a letter to Gill, including a copy of cable received from the Government of Western Australia stating that the observatory is to continue to operate until June 1913. Letter from the Scottish Office, 29 November 1912, stating that the Astronomer Royal's letter has been sent to the Colonial Office for transmission to Perth. Letter from W.E. Cooke, Sydney, 29 November 1912, enclosing a newspaper cutting regarding the six month reprieve for the observatory, but advising caution. Letter from the Colonial Office, 30 November 1912, acknowledging receipt of M. Baillaud's letter on the Perth closure. Dyson to Baillaud, 30 November 1912, stating that the observatory is reprieved for six months and thanking him for his help. Copy of a Colonial Office acknowledgement to the Royal Astronomical Society, 30 November 1912. Letter from Dyson to H.H. Turner, 9 December 1912, giving the latest information and expressing the view that the reaction in the United Kingdom was too soon and too hard. Letter from Dyson to W.E. Cooke, 17 December 1912. Letter from Gill to Dyson, 4 January 1913, stating that the further outcome must be awaited. Letter from the Colonial Office to Dyson, 8 January 1913, enclosing a copy of a letter from the Governor of Western Australia. Letter from Dyson to the Colonial Office, 9 January 1913, acknowledging receipt of the above letter. Letter from Cooke to Dyson, 20 January 1913, concerning arrangements for a visit to England and expressing thanks for his help with the opposition to the Perth closure. Letter from Ross to Dyson, 20 March 1913, expressing thanks for his assistance over the Perth closure and expressing the view that closure in the future is unlikely. Letter from Gill to Dyson, 8 April 1913, acknowledging and returning the letters sent to him.
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1909–1927
158 Papers on Indian observatories. (1) General papers. Envelope containing memorandum and correspondence on the Indian observatories committee meetings, 1892-1899, with plans for new observatories at Kodaikanal and Bombay and a memorandum. Envelope containing undated micrometer sketches. (2) Papers relating to the Indian Government Observatory. Correspondence and memoranda relating to the supply of two 18-foot domes for the Kodaikanal Observatory, including plans and estimates, 1898. Correspondence on the provision of a transit circle and clock at the Colaba Observatory, 1899. Papers referring to the supply of reseau for the Kodaikanal Observatory, 1901. Papers and private correspondence concerning an Assistant Director for the Kodaikanal Observatory, 1902. Correspondence with the directors of Indian observatories, 1895-1900: C. Mililie-Smith, 1895-1900; Mr Naegamvala, 1896; Mr Moos, 1898; J. Eliot, 1898-1899; G.S. Forbes, Educational Service, 1898; and Major General Gore, 1898. There are also telegrams concerning the Indian eclipse of 1898. (3) Papers concerning the Indian Observatories Committee. Resolutions passed at meetings of the Indian Observatories Committee on 26 October 1892, 20 July 1893, 17 July 1895 and 17 November 1897. Correspondence and notices relating to the Indian Observatories Committee, 1895-1901. Correspondence and papers concerning the Indian Observatories Committee meetings of January 1902 and the loan of a spectroheliograph to the Kodaikanal Observatory. Notices of meetings of the Indian Observatories Committee, 18 February 1902, 13 May 1902, 28 July 1902 and 16 and 31 October 1902.
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1892–1902
159 Papers on the Indian Observatories Committee. (1) General papers. Papers and correspondence with the Indian Office, 1893-1901, including annual reports from observatory directors and a report by the Astronomer Royal on the reorganisation of Indian observatories. Correspondence with members of Indian Observatories Committee, 1894-1899. Correspondence concerning the meeting of 9 December 1903. Correspondence concerning the meeting of 16 May 1905. Correspondence concerning the meeting of 7 February 1906. Correspondence concerning the meeting of 21 June 1906, including the appointment of a Third Assistant to the meteorological reporter. Correspondence concerning the meeting of 6 June 1907, including a report from the Superintendent at Madras on committee recommendations. Correspondence concerning the meeting of 7 November 1907, including letters on the establishment of meteorological stations on the Indian Ocean islands and a report on the strengthening of staff at Kodaikanal and extra observing work. Correspondence concerning the meetings of June and July 1908. Article from 'Engineering', 10 April 1896, giving a description and drawings of the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh. 'Reports to the Board of Visitors of the Oxford University Observatory', 1908-1927, with correspondence of H.H. Turner up to 1930, and with H.H. Plaskett up to 1935, including the offer of the Radcliffe 24-inch telescope when the observatory closed, with the reasons for the offer being declined. Seven miscellaneous letters concerning the Radcliffe Observatory, 1922-1924. (2) Madras Observatory. Correspondence regarding the observations of T.G. Taylor of Madras Observatory and their return to Greenwich, 1890. Papers concerning the Indian Observatories Committee meeting of 27 February 1890. Papers concerning the Indian Observatories Committee meeting of 2 July 1891. Correspondence, mainly with the Secretary of State, India Office, concerning the maintenance of the Madras Observatory, 1891. Papers and correspondence regarding the meeting of the Indian Observatories on 3 May 1892, including applications for the post of Director to succeed N.R. Pogson. Papers and correspondence relating to the proposed establishment of an Imperial Observatory in Southern India and the appointment of a Director, 1892. Correspondence of 1893 relating to the transfer to the Astronomer Royal's charge of a number of volumes of observations taken at Madras by Goldingham and Taylor between 1797 and 1840. Correspondence with members of the Indian Observatories Committee, 1893, calling a meeting to consider the annual report of the Madras Observatory for 1892-1893. Report of the meeting of the 20 July 1893, a copy of the Madras Annual Report and resolutions and minutes of the meeting, 1893. The correspondence makes reference to the founding of the Solar Physics Observatory at Kodaikanal.
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1890–1935
160 Papers on observatories. (1) Papers on appointments at various observatories. Assistant at Helwan, 1907. Mechanical Assistant at Helwan, 1908. Ceylon Survey Department, Assistant Astronomer, 1908. Government Astronomer, New South Wales, 1911-1912. First Assistant at Hong Kong, 1912. Candidacy of A.C.D. Crommelin for the Directorship of the Dunsink Observatory, 1912. Appointment of J.E. Evans as Second Assistant at Ceylon, 1912. Appointment of Assistant Astronomer at Ceylon, 1913. Changes of directors of foreign observatories and changes of address, 1896-1913. (2) Papers relating to American observatories. Correspondence concerning an invitation to the dedication of the Yerkes Observatory, 1897. Correspondence concerning the administration and financial aspects of Harvard College Observatory, 1899, and two copies of printed note by Edward C. Pickering on the 'Anonymous fund of 1902'. Correspondence concerning the work of and the future of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, 1901. Request from Columbia University for assistance in securing financial aid, 1902. Paper from the Lowell Observatory concerning the determination of the best observatory sites, 1902. Papers on the foundation of the Amherst College Observatory, 1903. Papers from the Lick Observatory concerning funds for spectroscopic work, 1903. Correspondence with Professor Pickering and H.H. Turner concerning the endowment of astronomical research, 1903. Papers concerning the Carnegie Institution Commission on a proposed southern observatory, 1903.
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1896–1913
161 Papers on overseas observatories. Correspondence with the Colonial Office and various individuals concerning the post of Chief Assistant at the Hong Kong Observatory and a request for the loan of an altazimuth, 1891. Correspondence with Dr Dobeck concerning the Directorship of the Melbourne Observatory, 1892. Correspondence with the Colonial Office concerning the use of the Hong Kong Observatory, 1892. Correspondence with the Tekhtasingi Observatory, Poona, 1895-1901. Article from the 'Town and Country Journal', Sydney, concerning the Sydney Observatory, 1897. Correspondence with the St John Observatory, New Brunswick, regarding a new sidereal clock, 1898. Papers concerning the proposed magnetic observatory in Ceylon, 1900. Correspondence concerning the proposed astronomical observatory in Ceylon and the visit of F. Harman, 1902. Correspondence concerning the appointment of the First Assistant at the Natal Observatory, 1902. Letter from W.E. Cooke to W.H.M. Christie, 25 January 1901, sending photographs of Perth and expressing thanks for the hospitality he received while in Great Britain. Correspondence between the Agent General, the Royal Observatory and Ilford Ltd concerning suspected defects in a series of plates from the Perth Observatory, July-August 1902. Correspondence between the Royal Observatory and Agent General concerning the proposed setting up of a magnetic observatory at Perth, September-October 1902. Correspondence between H.H. Turner, W.H.M. Christie and W.E. Cooke concerning progress on astrographic work at Perth, October 1902. There is a copy of a letter by Cooke of 22 September 1902, which gives the first indications of the worsening financial situation at Perth. Correspondence and papers relating to the Board of Visitors of the Oxford University Observatory, including reports for the years 1894-1908. Correspondence concerning the appointment of a Second Assistant at the Oxford University Observatory, including private correspondence with the Astronomer Royal on the provision of a house for the Director, 1902.
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1891–1908
162 Papers on the Sydney and Johannesburg Observatories. (1) Papers relating to the Sydney Observatory, New South Wales. Correspondence with W.E. Cooke concerning the depressed state of the observatory and his ideas for improvements in the transit of observations, 1913-1914; the Report of the Board of Visitors, 1916; and a report of an investigation into the staff and work in 1917, with a reply from the Director. Correspondence with W.E. Cooke concerning alterations to astrographic charts, 1924-1925. Letter from W.E. Cooke regarding time signals, 1924. (2) Papers relating to the Johannesburg Observatory. Letter from R.A. Innes regarding equipment, gifts and the construction of a huge refractor, 1903. Correspondence with the Astronomer Royal concerning gifts and observing programmes, 1914. Papers concerning the use of Royal Observatory plates for investigating proper motions, 1916, with lists of plates sent and returned. Correspondence concerning occultations and results, 1925. Paper on transits of Mercury, 1925. Paper and correspondence on 'Comptes Rendus', 1925.
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1903–1925
163 Papers on instruments. Papers concerning instruments not held by the Royal Observatory:. Extract from 'Engineering', 19 December 1890, concerning the new telescope for Melbourne Observatory. Letter from Bishan-Lal-B-A Sripershad of India regarding the whereabouts of a telescope owned by his father, 1892. Letter from the 'Yorkshire Post' regarding the largest telescope in the world, 1894. Correspondence with Dr Rambaut regarding the new mounting for the 15-inch at the Dunsink Observatory, 1894. Letter from H.P. Casson regarding the driving of observatory domes, 1894. Letter from Whittingham and Co. offering a Monkhoverns Solar Camera for sale to the Royal Observatory, 1894. Enquiry from J. Gallatly, London, regarding second-hand telescopes, 1894. Letter from G.W. Pillar, Canada, who wants to buy a telescope, 1894. Letter from A.H. Swinton, Zurich, regarding a new type of telescope, 1894. Extract from 'Engineering' regarding the 12½-inch telescope for Rio de Janeiro, 1894. Correspondence with Troughton and Simms regarding Turner's 'Star Correction Machine', 1894. Correspondence with various individuals regarding telescopes and the use of balloons for astronomical purposes, 1895-1897, with correspondence on the testing of instruments. Correspondence regarding the wireless time signals at the Leigh Technical School, Bolton, 1899. Correspondence with various individuals, 1899-1901, regarding clocks and chronometers in their possession, differences between refracting and reflecting telescopes, sources of the supply of telescopes, sources of the supply of other instruments, requests for private instruments to be tested, and enquiries regarding the supply of magnetic instruments for private use. Correspondence with J. Franklin Adams regarding a reseau sent by him for checking, 1900. Correspondence with W.D. Hozhold, Argentina, regarding the inventor of the theodolite, 1901.
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1890–1901
164 Papers on instruments. Papers concerning instruments not held by the Royal Observatory:. Extract from 'Engineering', 16 December 1887, describing various telescopes by Grubb. Correspondence concerning telescopes and other instruments, 1888, including the Army and Navy Stores asking for the verification of a sextant; the Horological Institute seeking the verification of a transit circle; Baron Rothschild asking for Royal Observatory staff to go to York to oversee a telescope being constructed; F.H. Stannas asking advice on the purchase of a telescope; the India Survey asking for information on the purchase of levels; A. Appsa asking for information on a camera obscura; and H.B. Chamberlain asking advice about instrument-makers. Correspondence with the Colonial Office and others concerning the supply of a chronograph for the Hong Kong Observatory, 1889. Correspondence and papers on Mr Newall's 25-inch telescope at Cambridge, 1889. Correspondence with various individuals concerning telescopes and instruments, 1889. Correspondence with various individuals concerning aspects of instrument-construction and where to buy telescopes, 1891. Correspondence with various individuals concerning telescopes and instruments generally, 1892-1898. Further correspondence and papers concerning instruments, 1884-1896, including the Revd Perry on spectroscopes, Professor Schuster seeking information on half-prism spectroscopes, and Central News Ltd on 'Bringing the Moon Nearer'.
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1884–1898
165 Papers on instruments. Papers concerning instruments not held by the Royal Observatory:. Correspondence with various firms regarding whether instruments are tested at the Royal Observatory, 1902. Correspondence with the United States Naval Observatory, Washington, concerning a new altazimuth pavilion, 1903. Correspondence with various individuals concerning the testing of clocks and watches, 1903. Correspondence with J.E. Norris concerning a suitable clock for his observatory, 1903, including a photograph of the observatory. Correspondence with the University of Pennsylvania regarding the reflex zenith tube, 1903. Correspondence with various individuals regarding instruments, their testing at Kew and the addresses of makers, 1903. Correspondence with various individuals regarding telescopes and makers, setting sundials and testing optics, 1904. Correspondence with various individuals regarding telescopes, new designs of instruments, Brunsviga Calculating Machines and sundials, and the 'Auto Meter' car speedometer, 1905. Correspondence concerning telescopes and eyepieces, a school orrery, sundials and student's telescopes, 1906, including a suggestion to purchase a glass prism. Correspondence concerning telescopes and makers, old instruments, an observatory for sale in Ireland, the offer of a globe for sale, a pamphlet on the Watts Dividing Engine, and a new invention for giving latitude and time from Australia, 1907. Correspondence with F.E. Rosse regarding his photographic reflex zenith tube for the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, 1908.
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1902–1908
166 Papers on astronomical methods and variable stars. (1) Papers concerning astronomical methods. Correspondence with Mr Folie, Brussels Observatory, concerning diurnal nutation, 1886. Correspondence with E.S. Odiari concerning a more accurate method of transit registration using musical notes, 1889. Letter to B. Leowy concerning the determination of the constant of aberration, 1891. Letter to A. Auwers proposing that a table of precessions or secular variations be published, 1891. Correspondence with A. d'Abbadie concerning the variation of latitude, 1892. Correspondence with W.E. Cooke of Adelaide Observatory concerning the reduction of zenith distance observations, 1892. (2) Papers relating to variable stars. Correspondence with J. Birmingham concerning red stars and variables, 1882. Correspondence with Oxford concerning a computed supernova in M31, 1885, including a cutting from 'The Daily Express', 10 September 1885. Telegram from the Kiel Observatory regarding Nova Camelopardalis, 1885. Correspondence with V.M. Compton-Roberts concerning the star of Bethlehem, 1887. Correspondence with the Liverpool Astronomical Society on naming the new variable star in Cygnus, 1887. Material by G.B. Howard on minima of Algol, 1890. Letters from Mrs H. McDonald concerning a new star in Orion, 1890. Papers and correspondence concerning Nova Aurigae, 1892, including a telegram from the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, announcing the discovery; correspondence with 'The Times'; cuttings from 'The Times', 8 February 1892; and an interview from the 'Globe', 11 February 1892. Correspondence on a outburst of [Birmingham-Espin] in Taurus, 1892. Telegrams concerning Novae Normae, 1893.
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1882–1893
167 Papers on star catalogues. Correspondence with Professor Safford, 1894, concerning errors in the 1860 Star Catalogue: north polar distance of 16 Persei. Letter from G. Dunn concerning 73 Leonis being a variable, 1894. Letter from S. Newcomb, 1894, concerning the north polar distance of standard stars during 1891-1893, with a reply including the Greenwich observations for 1891. Correspondence with Major Gore, R.E., concerning the place of double stars, 1894-1895. Letter from Professor Engstrom concerning BD+35° 2177, 1894. Correspondence with H. Geelmuyden concerning corrections to the Greenwich Catalogue, 1894. Letter from J. Glynn concerning an error in the 1891 Greenwich Catalogue, 1894. Correspondence with Trinity College, Cambridge, concerning the publication of catalogues and with H.H. Turner, Oxford, concerning systematic errors in the Radcliffe observations, 1895. Correspondence with Paris Observatory concerning discrepancies in the position of Lalande 5857, 1896. Letter from Sir David Gill at the Cape Observatory concerning errors in the Greenwich and Cape Catalogues, 1901. Correspondence with S. Newcomb concerning the reduction of Groombridge's observations, 1902. Letter from Herr Schroeter of Christiana concerning the places of stars in the 12-Year Catalogue, 1902. Correspondence with the Revd Father Hagen S.J. concerning star positions near the Pole, 1903. Correspondence with the Chief Astronomer at Ottawa and the Radcliffe Observer, Oxford, concerning star positions, 1904. Copy of 'Positions Moyennes De 123 étioles Circumpolaires', 1898. Correspondence with Professor Lewitzky concerning the Dorpat AG Catalogue, 1896-1908. Internal memoranda on star catalogues, including a list of the agreed zones allocated to each observatory, 1899-1903. Correspondence with Dr Ristenpart concerning star catalogues and astrographic places, 1901-1906. Undated listings of stars in the 12-Year Catalogue not observed by Bradley or Flamsteed, 1901-1906. Undated listings of stars in the 6-Year Catalogue not observed by Flamsteed or Bradley. Undated listings of stars in the 7-Year Catalogue (1860) not observed by Bradley or Flamsteed. Undated listings of stars in the 7-Year Catalogue (1864) not observed by Bradley or Flamsteed. Correspondence with Professor Forbes concerning 11 Vulpuculea, 1880. Reprint from 'Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society', Vol. XL, No. 5: 'Systematic Errors of Greenwich North Polar Distance', 1880. Letter from F.J. Stone, 1880, with a list of right ascensions of 1880 clock stars. Letter from Airy to Christie, 1880, concerning star ledgers of north polar distances for 1879. Correspondence concerning fundamental stars, azimuth stars and re-reduction of Lalande's star, 1880. Correspondence with the United States Naval Observatory concerning altazimuth stars, 1884. Correspondence with R. Bryant, London Institution, concerning stars observed by him, 1884. Letter from C. Graves concerning Procyon, 1887. Letter from W.J. Lynn concerning Theta 1/2 Tauri, 1887. Letter from B. Weiss concerning fundamental stars, 1889. Letter from L. de Bull, 1890, with observations of stars. Correspondence with Mr Romberg, Pulkova, concerning errata in the 10-Year Catalogue, 1890. Correspondence concerning working catalogue stars for 1887, 1891. Letter from G. Davidson, California, concerning an error in the 10-Year Catalogue, 1892. Correspondence with M. Loewy, Paris, concerning the purchase of star ephemerides, 1892. Letter from H. Jansby, California, concerning observations of 69 Orionis, 1893. Correspondence with G. Strachan, India Survey, concerning errata in the 9-Year Catalogue, 1893. Correspondence with Sir D. Gill of the Cape regarding discrepancies between the Cape and Greenwich catalogues, 1893. Correspondence with Dr Pryer and Pulkova concerning errata in catalogues, 1893. Undated listing of comparisons with the 'Nautical Almanac', Berlin, and Greenwich placings.
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1894–1908
168 Papers on catalogued stars. Correspondence with A. Auwers, Berlin, concerning Groombridge's Catalogue, 1901-1903, including copies of papers sent to him and Greenwich north polar distance observations and reductions. Correspondence with Leopold Schulof, Paris, concerning catalogues and corrections, 1906-1908. Correspondence concerning observations of heliometer comparison stars, 1898-1901. Correspondence with Sir David Gill and H.H. Turner concerning the apparent rotation of bright stars with respect to faint ones, 1902. Correspondence between H.H. Turner, Arthur Rambaut and the Royal Society concerning the re-reduction of Hornsby's observations and the Government Grant Committee, 1902. Correspondence and other papers, 1904-1906, regarding the despatch of Breen's reductions of James Bradley's observations of 1743-1750 to A. Auwers, Berlin, and their return in 1906. Correspondence with H.H. Turner concerning Oxford reference stars, 1906. Correspondence with R.S. Ball concerning errata in the Cambridge Catalogue, 1906. Errata in the Cape Catalogue sent to Greenwich, 1906. Request from Kazam Observatory for the places of the stars from the 1900 Catalogue, 1906. Correspondence with H.B. Hendrich, United States Naval Observatory, concerning the catalogue of zodiacal stars, 1907. Request to the 'Berliner Jahrbuch', 1907, for the right ascensions of stars for 1910. Correspondence with J.C. Kapteyn, 1907, regarding the spectrum of Groombridge, 1830. Correspondence with E.C. Pickering, Harvard College Observatory, concerning photographic magnitudes, 1908. Correspondence with Dr L. de Ball, Vienna, concerning the places of stars in the Greenwich Catalogue, 1909. Correspondence with J.J. Cray, Worthing, concerning the stars to be observed for survey work in Egypt, 1909. Letter from Christiana Observatory concerning the corrections for the Greenwich Catalogues, 1910. Correspondence with A. Auwers concerning star places, 1911. Correspondence with E.C. Pickering, Harvard College Observatory, concerning places for Jupiter's 8th satellite, 1911. Letter from the Nautical Almanac Office regarding orbital motions of Sirius and Procyon, 1911. Correspondence with Dr Schroeter, Austria, 1911, concerning the correct place for Groombridge 9144. Correspondence with A. Auwers concerning the errors in the 1743 observations, 1911. Correspondence with T.E. Heath concerning star tracks in space for 36,000 years, 1912. Stereographs by T.E. Heath of tracks of the sun and stars from AD 1900 to AD 37900, 1912. Correspondence with L. de Ball, Vienna, concerning places of stars in the Second 9-Year Catalogue, 1912.
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1898–1912
169 Papers on double stars and nebulae. Correspondence with E.C. Pickering, Harvard College Observatory, 1884-1885. Correspondence with Professor Newall and others concerning double stars and nebulae, 1892. Undated memoranda and notes concerning double stars observed at Greenwich. Undated listing of proper motions of astrographic reference stars from comparison with Carrington Catalogue 1850 in zones of N.P.D. Correspondence concerning double stars and nebulae, 1896-1926. Correspondence with various individuals concerning observations of double stars, 1896. General correspondence concerning double stars, 1897, and a query on 1731. Correspondence concerning double stars, 1898-1901, including M. Burnham on his catalogue and T.J.J. See on work on Capella (Alpha Aurigae). Correspondence with E.E. Barnard concerning Capella (Alpha Aurigae), 1902. General correspondence concerning double stars and nebulae, 1908-1911. Correspondence with the Revd Espin, County Durham, concerning the discovery of a nebula in Ursa Major, 1913. General correspondence concerning double stars, 1915-1926, including correspondence on the Vatican Observatory, and with E. Hertzsprung on double stars and a visit to Greenwich. Correspondence with Sir A. Rumker concerning his paper on the distribution of secondaries in binary systems, 1913, with a copy of the paper.
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1884–1926
170 Papers on the Nautical Almanac Office. Correspondence concerning the places of circumpolar stars in the 'Nautical Almanac' and also the places of polar stars, 1889. Correspondence with the Nautical Almanac Office concerning the 1880 Catalogue, 1890. Notice of the regulations governing the competitive examination for the post of Second Assistant in the Nautical Almanac Office, 1889. Undated listings of comparisons of given star places in the 'Nautical Almanac' and 'Connaissance des Temps' for 1883-1891, sent to the Nautical Almanac Office, March 1890. There is also correspondence with the Nautical Almanac Office on these listings. Correspondence relating to the Nautical Almanac Committee, 1890, including correspondence with Captain Tennant and a reprint of his article in the 'Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society', Vol. 50, No. 6. Undated listings of corrections in the 'Nautical Almanac', 1 January 1888. Correspondence with the Nautical Almanac Office, 1890, concerning star places for June 1890. Listings of the right ascension of Polaris at upper transit, results made at Greenwich and comparisons with those in the 'Connaissance de Temps', 1891. List of standard star places supplied to the Nautical Almanac Office, list of stars from the Nautical Almanac Office (lunar occultations) for observation, further list of standard places, and correspondence on errors in the 1892 'Nautical Almanac'. The papers date from 1892. Correspondence concerning misprints in the 'Nautical Almanac', lists of Zodiacal stars, errors in lunar places, and the places of occultation stars, 1893.
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1889–1893
171 Papers on the Nautical Almanac Office. Correspondence concerning stars to be added to the apparent place list, including the listings, 1894. Request from the Nautical Almanac Office for a proof copy of the 5-Year Catalogue, 1894. Request for observations of the occultation stars for the 1898 'Nautical Almanac', with listings and observational results, 1894. Observations of the minor planet Flora for the 'Nautical Almanac', 1894. Correspondence on the existence of star BAC 5255, 1894. Request for the absolute position of the Royal Observatory, 1894. General correspondence with the Nautical Almanac Office, 1895, including requests for observations, with listings of the results. There is also a request from Canada for copies of early Almanacs. General correspondence concerning the 'Nautical Almanac', 1897-1901, including letters from the Nautical Almanac Office concerning changes; a notice of the error in the lunar eclipse of January 1898; requests for changes in the 'Nautical Almanac'; papers on a proposal to insert day numbers; material on a reform of Finlay's Tables; and examination regulations for the N.A.O., 1899. Correspondence with the Admiralty and the Nautical Almanac Office concerning simplifying the 'Nautical Almanac', 1910. Proposals to employ R.A. Sampson's tables of Jupiter's satellites, 1910. Correspondence with individuals concerning the 'Nautical Almanac', 1904-1918. General correspondence concerning the Nautical Almanac Office, 1905-1917. Correspondence with the Admiralty concerning Dr Downing's proposals for changes to the 'Nautical Almanac' and the results of the Paris conference, 1896-1899. There is also correspondence with W.J.L. Wharton of the Hydrographic Department and an extract from the special Royal Astronomical Society Committee report of 10 June 1898 regarding changes in the 'Nautical Almanac' astronomical constants. Letter from the Nautical Almanac Office enclosing correspondence with S. Newcomb of Washington concerning his work on the constant of precession, 1897. Two copies of a printed booklet issued by the Admiralty containing correspondence relating to changes in the 'Nautical Almanac', 1898. Correspondence with S. Newcomb concerning his proposed changes in the constants, 1897-1898. Correspondence and papers relating to the Royal Astronomical Society (Nautical Almanac Committee), 1897, including minutes of the meeting of 22 November 1897; copies of correspondence with the Admiralty and the United States Naval Observatory, and correspondence with H.H. Turner, Oxford, who acted as the Committee Secretary. Memoranda and computations relating to proposed changes to the 'Nautical Almanac' [1898]. There are copies of the 'Astronomical Journal', 11 August and 27 September 1897, and 4 January, 2 February, 10 February, 19 February and 1 March 1898.
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1894–1918
172 Papers on comets and meteors. Correspondence and ephemeredes relating to comets in 1881, including the comets Shaeberle, Encke, Bernard and Denning. Correspondence and ephemeredes relating to comets in 1882, including the comets Wells, Crul and Barnard. . Correspondence and ephemeredes relating to comets in 1883, including the comets Brooks-Swift, Pons-Brooke and Schulhof. Correspondence and ephemeredes relating to comets in 1884, including the comets Ross, Barnard and Wolf-Encke. Correspondence and ephemeredes relating to comets in 1885, including the comets Barnard, Tuttle, Fabry and Brooks. Correspondence and ephemeredes relating to comets in 1886, including the comets Brooks 1, Brooks 2, Brooks 3, Winnecke and Finlay.
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1881–1886
173 Papers on comets. Correspondence and ephemeredes relating to comets in 1887, including the comets Brookes and Olbers. Correspondence and ephemeredes relating to comets in 1888, including the comets Encke, Brooks and Faye. Correspondence and ephemeredes relating to comets in 1889, including the comets Barnard, Swift, Davidson and Brorsen. Correspondence and ephemeredes relating to comets in 1890, including the comets Coggia, Denning, Zona, Spitaler and Eddie. Correspondence and ephemeredes relating to comets in 1891, including the comets Barnard, Denning and Wolfe. Correspondence and ephemeredes relating to comets in 1892, including the comets Swift, Winnecke, Denning, Brooks, Barnard, Encke's comet 're-seen' by Barnard, the re-appearance of Temple-Swift, and Holmes. Correspondence and ephemeredes relating to comets in 1893, including the comets Finlay, Rordanne-Zweniset and Brooks. Correspondence and ephemeredes relating to comets in 1894, including the comet Denning. Miscellaneous correspondence concerning comets, including supposed discoveries by Moss, Freeman and Moore, 1884-1893. Miscellaneous correspondence concerning comets, including queries, 1884-1896.
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1887–1896
174 Papers on Halley's Comet. Correspondence with the Helwan Observatory concerning the photographing of Halley's Comet, 1909-1910. Correspondence with W.J. Spratly, 1907, concerning the period of Halley's Comet, the more philosophical aspects of the comet and its connections with early Egyptian history. Memoranda on and ephemerides of Halley's Comet, mostly by A.D.C. Crommelin, 1908-1910. Correspondence with J. Franklin Adams concerning his visit to the Royal Observatory and a photograph of Halley's Comet to be shown there, 1910. Correspondence and memoranda concerning the Lindemann prediction prize awarded to P.H. Cowell and A.C. Crommelin, 1910. Observations taken by the General Post Office of the possible electrical effects of Halley's Comet at its closest pass on General Post Office telegraph lines, 1910. Correspondence concerning the exchange of photographs with the Giza Observatory and the loan of photographs to the Lick Observatory, 1910-1912. Correspondence with the 'Daily Mail' concerning a visit to the Royal Observatory to see Halley's Comet, with telegrams of the observations made, 1908-1909. Correspondence with newspapers, letters from editors regarding photographs, interviews, etc., with cuttings from newspapers and periodicals, 1909-1910. General correspondence with private individuals concerning Halley's Comet, letters to J. Franklin-Adams on photographic plates, and ephemerides sent to correspondents, 1908.
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1907–1912
175 Papers on comets. Correspondence relating to a comet seen in the Southern Hemisphere but not in England, including ephemerides, 1901. Correspondence and ephemeredes relating to comets in 1902, including Comet Perrine. Correspondence and ephemeredes relating to comets in 1903, including Comet 1903C (Borrelly). Correspondence and ephemeredes relating to comets in 1904, including Comet Encke. Correspondence and ephemeredes relating to comets in 1905, including Giacobini; H. Ellis's reporting on the supposed comet in Cygnus; correspondence on the Leonid meteor shower and planetary perturbations; and general correspondence on comets and supposed comets. The papers cover 1905-1908. . Correspondence and ephemerides relating to Comet Morehouse 1908C; communications with 'Nature', 2 September 1908; and newspaper cuttings, 1908. Correspondence with the 'Astronomische Nachrichten' regarding comets, 1909. General correspondence concerning 1910A, Drake's Comet, with newspaper cuttings and photographs sent to the Royal Observatory by individuals, 1910. General correspondence, 1910-1915, concerning comets from 1910 and ephemerides of Comet 1914D. Correspondence concerning Comet Brooks 1911C, including ephemerides and enquiries from individuals, 1911.
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1901–1912
176 Papers on comets and meteors. Correspondence with Professor Moorhouse concerning the loan of photographs of Comet Morehouse 1908C for publication, 1910. Correspondence and listings of meteor observations sent to W.F. Denning of Bristol, 1907-1915, including specific observations of fireballs, meteor showers and the great meteor of 22 February 1909. Collected observations of the great meteor of 22 February 1909, including press cuttings and a copy of Denning's article in 'Nature', 4 March 1909. General correspondence, 1900-1909, regarding meteors, including ephemerides, elements of radiants, and correspondence on the fireball of 12 August 1909 and the daylight meteor of 6 October 1909.
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1900–1910
177 Papers on comets and meteors. General correspondence concerning meteors, meteor showers and fireballs, 1893-1900, including newspaper cuttings and an envelope of supposed meteoric fragments. Collected general correspondence concerning Comet 1907D (Danniell's), including correspondence with newspapers and with ships' officers, newspaper cuttings, a list of the Royal Observatory photographs, and correspondence with E.E. Barnard of Yerkes Observatory. Miscellaneous correspondence concerning meteors, 1910, including letters from G.W. Atkins on meteors seen in a transit instrument in daylight and correspondence on a supposed meteorite picked up at Sevenoaks.
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1893–1910
178 Papers on astronomical telegrams. Correspondence concerning the setting up of the Kiel Centralstelle, 1882. Letter to Kiel undertaking to transmit telegrams between Kiel and Rio and vice versa, 1883. Correspondence with L. Wells of the Eastern Telegraph Company concerning the transmission and payment of telegrams between London and Greenwich, 1883. Invitation to the Central Stelle Committee meeting in Vienna, 16 September 1883, with a list of subscribers and an agenda. Correspondence with Kiel concerning the telegram announcing the new comet being wrongly addressed, 1884. Accounts of the Centralstelle Kiel, 1884. 'Election of the Officers and Committee of Kiel Centralstelle', April 1886, and lists of candidates and the Astronomer Royal's votes, 1886. Accounts for the years 1885-1887. Letter from J. Ritchie concerning the new 'Science Observer Code', with a letter to Kiel concerning its adoption, 1888. Accounts for 1888, 1889, 1890 and 1892, with statistics on the number of telegrams sent out. Letters to Professor Kruger sending accounts for telegrams, 1883-1885. Statistics on telegrams received from Kiel during 1887-1892 in connection with proposals from the Royal Astronomical Society on the distribution of intelligence, 1892. Correspondence concerning the election of Professor Bredicha to the committee of the Centralstelle, 1892. Correspondence concerning H.H. Turner's letter to 'The Times' on the distribution of intelligence, with J.N. Lockyer's reply, 1892. Letter from the Eastern Telegraph Company informing the Royal Observatory that the telegrams to Rio were stopped and then released by the Brazilian Government, 1893. Memorandum from W.H.M. Christie to H.P. Hollis stating that the telegrams from Kiel to Rio were to be addressed as if they had been sent from Greenwich, 1894. Circular from 'Moreing and McCutcheons General Commercial and Mining Telegram Code', 1898. Enquiry from the Eastern Telegraph Company as to whether the address should be changed to 'Observatory, London', 1901. Correspondence with the Eastern Telegraph Company and Kiel concerning the incorrect delivery of a telegram for Rio, 1907. Instructions for how to write astronomical telegrams and explanations of the codes used, 1884-1901.
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1882–1907
179 Correspondence on observations given. Correspondence with Dr J. Pulisa, Vienna, concerning errors in lunar places, February 1893. Letter from the Danish Hydrographer requesting errors of the Moon's place for September 1893, the reply enclosing this information, and the Hydrographer's acknowledgement, 1894. Correspondence with Miss Eleen S. Alkins concerning whether Virgo and Scorpius are one constellation, 1894. Correspondence with the Radcliffe Observatory concerning errors in clock stars and the angles for defective illumination of the Moon, 1895. Correspondence with G.A. Hill, Washington, concerning comparison stars for Comet Holmes, 1895. Correspondence with the Vienna Observatory concerning comparison stars for Comet Wolf, 1895. Correspondence with W.J. Lynn concerning the places of Piazzi II 123 1893/4, 1895. Correspondence with James Rowe concerning the places of Uranus and Neptune, 1895. Correspondence with Syrian Protestant College, 1895, concerning places of stars in the lunar 'eclipse' of March 1895. Correspondence with Sir W.G.S. Fitzgerald concerning the bearing of Mecca from London, 1895. Correspondence with Captain E. Hills concerning lunar place, 2 and 4 May 1895. Correspondence with T.J.L. Mayer concerning the length of the solar and lunar years, 1895. Correspondence with S. Butler concerning 'latitude and variation' and the places where Ursa Major is circumpolar, 1895. Correspondence with S. Butler concerning further astronomical topics raised by passages in the 'Oddesy' and Ulysses' voyages, 1895. Correspondence with W. Airy concerning the inferior conjunction of Venus, 1895. One undated sheet giving calculations for the bearing of Mecca from London [1895]. Correspondence with J. Woodhouse concerning a bright star seen on 15 June 1895. Correspondence with A. Bruce-Jones concerning whether the Moon was visible at the Battle of Waterloo, 1895. Correspondence with the Revd R.T. Andrews, 1895, concerning whether the church at Hertford is aligned to the rising Sun on 1 May. Correspondence with Miss Aldwinckle concerning the altitude of the Sun on Midsummer's Day at 3pm, 1895. Correspondence with A. Berness concerning the difference in time between Manchester and London, 1895. Correspondence with G. Gillett concerning the length of daylight in North Wales, 1895. Correspondence with C.J. Whitmell concerning the occultation of Capricorni on 29 September 1895. Correspondence with R. Kerrwiche, Aberystwyth, concerning information as to the rising and setting of the Sun and Moon for public display, 1895. Correspondence with T. Edwards, 1895, asking if 1896 will be a leap year. Correspondence with A.C. Dixon concerning sidereal time, 1895. Correspondence with the Ceara Gas Co. concerning the times of the rising and setting of the Sun and Moon in Brazil, 1895. Correspondence with W.A. Hughes concerning the time of sunrise on the longest and shortest days, 1895. Correspondence with Miss Wilkinson concerning whether an observed star was Mercury, 1895. Letter to the Radcliffe Observatory, Oxford, concerning the angles of defective illumination of the Moon, 1895. Correspondence with the University of Pennsylvania concerning stars' places for latitude work, 1895. Correspondence with the 'Colliery Guardian', 1895, concerning the times of the rising and setting of the Sun in 1846. Correspondence with William Turner, Melbourne, concerning the description of lunar orbit, 1895. Correspondence with A.H. Field concerning a comet seen in December 1895. Correspondence with I.G. Monkton concerning leap years and their omission from the calendar, 1895. Correspondence with C.M. Holloway concerning a bright star seen in the south-east at 6 am, identified as Venus, 1895. Correspondence with G.W. Anderson, 1895, concerning whether 1896 is a leap year. Correspondence with J. Hastings concerning mathematics relating to the Jewish Calendar, 1896. Correspondence with Page and Scorer, Solicitors, concerning the times of sunrise and sunset, 1896. Correspondence with A.E. Young concerning which star catalogue is best to use for surveying purposes, 1896. Correspondence with J. Woodhouse concerning the visibility of Nova Aurigae, 1896. Correspondence with J. List concerning the angle of the Earth's orbit, 1896. Correspondence with Captain W. de W. Abney concerning star maps and the altitude of the Moon, 1896. Correspondence with J.G.W. Stout concerning the satellites of Jupiter, 1896. Correspondence with E.H. Hills, 1896, concerning the Moon's place on 30 November 1895 and 1 and 4 December 1896. Correspondence with T. Fisher, 1896, concerning Professor Falb's comments on the destruction of the Earth by a comet in 1899. Correspondence with T. O'Niell concerning when February has five Saturdays, 1896. Correspondence with F. Griffiths concerning his patent astronomical calendar, 1896. Correspondence with Captain W. de W. Abney concerning whether a fee is charged for the star charts sent to him, 1896. Correspondence with E.R. Blakely concerning Comet Swift, 1896. Correspondence with Dr Dobesak, Hong Kong, concerning observations of stars in Ursa Major, Cancer and the Corona Borealis, 1896. Correspondence with A.H. Tyler concerning the corrected position of the Moon for 4 March 1896. Correspondence with K. Sternwarte, Leipzig, 1896, concerning apparent errors in the Moon's position, July and August 1895. Correspondence with Professor Saga at Catania, 1896, concerning the right ascension and north polar distance of the Moon, August 1894. Correspondence with G. Leveva, Paris, concerning observations of Vesta, 1896. Correspondence with R.W.D. Wordsley concerning elongations of Venus, 1896. Correspondence with E.H. Hills, 1896, concerning corrections for the Moon's place, 1895-1896. Correspondence with Dr Spitta concerning observations of Pollux (Beta Geminorum), 1897. Correspondence with General Tills, 1897, concerning the observed right ascension and north polar distance of the Moon, March 1894, and the occultation of 49 Aurigae. Correspondence with C.J. Merefield concerning occultations in the southern hemisphere, 1897. Correspondence with H. Payn concerning elements of Neptune's orbit, 1897. Correspondence with S. Newcomb concerning observations of Uranus, Neptune and Mars, 1897. Correspondence with C.W. Roberts concerning observations and corrections to the motion of Sirius, 1897. Correspondence with A. Auwers concerning places of fundamental stars and the new 10-Year Catalogue, 1897-1898. Correspondence with the Radcliffe Observatory, Oxford, 1898, concerning the clock star list for 1898 and the angles for defective illumination of the Moon. Correspondence with the Director, Athens Observatory, concerning pairs of stars for latitude observations, 1898. Correspondence with the Director, Christiana Observatory, concerning two stars which appear to be variable, 1898. Correspondence with Professor Kalimar, Pola, 1898, concerning the Moon's errors, November 1897 - January 1898. Correspondence with A. Auwers concerning errors in the Moon's place, 1898. Correspondence with W. Heath, Brisbane, 1898, concerning the Moon's errors for July 1898 in connection with occultation observations. Correspondence with Arthur Booth-Clibbon concerning conjunctions of Jupiter and Saturn and his book 'Astronomy of Holiness', 1899. Correspondence with Radcliffe Observatory, 1899, concerning the angles of defective illumination of the Moon for 1899. Correspondence with A.C. Dixon, 1899, concerning observations for 1896. Correspondence with Professor Forbes concerning computations required by him, 1899. Letter to 'Astronomische Nachrichten', 1899, with observations of Comet Swift. Correspondence with Lord Wolsey, 1899, concerning the times of sunrise, sunset and phases of the Moon at Ulna on the River Danube, 13 August 1704, and Drogheda, 1 July 1690. Correspondence with the Borough of Margate concerning the duration of twilight, 1899. Correspondence with George St Clair concerning the position changes of the Hyades and Pleiades in connection with biblical matters, 1899. Correspondence with the Revd J.H. Townsend, Tunbridge Wells, concerning the Earth's position in the Zodiac, 1899. Correspondence with Dr Albrecht, Potsdam, concerning positions of stars, 1899.
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1893–1899
180 Correspondence on observations given. Correspondence and related papers regarding the provision of observations to various individuals:. Correspondence regarding observations of the Moon given to Dr L. Ambronn, Gottingen, 1903. Correspondence regarding observations of and corrections for right ascension and declination of the Moon in the 'Nautical Almanac' given to Captain Foulkes and Major Burdon, 1903. Correspondence regarding a copy of Groombridge's Star Atlas sent to Professor Boss, Dudley Observatory, U.S.A., 1904. Correspondence regarding reflex zenith tube observations exchanged with S.C. Chandler, United States, 1906. Correspondence regarding observations of the Moon's errors, 1905-1906, sent to Dr Ambronn, Gottingen, 1907. Correspondence regarding errors of the Moon given to the Bureau des Longitude, Paris, 1907. Correspondence regarding planetary results sent to E.C. Pickering, Harvard College, 1907. Correspondence regarding observations of star occultations by the Moon, 1907-1908, sent to S. Newcomb, 1907-1908. Correspondence regarding observations of the Moon's error and occultations of stars sent to the French Army Geodetic Service, 1908. Information regarding planetary tables given to J.P. Munro, 1908. Correspondence regarding errors of the Moon sent to the Royal Geographic Society for Major Fawcett in Bolivia for survey work, 1908. Correspondence regarding observations of errors in the place of Neptune 1907 sent to P. Lowell, Flagstaff, 1908. Correspondence regarding tabular errors of lunar right ascension and declination sent to Captain Tilho, Paris, 1909. Correspondence regarding tabular errors of Mars sent to S. Newcomb and used by W. Updegraft for the 'Nautical Almanac', 1909. Correspondence regarding tabular errors of the Moon's right ascension sent to Dr Ambronn, 1910. Correspondence with Admiral Horsey regarding Greenwich Sidereal Time, 1910. Correspondence with R.L. Read regarding errors of the Moon and places of occultation stars, 1910. Correspondence regarding errors of the Moon's place given to Admiral Fournier, 1910. Correspondence with Major Marriot regarding the obliquity of the ecliptic for his book 'Why we may expect warmer winters', 1911. Correspondence regarding errors of the Moon's place given to the Bureau des Longitudes, 1911. Correspondence regarding meridian observations of the Moon given to H.N. Russell, Princeton, United States, for obtaining the Moon's position by photography, 1911. Correspondence regarding reflex zenith tube observations given to Dr Courvovier, Berlin, 1911. Correspondence regarding errors of the Moon's place given to the Anglo-Portuguese Boundary Commission in Barotse, 1911. Correspondence regarding errors of the Moon's place given to the Lisbon Observatory for the Anglo-Rhodesian boundary, 1912. Correspondence regarding errors of the Moon's place given to Dr Yersin, Paris, 1912. Correspondence regarding errors of the Moon's place given to Professor Bakhayson, 1912. Correspondence regarding tables of Mars sent to the United States Nautical Almanac Office, 1912. Correspondence regarding errors of the Moon given to the Mission Hydrographique du Gabon, Paris, 1912. Correspondence regarding errors on the Moon's place given to the Bolivia Bombay Commission and also places of stars in Boss's Catalogue, 1913. Correspondence regarding errors of the Moon's place sent to M. Baillaud, Paris, 1912-1913. Correspondence regarding errors of the Moon sent to the Cape for the Anglo-Rhodesian boundary survey, 1913. Correspondence with W. Curtis regarding the computation of occultations observed during the Scott Expeditions, 1913. Correspondence regarding errors of the Moon's place sent to Dr Ambronn, 1914. Correspondence regarding errors of the Moon's place sent to E.A. Williams, 1913-1914. Correspondence with E. Nevill, 1914, regarding the Moon's place in 1829. Correspondence with W. Gormold, London, regarding the precession of the equinoxes, 1914. Correspondence regarding places of the Moon sent to the Lisbon Observatory, 1914.
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1903–1914
181 Correspondence on observations given. Correspondence concerning observations given to the Northern Rifle Association, U. Levau, Mr Spencer, A. Stubbs, J. Franz, H.P. Slade, Mr MacKenzie, Mr Jackson, Mr Dawes and Mr Hutchinson, 1889. The topics include the Sun's position at Wimbledon; Vesta, 1887-1888; the azimuth of the Sun and Moon in west London; sunrise near Paris; the full Moon, January and February 1891; observations of a lunar crater; measures of Mars and Saturn; an equation of time; the meeting of Mars and Saturn; and the opposition of Jupiter, 1885-1886. Correspondence with A. Auwers, 1890, regarding the composition of stars for Iris in opposition, 1889. Correspondence of 1901 regarding observations given to J.C. Odell regarding meteors and to G. Forbes concerning Comet B 1900 and errors of Neptune. Correspondence regarding observations and calculations given to Mr Dyer, Mr Sherbourne, W. Taylor, Captain Woodley, J.E. Woodehouse, D. Gottling, A.F.C. Bentley, D. Allatini, H.H. Turner, E.W. Oliver and A.H. Kersey, 1902. The topics include lighting-up times; transits of Mercury; errors in the position of the Moon; the asteroid Eros; precession; Polaris; stars seen, 26-27 April 1872; errors of the Moon; the meridian time of Jupiter, 27 August 1902; and the altitude of the Sun on the longest and shortest days. Correspondence regarding observations and calculations given to J. Harcourt-Gibbons, J. Hay, L. Topham, Professor Balchevaroff, R.J. Wilstead, P. de Lord, W.P. Goudie, H.A. Phillips, the Revd Hope, G. Stovell, Dr Bakhuyzin, J. Hethorington, Mrs Schowid, J. Woodhouse, Isaac Green, the Revd le Jenne, Collins and Son, P. Landon, W.G. Weston, Mrs Marks, A. Hildesheimer, R.S. Ball, G.L. Owen, E. Walton, J.H. Elgie, Miss Sinclair, A.E. Pierrie, H.W. Thacher, F. Tregelles, R. Watson, Mrs Vernall, W. Bass, C.R. Wibben, Bibby's Quarterly, B. Hindle, the W. Ellis School, J.H.W. Biggs and G. Gunison, 1903. The topics include sunspots; stellar magnitude; 47 Cygni; errors of the Moon; positions of the Moon and planets; P. de Lord's almanac; the Sun's diameter; a bright star seen; the rising and setting of the Moon; sunset at Torquay; the Moon's errors; times of sunrise and sunset; the Pleiades; Nova Aurigae; Neptune; Uranus; eclipse information for use in diaries; the visibility of the Southern Cross; the dates of the equinoxes; Jupiter; the phases of the Moon; Comet B 1902; the size of the Earth's orbit; the Harvest Moon; comets, Neptune and sunspots; times of the full Moon; sunset at Wrexham; the positions of planets; the Sun's influence on the weather; Jupiter; the size of Alpha Centauri; sunspot photographs; the start of the seasons; star atlases; twilight in the Lake District; and eclipses. Correspondence regarding observations and calculations given to A.E. Bennett, A.J. Bateman, G. Sweetapple, H.G. Raeburn, the Revd Cannon Thompson, H. Mems and Sons, W. Ibett, Whyte-Risdale and Co., W. Nathern, C.F.M. Lodge, H.J. Carlisle, E.W. Eason, T. Wood, J. Willis, T.J. Box, E.C. See, C. Manners-Smith, Miss E.B. Coad, Mrs G. Baxter, Captain T. Harvey, J. Slater, F.R. Phillips, J.W. Elger, J.R. Armstrong, Miss E. Dent, F. Butteriss, M.B. Cotsworth, T. Kilgannon, J. Opie and H.P. Slade, 1904. The topics include gravitation; sunset time; the names of the stars in Ursa Major; the meridian of Gosforth; days of the week in 1617; sundials; the orbit of the Sun and Earth; sunset times in the Transvaal; the accuracy of almanacs; star charts; horary tables; the elevation of the Sun; star lists; the positions of planets; the designation of the new Moon; the 'Nautical Almanac'; oppositions of Jupiter; the visibility of the Southern Cross; Capella; the height of the midsummer sun at Liverpool; fog; Neptune; Comet Encke; Betelgeuse; the difference between Dublin time and Greenwich time; the star of Bethlehem; time systems; equinoxes; tables for a local almanac; the seasons; and errors in the Moon's position. Correspondence regarding observations and calculations given to C.H. Draper, T. Leighton, J.M. Harg, J.B. Hannay, E. Marshall, A.T. Cooke, Dr Cohn, H.H. Turner, Miss Hall, L.B. Tampling, J. Graham, J.D. Parsons, G. Dewar, H. Jackson-Pywell, W.H. Horlington, T. Bodkin, C. Martin, W. Neill, T. Chatterton, E. Anthony, Miss Taylor, G.W. Frost, Mrs Harman, M.F. Koenigs, H.H.W. Brice, S.E. Richards, Miss Whitcombe, Miss Anderson, F.H. Jeannin, the Revd Cooper, F. Marshall and the Revd H.P. Slade, 1905. The topics include star atlases; the Sun's rotation; occultations; the times of solar meridian transit; the length of the Moon's shadow; mathematical tables; observations for lecturing; planetary positions; planets seen and clouds; solar positions; the Sun's motion and diameter; Mars; the seasons and the equinoxes; local times; Easter Day; Venus; eclipses; the sunset at Sheffield; the Moon's rising and setting times in almanacs; a bright object seen; a bright star seen in daylight; bright lights seen; visibility; textbooks; lunar phases; a bright object seen (Mars); lunar elements; planetary motion; lunar cycles; the time of sunrise, 15 November 1861; and occultations. Correspondence regarding observations and calculations given to C.F. Casella and Co., the Birmingham Electric Light Co., W.J. Spratley, Mrs Pretious, Miss Shore, C. Martin, G.A. Hill, R. Sadler, Riso Levi, Miss Compton, W.H. Thompson, Miss Grant, H.M. Knight, E.C. Fozard, A.F.C. Bently, and Herr Boltz, 1906. The topics include lunar tables; the times of sunset and sunrise; solar elements; books on astronomy; a chart of lunar motion; planetary positions; lunar observations; secular variations, circumpolar stars; the visibility of Orion; Venus and ancient methods of navigation; sunrise and sunset; the Harvest Moon; the Sun's declination; and lunar observations. Correspondence regarding observations and calculations given to J.A. Fleming, Captain Bahras, W.H. Bauser, H.J. Evans, C.J. Lambert, Dixon and Hunting, F. Mason, E.H. Simpson, W. Gatward, B.F.E. Keeting, H.G. Lyons, A.H. Robinson, H.J. Finch, T.E. Giles, C. Chree, H. Nunes, J. Bartlett, D.H. Owen, C.H. Bytel, W.L. Brown, and G.B. Hemmings, 1907. The topics include lunar observations; lunar errors for longitude observations; solar work; a star chart; the Earth's motion and precession; Washington time; the Sun's declination; sundials; the Earth's motion and rotation; lunar places and errors; observations for lunar places; sundial setting; the visibility of planets; daybreak and twilight times; solar elements; visibility of planets; times quoted in almanacs; various almanacs and observation tables; new Moon dates, 1754-1756; the times of sunrise at Greenwich; and the distances of planets.
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1889–1907
182 Correspondence with Ralph Sadler. Correspondence with Ralph Sadler of Ipswich on various topics. Most of Sadler's letters were unanswered by the Observatory. Some of the subjects include the commencement of the twentieth century, semi-theological matters connected with the Great Pyramid, and the length of the year. The correspondence becomes increasingly vitriolic over time. It ends with a letter sent on 14 April 1915.
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1900–1915
183 Memorials. Letter from G. MacKinley regarding vacancies as the secretary of a learned society, 1889. Obituary notice for C.F.H. Magnon of Paris, 1888. Letter from Lord McLaren regarding Dr Copeland's visit to the Royal Astronomical Society, with a reply, 1888. Letter to Captain Sir F. Evans regarding appointments in the Royal Observatory and at the Cape, 1883. Letter from M. le Chevalier of Paris regarding a memorial to A. Rabelais, 1879, with a printed notice of the programme for the committee. Request for a memorial for C.W. Peach, 1886. Printed papers relating to a retirement memorial portrait for Dr Routh of Cambridge, 1888. Letter from the Royal Navy Club stating that W.H.M. Christie is elected an Honorary Member of the club, 1886. Correspondence relating to the Father Perry Memorial, 1890-1891. Letter to S. Newcomb acknowledging receipt of a copy of 'Treatise on Astronomy', 1880, with comments on the contents as they affect Greenwich. Letter of introduction for H.F. Newall to S. Newcomb, 1890. Correspondence concerning the death of T. Oppolzer, 1887. Correspondence with J.A.C. Oudemanns concerning his pamphlets sent to the Royal Observatory, 1879. Correspondence concerning the death of Sir James Peers, 1890. Correspondence relating to the death of C. Pritchard, 1884. Correspondence regarding a memorial for W.E. Millikin as a member of the City and Guilds, 1886. Death notice for C.M.V. Montigny, 1890. Testimonial for G.E. Niblett to visit the Paris Observatory, 1888. Correspondence with the Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, concerning administration and examination matters relating to the Sheepshanks Funds, 1873-1881. Memorial for Dr Doberek, Hong Kong, to visit Cambridge and use the Newall telescope, 1891. Testimonial letter for G. Forbes as a candidate for the Chair of Natural Philosophy at Aberdeen and St Andrews, 1880. Undated memorial request for Dr W. Flight. Letter from C. Flammarion, Paris, 1881. Testimonial for J.D. Everett as a candidate for the Chair of Natural Philosophy at Aberdeen, 1880. Correspondence with N. Flackgate regarding a death, 1891. Pages from 'Knowledge', October 1910, showing an article titled 'Sir William Christie and Greenwich Observatory' by E.S. Grew, M.A. Extract from 'The Observatory', June 1890, No. 163, titled 'Notes on some Historical Instruments at The Royal Observatory, Greenwich'. Correspondence on a pension for the widow of N.P. Pogson, 1891-1892. Correspondence with J.H. Plummer, astronomer to Colonel Tomline, 1889-1890, regarding his redundancy and requiring a new appointment. Testimonial for P.E. Dove as Secretary to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, 1883. Letter from Henry Draper, New York, regarding his visit to England, 1879.
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1873–1910
184 Miscellaneous correspondence. Correspondence and papers relating to the Sheepshanks Memorial Exhibitions, April 1882 and December 1885, including question papers. . Miscellaneous correspondence concerning the 'end of the world', planets, planetary and lunar positions, sunrise and sunset, and astronomical terms, 1892. Miscellaneous correspondence concerning the date of the shortest day, the diameters of planets, star charts, finding latitude and longitude, and the distance of the Sun, 1893. Miscellaneous correspondence concerning the culmination of Ursa Minor in 210 BC, stars in the Pleiades, rotations of the planets, the length of the tropical year, etc., 1894.
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1882–1894
185 Miscellaneous correspondence. Miscellaneous correspondence concerning the dates of the greatest brilliancy of Venus, movement of the solar system in space, the seasons, etc., 1889. Miscellaneous correspondence concerning light from Sirius, advice on telescopes, sunrise times, equinoxes, etc., 1890. Miscellaneous correspondence concerning sidereal time, the transit of Mercury, star charts, atlases, sunspots, etc., 1891. Miscellaneous correspondence concerning the speed of planets, the Sun's position, telescopes, etc., 1902-1907.
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1889–1907
186 Miscellaneous correspondence. Miscellaneous correspondence concerning sunrise and sunset times, the Moon's place, etc., 1894. Miscellaneous correspondence concerning the visibility of Orion in August, Orreries, books, the transit of Venus, etc., 1895. Miscellaneous correspondence concerning the Moon's phases, sunrise and sunset times, phases of Venus, and the distance of the Sun, including a diagram, 1896. Miscellaneous correspondence concerning the positions of the planets, the new Moon, an ephemeris for zodiacal positions of the planets, the diameter of the Sun and Sirius, etc., 1897.
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1894–1897
187 Miscellaneous correspondence. Miscellaneous correspondence concerning lighting-up times in Belfast, magnetic elements, W. Powis of Canada on 'a contribution to the science of Astronomy', requests for information about books on astronomy, and the Sun's apparent diameter, 1898. Miscellaneous correspondence concerning lighting-up times in Belfast, telegram codes, Greenwich publications, correspondence with Ralph Sadler and phases of the Moon, 1899. Miscellaneous correspondence concerning sunrise at Lincoln, gravitation, star atlases, the rotation of the Moon, comets, Venus and the equinoxes, 1900. Miscellaneous correspondence concerning Mars, the visibility of Polaris and the Southern Cross, questions on astronomical books and atlases, sunrise and sunset times, sunrise at Alexandria, the 'Nautical Almanac' and gravity, 1901.
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1898–1901
188 Papers on astronomical and solar physics. Correspondence relating to sunspots and prominences, 1882-1884. There are two letters from Christie to 'Nature' concerning the magnetic storm of 2 October 1882 and the great sunspot of November 1882 respectively, and a letter to 'Nature' from W. Huggins regarding the solar corona. The papers also include undated internal notes on sunspot dimensions. Correspondence with W. Huggins concerning phenomena of the solar corona and explanations thereof, 1885. Correspondence with W. Huggins concerning the solar corona, 1885, with a copy of 'Science', Vol. VI, No. 142, pp. 362-363, which includes letters from W. Huggins and W.H. Pickering concerning photographing the solar corona. Correspondence with Algar and Moulton on viewing solar prominences, 1885. Correspondence with S.P. Langley of the United States, 1884, requesting information on the sunspot of 16 November 1882. Correspondence regarding observations of sunspots, 1885. Correspondence regarding sunspots seen with the naked eye, 1886. Correspondence regarding solar theory and weather predictions using solar data, 1885. Lists of the most widened lines in the solar spectrum observed at Kensington [1886]. Correspondence regarding the visibility of spots and with W. Huggins concerning solar rotation, 1886. Correspondence with W. Lawrance concerning coronal streamers seen on photographic plates of the Sun by P.J.C. Janssen and with F. Rowley regarding a spot seen and thought to be a planet, 1887. Correspondence concerning sunspots and prominences, 1888. Correspondence with various individuals concerning solar observations, and with W. Huggins on prominences, the areas of sunspots, the mean daily areas of the spots, and sunspots and the weather 1889. Correspondence with E.L. Trouvelot, Meudon, 1891, concerning the solar outburst of 17 June 1891. Correspondence relating to the great sunspot of February 1892; general correspondence with individuals; a cutting from the 'Globe', 18 February 1892, containing an interview with the Astronomer Royal, with subsequent correspondence; and a request from the 'Pall Mall Budget' for a photograph of a sunspot, with a cutting including the resulting article and photograph. The papers date from 1892. Miscellaneous correspondence with various individuals concerning sunspots, 1891-1892, including the size of sunspots, the origins of sunspots and other solar phenomena, and the relation between solar phenomena and the weather, including a small booklet by T.S.H. Sheerman: 'The Connection between Solar Disturbances and Terrestrial Magnetic Disturbances'.
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1882–1892
189 Papers on solar physics. General correspondence with various individuals concerning sunspots, solar theory, solar physics, the solar cycle, prominences and requests for sunspot photographs, 1893-1895, 1897 and 1899-1909. Correspondence with G.E. Hale of Mount Wilson concerning the exchange of photographs for comparison as to evidence of cyclonic storms, 1908-1909. Correspondence with A.W. Claydon of Exeter concerning the solar dust veil variability, 1911. General correspondence concerning solar matters, 1913-1914. Correspondence with the Director of the Indian Observatories concerning actinometer observations, 1914-1915. General correspondence concerning solar matters, including correspondence with G.E. Hale of Mount Wilson, 1913-1914. General correspondence concerning solar matters, including correspondence with Mount Wilson and the Meteorological Office, Kew, 1918-1922.
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1893–1922
190 Correspondence on solar photography. Correspondence with C. Pritchard concerning shutters for the solar photographic work, 1892. Correspondence with A. Arnath concerning the whereabouts of W. De La Rue's tables for the reduction of solar plates, 1894, including a letter to Mrs De La Rue on this subject, with a negative reply. Letter to E.M. Autonaide, Paris, 1896, enclosing tables of sunspot areas for 1894-1895. Correspondence with Lieutenant Colonel G. Gore concerning plates for solar photography at Dehra Dun, 1896. Correspondence with D. Packer concerning the particulars of solar photographs and the use of metal plates, 1896. Correspondence with Sir J.N. Lockyer concerning sunspot results and photographs, 1896. Correspondence with Frank C. Dennett, who requests a print of a solar plate for publication, 1896. Correspondence with Sir J.N. Lockyer concerning sunspot latitudes and their publication, 1898. Correspondence with Herr T.F.H. Schultz concerning sunspot measures and his requests for prints and published articles, 1898. Letters from James P. Hull, New York, 1900, requesting photographs for an article on the 1900 solar eclipse. Correspondence with Sir J.N. Lockyer concerning sunspot measures and an apparent error, 1901. Correspondence with J. McPherson, Newcastle, regarding a solar photograph he has sent for comment, 1901. Correspondence with J. Eccles, who wishes to visit the Royal Observatory to see how the solar plates are measured, 1901. Correspondence with H.H. Turner, Oxford, concerning sunspot measures and errors, and requesting the Royal Observatory's observations, 1905. Correspondence with William Fitzgerald, Croydon, who sends a solar photograph for comment, 1905. Correspondence with Senor Salvatore Raurich of Barcelona, who sends two photographs for comment and requests copies of the Royal Observatory's prints, 1905. Correspondence with the Royal Alfred Observatory, Mauritius, concerning solar photography, 1892-1907. The letters include correspondence with Mr Mairson and Sir J.W. Swan regarding suitable plates for use on Mauritius, a letter concerning the plates required to complete the Royal Observatory records, and correspondence on the deficiencies in the Mauritius plates and suggested remedies. Correspondence and related papers concerning a query as to the inclination of the wires in the Dehra Dun photoheliograph and their orientation, 1908-1912.
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1892–1912
191 Papers on solar eclipses. Papers relating to the solar eclipse of 16 June 1890, including handwritten memoranda concerning the programme of observations, with diagrams; the interpolation of geocentric elements of the Sun and Moon from the 'Nautical Almanac'; the tabular apparent elements for every minute of mean solar time 21:47 - 22:18; computations of the mean times of observations of cusps; computations of tabular right ascension and north polar distance cusps; a computation of the refraction in right ascension and north polar distance of cusps; and the formation of equations. Papers relating to solar eclipse of 6 June 1891, including the programme of observations and a diagram; the computation of tabular right ascension and north polar distance; computations of the Sun's parallax; the tabular apparent elements for every minute of mean solar time 05:00 - 06:12; a computation of the tabular right ascension and north polar distance of the centre and limbs of the Sun and Moon at 21:34; the computation of the concluded reading for north polar distance corrected for refraction; the tabular error of the Sun's diameter in right ascension and north polar distance from observations; and the formation and solution of equations.
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1890–1891
192 Correspondence on solar eclipses. Correspondence with Major Butler V.C., 1891, concerning the annular eclipse of 18 September 1857. Correspondence with C.R. Simpson concerning the solar eclipse, 1893, with a sketch of a solar eclipse sent by S. Vincey. Correspondence on eclipses in 1896: W. Norton on the date of the next eclipse and S.E. Grant on eclipses of 1831. Correspondence concerning eclipses in 1897: J.E. Hurt on the locality of eclipses, 1 February 1897; E.C.P. Barber on photographs of an eclipse seen in Chile; and J. Coldwell on the eclipse of 29 July 1897. Correspondence on eclipses in 1898, including requests for photographs and explanations of spectroscopic bands. Correspondence on eclipses in 1899, including requests for photographs and observations made and H.P. Maiden on unrealistic theory, occultations and chronometers for eclipse use. Correspondence on eclipses in 1900-1902. Written list of photographs received from the Lick Observatory, 1903, mostly taken by the Crocker Expedition in Sumatra. General correspondence with individuals concerning eclipses, 1906. General correspondence on eclipses, including correspondence between P.H. Cowell and E.H. Parker, Liverpool, concerning ancient Chinese eclipses. Letter from R. Wilkinson, 1908, requesting details of eclipses over the Pacific Ocean in 1909. Reply to B.B. Dobbs of Alaska, 1909, acknowledging a photograph of the eclipse of 17 June 1909. Reply to G.R. Smith, Tasmania, concerning eclipses and his photograph, 1910. Letter from A.W. Claydon of Exeter regarding the eclipse of 17 April 1912, with photographs and thermograph and actinograph traces. Correspondence with individuals concerning eclipses, 1913-1916. Correspondence with the Canadian Pacific Railway concerning the arrangements and fare for the Japan Eclipse Expedition, 1895-1896. Correspondence with the Allan Line, the London and North Western Railway, and Pickfords concerning the transportation of baggage for the eclipse expedition, 1896. Correspondence with American astronomers regarding invitations to Christie to make visits during the trip to Japan, 1895-1896. Series of newspaper cuttings of eclipse notes, 1896.
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1891–1916
193 Papers on the Joint Permanent Eclipse Committee. General correspondence with Dr A.A. Common, the Royal Society and the Royal Astronomical Society, 1895, concerning committee matters and organisation for the 1896 total eclipse. General correspondence with members of the Committee concerning various aspects of the Japanese expedition, 1896. General committee correspondence for 1897. General committee correspondence for 1898, including a letter on the form of reporting the 1896 eclipse. Committee correspondence for 1899, including letters on the loan of instruments and expenses for the 1898 expedition. Committee correspondence for 1900, including arrangements for the May 1901 eclipse and expenses. Committee correspondence for 1901. Memoranda on eclipses, 1898-1905, including lists of instruments needed, packing lists and memoranda concerning huts. Correspondence concerning the transfer of Captain Hill's instruments to Professor Newall at Cambridge, 1905.
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1895–1905
194 Papers on the Joint Permanent Eclipse Committee. Invitations to the meetings of the Joint Permanent Eclipse Committee, 1894-1911. Correspondence between the Astronomer Royal and Committee members, 1894-1910, including estimates for expenses, decisions as to new members and general correspondence. Correspondence concerning the loan of instruments between members of the Committee, 1898-1902. Papers on a joint meeting of the Royal Society and the Royal Astronomical Society, 19 October 1905, to discuss the eclipse of 30 August 1905. Preliminary correspondence, 1909, concerning the loan of instruments, etc., for observations of the eclipse of 8 May 1910. General eclipse committee correspondence, 1911, including discussion of the successor to the Astronomer Royal as Chairman of the Joint Permanent Eclipse Committee.
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1894–1911
195 Papers on solar eclipses. (1) Papers regarding the solar eclipse seen in India, 22 January 1898. Bills of tradesmen, hotels and restaurants connected with the solar eclipse, with receipts, 1897. Correspondence concerning the special meeting of the Royal Society on 31 March 1898 to receive preliminary reports on the solar eclipse. Preliminary correspondence and camp arrangements. Preliminary correspondence with the India Office and reports from the meteorological reporter, 1896-1897, concerning the arrangements for eclipse camps for the 1898 expedition. Correspondence with Major S.G. Burrard concerning eclipse camp arrangements and railway travel prospects, 1896, with a diagram of a telescope hut. Correspondence with H.H. Turner concerning eclipse arrangements, 1897. (2) Papers regarding the solar eclipse of 9 August 1896. Correspondence with the Admiralty, 1896, concerning arrangements for travel to observe the eclipse, including a letter to the Commander-in-Chief, China Station, concerning the Astronomer Royal travelling on a man-of-war. . Correspondence with the Japanese Legation concerning travel arrangements, 1896. Correspondence with the Foreign Office and copies of correspondence from the Consul at St Petersburg concerning the Russian expedition, 1896. . Correspondence with the British Legation, Tokyo, and with HMS 'Centurion', 1896. Memoranda concerning the Japanese eclipse expedition of August 1896, including weights of packages; lists of plates, with types used; a note on the focusing of the Thompson Photoheliograph; extracts from the 'Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society', Vol. LVI, No. 3, and from the Nautical Almanac Office Circular, No. 15; travelling expenses; and general lists of addresses.
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1896–1898
196 Correspondence on the solar eclipse. Correspondence relating to the solar eclipse seen in Norway on 9 August 1896:. Receipts of tradesmen, hotels and others, 1896, including orders for Britannia Works's plates and Mawson's plates (cancelled later). There is also a receipt from the Canadian Pacific Railroad for fares to Japan. Correspondence of 1895-1897 concerning the eclipse of 9 August 1896, including letters from P.H. Matthiessen and Co. on a special cruise to Norway and letters to H.H. Turner on plates. Correspondence with H.H. Turner, 1895-1896, concerning aspects of the eclipse expedition, travel arrangements, instruments, accommodation and the construction of observing huts. Correspondence with Dr A.A. Common, 1895-1896, concerning various issues relating to the eclipse of 9 August 1896, including a note stating that the information received suggests bad weather and fog may prevent the eclipse being observed. Correspondence with Captain E.H. Hills, 1896, concerning the eclipse of 9 August 1896, including travel arrangement queries and letters on luggage and instrument carriage.
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1895–1897
197 Correspondence on the solar eclipse. Correspondence relating to the solar eclipse seen in India on 22 January 1898:. Correspondence between the Secretary of the Asiatic Society of Bengal and the Secretary of the Joint Permanent Eclipse Committee regarding travel and accommodation arrangements, 1897, including a copy of correspondence with railway offices and a meteorological report. Preliminary correspondence with Captain E.H. Hills regarding arrangements for the eclipse expedition and the selection of an observing station, 1897. Correspondence with Dr A.A. Common regarding the re-silvering of mirrors for the Indian expedition, 1897. General correspondence concerning the eclipse, 1897-1897, including a letter from Amherst College, United States, requesting a possible letter to influence the American participation, correspondence on the development of the plates, and a request from A.A. Common for prints of the eclipse plates. Correspondence concerning travel arrangements with regard to the solar eclipse, 1897-1898, including letters from Indian railway companies and receipts from agents and bankers. Papers regarding the Astronomer Royal's lectures to the Royal Institution, 22 April 1898, and the Royal Photographic Society, 10 May 1898. Correspondence with the Royal Institution concerning arrangements for the Astronomer Royal's lecture, 1898, including uncorrected and corrected proofs and the 1898 lecture arrangements at the Royal Institution. Correspondence with the Royal Photographic Society concerning arrangements for the Astronomer Royal's lecture, 1898, including a proof of the lecture given for publication in the Society's Journal. Manuscript notes of the Astronomer Royal's lecture, with lists of lantern slides and illustrations, 1898. Correspondence with Sir J.N. Lockyer concerning the loan of lantern slides, 1898. Correspondence with H.H. Turner concerning the loan of slides and queries on their return, 1898. Correspondence with Captain Hills concerning the loan of slides, etc., 1898. Correspondence with the Royal Astronomical Society concerning the loan of lantern slides, 1898. Miscellaneous correspondence with various individuals regarding the Astronomer Royal's lecture, 1898, including arrangements for transport and a request from 'Nature' for a proof of the lecture. Newspaper cuttings regarding the eclipse, 22 January 1898.
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1897–1898
198 Papers on the solar eclipse. Papers relating to the solar eclipse seen in India on 22 January 1898:. Photographs of the Sahdol camp, various instruments and the solar eclipse, 1898. Six copies of a map of central India showing the path and direction of totality, 1898. One map is annotated with the positions of manned stations. Two copies of a plan of the camp at Sahdol, a plan of the Astronomer Royal's observing hut, and a world map showing the eclipse parameter worldwide, 1898. Letter from H.L. Crosthwaite sending photographs, 1898. Letter from Mr Butler sending photographs, 1898. Letter from H. Kelsall-Slater sending photographs, 1898. Letter from Major Burrard of the Survey of India, 1898, giving results of the triangulation at Sahdol and giving a statement of the times of contact, and photographs deduced from corongraph records. Paper showing the extreme ranges of magnetic declination at Greenwich for January 1898. Memoranda on the eclipse, 1898, including packing lists, adjustments of the instruments and clock errors. Meteorological observations before, during and after the eclipse, and a series of daily temperature curves for days preceding and succeeding the eclipse, 1898. 'Brief Description of Magnetic Movements recorded at Royal Observatory, Greenwich, 1898 January.'. Four copies of the 'Nautical Almanac Circular', No. 16, 1898. Proof copy of a lecture given to the Royal Astronomical Society by the Astronomer Royal, 1898. Circular from the British Astronomical Association giving details of the eclipse expedition, 1897. Two copies of a report by W.H.M. Christie and H.H. Turner from the 'Proceedings of the Royal Society', Vol. LXIV, concerning the eclipse expedition, 1898.
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1897–1898
199 Papers on the solar eclipse. Papers relating to the solar eclipse seen in Portugal on 28 May 1900:. Correspondence regarding preparations for the eclipse expedition, 1900-1901, including offers of assistance from A. Berry. Correspondence with the Royal Mail Steam Packet Co., 1900, regarding the travel arrangements to Lisbon and the return, including receipts for fares and baggage. A pack containing a photograph of Ovar in Portugal; two maps of Portugal showing the back of the eclipse; a plan of Ovar at a scale of 1:5000, showing eclipse stations; a plan of the eclipse station at Ovar at 1:100; and a blueprint-style plan of Ovar at 1:5000. The items date from 1900. A pack containing luggage, labels, insurance forms, etc., 1900. Memoranda; packing lists; notes of advice on travelling in Portugal; train and tram timetables, 'Nautical Almanac Circular', No. 17; and a proof copy of the preliminary report read to the Royal Society and the Royal Astronomical Society, 1900. Correspondence of 1900 on the Astronomer Royal's lecture to the Royal Society and the printing of the papers for the 'Proceedings', Vol. LXVII. Correspondence with various individuals, 1900, concerning the partial eclipse in England on 28 May 1900, including several small scale photographs.
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1900–1901
200 Papers on the solar eclipse. Papers relating to the solar eclipse seen in Portugal on 28 May 1900:. Pamphlets concerning the eclipse expedition, Cooke's Tours, etc., 1900. 'Nautical Almanac Circular', No. 17, and a United States Weather Department report on the probable sky state, 1900. Correspondence with the Admiralty, Treasury and Hydrographer concerning arrangements for travelling, money, the loan of watches and travelling claims, 1900. Correspondence with the Portuguese Government and the Lisbon Observatory, 1900. Correspondence with Maures and Co., Orporto, concerning travel arrangements, customs facilities, etc., 1900. Correspondence with Willesden Paper Canvas Works concerning the purchase of canvas for huts at Ovar, 1900.
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1900
201 Correspondence on the solar eclipse. Papers relating to the solar eclipse of 17 May 1901, seen in Mauritius and Sumatra:. General correspondence concerning eclipse arrangements, travel and photographs, 1901. File of correspondence concerning insurance for instruments in Sumatra and Mauritius, including policies, 1901. File of correspondence with the Admiralty and Treasury, 1901, concerning requests for expenses, travelling arrangements, correspondence regarding the need for insurance and a report to the Admiralty on the expedition's success. Correspondence regarding the loan of instruments for Sumatra and Mauritius, 1901. Correspondence with various firms concerning the supply of photographic plates for use in Sumatra and Mauritius, 1901. Correspondence with the 'Standard', 1901. File of correspondence with agents concerning the return of baggage from Mauritius, 1901. Correspondence with the Royal Alfred Observatory, Mauritius, concerning the loan of instruments and the purchase of plates, 1901. File of letters from E.W. Maunder concerning his expedition to Mauritius and his illness, 1901. Correspondence concerning travel arrangements for E.W. Maunder to Mauritius, 1901, including requests for reductions in fares as given to Government staff on public service. Letters and telegrams from F.W. Dyson concerning his expedition to Sumatra, 1901. Correspondence regarding the despatch and return of F.W. Dyson's baggage, 1901. H.F. Newall's letters from Cambridge and Sumatra, 1901. Correspondence regarding F.W. Dyson's travel arrangements, 1901. Memoranda concerning the Mauritius expedition, equipment lists, expenses, fares, etc., 1901. Memoranda concerning the Sumatra expedition equipment, expenses, fares, etc., 1901. General memoranda concerning the eclipse, 1901. Set of intensity scales used in the 1901 eclipse.
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1901
202 Papers on the solar eclipse. Papers relating to the solar eclipse of 30 August 1905, seen at Sfax, Tunisia:. Correspondence with the Admiralty regarding expenses and advances in salary for the Astronomer Royal, F.W. Dyson and C. Davidson, 1905. Correspondence with the Admiralty concerning the use of the warship H.M.S. 'Suffolk' for the conveyance of the eclipse party from Malta to Sfax, 1905, including the Astronomer Royal's report to the Admiralty on the expedition results. Correspondence with the British Consul, Tunis, regarding the observing site and with the Hotel de France concerning accommodation, 1905. Correspondence with Indemnity Mutual Co. regarding insurance for the instruments and a copy of the policy, 1905. Correspondence with H.H. Turner concerning instruments for the eclipse expedition, 1905. Correspondence with Major Hills concerning the loan of instruments and modifications to them, 1905. Three copies of the 'Nautical Almanac Circular', No. 19, 1905. File of newspaper cuttings from British and Canadian papers regarding the eclipse, 1905. General correspondence concerning the eclipse, 1904-1906, including a number of amateur photographs, mostly in poor condition.
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1904–1906
203 Papers on the solar eclipse. Papers relating to the solar eclipse of 30 August 1905, seen at Sfax, Tunisia:. Correspondence and memoranda concerning E.W. Maunder's expedition to Labrador. Correspondence with steamship companies regarding travelling arrangements for getting to Sfax. Pamphlets and booklets of steamship lines relating to services useful to the eclipse expedition. Correspondence with the Foreign Office and Treasury regarding the passage through Customs for eclipse expedition equipment. Correspondence concerning the loan of instruments for the eclipse expedition. Correspondence with the makers of photographic plates, with estimate forms and orders for the supply of plates to the eclipse expedition. Correspondence with W. Otway and Son concerning the loan to them of a 16-inch coelostat as a pattern for a new construction. Correspondence with J.W. Leadbetter of Tripoli regarding apparent errors in the 'Nautical Almanac' grid reference for the eclipse time of totality, including calculations showing that the 'Nautical Almanac' is correct.
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1905
204 Papers on solar eclipses. Papers relating to the partial solar eclipse of 28 June 1908 and the solar eclipse of 10 October 1912:. Correspondence and memoranda concerning the unauthorised presence of a 'Daily Mail' reporter during the observations of the partial eclipse, 1908, with newspaper cuttings. Correspondence relating to the solar eclipse expedition to Brazil of 10 October 1912, including correspondence with the Admiralty regarding charts, advice on a suitable site for the expedition, and expenses and the payment of salaries; letters from the Foreign Office asking for thanks to be given to the Brazilian Government; correspondence with the Royal Mail Steam Packet Co.; correspondence with American Express and H.M. Customs on baggage arrangements; correspondence on the loan of instruments and insurance for them, including a copy of the insurance policy; correspondence with the Buenos Aires Meteorological Office, the Cordoba Observatory and others regarding topographical and meteorological information; correspondence with Illford Ltd on photographic plates; and letters from various individuals on eclipse arrangements and poor results. There are also memoranda, observations, the telegraphic code for results, packing lists and other items. Correspondence with W.H. Wesley of the Royal Astronomical Society concerning drawings from eclipse plates, 1904.
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1904–1912
205 Papers on the Solar Physics Committee. Printed papers containing copies of correspondence and a memorial from G. Stokes, B. Stewart and Strachey relating to a proposed committee to report on observations in solar physics, 1879. Preliminary report of the Committee on Solar Physics, 1879. Two copies of a memorandum from the Solar Physics Committee on future work areas, 1887. Printed copies of the Report to the Solar Physics Committee, 1890-1896. Copy of an article in the 'Proceedings of the Royal Society', Vol. 60, 1896. Annual Report of the Solar Physics Observatory, 1897-1899. Memorial from Sir J.N. Lockyer concerning the future of the Solar Physics Observatory and the need for new buildings for astronomical work, 1899. Undated confidential letter to the Duke of Devonshire concerning the future of the Solar Physics Observatory and its finances, much altered by Christie, with a printed copy dated January 1902. Undated printed memorandum concerning a testimonial for Sir J. Donnelly. Memoranda relating to the Solar Physics Committee, 1905-1921. Further papers relating to the Solar Physics Committee: 'Printed Papers and Circulars and Memoranda'. Memorandum concerning Treasury action with regard to the study of solar physics, 1909. Printed staffing list giving duties and personal details of staff members, 1909, with financial details for the 92nd Meeting of the Solar Physics Committee. Minutes of the 55th meeting, 17 June 1887. Memorandum on the future of the Solar Physics Observatory, 1887. Minutes of the 77th meeting, 25 November 1897. Minutes of the 90th meeting, 29 June 1908. Undated memoranda concerning the financial conditions and requirements of the Solar Physics Observatory. 'Note on Meteorological Work undertaken in and since 1898 at the Solar Physics Observatory', 1909. Typed memorandum concerning the future work of the Solar Physics Observatory at Cambridge [1912]. 'Draft Regulations for the Solar Physics Observatory', 1913. 'Draft Report of the Committee', 1909, and correspondence regarding certain proposed amendments, with notes on the draft report by E.W. Maunder and copies of the final printed report.
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1879–1921
206 Papers on the Solar Physics Committee. Minutes of meeting of the Solar Physics Committee, 1879-1913. Correspondence concerning the Solar Physics Committee, 1911-1912, including an invitation for F.W. Dyson to join. Notices of meetings and agenda, 1889-1913. Correspondence concerning the supply of copies of Greenwich photoheliographic results to the Solar Physics Committee, 1904-1909. Correspondence, minutes of meetings and general papers relating to the Solar Physics Committee and the change of site of the Solar Physics Observatory, 1911, including a copy of 'Nature', Vol. 85, pp. 373-378, 19 January 1911; proofs of evidence given by witnesses at an enquiry on the change of site; minutes of Committee meetings, April-June 1911; report of the weather conditions at Fosterdown, with reports from local residents; comparisons between Fosterdown and Cambridge; and the final report of the Committee (Cmnd 5924).
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1879–1913
207 Papers on lunar and planetary physics. (1) Lunar physics. Miscellaneous correspondence with various individuals concerning different aspects of lunar physics, 1886-1901, including changes in the appearance of lunar craters, unexplained lights, glows on the Moon's surface, the fall of meteors on the Moon's surface and possible effects on the Earth, the subject of why the Moon is addressed as 'she', and the origin of lunar mountains. (2) Planetary physics. Miscellaneous correspondence with various individuals concerning planetary matters, 1892-1926, including a paper on the relative motion of Saturn's rings; C. Denham on Venus seen in daylight; E.J. Stone on the opposition of Mars, 1892; a telegram from Reuters regarding work on Mars in the U.S.A. and the canals seen at the Lick Observatory; S. Chaloner on theories to account for Martian markings; A.G. Drummond regarding bright spots on Mars's dark side; Mrs Brinkley on Mars being in a 'state of fire'; Miss Clay on a bright object seen; Dr Knight regarding canals on Mars; R. Hughes on the transit of Mercury; and J. Scott's observation of the transit of Mercury. Other subjects covered in the correspondence are as follows:. 1895: R. Belfitt on a bright object seen, possibly Venus; W.H. Tate on places of Jupiter, Mars and Venus; J. Moore on measures of Jupiter's diameter; W.J. Baily on Mars; and H. Griffiths on drawings of Jupiter. . 1896: W.J. Baily on Mars and H. Griffiths sends drawings of Jupiter and Venus. 1897: H. Griffiths sends drawings of Mars and Jupiter. 1898: T. Hewiston's request for a photograph of Mars and J.J. Pierce on Mars's polar caps. 1899: M. Serge Socolow sends his work 'Correlations regulieres des planetarre'. 1900: F. Hughes, Mrs Summers and J.W. Hurst on a bright object seen (Venus). 1901: P.A. Shaw on what a Martian observer would see of Earth, a cutting from the 'Daily News' of 31 December 1900 on signals from Mars, L. Dominion on the reception of a telegram from Mars, W.J. Knight on Saturn's rings, and J.M. Hewiston's request for a photograph of Mars. 1902: J. Wallamay on the colours of planets. 1903: W. Cottriel's request for assistance with his work on solar rotation. 1904: Serge Socolow on his work on planetary disturbances. 1905: The Revd Sparkes on the satellites of Mars and R. Parry on measuring the polar 'compression' of Venus. 1906: Scriven Bolton sends drawings of Jupiter. 1908: A.R. Hassard on the axial rotation of planets and Serge Socolow on planetary theory. 1909: G. Bureton on signalling to Mars and E. Shaer on Saturn's rings. 1912: Sir D. Gill on observations by Todd on Saturn's rings and H. Macauly Fosnett on Saturn's rings. 1915: Circular from W.H. Pickering regarding his work on Mars at opposition. 1917: A.E. Joseph on communicating with Mars. 1918: Miss E.C. Taylor's request for information on Mars. 1920: C.H. Rowland on the case of a trans-Neptunian planet. 1921: W. Munro on oppositions of Saturn, 1576-1588, and G.C. Izard on the Martian atmosphere. 1922: W. Trimble on messages from Mars. 1925: G. Forbes on perturbations of Neptune due to a trans-Neptunian planet.
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1886–1926
208 Papers on the International Union for Cooperation on Solar Research. Letter from G.E. Hale stating his wish for a new organisation to be formed to co-ordinate solar research and to encourage work on solar problems, 1904. Printed copy of minutes of a meeting of delegates to a conference on solar research in St Louis, 23 September 1904, with copies of 'Intensity of Solar Radiation' by Sir Arthur Schuster, 'Report on Radiation' by Vislle, 'Work with Spectroheliograph' by G.E. Hale, and 'Nene Wellenlanger-Normalen' by Kayser. Correspondence with H.H. Turner, 1905, concerning arrangements for the conference of the Union at Oxford, 27-29 September 1905; Christie's possible attendance; and the voting on whether to have the Royal Astronomical Society Club dinner in Oxford or London. Printed invitation to the Oxford conference signed by Sir Arthur Schuster, 1905, with a printed proof of suggestions for forming and administering the Union, the provision programme for the Oxford meeting, resolutions proposed for the 1905 meeting, resolutions on solar radiation, suggestions for discussion at the Oxford meeting, and a list of delegates and visitors. Postcard from the Royal Astronomical Society Club signed by H.H. Turner, 1905, asking whether the dinner is to be in Oxford or London, with a card stating that the dinner is to be held in Oxford and giving times. Cutting from 'The Times', 29 September 1905, concerning the Oxford meeting. Letter from Sir Arthur Schuster, 1906, asking Christie to look over the proofs of the meeting minutes, with a reply. . Undated printed list of the Solar Union special committees and personnel, c. 1906. Letter from Sir Arthur Schuster enclosing a copy of a statement by Professor A. Fowler on the work required of the Solar Union, 1906. Invitation from P.J.C. Janssen of Paris to attend the International Congress in Paris in 1907, with a negative reply, 1906. Correspondence and a formal invitation to attend the meeting in Paris on May 1907, with a formal reply from Christie declining the offer, 1906. Printed letter signed by Sir Arthur Schuster asking for co-operation in observing sunspot spectra, 1906. Letter from Sir Arthur Schuster giving details of the decisions reached at the Paris meeting with regard to observations of sunspot spectra, 1907. Letter from W.S. Adams of Mount Wilson giving a list of times to be observed for the determination of the Sun's rotation, 1910. Letter from Sir Arthur Schuster stating that the Carnegie Institution is providing the money for delegates to attend the meeting at Mount Wilson, 1909. Formal invitation to attend the meeting at Mount Wilson, with a set of travelling details for conference delegates, 1910. Correspondence with Sir Arthur Schuster, 1910, ending with Christie declining the invitation to the conference due to ill health. Correspondence between Sir Arthur Schuster and E.W. Maunder regarding his possible attendance at the Mount Wilson meeting, 1910. Correspondence and papers, 1911, relating to the establishment of a solar observatory in Australia, including an unsigned and undated memorandum on the solar observatory, written in the first person; an unsigned and undated memorandum, with corrections, on the establishment of this observatory; 'Statement with regard to the Movement to Establish a Solar Observatory in Australia'; newspaper cuttings on the subject of the solar observatory; and two letters from Mr Duffield of the University College, Reading, on the educational value of the Australian observatory.
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1904–1911
209 Papers on double stars and nebulae. Correspondence with J.L.E. Dreyer, Armagh Observatory, concerning the re-observation of nebulae observed by J. Herschel near the polar zone.
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1911
210 Papers on stars, nebulae and comets. Cutting from the 'New York Times', 2 April 1882, concerning Henry Draper's photographs of the spectrum of the Orion Nebula. Correspondence with Dr N. Konkoly of Umgarn concerning the spectrum and bright lines of Eta Ceti. Correspondence with A.E. Buttress on whether M42 is gaseous; a letter from C. Pritchard, Oxford, asking for a measure of the motion of Eta Tauri; correspondence with W. Huggins on Pickering's wavelengths; and correspondence with Sir George Airy regarding observations of proper motion. The letters date from 1884. Letter from C. Pritchard regarding stellar photometry, 1885. Correspondence with Dr D.L. Birkenmeyer regarding measures of Zeta Ursae Majoris and with Dr W. Huggins concerning measures of Sirius, 1886. Correspondence with Maxwell Hall and J. Bone concerning observations of the motions of stars in the line of sight, 1888. Letter from Mrs B. Paul asking if there is any difference in colour between Gamma 1 and Gamma 2 Virginis, and a letter from W.J. Dibdin asking for information about stellar photometry, 1888. Undated memorandum concerning the motion of various stars in the line of sight as measured at Greenwich. Undated memorandum by E.W. Maunder concerning the spectrum of M42 in Orion. Correspondence with W. Huggins concerning corrections of the 15-inch achromatic lens, 1886. Correspondence with J. Janssen of Paris, in French, concerning the 'Congres International de Photographie Celeste', 1889. Miscellaneous memoranda concerning the motions of stars in the line of sight, 1890. Proof of a paper by J.N. Lockyer 'On the Chief Line in the Spectrum of the Nebulae' and correspondence with the Revd W. Sidegreaves regarding his election as a Fellow of the Royal Society and on solar and stellar spectra, with photographs of the solar spectrum and that of Sirius. The items date from 1890. Papers by J.T. Skidmore concerning his theory of comets and newspaper cuttings on C.S. Wilkinson's talk to the Royal Society of New South Wales on the formation of comets, 1881.
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1881–1890
211 Correspondence on loans and gifts. (1) General correspondence, 1891-1905. 1891: E.P. Sealey's request for a transit of Venus negative. 1892: Lane and Oscar's request to be allowed to buy photographs; W. Brookes on matter required for a photographic talk; E.P. Ridley on apparatus for a spectrum experiments; and A. Berry and J.R. Clapham's request for solar positions. 1893: Correspondence with A.A. Common and the Royal Astronomical Society regarding photographs for the World Fair in Chicago; D. Riordan's request for Greenwich photographs; D. King's request for sunspot photographs; Cassell and Co. on a photograph of the great sunspot of February 1892 for a book on the Sun; and J. Otherand on the loan of a lantern slide. 1894: Dallmeyer Ltd's request for a negative of a sunspot, and H.H. Turner on the loan of photographs and magnetic registers. 1895: M. Puiseau on the presentation of photographs to the Royal Observatory and the Royal Astronomical Society. 1898: General Gore on the density of Indian solar photographs, with a memorandum by E.W. Maunder. 1899: Request by Professor Young of Princeton, New Jersey, for sunspot photographs; Sir Howard Grubb's request for a specimen of a photograph from the 26-inch telescope; G.E. Lumsden's request for sunspot photographs; J. Thornton on the loan of lunar photographs; and Major Beadon on solar phenomena. 1900: E.E. Barnard on slides wanted for lectures; W.J.S. Lockyer on mean daily sunspot areas; and Sir J.N. Lockyer on estimates of sunspot areas. . 1904: A. Schuster's request for heliographic observations for 1901; E. Lebon's request for a summary of photographic work at the Royal Observatory; W.F. Denning's suspicions of a new comet and the lending of a photograph; M.R. Juggerman on a comet photograph taken at the Royal Observatory; H.H. Turner on reproducing Royal Observatory photographs for a book; and C. Jackson's request for Royal Observatory photographs. 1905: Stevens and Brown's request for reproductions of solar photographs; request by 'Parsons Magazine' regarding the reproduction of eclipse photographs; E. Parker's enquiry regarding where to obtain star charts; F.C. Dennett on the print of the largest sunspot; and G.A. Nokes' enquiry if there is a connection between his eyesight and the solar corona. 1908-1908: Correspondence and observations given to various individuals concerning sunspots, sunspot areas and related matters. (2) Correspondence regarding sunspot observations, 1909. Request from the Solar Physics Observatory for sunspot areas for 1907. Memorandum by E.W. Maunder regarding the progress of the sunspot measures programme. Letter to the Solar Physics Observatory stating that the records will be ready for publication in three months. Correspondence with F.C. Dennett regarding sunspots seen in Ca and H-alpha light on Mount Wilson photographs and requesting Greenwich white light photographs for the same dates. Further correspondence with F.C. Dennett regarding solar observations and magnetic storms, with references to such events in books by Sir Robert Ball. (3) Correspondence regarding photographs presented or lent, 1901-1905. Correspondence concerning the loan of photographs for lecture use in 1901. Correspondence with various individuals concerning the loan of photographs in 1902. Correspondence concerning the loan of photographs for lecture purposes in 1903-1905. (4) Correspondence regarding loans and gifts, 1906-1915. Correspondence with individuals, astronomical societies, etc., concerning the loan of photographs and slides in 1906. Correspondence with individuals and astronomical societies concerning the loan or presentation of photographs and lantern slides in 1907. Correspondence with individuals and astronomical societies concerning the loan of photographs and lantern slides in 1908. Correspondence with individuals, publishers and societies concerning the loan of photographs in 1909. Correspondence with individuals, publishers and societies concerning the loan of photographs and lantern slides in 1910. Correspondence with individuals, publishers and societies concerning the loan of photographs and lantern slides in 1911-1914. Correspondence with individuals, publishers and societies in 1915. Correspondence concerning the loan of photographs and slides in 1916.
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1891–1915
212 Papers on astrographic charts and observatories. Correspondence with G.G. Stokes regarding the establishment of an observatory in New Zealand, 1887. Correspondence with the Agent General of Victoria regarding the purchase of instruments for the Melbourne Observatory, 1887, including the acceptance of Grubb's tender for the supply of 13-inch astrographs. Correspondence with the Melbourne Observatory, 1888-1892, regarding a suitable mounting for the astrographic telescope and the plates for use with it. Correspondence with tradesmen regarding photographic plates for the Melbourne Observatory, 1891. Correspondence with the Sydney Observatory, 1887-1891, regarding the best form of photo-objective, the second book of selection, guiding stars sent to Sydney and photographic chemicals. Correspondence with Sir David Gill, 1887-1890, regarding the curvature of images in star photographs and the Paris Conference. Correspondence with the Sydney Observatory regarding driving clocks for equatorials and methods of work relating to the astrographic charts, 1893. Correspondence with the Vatican regarding the supply of photographic plates, 1894. Correspondence with the Paris Observatory regarding a request by M. Loewy for a copy of the North Polar Chart plate, 1897. Correspondence with the Melbourne Observatory regarding the method of working on astrographic charts at Greenwich, 1898. A copy of the papers sent to Cordoba regarding work on the astrographic plates, 1901. Correspondence with the Paris Observatory concerning whether the Perth Observatory is to join the astrographic work, 1900. Correspondence with Perth as to where suitable plates can be obtained, 1901.
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1887–1901
213 Papers on astrographic charts. Correspondence with the Director, Paris Observatory, 1886, regarding a proposal to hold a conference to discuss an astrographic chart of the heavens, with a draft programme of discussions and correspondence with G.G. Stokes regarding his attendance to represent the Royal Society and the Astronomer Royal's acceptance of the invitation to represent the United Kingdom. Correspondence with A.A. Common and W. Huggins regarding the Royal Astronomical Society Committee and its membership, 1886. Correspondence with H. Wild of the Paris Observatory regarding the constitutional formation of the English delegation, 1886. Correspondence regarding the formation of the Conference and arrangements for a preliminary meeting, 1887, with a memorandum by Lt. General J.F. Tennant, Royal Engineers, regarding his view on astrophotography and correspondence with Professor Bakhuyzen concerning the circularity of stellar images on photographic plates and the distortion towards the edge of the plate. Correspondence with A.E.B. Mouchez of Paris on the approval of the United Kingdom Government for the Greenwich and Cape observatories to take part in astrographic work on curved plates and the form of photographic images, 1888. Correspondence concerning the meeting of 12 September 1889 on the reaseaux and on the arrangement of the zones, 1889-1890. Correspondence regarding arrangements for the meeting of 31 March 1891 and further correspondence on the reaseaux, 1891, with a description of the photographs at the Royal Observatory, a menu and seating plan for the dinner on 4 April 1891, and correspondence on the use of screens and on the catalogue of guiding stars. Correspondence on the reaseaux, reproducing the plates and the re-observation of guide stars, 1892. Correspondence with C. Pritchard of the Oxford University Observatory, 1887-1891.
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1886–1892
214 Papers of David Gill. Papers of Sir David Gill relating to the astrographic charts and the International Committee:. Correspondence between Gill and E.B. Baillaud of Paris, 1908-1913. Correspondence between Gill and Lewis Boss of the Dudley Observatory, New York, and between Gill and F. Kustner of Berlin, 1909-1911. Miscellaneous correspondence between Gill and various individuals regarding astrographic charts, 1908-1911. Memoranda, reports, circular letters and notices concerning the astrographic charts and fundamental stars, 1909-1911. J.O. Backlund's charts of fundamental stars, with diagrams.
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1908–1913
215 Papers on astrographic charts. Papers from the International Committee conference in Paris concerning fundamental stars, 1909. Circular letter from the President of the International Committee on fundamental stars relating to the Paris conference, 1909, with subsequent correspondence. Correspondence with Professor Lewis Boss regarding fundamental stars for the Paris Conference, 1909. Correspondence, travel arrangements and minutes, 1911, concerning the conference in Paris of 23-28 October 1911. Correspondence with member of the Sub-Committee on Screens, 1891, including M.M. Vogel and P. Harny on seven hole screens, Captain W. de W. Abney on developer and plates, A.A. Common and Captain Abney on the reproduction of negatives, the election of F.F. Tisserand to the Presidency, and miscellaneous correspondence with committee members. Correspondence with members of the photographic committee, 1893-1900, concerning the meeting in Paris. . Correspondence, 1909, concerning the Conference in Paris on 19-24 April 1909 and Christie's inability to attend through illness. Reports to the Photographic Committee, 1893-1894.
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1886–1911
216 Correspondence on photographic star charts. Correspondence regarding the selection of guiding stars for the astrographic charts, 1891-1892. Correspondence with astronomers regarding photographic charts, 1887, including Sir George Airy's enquiry if visitors are to receive papers on star charts; A.A. Common on Isaac Roberts's photographs and the grant for photographic work; Herr Gotbard sending specimen stellar photographs; William Huggins and E. Knobel on the grant for the reduction of photographs; Isaac Roberts on stellar photographs; Professor Tanchini on the cost of an object glass for the Sydney Observatory; General Tennant on reflecting telescopes and the distortion in refractors; H. Vogel asking for two reaseaux to be made and orders for reaseaux for the Melbourne Observatory; the United States Treasury on the cost of joining the astrographic chart effort; and miscellaneous correspondence with various astronomers on aspects of the photographic chart project.
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1887–1892
217 Memoranda on astrographic charts. Undated miscellaneous memoranda concerning various aspects of astrographic work, including lists of guide stars and methods of measuring astrographic plates. Undated memoranda concerning the reproduction of the astrographic chart and catalogue. Undated manuscript of a progress diagram on the publication of astrographic charts. Undated copy of the distribution list for astrographic charts. Undated miscellaneous memoranda on various aspects of astrographic charts. Unsigned memoranda on astrographic charts and the method of exposure of the plates, 1910. Memoranda on the printing of the Greenwich Volumes, 1899. Undated memoranda concerning aspects of astrographic charts, including numbers produced at each observatory on an enlarging camera and photographic plates.
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circa 1899-circa 1910
218 Correspondence on photographic magnitude. Correspondence regarding photographic magnitudes in relation to astrographic charts:. Correspondence with E.C. and W.H. Pickering of Harvard College concerning various aspects of astrographic charts and the determination of photographic magnitudes, 1909-1912, with Circular No. 150 on standard photographic magnitudes of the polar sequence and photographs of the north polar sequence stars. Correspondence with various individuals concerning photographic magnitudes, 1911, with various Greenwich memoranda, including the determination of Pickering's sequence using astrographic methods; W.E. Cooke of Perth on new imperial scales; Sir David Gill on the magnitude of the Pleiades, with a photographic chart; J.C. Kapteyn on standards for magnitudes; F.H. Scarrs, Mount Wilson, writing to S. Chapman and P.J. Melotte, assistants, on their determination of the polar sequence; Professor Schwartschild of Potsdam on stellar magnitudes; J.C. Kapteyn on stellar magnitudes; J.A. Parkhurst, Yerkes, on stellar magnitudes; and H.H. Turner on star magnitudes.
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1909–1912
219 Papers on photographic magnitude. Miscellaneous papers regarding photographic magnitudes in relation to astrographic charts:. Undated file of miscellaneous calculations concerning photographic star maps, including the size of photographic images, the method of measuring the position of images on plates, the refraction in right ascension and north polar distance, chromatic aberration, etc. Correspondence concerning various aspects of photographic star charts, as follows:. File of memoranda on costs and time estimates, 1888. Two diagrams of a plate-holder by Christie, 1890. Correspondence concerning the arrangements of the plates and the selection of centres, 1890. Correspondence concerning the selection of guiding stars and the distribution of work among participating observatories, 1890. Papers relating to the distribution of plates [1900]. Papers relating to the investigation of the formula connecting magnitude and diameter, 1903.
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1888-circa 1927
220 Correspondence on the Franklin Adams plates. Correspondence with H. Knox-Shaw, Helwan, Egypt, concerning photographic magnitudes from the J. Franklin Adams plates, 1911-1915, including general correspondence with observatories on the scale of copies of the Franklin Adams charts. Correspondence with J. Franklin Adams regarding the counting of stars on his plates being carried out at Greenwich at his expense, the collection of the plates and storage at Greenwich; a report on the state of Franklin Adams charts and the progress in counting pay-sheets for the temporary computers; correspondence with R.J. Mitchell regarding the return of his 'binary machine' and the return of plates to Greenwich; correspondence with the London and South Western Railway regarding plates sent from South Africa; correspondence with the Transvaal Observatory concerning the Franklin Adams plates; correspondence with the forwarding agents; and correspondence and documents relating to the forwarding of prints to South Africa. The papers date from 1910 to 1914. Correspondence and papers concerning the examination of the Franklin Adams plates for nebulae by A.R. Hinks and Mr Hardcastle, 1911. Correspondence with G.E. Hale of Mount Wilson concerning the loan of a Franklin Adams plate to E.E. Barnard of the Yerkes Observatory for use in designing a new telescope, 1911. Correspondence concerning the sale of a set of Franklin Adams prints to the University of Toronto, 1926.
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1910–1926
221 Papers on astrographic charts. Papers regarding the loans and gifts of astrographic charts:. Memorial on the distribution of specimens of prints from the astrographic plates and a copy of a communication on the distribution and costs from an unknown journal, 1903. Receipts from observatories for specimens of astrographic photographs, 1903. Correspondence with Father Hagen regarding a set of prints, 1905. Request from F.J. Stratton for a two-hour exposure photograph of the Pleiades, 1907. Request from Sr Lorengini of Milan for two or three specimen prints, 1907. Request from J. Franklin Adams for a photographic print of stars near the pole, 1909. Correspondence concerning the presentation of a set of charts to the Observatoire de Marseilles and Remeis-Sternwarte, Bamberg, 1911. Two specimen astrographic prints: RA 0h 20m x 68° and RA 0h 10m x 67°.
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1902–1911
222 Papers on societies. (1) Papers regarding the Society of Engineers. Correspondence with the Institution of Civil Engineers, 1903, concerning the meeting of December 1903 on British rainfall. Letter from the Society of Engineers, 1880, and a copy of the Rules and Members List for 1879. Correspondence with the Society of Engineers concerning the 'Nursing Testimonial Fund', 1879. Correspondence regarding the election of the Astronomer Royal as an Honorary Member of the Society of Engineers, 1888. Correspondence with the Society of Engineers concerning membership and outside visits, 1891-1893. (2) Papers relating to the Institution of Engineers. Letter from Sir George Airy to J.B. Redman regarding the foundations of the old London Bridge, 1881. Correspondence regarding Sir W. Thomson's 'Harmonic Analyser and Tidal Predictor', 1881. Correspondence of 1881 regarding a paper on 'Vulgar Fractions' read by Sir George Airy. Correspondence regarding a meeting of 20 January 1885 and the Astronomer Royal's remarks on a paper read during the meeting, 1885. (3) Papers on the Society of Engineers. Miscellaneous papers relating to the Society of Engineers, 1903-1909, including meeting reports and notices, notices of outside visits, reports on the annual dinner and a paper on the proposed amalgamation with other societies. Correspondence with the President and Secretary concerning the Society's jubilee celebration, 1904. (4) Papers on the Physical Society of London. Miscellaneous papers concerning the Physical Society, 1899-1910, including notices of meetings and ballot papers. Correspondence with and papers from the Physical Society, 1877, including notices and lists of members. (5) Papers on Blackheath Camera Club. Papers and correspondence relating to the Blackheath Camera Club, 1891-1893, including correspondence regarding the formation of the club, the election of the Astronomer Royal to the Presidency, and notices of meeting, including annual general meetings. Entry form for the 1893 exhibition of the Photographic Society of Great Britain and statutes of the International Union of Photography, 1893. Correspondence concerning the formation of a photography club in Greenwich, 1892.
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1877–1910
223 Papers on societies and institutions. Papers and correspondence relating to societies, 1876-1892, including the Ipswich Mechanical Institute; Blackheath School of Art; Société National des Sciences, Cherbourg; International Inventions Society; Meteorological Society of Australia; Trinity Historical Society; Royal Academia of Palermo; and the British Astronomical Association (on the foundation of the Association). Correspondence regarding requests for the Astronomer Royal to lecture or preside at meetings of the Microscopical Society, National Science Society, West Kent Grammar School, Teachers' Guild and the Tyneside Sunday Lecture Society, 1883-1891. Papers and correspondence relating to societies and institutions, 1890-1893, including the Royal Institution; University College London; King's College, London; World's Fair; Goldsmith's Institute; City and Guilds of London Institute; and the Smithsonian Institution. Correspondence relating to societies, periodicals and institutions, 1893-1906, including the Civil Service Lifeboat Fund; Dublin University; London University; Art Club Bennett Park; King's College London; Clergy Orphan Corporation; Brown Institute; and Gresham College. Correspondence relating to societies and institutions, 1907-1912, including the British Horological Institute; Urania Theatre; City and Guilds; Dublin University; British Science Guild; and the University of London.
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1876–1912
224 Papers on societies and institutions. Correspondence with the Secretary of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 1897-1914, concerning the award of the Bruce Gold Medal to Simon Newcomb, 1898; Arthur Auwers, 1899; David Gill, 1900; G.V. Schiaparelli, 1902; William Huggins, 1904; W.C. Vogel, 1906; E.C. Pickering, 1908; G.W. Hill, 1909; J.H. Poincaré, 1911; J.C. Kapteyn, 1913; and O. Backlund, 1914. Correspondence and papers relating to the Optical Society, 1905-1910, including notices of meetings, lists of members and correspondence on a optical convention in 1905. Correspondence with miscellaneous clubs and societies, 1903-1909:. 1903: Faraday Society. 1904: Société Belge, Alliance Francais, Bureau des Longitudes and the British Science Guild. 1905: International Congress of Ideology. 1906: General Board of Opticians, South Eastern Union of Scientific Societies, Royal Photographic Society, Urania Society, Union Literary Society and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. 1907: Société Belge and Société Astronomique de France. 1908: Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society and the Civil and Mechanical Engineers' Society. 1909: Optique Medicate, Optical Society, Leeds Health Congress and the Astronomical and Astrophysical Society of America. Correspondence with societies, clubs and individuals, 1893-1901: the Imperial Academy of Science; Lewisham and Blackheath Scientific Association; Vanburgh Park Literary Society; Royal Society Club; Library Association; Society of Arts; W. Morley Martin; Toronto Astronomical Society; J.N. Reuter; Académie des Sciences, Paris; and the Société des Astronomiques de France.
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1893–1914
225 Papers on exhibitions. Papers relating to various exhibitions and shows, 1900-1914, including the Graphische-Lehr-Und-Versuchsanstalt in Vienna, August 1900; British Astronomical Association Conversazione, November 1901; Naval Military Exhibition, Alexandra Palace, February 1903; Milan Exhibition, 1906; Scottish National Exhibition, 1908; Franco-British Exhibition, July 1908; and the Festival of Empire Exhibition, 1911. File of papers relating to the Exhibition of Meteorological Instruments, 14-17 March 1905. Papers and correspondence concerning an exhibition in New Zealand, 1906-1907.
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1900–1914
226 Papers on the Franco-British Exhibition. Correspondence and papers, 1906-1908, concerning the Franco-British Exhibition of 1908, including an application to the Astronomer Royal to add his name to the committee lists; general correspondence on the organisation of the exhibition; an invitation to become a guarantor; the appointment of Thomas Lewis to the Clock Sub-Committee; the loan of a collection of photographs; the appointment of W.W. Bryant to the Meteorology Sub-Committee; the loan of meteorological instruments; lists of instruments and packing details; a list of magnetic and meteorological exhibits; the notification of the award of a Diploma of Grand Prize in classes 1-6; correspondence on the removal of exhibits following the closure of the exhibition; and correspondence on broken instruments. There are also written and typed copies of the catalogue of exhibits, as sent by the Royal Observatory to the Franco-British Exhibition of 1908, and maps of the exhibition grounds.
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1906–1908
227 Papers on exhibitions. Papers and correspondence, 1890, relating to the Naval Exhibition of 1891, including a prospectus with an invitation to the Astronomer Royal to sit on the council; a request for exhibits from the Royal Observatory, with a list of instruments sent to the exhibitions; and a history of the Royal Observatory. Request for chronometers to be loaned to the Liverpool Naval Exhibition, 1892, and plans of the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. Papers relating to the Royal Photographic Society Exhibitions in 1902-1907 and 1909, with requests for loans of exhibits and list of photographs lent. Papers relating to the Paris Exhibition of 1900, including a prospectus, a request for an exhibit, lists of photographs sent, a letter declining to send modern clocks and a list of magnetic and meteorological exhibits.
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1890–1909
228 Papers on exhibitions. Correspondence of 1903-1904 concerning the St Louis Exhibition of 1904, including a request from the Royal Commission for an exhibit to be sent, a list of exhibits, a written description of the Royal Observatory photographs and the work of the Royal Observatory generally, correspondence with the Royal Photographic Society, correspondence on the award of the Grand Prize to the Royal Observatory exhibit, a file of miscellaneous memoranda, and diagrams of exhibition frames. Correspondence concerning the Franco-British Exhibition of 1908 in relation to the 'Various Industries Section'. Correspondence of 1909-1910 concerning the Brussels Exhibition of 1910, including lists of photographs to be sent, correspondence on the cost of transport to Brussels, and correspondence with 'La Revere Moderne' concerning an article on the Brussels exhibition. Correspondence of 1909-1910 relating to the Japan-British Exhibition of 1910, including the prospectus, a plan of the White City exhibition area, correspondence concerning the Royal Observatory exhibit in the science section of the exhibition, and correspondence concerning the hydrographic section and the exhibit of chronometers. Correspondence concerning the Coronation Exhibition of 1911, including a request for exhibits, a letter from the Admiralty informing the Royal Observatory that there is not to be a naval exhibit, a list of Royal Observatory exhibits, and enquiries about missing charts following the close of the exhibition.
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1903–1911
229 Papers on exhibitions. Invitation for the Astronomer Royal to sit on the Committee for the Antwerp International Exhibition, 1894, and his letter declining the offer, 1893. Invitation to the Astronomer Royal to become a judge at the Chicago Exhibition of 1893. Correspondence of 1894-1895 concerning the Imperial Institute Exhibition of Photography, 1895. Papers concerning the Astronomical Society of Wales Exhibition, 1896. Papers concerning the proposed erection of the 'Great Terrestrial Globe', 1896. Papers concerning exhibitions in 1896: Glasgow Photographic, Lord Kelvin Jubilee, Berlin Amateur Photographic and the Woolwich University Extension Association. Papers concerning exhibitions in 1897: Victoria Loan Exhibition and the Royal Meteorological Society. Papers concerning exhibitions in 1898: the Royal Photographic Society and the Salvation Army Exhibition. Papers concerning the Royal Photographic Society Exhibition of 1900. Papers concerning the Naval and Military Exhibition of 1901.
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1893–1901
230 Papers on clock and spectacle-maker's societies. Correspondence relating to the Clock and Watchmakers' Asylum, 1905-1907, including a list of candidates for admission and committee reports. Correspondence relating to the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers, 1896-1902, including the Astronomer Royal's election to the Company on 12 October 1896; committee reports; appeals for funds for the Asylum; correspondence regarding a dinner to raise funds for the Clock and Watchmakers' Asylum; a cutting from 'City Press', 4 March 1899, concerning the theft of items from the Guildhall Library; requests to attend Quarter-Day Courts, January, April, July and October 1900; papers concerning the election of new inmates to the Asylum; a copy of Barrow's 16th century watch dial; a memorandum on prizes offered for the excellence of workmanship by British clockmakers; and notice of the annual inspection of the Library, etc., 4 March 1902. Further papers and correspondence relating to the Clockmakers' Company, including notices of Quarter-Day Courts and notice of the annual library inspection, 1903; correspondence regarding a testimonial for Mr Overall and the presentation of a salver; and a cutting from 'City Press', 12 April 1905, concerning the dinner on 11 April 1905. Further papers and correspondence relating to the Clockmakers' Company, 1906-1910, including notices of Quarter-Day Courts; correspondence regarding annual prizes; a letter from De Keyser's Royal Hotel regarding Company dinners; correspondence concerning the Bishop of Exeter's Church Extension Scheme appeal for Plymouth, Devonport and Stonehouse; and a copy of a petition from St Batholomew's Hospital. Papers relating to Clockmakers' Company prizes with regard to the pendulum trials of November 1902, including swing data, graphs and a memorandum by Mr Lewis on the workmanship and construction of the pendulums 'Labor', 'Zealot' and 'Try' ('Labour' was awarded the 1st prize; 'Zealot' won the 2nd prize). Correspondence relating to the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers, 1895-1903, including the Astronomer Royal's election as Honorary Freeman on 27 March 1895. Further correspondence relating to the spectacle-makers, 1903-1910, including a petition regarding examination proposals for opticians; invitations to dinner; a cutting from 'City Press', 21 April 1906 concerning the diploma scheme; a cutting from the 'London Argus', 11 September 1908, on the diploma scheme; and various other press and magazine cuttings. There is also a printed copy of an extract from the minutes of the Court of Assistants, 1666-1671, issued in 1910.
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1895–1910
231 Correspondence on societies and publications. Miscellaneous correspondence concerning societies, periodicals, directories and almanacs:. The Astronomer Royal's personal correspondence, 1888-1899, including an interview for Cassell's 'Saturday Journal' and requests for autographs; a request for biographical details for a German magazine; photographs for publication in the 'Strand Magazine'; an invitation to attend the International Congress at Chicago; a cutting from Cassell's 'Saturday Journal', 3 January 1894, titled 'How Many Hours Should We Work'; an invitation to attend an astronomy lecture at Lewisham; and letters concerning the election of the Astronomer Royal to L'Institut de France, 6 July 1896. Further correspondence with miscellaneous societies and periodicals, 1893-1909, including correspondence correcting Sir R.S. Bath's address; correspondence concerning the official year-book of the Scientific and Learned Societies; corrections to Pook's Greenwich Naval Directory; correspondence on entries in various other directories and yearbooks; proofs and notes on entries in Lloyds's Seaman's Almanac; and correspondence with Lloyds on the annual calendar. Correspondence concerning Christie's retirement, in the form of letters from newspapers and periodicals requesting interviews, 1910. File of press cuttings concerning Christie's retirement, 1910.
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1888–1910
232 Papers on seismology and photography. (1) Papers on photography. Letter from the Minister for Commerce and Industry in France, 1889, inviting the Astronomer Royal to the Photographic Congress in March 1889. Correspondence with the Photographic Society of Great Britain, 1890, regarding a lecture wanted by them, which E.W. Maunder agreed to give. Proof of an abstract of a paper by Captain W. de W. Abney titled 'Transmission of Sunlight through Earth's Atmosphere', 1892. (2) Papers on seismology. Papers and correspondence relating to seismology, 1894-1914, including a request from the Turkish Ambassador to see the Royal Observatory's seismograph; reports of the earthquake shock in Bedfordshire, 7 December 1896, from Messrs Patey, Hemsley, Tannalull, Boyton and Wilkins, all referred to J. Milne of the Isle of Wight; correspondence with the Director of the Geological Survey of India concerning the earthquake of 12 June 1897; and correspondence with the Foreign Office regarding the earthquake in Chile on 23 July 1898 and the subsequent weather in Chile. General correspondence with various individuals regarding earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, 1894-1914, mostly referred to Professor Milne of the Isle of Wight, with a further report on the earthquake at Valparaíso, Chile, on 16 August 1906, and that at Mexico City on 11 May 1907; a cutting from the 'New York Herald', 2 April 1907, on reasons for seismic disturbances; correspondence with the Foreign Office regarding a suitable seismometer for the Jamaican Government; and correspondence with H.H. Turner concerning the future of seismological work in the United Kingdom and whether Greenwich should take this over. . (3) Papers on galvanism and telegraphy. Undated card conveying instructions for telegraph-signalling by day and night and morse code. Map of the world showing the telegraph services to various parts of the world in 1876.
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1876–1914
233 Papers on optics and navigation. Undated ink drawing of Fraunhofer's solar spectrum. General correspondence concerning optics, relating mainly to telescopes, 1884-1894, including two copies of the Admiralty Telescope Contract, 1884; a copy of Patent No. 17994 of 1892: 'Improvements in Compound Object Glasses for Telescopes' by H.D. Taylor; W.J. Watson on increasing the power of a telescope; D.F. Webster on the reflection of the Moon in a mirror; Ralf Sadler on improvements to object glasses; and W.H. Duncan on water telescopes. General correspondence concerning telescopes, etc., 1893-1900, including R. Sadler on object glasses; G.G. Stokes on the need for guiding telescopes in astrophotography; G.H. Lastrie on the rules of triangulation and horizon distances; and J.C. Beltingham on the theory of vision in a telescope. Papers and correspondence concerned mainly with the testing of telescopes, 1888-1892, including a file of correspondence on the testing of Royal Navy telescopes and binoculars; Dr Parsons on evidence of eye power increasing with use; and an undated memorandum by the Astronomer Royal concerning a convertor for the 28" telescope. File of correspondence on navigation, 1892-1894, including J. Bannister on the history of navigation; Captain Straker on the distance and bearings of distance lights; and H.D. Paine on a device for correcting the error of compasses.
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1884–1900
234 Papers on pure mathematics and geology. Papers and correspondence with various individuals concerning pure mathematics, 1880-1890, including J.C. Adams on the resolutions of the function xn + 1/xn - 2 na into factors; E. Lowey on tables of sines; R. Lehfeldt on geometrical bisection; J. Nye on the trisection of an angle of 60°; a note by Sir George Airy on a model showing the relation between a prism and a pyramid; R. Main on the trisection of a plane acute angle; a paper on the use of arithmometers in public offices; W. Hayden on the division of angles; and D. Nightingale on a problem concerning elephants. Further papers and correspondence concerning pure mathematics, with calculations, 1893-1915, including G.H. Murray on the work of the late Dr Sang; Chas Bradbury on Brunsyiga calculating machines; G. Brothers on converging times; N.L. Fereday on a formula for the radius of curvature of an arc of a parabola in terms of Y; F. Penrose on a method of calculating eclipses; G.H. Cooper on the octinal system of notation; the Revd H. Algar on a plan for trisecting a triangle; correspondence with L. de Ball on his tables of refraction; Carl Bagge of Sweden sends various astronomical tables; W. Hayden on angular calculus; and C.H. Wallace on the solution of the 'three bodies problem'. File of correspondence with C. Woodhead relating to various subjects, 1912-1915. Printed arrangements for the London Meeting of the International Geological Congress, 17-22 September 1888. Correspondence with Downing Street, 1889, including a report by the Governor on an earthquake at Accra, Gold Coast. General correspondence with various individuals, 1889-1890, including correspondence on a minor earthquake felt in London on 14 May 1889 and a cutting from the 'San Francisco Chronicle' for 1 August 1889 concerning an earthquake on 19 May.
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1880–1915
235 Papers on chronology. Papers and correspondence relating to chronology, 1878-1890, including L.R.B. Bennett on [Tycho's] star of 1572; the Revd J.R. O'Flaherty on the eclipse of 12 October 1605; Sir H. Rawlinson on eclipses in India, 612-613 AD; Col. Ellis on Indian chronology; H. Page on whether 1 July 1800 is 18th or 19th century; General Massey on the Sothic Cycle; J. Crumb on how often February has five Sundays; and J. Whitworth on the light of Jupiter and Saturn. File of correspondence with various individuals concerning chronology, 1872-1906, including W.C.R. Austen on Easter Day 1501; J.D. Parsons on the 'Nevos' cycle; the Revd W. Thompson on days of the weeks of September 1626; J. Jones on the length of the sidereal day; B. Jackson on dates of the new Moon in 29 and 31 AD; J.B. Dimbleby on heliacal risings of Sirius; and a separate section of correspondence, 1898-1900, regarding 1900 not being a leap year.
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1872–1906
236 Papers on chronology. File of correspondence with various individuals regarding the commencement of the twentieth century, 1898-1900. Correspondence with various individuals regarding chronology and historical research, 1906-1915, including correspondence with the Revd Jones on the 360-day period of Chaldeans; V.C. Robertson and W.B. Douglas on reform of the calendar; E. Powell on new Moons and eclipses in 1799; and F. Bligh-Bond on the orientation of churches.
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1898–1915
237 Papers on the tides. Miscellaneous papers and correspondence concerning tides and tide gauges, 1878-1879, including tide gauges in the Baltic; the 'Standard', 9 March 1878, on Thames tides; S. Rowland-Johnstone on a copy of 'Tides and Waves'; A. Taylor on the propagation of motion in waves; 'Engineering' on Thames tides; Dr Borgen on tides; 'Proceedings of the Institute of Civil Engineers', Vol. LIX: 'The River Thames' by J.B. Redman; E. Roberts on his 'Tide Predictor'; and tide tables for Bombay, 1880. Correspondence concerning tides, 1881-1882, including Pearson on tides at Fleetwood; a story concerning the Suez Canal; and W. Todd on tides. Correspondence concerning tides, 1885-1886, including W.B. Paul on lunar gravitation measured by tides; Darwin and Turner on 'Corrections to Equilibrium Theory of Tides for Continents'; Beanland on tides; F. Hughes on the definition of sea level; and J. Durth on Red Sea tides in 1300 BC. Correspondence concerning tides, 1887-1892, including W. Bray on planetary tides; the Venice Observatory on lunar tides; the Revd Chapman concerning currents on the coast of Italy; and Admiral Fairfax on tides at Lisbon for the purposes of court-martial proceedings. Correspondence and papers on tides and related matters, 1893-1927, including G.H. Ogilvy on his 'Theory of Tides'; M. O'Brien on tides at Kingstown; the Hydrographer of the Navy on tides in Ireland; N. Oppenheim on the high tide at Dover, 19 May 1652; and a reprint from 'Shipping Telegraph (Liverpool)', 14-19 October [1892], concerning a new theory of tides by George Olbrich called 'causes of tides and gulf streams in the oceans'. File of correspondence concerning tides and related matters, 1893-1927, including Thomas Forman and Sons on the differences between their London tide tables and others; Constance Henderson on explanations of the tides; the Port of London Authority on tides for 16 December 1920 and comments on possible seismic disturbances; W. Moon concerning his paper on tides; and W.H. Fox on the tide at London Bridge, 10 June 1540, at 1500 hours.
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1878–1927
238 Miscellaneous scientific papers. Papers and correspondence relating to electricity, 1880-1902, including an affidavit by Sir George Airy on the galvanic nature of the telephone for the Attorney General, V. Edison Telephone Co., and further papers concerning the case, including a letter of thanks to Airy for his attendance at court and a cheque for £52.10s.0d as a fee. There is also correspondence with E.S. di Odiardi concerning his proposed apparatus for measuring atmospheric electricity; Lord Kelvin on atmospheric electricity and the Moon's position; and Savary de Rovigo on his electrical survey of places inhabited by men or animals. Papers and correspondence relating to geography, 1878-1884, including a request from Sir George Airy to John F. Bateman for a map of Thirlmere; a short note initialled 'We' regarding the report on the Arctic Expedition of 1875-1876; C. Stacey sending his ideas for exploration of the north polar area; two coloured maps of Swansea showing new clocks, railways, etc., and the extent of the South Wales Coalfield; and correspondence concerning Commander Cheyne's proposed Arctic Expedition. Papers and correspondence relating to mechanics, 1878, including correspondence with Captain Evans concerning the penetration of shot; correspondence involving Major Cottingham; and a printed copy of Edward Sang's 'Sketch of the Arrangement and Use of Tables of Ballistic Curves'. Papers and correspondence relating to mechanics, 1878-1891, including a paper by R. Mallett on the rate of earthquake wave transit; proof and final typed copies of a paper by C.V. Walker on the Birmingham Wire Gauge; a cutting from the 'Daily News', 12 August 1879, showing several routes for the Panama Canal, together with a booklet, 'Bulletin de Canal Interoceanique', in French, dated 4 March 1881, also concerning the Panama Canal; a pamphlet by Arthur Dunn of Wolverhampton on 'Causes of Boiler Explosions'; and H. Galton on clock movements to drive a fly-wheel. Correspondence and papers relating to mechanics, 1880-1892, including a paper by Professor Perry on the teaching of applied physics, dated 22 January 1880; J. Davis on the philosophy of motion; the Dean of Lincoln on the cathedral bells; Dr Kinns on the scientific accuracy of the Bible (in a series of newspaper cuttings); R. Gilchrist's enquiry if the ether has any effect on the Earth's weather and winds; and H. Wilson on the 1890-1891 eruptions of Vesuvius. There are also papers formerly called 'R5 Drainage', containing material on Thirlmere and Loch Katrine; a small collection of papers formally called 'R4 Ships and Steamboats', concerning the foundering of the 'Hindoo', suction upon a vessel entering a dock and a new propulsion system from Yarrow and Co.; and papers formally called 'R13 Perpetual Motion', featuring J.W. Page on plans for perpetual motion and E. Attwood on the self-generating flywheel. Correspondence with Captain Hughes-Onslow R.N. concerning the personal equation affecting marine gunnery, 1909.
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1878–1909
239 Papers on the Royal Society. (1) Notices of Royal Society meetings, 1893-1909. Notices of Royal Society meetings for the election of Council Officers, 1893-1909. Notice of an informal meeting to consider the claim of 'Physical and mathematical candidates for the Fellowship' and the office of President, 1900. Anniversary dinner notices, 1900-1901 and 1904-1909. Notice of the special meeting of the Council of the Royal Society, 1901. Committee recommendations on modifications in the six sectional committees, 1904. (2) Papers on the election of Council Officers, 1888-1909. Unused balloting list for Council Officers, 1888-1909. Nominations for replacement members, 1890, 1895 and 1900. Printed group letter suggesting W.D. Halliburton for the post of replacement secretary, 1903. (3) Correspondence concerning candidates for election to the Royal Society, 1889-1910. Correspondence and some related papers, including material on the following:. List of Royal Society candidates, 1890. Proposal to reject Sir A.A. Haworth as a Fellow, 1892. Contribution of C. Pritchard to astronomy and his nomination for the Royal Medal, 1892. List of members of the Council of the Royal Society, 1893. Proposal of H.H. Turner and his credentials for nomination as a Fellow, 1894-1897. Unsuccessful attempt to propose W. Hayden as a Fellow, 1895. Proposal on behalf of M. Rambaut, 1897-1900. Proposal on behalf of W. Sidgreaves, 1898. Rejection of Captain E.H. Hills's candidature, 1899. Proposal of F.W. Dyson as a Fellow and a list of his works, 1900. List of Royal Society candidates, 1900. Unsuccessful attempt to nominate S.M. Copeman as a Fellow, 1901. Objection to Mr Watson as a candidate, 1901. Rejection of Captain E.H. Hills's candidature, 1901. List of Royal Society candidates, 1901-1903. Unsuccessful attempt to nominate W. Sidgreaves, 1903. Proposal and summary of P.H. Cowell's work in support of his candidature for the Royal Society, 1903. Points in discussions of the Moon's errors, 1904. Nomination on behalf of R.T.A. Innes as a Fellow, instigated by D. Gill, 1905. Proposal on behalf of Mr Nevill and its rejection, 1906-1907. Rejection of R.T.A. Innes' nomination, 1907. Proposal of Professor Fowler, 1908. Proposal on behalf of Mr Hinks, 1909. Suggestion to put forward L. Darwin as a candidate, 1909 (he had been rejected in 1893). Proposal on behalf of C.C. Bernacchi, 1909. Proposal on behalf of Admiral Purey-Cust, 1910. (4) Papers on the Royal Society Council, 1879-1889. Undated list of medal candidates. List of foreign members, 1891. Application by H.H. Turner for a £30 donation to observe the solar eclipse in Russia, 1887, with letters from H. Rix and W.H.M. Christie. Procedure of the Council in the nomination of foreign members, 1879. Instructions for the Government Grants Boards, 1894. Papers on the grant of 10 guineas for A.M.W. Downing's discussions on the orbit of Juno, 1890, with letters by Downing and H. Rix. Papers regarding Christie's affirmation that the Royal Society President should be an eminent man of science, 1895. Papers regarding the suggestion to change the format of 'Philosophical Transactions' and the defeat of the proposal, 1895. Papers on the rationalization of essays in the 'Philosophical Transactions', 1896. Reports of the Council, 1897-1899. Unconfirmed minutes of the Royal Society meeting on 7 December 1899. (5) Papers and correspondence concerning the Royal Society Council, 1900-1907. Unconfirmed minutes of Royal Society meetings, 1900. Acts of the Committee of Papers, 1900. Items of agenda, 1900. Nominations for the new Council, 1900-1901. Papers regarding the refusal of Lord Rayleigh to accept the Royal Society Presidency, 1900. Proof of the annual report proposed to be laid before the Society by the Council, 1900. List of nominations for foreign membership, 1901. Proposal to elect Franz von Leydig as a foreign member, 1901. Proof paper titled 'wave-length determinations and general results obtained from a detailed examination of spectra, photographed at the solar eclipse of January 22nd 1898' by J. Evershed, 1901. Proof paper titled 'on the theory of errors of judgement with special reference to the personal equation' by K. Pearson, 1901. Statement of claims for medals, 1901. Papers on proposed new regulations concerning the Government publication grant, 1901-1902. Brief summary of the career of Dr Joseph Larmor F.R.S. (Royal Medal), 1901. List of Fellows in favour of a fixed term of office for the Treasurer and Secretary, 1901. Reports of the Council, 1901-1907. Royal Society balance sheets and accounts, 1901. Papers on the case for admitting women to the Fellowship, 1902. Royal Society report on the Imperial Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1902. Catalogue of Royal Society papers, 1902. Notice of amended statutes, 1903. Papers on a proposed gold medal for D. Gill, 1903. Notice to Christie of his appointment to the Astrographic Chart Committee, 1903. Notice to Christie of his appointment to the Chairmanship of the Observatories Committee, 1903. Open letter concerning improving science-teaching in secondary education, 1904. Letter by H.H. Turner proposing a portrait of Sir W. Huggins, 1904. Royal Society balance sheets and accounts, 1904. (6) Papers and correspondence relating to the Antarctic Expedition, 1899-1901 . Application for a Parliamentary grant for the Antarctic Expedition, 1899, with a covering letter explaining the benefits and cost of the expedition. Papers relating to Christie's approval of the scheme, 1899. Draft report concerning terrestrial magnetism and the experiments to be undertaken by the expedition, 1900, covering observations on board ship, observations by travelling parties and observations at the secondary station (Cape Adare). Notice of a meeting of the magnetism sub-committee, 1900. Appeal on behalf of the National Antarctic Expedition, 1900. Instructions to the Commander and civilian scientific staff of the Antarctic Expedition, 1901. List of subscribers to the Appeal, 1901. Covering letter concerning the finalised instructions for the Expedition, 1901. Correspondence between A.W. Rücker and W.H.M. Christie concerning the magnetic observations, 1901. Papers concerning the appeal on behalf of the National Antarctic Expedition relief ship, 1901. 'Memorandum on the recent negotiations concerning the National Antarctic Expedition presented to the Council by the Officers', 1901. Statement by E.B. Poulton on the events leading up to the resignation of Captain Tizard from the expedition, 1901. Papers concerning travel arrangements with Thomas Cook and Son, 1918, including fares, passport applications, visa forms and travel facilities for Christie and F.W. Dyson to attend a conference in Paris.
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1879–1910
240 Papers on the Royal Society. (1) Papers concerning the granting of Royal Society Medals. W.J. Wharton's endorsement of S. Newcomb for the Copley Medal and Christie's approval of the award, 1889. List of S. Newcomb's principal astronomical papers, 1889. Statement by Christie in favour of S. Newcomb's claims for the Copley Medal, 1890. Further list of important papers by S. Newcomb, 1890. Christie's recommendation for a Royal Society Medal for A.W. Rücker, 1890. Acknowledgement from H. Rix and requests for further details of the claim, 1890. Statement by Christie in favour of A.W. Rücker's claim for a medal, 1890. List of the principal papers of A.W. Rücker, 1890. Candidates for Royal Society Medals, 1890. (2) Papers concerning the catalogue index committee's classification of scientific groups. Proposal for further international co-operation regarding a catalogue of scientific works, 1893. Report of the catalogue sub-committee, 1894. Recommendations of the catalogue committee, 1894. Responses of foreign scientific societies to a proposed international catalogue, 1894. Report on the international catalogue committee, 1895. Draft suggestions for the international catalogue, 1895. Draft letters to the Foreign Office in favour of an international conference to discuss a scientific catalogue, 1895. Belgian proposals for an international bibliography of science at Brussels, 1895. Proposals, resolutions and agenda for a Royal Society meeting on the scientific catalogue, 1896. Paper outlining the aims of the international conference to prepare a catalogue of scientific literature, with amendments, 1896. Minutes of the Royal Astronomical Society's Catalogue Committee, 1896. Useful art and natural sciences Dewey numbers. Index slips to 'Philosophical Transactions'. Explanation and thoughts on the Dewey system by H.E. Armstrong, 1896. Invitation and resumé of the International Catalogue Conference, 1896. Reports of the Royal Society's International Catalogue Committee, 1896, with the adopted principles of classification and the organisation to administer the catalogue. Minutes and agenda of the Royal Society's International Catalogue Committee, 1897. Postponement of an International Catalogue Committee meeting, 1898. Notice of an International Catalogue Committee meeting, 1900. Circular selling the International Catalogue of Scientific Literature, 1901. Correspondence between Christie and J. Larmor regarding Professor Mitchie-Smith's complaint about the lack of instruments granted by the Observatories Committee for his Indian observations, 1902-1903. Correspondence between Christie and J. Larmor regarding the Indian Observatories Committee, 1903. There are extracted minutes relating to the Observatory at Kodaikanal, the receipt of Bombay Observatory reports, a memorandum on the Kodaikanal Observatory by H.H. Turner, and Turner's views regarding the controversy. (3) Draft lists and memoranda relating to Royal Society Committee business with regard to the International Catalogue, 1893-1896 . Lists of countries, institutions and subscribers to receive the catalogue, 1893. Royal Society Catalogue subject index and classification, 1896. E.W. Maunder's views on Christie's scheme for classifying astronomy, 1896.
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1889–1901
241 Correspondence on Government grants correspondence. Correspondence and related papers concerning the Government grants administered by the Royal Society. (1) Correspondence on Government grants, 1887-1895. Letter from G.G. Stokes requesting a £300 grant on behalf of D. Gill, 1887. Letter from M. Forster suggesting a meeting to discuss the merits of the claim, 1888. Letter from J. McLaren on behalf of W. Peck, 1888, regarding a grant towards a photographic survey of the northern skies, with Christie's refusal. Application from W. Peck for a grant towards a photographic map, 1888, with Christie's refusal and Peck's thanks. Covering letters and explanation of J.N. Lockyer's request for a grant of £125, 1889. Table of Government grants for 1889. Covering letters and a suggested application to the Government Grants Committee by A.W. Rücker and Dr Thorpe for their work on magnetism, with Christie's approval of the application, 1890. Application by J.S. Plummer for a grant to publish his cometary observations, 1890, with a consideration by Christie and a suggestion to M. Foster that a sum of £50 be paid. Application and a refusal of a grant to R. Grant for his second star catalogue, 1892. Correspondence between Christie and B. Price concerning his application for outstanding government grants, 1892-1895. Estimate of the cost of revising Taylor's Madras star catalogue, 1894. (2) Papers and correspondence concerning A.R. Hinks's application for a government grant for his work on observing Eros, solar parallax and the mass of the Moon, 1904-1908. Summary and explanation, 1905, of Hinks's plans to determine the solar parallax and the mass of the Moon from observations of Eros during 1900-1901. Reduction, made in 1904, of 295 photographs of Eros taken at nine observatories during 1900-1901. Letter of thanks to Christie from Hinks concerning star places, 1905. Notes on the reduction of Eros observations for determining solar parallax and the mass of the Moon, 1905. Correspondence between Hinks and F.W. Dyson concerning grants for the Eros reductions, 1904-1905. 'Note on a proposed definitive reduction of observations of the planet Eros for the determination of solar parallax and the mass of the Moon' by Hinks, 1904. Correspondence between H.H. Turner and F.W. Dyson concerning the errors of Trepeid's astrographic observations and the importance of Hinks's work to avoid these problems. Objections by F.W. Dyson to a large grant being given to Hinks, 1905. Suggestions for a meeting to discuss Hinks's claim, 1905. Formation of an Eros Committee to undertake reductions of the minor planet, 1905. Memoranda of the Eros Committee by R.A. Sampson, 1905. Discussions between Christie, H.H. Turner and G.H. Darwin concerning Hinks's Eros report, 1907-1908. Estimates for the Eros reductions, 1905. (3) Government Grant Committee applications, 1901-1926. H.H. Turner's application for £300 to reduce astrographic observations, 1901. Application by G.C. Foster, on behalf of Mr Nalgonwala, for a £300 grant for a spectroscope, 1901. Successful application by F.W. Dyson for £50 to complete the counting of stars on the Franklin Adams photographic plates, 1911. Minutes of the Government Grant Committee and its subordinate bodies, 1913. H.H. Turner's application for £100 to reduce the Santiago astrographic plates, 1917. Royal Society Government grants and scientific investigation reports, 1918-1920. Expression of doubt by J.W.L. Glaisher over the worthiness of G. Nevill's application, 1920. Proposition and an acceptance of F.W. Dyson as Chairman of the Government Grant Board A, 1921. Government grant reports, 1921-1922. Request for £1350 for the Christmas Island Eclipse Expedition, 1923. Proposition and acceptance of F.W. Dyson to serve on the General Board of the National Physical Laboratory, 1924. Notice to F.W. Dyson to serve on the Government Grant Board B, 1924-1925. Assessment of D. Robertson's electric pendulums, 1926. (4) Reports on communications, 1892-1901 . Covering letters for J.N. Lockyer's paper on photographic spectra of some brighter stars, 1892. Report by Christie on Lockyer's paper, 1893. Proof paper of 'photographic spectra of some of the brighter stars' by J.N. Lockyer, 1893. Covering letter and Christie's report on A.W. Rücker and Dr Thorpe's paper on 'a magnetic survey of the British Isles for the epoch, 1891 January 1st', 1894. Covering letters and W.H.M. Christie's report on J.N. Lockyer's 'Photographic spectrum of the Great Nebula in Orion', 1894. Covering letter on Captain Creak's 'magnetism results of the voyage of HMS Penguin 1890-1893', 1895. Covering letter and Christie's report 'on the orientation of certain Greek temples and the dates of their foundation' by Mr Penrose, 1897. Covering letter and Christie's report on F. McClean's 'Comparative photographic spectra of stars to the magnitude 3.5', 1897. Query over the implementation of the Gregorian calendar in Eastern Europe, 1897. Covering letters and Christie's remarks on J.N. Lockyer's 'The Piscium Stars', 1899-1901.
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1887–1926
242 Papers on Royal Society soirees. (1) Correspondence and papers regarding Royal Society soirees, 1900-1912. Request for names of Royal Observatory assistants of six years' standing, 1900-1901. Papers relating to soiree exhibits and the preparations to present the exhibitions, 1900. Requests to present a soiree on the forthcoming solar eclipse, 1905. Covering papers and lists of solar transparencies, 1906. Request for names of Royal Observatory assistants of six years' standing, 1909. Request to present a soiree on Jupiter's eighth satellite, 1908. Papers on preparations and notes for the above soiree, 1908. Account from 'The Times' of the Royal Society soiree, 1908. Request for a repeat performance of Christie's soiree on Jupiter's eighth satellite, 1908. Request to present a soiree, 1908. Outline and papers on preparations relating to Christie's soiree on satellites and comets, 1909. Report on the soiree, 1909. Request for a repeat performance of the soiree, 1909, which is accepted. Request to present a soiree, 1910. Acceptance of the offer to hold a soiree, 1910. Postponement of the soiree, 1910. Request to present a soiree, 1911. Outline and papers on preparations relating to Christie's lecture on Jupiter's eight satellite and photographs of Halley's comet, 1911. Request for a repeat performance of the soiree, 1911, which is accepted. Request to present a soiree, 1912. Papers on exhibits sent from the Observatory for a soiree, 1912. (2) Correspondence and papers regarding Royal Society soirees, 1894-1898. Request for the names of assistants of six years' standing at the Royal Observatory, 1894-1898. Programme for a Royal Society Conversazione, 1896. Acceptance of a proposal to exhibit photographs of the Moon at a soiree, 1897, with details of preparations. Request for a repeat performance of the above exhibition, 1897. Programme for a Royal Society Conversazione, 1897. Suggestion to invite Col. Gore to a soiree, 1898. (3) Papers and correspondence relating to the Royal Society Club, 1884-1910. Offers of honorary membership, 1884-1886. Joint meeting of the Royal Society and the Philosophical Club, 1891, with the proceedings of the meeting. Papers on the 150th Anniversary Dinner, 1893. Notice of a new resolution, 1893. Papers on the anniversary dinner, 1898. Papers on the proposed amalgamation of the Philosophical Club and Royal Society Club, 1900. Rules of the Philosophical and Royal Society clubs. Notices of meetings to form draft rules for the new club, 1901. Draft rules of the Royal Society Club and opinions on those rules, 1901. Cards of the Royal Society members and meetings, 1884-1897. Rules of the Royal Society Club. Royal Society Club news, 1891-1901. Cards announcing Royal Society meetings, 1895. Papers concerning Royal Society Club elections and lists of candidates, 1886-1910. Correspondence regarding the Royal Astronomical Society Club, 1894-1906, including a notice of meetings, invitations to dinner, the position of the Treasurer, and the request that Christie become Chairman. The correspondents include H. Thompson, A.R. Forsyth, J.W.L. Glaisher, F.W. Dyson, F.J. Jervis Smith and G. Bigourda. There is also a note on publication of Royal Astronomical Society Club records. (4) Correspondence with the Herbert Rix, Assistant Secretary of Royal Society, 1889-1892. Correspondence concerning the following subjects:. Purchase of siderostats, 1889. Volumes of 'Philosophical Transactions' not received, 1890. Whereabouts of two lenses presented by A. Common, 1891. Non-payment of a subscription by C. Todd, 1891. Covering letter for a form, 1891. Arrangements for Sir George Airy's funeral, 1892. (5) Miscellaneous papers, 1876-1891 . Report on Wilde's 'Electro-Magnetic Light' by F. Beauchamp-Seymour, 1876. . Papers on the repair of Captain Cook and Harrison's chronometers, 1889. Papers on Christie's absence from a Royal Society meeting, 1888. Papers on the printing of a catalogue of scientific papers, 1889. Papers concerning the Scientific Relief Committee, relating to the case of Mrs Helen West, 1892. List of institutions to receive the Potsdam publication, 1891. Outline history of H. Wilde's work and his declaration against Sir William Thomson with regard to terrestrial magnetism, 1891. (6) Correspondence and papers regarding Royal Society soirees, 1897-1899. Programme for a Royal Society Conversazione, 1897. Invitation to Colonel G. Gore to attend a Royal Society soiree, 1898. Programmes for a Royal Society Conversazione, 1898. Royal Society exhibit form. Requests for the names of Royal Observatory assistants of more than six years' standing, 1899. Programme for a Royal Society Conversazione, 1899. Letter from F.W. Dyson detailing a photographic exhibition given by Christie, 1897. (7) Miscellaneous correspondence regarding the Royal Society, 1891-1906. Correspondence regarding the following subjects:. Royal Society balance sheets, 1891. Picture of the Royal Society and the Astronomer Royal's photograph with Mayall and Co., 1893. Obituary notice for C. Pritchard, 1894. Postage of 'Proceedings of the Royal Society', 1894. Subscription for G. Kennedy, 1894. Article in 'Leisure Hours' concerning Presidents of the Royal Society, 1896. Missing copy of 'Philosophical Transactions', 1896. Obituary notice for E. Dunkin 1898. Portrait of Sir John Evans, 1900. Dinner invitation for the Cataloguing Conference, 1900. Deputation on behalf of the National Physics Laboratory, 1900. Natural History Museum, 1900. Royal Society address to His Majesty Edward VII, 1901. Papers on the distribution of 'Philosophical Transactions', 1902. Portrait of Lord Rayleigh, 1903. Reference to alterations in the 'Proceedings of the Royal Society', 1905. Royal Society meteorological observations for 1743-1750, compiled 1906.
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1876–1912
243 Papers on the Royal Astronomical Society. (1) Correspondence concerning Royal Astronomical Society Council business, 1900-1910. Correspondence regarding the following subjects:. Election of J. Glaisher as the Society's President, 1900. Recognition of Mr Tebbutt's work by H.H. Turner, 1904. Election of a Secretary, 1904. Correspondence concerning Cowell's attack on Sir George Airy's work, 1906. H.H. Turner's reflections in the 'Observatory' on the Royal Astronomical Society Council, 1908. Discussions between Christie and S.A. Saunders and notice of the Daylight Saving Bill, 1909. W.F. Allen's experience and views of standard times in the United States of America, 1908. Request by D. Gill for Christie to take the chair at a Royal Astronomical Society meeting, 1909. Appeal for a memorial to the Revd James Pound, 1909. Salary increase for A. Wesley, 1909. Award of a medal to Christie, 1909. Resolution regarding changes in the rules for awards, 1910. (2) Claims for Royal Astronomical Society Gold Medals, 1901-1907. Papers regarding the claim for E.C. Pickering to be awarded the Gold Medal and a list of his papers, 1901. List of Hales' papers, 1903. List of M. Deslandres' papers. Papers on G.E. Cale's acceptance of a Gold Medal, 1904. Papers on the importance of L. Boss's work on star catalogues, 1904. Statement of W.W. Campbell's claim for a Gold Medal, 1905. Proposal by H.H. Turner for a Gold Medal for D. Gill, 1907. (3) Formal nominations of persons for Royal Astronomical Society Gold Medals, 1893-1914. (4) Matters for consideration by the Royal Astronomical Society Council, 1885-1902. Papers concerning the following subjects:. Contingencies for E. Marth's work and computations and extracts from minutes regarding his work, 1885. Death of A. Cayley, 1895. Mr Knobel's reforms of Royal Astronomical Society finances, 1895. Plea for an improved geodetic survey of Britain, 1897-1904,. Proposed scientific fund for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, 1897. Election of a new President and Secretary, 1898. Accounts of and subscribers to the Society, 1900. Manuscript observations of variable stars by Sir C. Peek, 1901. Changes in subscription rates, 1902. (5) Miscellaneous papers of the Royal Astronomical Society, 1904-1907 . Papers concerning the following subjects:. Observations of southern double stars. Letter by S.C. Chandler regarding the establishment of a southern belt of latitude stations. Discussion of Pogson's variable stars, 1904. Discussion of southern latitude stations, 1904. Overhaul of the British geodetic survey, 1904. Plan of co-operation in solar research, 1904. Proposal for an international committee on lunar nomenclature, 1905. Notes on subscriptions of leading societies and a chart of composition fees, 1906. Notice on solar research and lunar nomenclature for the Royal Society, 1906. Threat to the Royal Observatory from the location of a power station, 1906. Standard scales held by the Royal Astronomical Society 1907. Delimitation of boundaries in East Africa by D. Gill, 1907. Revision of bye-laws, 1907. Accounts of the Royal Astronomical Society, 1907. Election of honorary members. (6) Council business and correspondence, 1910-1915. Correspondence and papers regarding the following subjects:. Library of the Royal Astronomical Society, 1910. Cookson's claim to a Gold Medal for his work on observational aberrations, 1910. Proposed alterations to the 'Nautical Almanac', 1910. Report of the Committee examining the modifications to the 'Nautical Almanac', 1911. Extract from the 'Nautical Almanac', January 1912. Joint action by the Royal Astronomical Society and the Royal Society on changes in the 'Nautical Almanac', 1911. Plight of Mrs McClellan, 1911. Australian solar physics laboratory, 1911. Enquiry by S.A. Saunders concerning indexes, 1911. Covering note to an invitation list, 1911. Criticisms of Miss Winifred Gibbons's paper on errors of measurement on photographic plates by A.R. Hinks, 1911. Covering note to a paper, 1911. Comments on procedure at meetings by S.A. Saunders, 1912. Legal point on charitable status by A.B. Kempe, 1912. Associate membership for Professor Kaiser, 1912. Award of the Jackson-Gwilt medal to Mr Roberts, suggested by D. Gill, and discussions on Mr Brown's telephone relays, 1912. Publication of a photographic map of the sky, 1912. S.A. Saunders as a Presidential candidate, 1912. H. Deslandres' views on a Gold Medal, written in French, 1913. Failed attempt to elect women to the Royal Astronomical Society in 1892, written 1914. Memoir of M. Jonckheere's catalogue of double stars and publication by the Royal Astronomical Society, 1915. Suggested assistance to Franks's work on stellar colours, 1915. (7) Printed papers concerning Council business, 1894-1900. Paper regarding the following subjects:. Committee on standards of stellar magnitudes. Copies of letters suggesting an international astronomical conference, 1894. Note on medal design, 1895. Jackson Gwilt Medal Committee, 1895. Minutes of the Photographic Committee, 1895. Notice for the Catalogue Committee, 1896. Changes proposed to the 'Nautical Almanac', 1897. Diversions of Royal Astronomical Society publications, 1900. (8) Papers relating to the Herschel Committee and the cost of republishing Herschel's papers, 1912, with correspondence between F.W. Dyson and J.A. Hardcastle. (9) 'Effects on the Moon's movement in latitude, produced by the slow change of position of the plane of the ecliptic' by Sir George Airy (2 copies). There are also letters concerning corrections to comet observations, diagrams of sunspots, Paris longitude, preparations for an astrographic chart, the new south-east dome, brightness of stars, and the life of Sir George Airy. The papers cover 1881-1892. (10) Reports by G.B. Airy and W.H.M. Christie on various papers, 1880-1892. Report on 'Expedition to Ascension' by D. Gill, 1880. Report on the 1874 Transit of Venus, 1882. Report on the observations of stars by E. de Gorthard, 1883. Report on 'Stellar photography' by C. Pritchard, 1887. Report 'On the image formed by a reflector' by L. McClaren, 1887. Notes for the annual report of the Royal Astronomical Society on the Royal Observatory, 1887 and 1889-1892.
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244 Papers on the Royal Astronomical Society. (1) Reviews of Royal Astronomical Society papers, 1895-1906. Review of Mr Thackeray's paper on Polaris by H.H. Turner, 1895. Review of D. Gill and Mr Jacoby's 'Errors of Cape Reseau Gaulier No 8' by Christie, 1896. Review of Gill's instrument for measuring astro-photographic plates by Christie, 1898. Review of Rambout's Radcliffe observations of 1774-1838 by F.W. Dyson and Christie, 1900. Criticisms of the Greenwich sector diagrams of declination and horizontal force, 1841-1876, and Dr C. Cree's paper on the Falmouth magnetographs of sunspots, 1906. (2) Royal Astronomical Society Club invitations to dinner, 1883-1888, with offers of membership and a request to Christie to take the chair. (3) Miscellaneous papers regarding the Royal Astronomical Society, 1894-1912. Papers concerning the following subjects:. Notification of the change in the hour for meetings, 1894. Complaint about the procedure at meetings, 1896. Subscription on behalf of W.H. Wesley, 1896. Cost of printing the 'Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society', 1907. Use of tubolite lighting for showing comet photographs, 1908. Arrangements for a conversazione and a list of exhibits, 1909. Deputation to the King led by D. Gill, 1910. Invitation to the Coronation ceremony, 1911. Request for pecuniary assistance by F.W. Herkel, 1912.
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1883–1912
245 Correspondence on charities. (1) Correspondence relating to the Charity Organisation Society's Meetings, 1906-1921. Letters and postcards concerning the date of the October meeting, 1906. Calling card from Miss M.N. Johnson, the Society's secretary, 1906. Invitation card to the 24 October meeting, 1906. Report from the Charity Organisation Society, Greenwich Committee, for the year ending 30 September 1915. Report from the Charity Organisation Society, Greenwich Committee, for the year ending 30 September 1918. Report from the Charity Organisation Society, Greenwich Committee, for the year ending 30 September 1919. Statement of receipts and payments from Greenwich charities for the year ending 31 December 1918, compiled 1919. Letter to F.W. Dyson from the Charity Organisation Society requesting him to give one or more lectures to aid the Charity Organisation Society in raising funds, 1920. Letter from E. Fairy to F.W. Dyson requesting Dyson's help in finding employment, 1921. (2) Correspondence regarding Roan's Charity, 1874-1921. Letters to Sir George Airy concerning the establishment of the Roan Charity School for Girls, 1878. Paper on a scheme for the management of the Roan Charity School, 1874, in reply to the above letters. Invitation card to the opening of the Roan School for Girls, 1878. Prospectus from the Roan School for Girls, 1878. Abstract of accounts from the Roan's Charity for the year 1874, compiled 1875. Undated prospectus from the Roan School for Boys. Pamphlet advertising the fourteenth annual distribution of prizes at the Roan School for Boys, 1891. Report from the School's examiner on the Roan School for Boys in 1890. Letter to F.W. Dyson concerning the W.F. Batley legacy, 1921. (3) Correspondence concerning Hatcliffe's Charity, 1878-1896. Notices of meetings, 1878-1896. Letters concerning Christie becoming a feoffee, 1888. Deputations regarding inmates for the almshouses, 1889. Undated card and letters soliciting votes on behalf of Mrs Hope at the time of a vacancy arising at one of the almshouses. Application form for an almshouse, 1888. Notices of the election of an inmate to the Hatcliffe's Charity almshouses, 1889-1896. List of the people applying to become inmates, 1891. Application form for a pension from Hatcliffe's Charity, 1882. Notice of the election of a pensioner, 1891. Report from the Almshouses Committee on their condition, 1892. List of the people applying to become inmates, 1893-1894. (4) Correspondence regarding Jubilee Almshouses, 1878-1901. Copied accounts of the Jubilee Charity for 1878, written c. 1879. Notices of meetings, 1878-1895. Correspondence between G.B. Airy and H. Major on papers relating to the Trinity Hospital, 1878. Deputations regarding inmates for the almshouses, 1878-1879. Paper from the Charity Commission concerning the removal of Airy from the body of Trustees of the Jubilee Almshouses due to non-attendance at meetings, 1879. Paper from the Charity Commission concerning a scheme for the regulation of the Jubilee Almshouses, 1880. Printed papers regarding the rebuilding of the Jubilee Almshouses in the year of Queen Victoria's Jubilee, 1887. Deputations regarding inmates for the Almshouses, 1891. Paper from the Charity Commission concerning the election of Christie to the body of Trustees of the Jubilee Almshouses, 1891. List of people applying to become inmates, 1891. Deputations regarding inmates for the Almshouses, 1892. Application form for a Jubilee Almshouse, 1891. Printed paper, 1892, concerning the rebuilding of four Jubilee Almshouses not restored in 1887. Deputation regarding inmates for the Almshouses, 1894. Appeal from the Jubilee Almshouses, 1894, for a subscription to pay off the debt left by rebuilding four houses in 1888. List of people applying to become inmates, 1894. Deputations regarding inmates for the Almshouses, 1894-1895. Application form for a Jubilee Almshouse, 1894. Deputations regarding inmates for the Almshouses, 1899-1901.
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1874–1921
246 Correspondence on charities. (1) Correspondence regarding the Blue Coat Charity, 1878-1899. Annual Reports, 1893-1898. Letters between trustees, 1898-1899. Draft of a scheme for the management of the Blue Coat School for Girls, 1899. Letters between trustees, 1899. Notices of meetings of the trustees, 1893-1899. Annual statements of accounts, 1878-1880, 1884 and 1888-1892. Papers concerning the floating of a company run by the Conservative Association of Greenwich titled the Greenwich Constitutional Club Company Limited, 1889. Notices of the meetings of the trustees, 1890-1893. (2) Correspondence regarding the Miller Hospital and Royal Kent Dispensary, 1881-1896. Notices of meetings, 1881. Statement of accounts, 1889-1896. Notice of a festival banquet, 1891. Notice of a subscription ball, 1892. Notices of meetings, 1893. Ninth Annual Report of the Greenwich Provident Dispensary, 1894. Statement of accounts, 1895-1896. Unused patient's card for recording disease, treatment, etc. (3) Correspondence regarding Boreman's Charity, 1878-1893. Notices of meetings, 1882 and 1885-1893. General correspondence regarding Boreman's Charity, 1878-1884. Paper outlining the agreement between the Admiralty and the Governors of Sir William Boreman's Charity, 1884. General correspondence regarding the charity, 1887. Copies of letters sent to the Admiralty regarding discipline in the Greenwich Hospital School, 1890. Extract from 'The Times', 26 March 1892, concerning Greenwich Hospital Age Pensions. Correspondence regarding the £30 exhibition awarded to Edney before he became a computer at the Royal Observatory, 1892. Report on the Upper Nautical School of Greenwich Hospital, 1892. Copy of the report of the examiner of the Upper Nautical Division of the Greenwich Hospital School [1892]. Invitation to the prize-giving at the Royal Hospital School [1893]. Plan of the seating arrangements for the prize-giving, 1893. List of the prizes and their recipients, 1893. Papers to and from the Charity Commission concerning the scheme for the administration of Boreman's School, 1878-1888. Accounts of Sir William Boreman's Nautical School at Greenwich, 1882-1885. Correspondence concerning an increase in the payment to the Greenwich Hospital School for each boy, 1889. (4) Correspondence regarding other Greenwich charities, 1884-1894. General correspondence, 1884-1894. Printed bye-laws of the West Kent Branch of the Teachers' Guild of Great Britain and Ireland, 1886. Account sheet from the Greenwich Sunday Schools and Mission Rooms, 1887. Account sheet of the Greenwich Saturday Evening Free Entertainments, 1888. Report on the meeting of the Teachers' Guild of Great Britain and Ireland, 1888. Testimonials to Samuel Simms, military agent of the National Temperance League, 1889. Paper from the University Extension Society advertising a course of lectures on progress, 1889. Statement of accounts and report from the West Greenwich Working Girl's Club, 1889. Annual report of the Greenwich and Kidbrook Committee of the Charity Organisation Society, 1890. Pamphlet requesting support from the ratepayers for the building of free public libraries in Greenwich, 1891. Statement of accounts of the Greenwich Park Band Fund, 1890. Twelfth annual report of the Boys' Orphanage, Montague House, Greenwich, 1891. Notice of a bazaar run by the Greenwich Road Congregational Church in aid of the Sunday School Building Fund, c. 1891. Notices of the annual general meeting of the donors and subscribers to the Clock and Watchmakers Asylum, 1892, with a list of subscribers and officers. Statements of accounts and reports from the West Greenwich Working Girl's Club, 1892. Paper from the University Extension Society advertising a course of lectures on American authors, 1893. Statement of accounts of the Greenwich Park Band Fund, 1893. Annual report from the Workshop for the Blind of Kent, 1893. Statement of accounts and reports from the West Greenwich Working Girl's Club, 1893. Annual report of the Greenwich and Kidbrook Committee of the Charity Organisation Society, 1894.
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247 Miscellaneous correspondence. (1) Letters regarding the existence of Neptune, 1846-1878. Duplicate copies of collected correspondence on the investigations of J.C. Adams and U.J.J. Le Verrier into the existence of Neptune and in particular of the ensuing controversy over the name of the planet. There are also other letters concerning the minor planets and mathematical formula for their orbits, the Moon's equation and lunar acceleration. The correspondents include J.C. Adams, Sir George Airy, F.N.M. Arago, J. Challis, J.F. Encke, J.F.W. Herschel, U.J.J. Le Verrier, J. Lee, A. de Morgan, R.I. Murchison, J.B. Pentland, H.C. Schumacher, A. Sedgwick, R. Sheepshanks and G.J. Stone. The papers include a duplicate extract from 'Le National', 8 October 1846. A partial listing is kept with the letters. (2) Miscellaneous correspondence, 1878-1896. Correspondence, letters A-L (missing E-F), and some related papers concerning the following subjects:. Memorial to Dr Robinson by J.C. Adams, 1882. Suggestion by J.C. Adams that the Revd F. Howlett become a Fellow of the Royal Society, 1889. The undertaking of J.C. Adams's professorship by a deputy, 1890. . Obituary of J.C. Adams and arrangements for his funeral, 1892. Memorial to J.C. Adams at Westminster Abbey, 1892. Account of J.C. Adams's life in 'The Times', 1892. Proposal by W. Anderson to build a memorial to Sir William Herschel in Bath, 1885. Letter of thanks for hospitality from A.V. Auwers, 1890. J.W. Backhouse's need for an astronomical secretary, with questions to be asked of the candidate, 1883. Similar request from J.W. Backhouse for a Secretary, 1883. Letter of thanks from Mrs Belville for meteorological observations, 1888. Information for E.H. Blakery on scholarships to Cambridge, 1886. Testimonial fund for a portrait of Sir William Bowman, 1889. Covering letter for a book on astronomy, 1886. List of scientific works by J. Croll, 1883. Covering letter for a book by R. Cromie, 1890. Letter of thanks from A. d'Abbadie for a paper on comets, 1892. Suggestion by Christie that G.H. Darwin become the Secretary of the Royal Astronomical Society, 1883. Offer from J.E. Day of a document relating to C.M. Christie, a possible ancestor of W.H.M. Christie, 1888. Correspondence between Sir George Airy and W. De La Rue concerning the latter's accession to the French Academy, 1880. Congratulations sent to M. Coewy on becoming director of the Paris Observatory, 1896. Congratulations from H.G. Bakhuyzer to Christie on becoming Astronomer Royal, 1882. Request for pecuniary assistance for A.P. Bellamy, 1890. Death of Captain J. Belaremetz, 1878. Proposed testimonials for E.W. Bradbrook and W. Bristow, 1889-1891. Obituary of O.J. Brach, 1889. Proposed obituary of C. Brünnow by H.H. Turner, 1892. News from H.M. Butler of a reunion of Christie's friends at Cambridge, 1888. A.A. Cochrane on squaring the circle, 1881. Request by A.A. Common to look at a telescope, 1888. Proposal by G.G. Butler to elect A.A. Common to the Council of St Andrew's University, 1891. Honour awarded to Christie by M. Cornu, 1888. Covering letter to observations, 1889. Covering letters for a photograph of a bust of Father F. Derza, 1895, with letters written by P.G. Lois. Obituary notice for M.P. Chagas, 1895. Information regarding the accident to E. Drew, 1895. Obituary notice for D.C. Danielssen, 1894. The non-closure of the Honigsberg Observatory, 1894. Obituary notice for T.R.F. Derza, 1894. Enquiry by E.G. Ebert about examinations in astronomy, 1894. Invitation to view the paintings of R. Elmore, 1894. Appeal by S. Foreman for old astronomical books, 1895. Withdrawal of Government proposals for metrication, 1887. Epitaph from Mrs Huggins, 1892. Invitation to see E.R. Hicks, 1894. Request by Professor Helmert for pictures of G. Everest and T. Maclear, 1895. Obituary note for J.R. Hind, 1895. Offer by H.M. Johnson to referee a match, 1891. Card of thanks from J. Jacob, 1895. Enquiry over printing characters of degrees, minutes and seconds for India, 1895. Proposed photographic album for Dr F. Karlinski, 1887. Death of Mr Kullberg, 1890. Proposed article by A. Kruger on Sir George Airy for the 'Astronomische Nachrichten', following Airy's death, 1890. Request by A. Hickman for information on Lord Kelvin, 1895. Obituary notice for C. Long, 1895. Enquiry as to whether Christie can provide a lecture, 1894. List of lectures by the Sunday Lecture Society, 1895. Request from W. Lawlor to judge the validity of a painting, 1895. (3) Miscellaneous correspondence, 1886-1895. Correspondence, letters M-Y, and some related papers concerning the following subjects:. Obituary notices for C.A.B. Mouchez, 1892. S.U. Merz's 70th birthday, 1894. Open air lecture tour by E. Granville-Miller, 1895. C.W. Bourne on Church preferment for T. Maclear, 1895. Request by F. McClay to see Greenwich telescopes, 1895. Dinner in honour of H. Perigal, 1893. Medal struck in honour of H. Poincaré, 1891. Father Perry memorial, 1893. Proposed meeting to discuss a biography of C. Pritchard, 1894. Obituary notice of C.F.W. Peters, 1894. R. Politz's proposed history of astronomy, 1895. Request from J.R. Reid for assistance, 1890-1892. H.G. Roscoe on land for science schools and museums at South Kensington, 1891. 'The English Mercurre', an account of the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588, sent by M. Rodgers, 1893. Letters of introduction for J.S. Revy and letter from M. Loewy delivered by Revy, 1895. . Epitaph for A.C. Raynard by R.E.S. Ferouillet, 1894. News from O. Struve of H. Hermann's election as an associate member of the Royal Astronomical Society, 1892. . Obituary notice for A. Steinheil, 1893. Comments by C.P. Smyth on the Board of Visitors report, 1894. Obituary notice for C. Schwarz, 1894. Obituary notice for T.-J. Stieltjes, 1894. F. Tisserand on collaboration between Paris and Greenwich on photographing the skies, 1892. Offer by A. Taylor to be the assistant at Dunsink Observatory and correspondence with N.A. Rambaut and R.S. Ball on the application, 1892. Arranging a meeting with H.H. Turner, 1895. Enquiry by G. Virgo on the address of 'Furminger', 1887. Offer by H.P. Woolley of prints of 'Galileo before the Cardinals', 1886. C. Wolf on arrangements for sending publications, 1888. Appeal on behalf of O. Whistlecraft, 1892. Resumé of the work of K.F. Gauss and H. Weber, in German. Obituary notice for R. Wolf, 1893. Application for assistance for Mrs Frankland-West, 1894-1895. H. Wild's return to Switzerland, 1895. Appeal for assistance for the orphan daughters of the late J.M. Young, 1887. C.A. Young on errors in photographs and the work of G.G. Stokes, 1889. (4) Miscellaneous correspondence, 1878-1889. Correspondence, letters S-T, and some related papers concerning the following subjects:. Request by G.J. Symons for part of O. Struve's catalogue, 1882. Proposed testimonial for G.J. Symons's 25 years of service, 1885. Request for instruments by C.G. Talmage, 1881. Proposed memorial to C.G. Talmage, 1886. Enquiry from W.H.S. Glanville-Richards about his great-grandfather, T. Taylor, 1878. Covering letter from J.F. Tennant for 'The Transit of Venus', 1884. J.F. Tennant on the publication of astronomical plates, 1889. J.F. Tennant on the enquiry over the Board of Longitude pendulum experiments, 1890. Covering letter for the Jupiter observations by C. Todd, 1879. Request by C. Todd for an exhibit for a jubilee exhibition, 'Ancient astronomy', 1887. Conferment of an M.A. on C. Todd, as reported in the 'Advertiser' and the 'South Australian Register', 1886. (5) Miscellaneous correspondence, 1881-1897. Miscellaneous correspondence on various topics, as follows:. E. Dunkin and W.H. Wesley on Transit of Venus observations, 1882. E.B. Knobel and W.H.M. Christie on A.V. Auwers's report on proper motion, 1885. Loan of a 6-inch equatorial telescope to J. MacLaren, 1885. E.B. Knobel. W.H.M. Christie and W. Huggins on Christie's successor as President of the Royal Astronomical Society, 1885. Offer of plates from the general catalogue by B.A. Gould, 1886, the offer communicated via W. Huggins. D. Forbes' suggestion of a jubilee scholarship, 1887. Requests for signatures and endorsements to nomination papers, 1881-1897. The proposers and enquirers are W.H. Finlay, D. Gill, S.D.C. Thompson, P.E. Dore, O. Moller, C. Thwaites, B.G. Jenkins, A.H. Leahy, G.C. Watherton and W. Sidgreaves. Addresses to Council from Major J. Herschel on procedure regarding the election of associate members and E.J. Stone's adoption of U.J.J. Le Verrier's expression for sidereal time at mean Noon, 1881. Announcement by S. Chambers and letter of thanks from B.A. Gould Jnr on his father's death, 1896. Congratulations from D. Gill regarding W.H.M. Christie's award of a C.B., 1897.
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248 Miscellaneous correspondence. (1) Correspondence, 1834-1895. Correspondence regarding J.C. Adams and other subjects, as follows:. Index to correspondence, 1895. C. Taylor's suggestion of a memorial to J.C. Adams at Westminster Abbey, 1892. D. McAlister's proposal for a publication of J.C. Adams's papers, with lists of important correspondence, 1892-1893. Notes on correspondence in the Royal Observatory records regarding the search for Neptune, 1834. Notes from J.F.W. Hershel's letter in 'The Athenaeum', 1846. G.B. Airy's suggestion that a search be made for an undiscovered planet, 1846. Two undated copies of J. Challis's 'Account of observations taken in search of Neptune' from 'Memoirs of the Royal Astronomical Society', Vol. XVI. A. d'Abbadie on distrust of spirit levels, 1893. Letter of thanks from N. Bowdry, 1894. Request from T.E. Ashworth for W.H.M. Christie's autograph, 1894. (2) Personal correspondence, 1904-1912. Personal correspondence, letters A-Z, with an index, covering the following subjects:. W. Airy identifying a plaster cast of Sir George Airy's head made by a phrenologist, 1911. Obituary notice for C. André, 1912. Arrangements to photograph and make a copy of a portrait of J. Bradley in the Bodleian Library, Burlington House, in honour of A.V. Auwers's 25 years as Professor of Astronomy at Berlin, 1911. There are extensive notes on the painting and letters from H. Struve, H.H. Turner, F.W. Dyson and J.R. Harrison. Proposed photographic album for H.G.V.D.S. Bakhuyzer and assistance from the Royal Observatory, 1908. Photograph of Judge Baylis and his wish to give an astronomy medal to Harrow School, 1908. Obituary notices for P.E.F. Lecoq de Boisbourdron and E. Becker, 1912. Notice of the deaths of L. and B. Boss, 1912. Appeal on behalf of J. Cleland, 1909. Announcement of the death of A. Charlois, 1910. French appeal on behalf of G. Darboux's 50 years of service, undated. Obituary notice for F. Erk, 1909. Subscribers to the Sir M. Foster portrait, 1907. Obituary notice for J.A. Fraissinet, 1909. Silver Jubilee of the French Astronomical Society, 1911. Short biography of Mrs W.P. Fleming by A.J. Cannon, 1911. Obituary notice for A.J.E. Fouillée, 1912. Obituary notices for Madame E. Gautier, E.V. Gothard, F.P. Gautier and J.G. Galle, 1907-1910. Appeal on behalf of G. Giraird and conditions for the Civil Service Benevolent Fund, 1912. Preparations, arrangements and subscriptions for the Sir William Huggins Portrait Fund and requests for copies of the portrait, 1904-1907. The correspondents include Lord Rosse, H.H. Turner, F.W. Dyson and H.W. Green. Obituary notice for T.J.E. Flamy, 1908. Meteorological photograph album for J. Hann's 70th birthday, 1910. Obituary notice for P.J.C. Janssen, 1907. Fund to honour W. Jack's retirement, 1909. Memorial to P.J.C. Janssen, 1911. Obituary notices for F.M. Karlinski, Lt. Kreutz, and A. Krossnow, 1906-1907. Notice of the deaths of S.P. Langley and M. Loewy, 1906-1907. Proposed memorial to Joseph Lister, 1912. Appeal for funds to restore I. Newton's old school at Grantham, 1908. Announcement and obituary from 'The Times' on S. Newcomb's death, 1909. Obituary notice for J.M. Pernter, 1908. Proposed memorial and restoration of the Revd James Pound's grave at Wanstead. 1909. There are letters from A.P. Wire, W.H.M. Christie, H.P. Hollis and others. Obituary notice for J.H. Poincaré, 1912. Obituary notices for J. Roberts, G. Rayet, A. Poulsen, E. Ristor A.C. Rutch and S. Riefler, 1904-1912. Award of the Companion of the Imperial Service Order to E. Roberts, 1907. Obituary notice for A. Sorel, 1906. Enquiry about the life of Sir J. South by M.S. Moore, 1906. Obituary notice for M. Snellen, 1907. Obituary notice for G. Schiaperelli, 1910. Obituary notice for C. Trepied, 1907. Proposed scheme for scientific books for the blind, 1907. Enquiry from J.R. Tyrell regarding Philip Turner, 1909. Obituary notices for C. Todd from Australian newspapers, 1910. Enquiry from M.C. Tiarks regarding his great-uncle, 1910. Obituary notice for F.J.C. Terby, 1911. Obituary notice for H.C. Vogel, 1907. Wharton memorial fund, 1907. Enquiry from M. Palmer on the whereabouts of F. Wollaston's observations of comets, 1912. Obituary notice for C.A. Young, 1908. Obituary notice for C.T. Zona, 1910. (3) Miscellaneous correspondence, 1878-1891 . Correspondence, letters G-L, covering the following subjects:. Personal correspondence between A. Gautier and Sir George Airy, 1880. E.J.A. Gautier's note on the 1874 transit of Venus, 1883. Letter from D. Gill congratulating Christie on his wedding and discussing the internal politics of the Royal Astronomical Society, his nomination for the Royal Society and the condition of his wife, 1882. Requests from W. Sidgreaves and J. Fallorofield to see D. Gill in London, 1891. Undated appeal on behalf of the late A. Goodwin. Correspondence with B.A. Gould regarding comparisons between observed declinations of stars at the Cape and Melbourne observatories, difficulties in communications and the Cordoba General Catalogue, 1882-1886. Correspondence with R. Grant regarding the Ten-Year Star Catalogue, 1890. Request by R. Grant for a grant for a telescope, 1892. Enquiry by J .Gray regarding gold watches, 1893. Correspondence concerning a meeting with H. Grubb, 1888. Correspondence concerning a memorial fund for Dr F. Guthrie, 1886. Restoration of John Harrison's tomb and an account of his life in the 'City Press', 1880. Discussion by J. Rutland of an article on Sir William Hershel by Sir George Airy, 1881. J.R. Hind on occultations at the Cape Observatory, 1884. Correspondence between W. Huggins and W.H.M. Christie regarding photographic plates of comets, a new process for reproducing drawings, a proposed medal for W. Huggins, adjustments to mirrors in the Greenwich transit circle, the secretaryship of the Royal Astronomical Society, motion and construction of nebulae, pendulum observations and star charts, 1882-1890. Note by G.G. Stokes concerning a fund sent to W. Huggins, 1889. Correspondence concerning the loan of a portrait of W. Huggins and a drawing of a star cloud by Mrs Huggins, 1889. Correspondence between W. Huggins and H.H. Turner concerning mezzotints, induction coils, collimator adjustment and photographic plates, with an extract from 'The Times' on solar physics, 1890-1891. Correspondence regarding a memorial fund for Henry Jackson, 1889. International memorial to J.P. Toule, 1890. Letter of introduction from D. Batchelor and a plea for work for his deaf brother, 1887. Correspondence regarding a leaving gift for S.W. Jackson, 1889. Request for support for V.B. Kenett for his election to the Athenaeum Club, 1884. Appeal on behalf of King's College, London, 1886. Correspondence between E.B. Knobel and W.H.M. Christie concerning the positions of Secretary and Treasurer at the Royal Astronomical Society, 1883-1890. Enquiries by B. Lambert, 1889-1890, concerning mending clocks, luminous paint and an eclipse of 1889. Enquiry by E. Leger concerning repairs and adjustments to the Orwell Park equatorial telescope, 1890. Proposal by M. Frizeau to build a statue of U.J.J. Le Verrier and thoughts on the proposal by Sir George Airy and A.C. Ranyard, 1878. Plans for the publication of correspondence between Sir George Airy and U.J.J. Le Verrier, 1878. Enquiry by Miss Layard about a portrait of John Dollond, 1887. Acknowledgement from Sir George Airy to M. Lloyd, 1878. Acknowledgement from Sir George Airy to J.N. Lockyer, 1878. Errors on a paper by J.N. Lockyer, 1890. Offer from J.W. Lubbock to contribute to the 'Modern Scientific Series', 1890. J. and M. Longridge on the attempt to find a position for C.H. Brooks as a mathematician, 1883,. Publication of 'Celestial Motions' by W.J. Lynn, 1884. Comments on proper motion and star catalogues by W.J. Lynn, 1887. News of the death of W. Lassell from Jane Lassell and W. Huggins and W. Lassell's obituary in the 'Daily News', 1880. Obituary announcements for M. Fieuez, E. Gautier, J.C.H. de Lehaie, L.A. Quetelet and J.B.J. Laigre, 1888-1891. (4) Miscellaneous correspondence, 1878-1893. Correspondence, letters S-W, with an index, covering the following subjects:. Request for names by R.H. Scott, 1883. Request from J. Service for information about J. Dunlop's life, 1883. Invitations to visit Captain Shaw, 1886-1888. Personal correspondence from W. Sidgreaves, 1890. Request from H. Smith for support for J.M. Dyer's application for the headmastership of St Dunstan's College, 1888. Comments by C.P. Smyth regarding the presentation of the Greenwich Report, 1882. Reference by C.P. Smyth on behalf of J.B. Forgan, 1889. Comments by C.P. Smyth on the Royal Observatory reports, 1889-1892. William Spottiswoode memorial fund, 1884. G.G. Stokes on Christie's application to join the Athenaeum Club, 1886. H.H. Turner to G.G. Stokes concerning W.L. Christie and the Weights and Measures Board, 1889. Portrait appeal on behalf of G.G. Stokes, 1890. . Enquiry made to E.J. Stone regarding extra copies of 'Tables for star corrections', 1890. Subscription for $5 from D.P. Todd to the 'Observatory', 1882. Personal correspondence between Sir George Airy and P. Valpicelli, 1878. Correspondence between G.C. Tupman and Sir George Airy concerning the transit of Venus, 1881. Enquiry from S.O.C. Potter about G. Tupman's address, 1891. H. Osborne on the announcement of the funeral of C.V. Walker and the arrangements for the funeral, 1882. Covering letter by E.A.L. Ward describing curious occultations, 1885. E. Wartman on the fortieth anniversary of E. Plantamour's accession to the Presidency of Astronomy at Geneva, 1879. Enquiry by W.R. O'Byrne concerning Christie's grandfather, 1887. Request from C. Voysey for his son to see the Liverpool Observatory, 1888. Obituary announcements for F. Olivier, F. Osnaghi, F. Perner, C. Pujazon, C. Respighi, E. Schoenfield, J.S. Stas, E.J. Vincent, Frau Wielhaver and W. Weber, 1888-1893. (5) Correspondence listed by topic, 1876-1893. E.B. Knobel's resignation of the Secretaryship and Presidency of the Royal Astronomical Society and minutes of a similar circumstance in 1876, 1891-1892. Criticism of the Royal Astronomical Society Council and condemnation of that criticism by J.F. Tennant and Christie, 1891. Report of the Instrument Committee, 1890. Suggestion by Sir George Airy and J.R. Hind to nominate A. Möller for a medal, 1880. Enquiry by D. Gill as to whether he has won a medal, 1882. Discussions on the absorption and reflection of light by C. Pritchard, 1884. Proposal for a medal for sidereal photometry to be given to E.C. Pickering, 1884. Suggestion that W. Huggins should get a medal for doing similar work to E.C. Pickering, 1884. Sonnet to C. Pritchard, 1886. Condemnation by R.A. Proctor in the 'Newcastle Weekly Chronicle' of Christie's nominations for medals, 1880. Discussion between J.F. Tennant and Christie concerning the wording of J.C. Adams's eulogy, 1892. Enquiry by E.B. Nobel regarding lunar computations, 1888. Covering letters by E.B. Knobel for D. Gill, 1888. Congratulatory letter to B. Loewy for his award of a gold medal, 1889. Obituary notice for R.A. Proctor by E.B. Knobel, 1889. Comments by Christie on Freeman's paper on a form of equatorial telescope, 1889. Letter of condolence to Mrs De La Rue, 1889. J.R. Reid's letter to 'The Times' regarding a solar eclipse, 1889. Vote of congratulations to O. Struve from W. Huggins, 1889. Apologies by E.B. Knobel for his absence at meetings, 1889. E.B. Knobel's thoughts on the bye-law concerning deferred questions and a proposed change in the time of meetings, with comments by Christie and J.F. Tennant, 1890. E.J. Stone on remuneration for computation of ephemerides of satellites, 1882. Covering letter from E.B. Knobel for a prospectus, 1891. E.B. Knobel's request for information on a 'nebular line' for the 1891 Report. List by W.H. Wesley of Greenwich publications held at the Royal Astronomical Association, 1889. H.H. Turner's enquiry over a mezzotint by Graham and Bird and a request for memoirs, 1890. Forwarding of papers to Greenwich by mistake and inaccuracies in diagrams by W.H. Wesley, 1891. Proposal by E.B. Knobel to close the Royal Astronomical Society Library on every first and third Saturday in the month, 1888. Negatives of the solar eclipse, August 1887, received from Tokyo Observatory to be engraved and correspondence between Christie and E.B. Knobel, 1888. Correspondence between W. Huggins, Christie and A.A. Common regarding publishing names of the Photographic Committee, 1888. Presentation of P. Tacchini's book on 'Total Solar Eclipses', 1888. Stereotyping of General J.F. Tennant's tables of the positions of observations by E.B. Knobel, 1888. Offer from Sir E.W. Watkins of the summit of Mount Snowdon for an observatory, 1889. Funds granted to Mrs West from letters by J.F. Tennant, E.B. Knobel and Christie, 1891-1893. E.J. Spitta on the quick dissemination of astronomical data.
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249 Papers on London colleges. (1) Correspondence and papers regarding University College London . Undated Act of Parliament to alter the constitution of University College London. Paper on the incorporation of University College into the University of London, c. 1902. Statement of financial condition, 1901. Details of the Fund for Advanced University Education and Research, 1902. University College London (Transfer) Act, 1905. Annual report of the Fund for Advanced University Education and Research, 1906. Subscription list for the University College School Building and Equipment Fund, 1907. Application form to become a member of the Corporation of the University College Hospital and the Boys' School, 1906. Annual reports of the Fund for Advanced University Education and Research, 1907-1908. Prospectus from the University College Hall Limited advertising shares in the building of a hall of residence for the University College, 1908, including a list of shareholders and a picture of the hall to be used. Notices of meetings, 1901-1906. (2) Correspondence and papers regarding King's College, London. Notices of meetings and abstracts of accounts, 1901-1903 and 1907-1908. Annual reports, 1902-1903 and 1905-1908. Special appeal for endowment, 1902. Abstract of income and expenditure, 1905. Appeal for aid in repaying loans and completing the building, 1907. Appeals to pay off liabilities, 1908.
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250 Papers on the Cambridge University Association. Notice of meeting of the Provisional Organizing Committee, 1899. List of members of the Provisional Organizing Committee, 1899. Report of the meeting of the Provisional Organizing Committee, 1899. List of original members of the Cambridge University Association, 1899. Undated list of the benefactors to the University. List of original members, 1900. Statement of the needs of the University, in three booklets, 1900. Notice of the King becoming patron of the Cambridge University Association, 1902. Correspondence and printed papers concerning the Adams Prize, 1927. Paper to the electors of the Lowndean Professor from H.H. Turner stating his qualifications for the chair, 1892. Paper asking for funds to obtain an English lectureship at Cambridge, 1894. Sheepshanks's Exhibition examination questions, 1891, 1894 and 1897. Paper on the financial condition of the University of Cambridge, 1897. Paper appealing for the support of the Senate in recognising St Edmund's House as a public hostel, 1898. Paper proposing a department of agriculture for the University of Cambridge, 1899. Paper setting out the ideals of the Cambridge Appointments Association, 1899. Paper announcing the formation of a University Free Trade Association, 1905. Paper announcing the aims of the University Free Trade Association, 1905. Paper regarding the representation of the University of Cambridge in Parliament, 1905. Papers and a picture concerning a memorial of Sir William Cavendish, 1907. Provisional programme from the University of Cambridge for the Darwin commemoration, 1909. Booklet of the speeches delivered at the banquet of the Darwin celebration, 1909. Papers regarding the new regulations proposed for the mathematical tripos, 1906-1907. Papers regarding the admission of women to degrees in the University of Cambridge, including a report on the Degrees for Women Syndicate, 1895-1897. General correspondence with members of the Cambridge University Association, 1882-1906. Appeal on behalf of the University Library at Cambridge, 1905. Papers connected with the Trinity College Dinner, including an invitation card and a picture of Henry VIII, 1907. Notice of the jubilee of Sir G.G. Stokes as Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, 1899. Letter requesting subscriptions for a bust of Sir G.G. Stokes, 1897. Invitations to dinner and to meet Sir G.G. Stokes at Pembroke College, 1899. Agenda of the events to celebrate Sir G.G. Stokes' jubilee, 1899. Plan of tables for the dinner, 1899. Commemoration of benefactors to the College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity in the University of Cambridge. Notices of the Annual Commemoration of the Benefactors, 1894, 1899, 1900, 1907 and 1908. For 1907 there is a booklet containing the menu and a seating list.
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251 Miscellaneous correspondence. (1) Correspondence of the Astronomers Royal W.H.M. Christie and F.W. Dyson with the Hydrographer of the Navy, 1886-1932. (2) Correspondence with the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, 1886-1937. Letters on the disc presented to W.H.M. Christie, 1902. Pages from 'Nature' reporting the speech made by Professor Love on presenting W.H.M. Christie and A.W. Rücker with the degree of Doctor of Science (Honorary), 1902. . Notice of the vacancy of the chair of Savilian Professor of Astronomy, 1893. Papers relating to Mr Freeman's application for the Savilian Professorship, 1893. Papers from H.H. Turner, including a paper 'On the Reduction of Measures of Photographic Plates', submitting his qualifications for the chair of Savilian Professor, 1893. Notice of a meeting of electors, 1893. List of candidates for the chair of Savilian Professor, 1893. Circular to the Heads of Departments at Oxford University requesting that they state what they deem necessary to add to their departments, 1902. Notice of a meeting of the Visitors of the University Observatory, 1893. Papers relating to Mr Freeman's application for the chair of Savilian Professor, 1893. Correspondence with H.H. Turner regarding additions to the schedule for examinations in astronomy, 1895. Examination papers for the Honour School of Natural Sciences at Oxford University, 1898. Papers and a booklet from Ruskin College, Oxford, regarding an establishment for the lower classes, 1905. Papers relating to the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the University Museum, Oxford, 1908. Copy of the rules governing the Halley lecture on astronomy and terrestrial magnetism and correspondence between H.H. Turner and F.W. Dyson concerning the lectures, 1910. Letter appointing F.W. Dyson to the Board of Electors to the Savilian Professorship, 1911. Notice of meetings of the Board of Electors to the Halley Lectureship, 1914, 1916, 1917, 1920, 1922, 1929, 1933, 1934, 1936 and 1937. Letter appointing F.W. Dyson to the Board of Electors to the Savilian Professorship, 1917. Letter from F.W. Dyson to H.H. Turner regarding changes that could be made in the astronomy examinations, 1921. Forty-seventh annual report of the Savillian Professor to the Visitors of the University Observatory, Oxford, 1922. Letters to the Henry Skynner Trust at Balliol College, Oxford, 1924, and a list of its regulations. List of the published works of H. Knox-Shaw for the degree of Doctor of Science, 1926. Copy of the 'D Litt and D Sc Regulations', c. 1926. Notice of the conferring on F.W. Dyson of the degree of Doctor of Science (Honorary), 1926. Notice of a meeting of the Visitors of the University Observatory and the annual report sent to Spencer Jones, 1934. Notice of a meeting of the Visitors of the University Observatory, with an agenda of the items to be discussed, 1935. Extract from 'The Times', 21 August 1930, containing an obituary of H.H. Turner, 1930. Gallery-proof of an obituary of H.H. Turner written by 'F W D' (possibly F.W. Dyson), 1930. Papers from applicants for the post of Cambridge University Librarian, 1886 and 1889. Correspondence concerning filling the vacancy arising in the Lowndean Professorship of Astronomy and Geometry caused by the death of J.C. Adams, with testimonials from candidates, 1892. There is also a booklet on 'The Reappearance of Saturn's Ring' and a list of papers by J.W.L. Glaisher. (3) Miscellaneous correspondence, 1899-1926. Newspaper cutting from 'The Times', 2 January 1899, containing the New Year Honours List. Newspaper cutting from the 'Standard', 9 November 1905, containing the Birthday Honours List. Newspaper cutting from the 'Daily News', 9 December 1905, containing the Resignation Honours List. Envelope sent to W.H.M. Christie from King's College School, with red one penny and green half penny stamps attached, 1906. . Abstract of the income and expenditure of King's College, London, for the year ending August 1906. Notice of annual meetings and reports on the accounts of King's College, London, 1906. Memorandum on the scheme for the incorporation of King's College into the University of London, 1906. Paper on the proposed incorporation of King's College into the University of London, 1905. Booklet of the officers and rules of the Greenwich Conservative and Unionist Association, 1907. Letter concerning a suitable author for a book on the scientists Lords Rosse, father and son, 1908. 'List of Leading Astronomers, in Neutral States', 1914. Declaration signed by many eminent British persons thanking the Spanish for their assistance, c. 1914. Declaration signed by many eminent British persons conveying the regret felt by the British at the attitude of the German scientists, c. 1914. . Correspondence with American scientists regarding America's attitude to the war, 1915. Letter of sympathy, and a translation of the same, from eminent Spanish people to the British public, 1915 or 1916. Agenda for a meeting of the Science Masters' Association, 1919. Notice of the annual prize distribution of the Northampton Polytechnic Institute, 1920. Letter, in French, from the Royal Observatory of Belgium making Dyson an associate member of the Royal Academy of Belgium, 1920. Letter inviting F.W. Dyson to become a member of the City Livery Club, 1924. Letter from the Home Office, Aliens Branch, giving permission for the extended stay of Mr Shajn, 1926.
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1886–1937
252 Correspondence on clocks. (1) Correspondence regarding clocks and sympathetic clocks, 1879-1893. Correspondence on clocks and sympathetic clocks not belonging to the Royal Observatory:. Correspondence between H. Eaton, G.S. Criswick, T. Lewis, W.H.M. Christie, Dent and Co., H.H. Turner and J. Buckney regarding the Westminster Clock, 1879-1887. The topics discussed are poor signals from the clock; inaccurate time; errors and the stopping of the clock; renewal of signal wires; changes in the organisation for transmitting the signal; the Deal Time Ball; batteries for the clock; proposed new galvanic contacts for the clock, with a plan; and maintenance and cleaning of the clock. R.J. Lecky's proposals to have a controlled clock at Burlington House, 1879. Correspondence between F.J. Britten, Sir George Airy and G.C. Criswick regarding proposals for a clock controlled by galvanism at the Horological Institute, with discussions on the system to be used and its advantages and disadvantages, 1879. Enquiries by B. Price to Sir George Airy regarding sympathetic clocks, 1879. Request by C. Shepherd to G.S. Criswick to display his electromagnetic clock and for trials of a pendulum and some dials, 1881-1887. Enquiries regarding the Westminster Clock, 1884-1888: F.W. Reynolds on the use of electricity for regulating the clock, answered by E. Dunkin; R.S. Lecky on the error of the Westminster Clock; and J. Edmonds's request for a description of the clock, answered by W.J. Wickison. Request by A.B. Mitford, on behalf of the Office of Works, to investigate the poor performance of the St James' Palace Turret Clock, 1885, with a report by him on the failings of the clock. C. Cornu's enquiry about Jones' method of synchronising clocks, answered, with diagrams, by T. Lewis, 1887. Request by R. Inwards for trials and ratings of his clock, with correspondence with H.H. Turner, Christie and T. Lewis on the mounting of the clock, including a sketch of the wall bracket and daily rates compared with Arnold. The items cover 1889-1890. Request for an electric astronomical clock for the Natal Observatory, 1889-1893. The papers cover the functions for the clock by E. Nevill, a summary of correspondence and work on the clock, the order sent to V. Kullberg, arrangements for sending the clock and the rating of the clock. The correspondents include T. Lewis, the Crown Agents, Christie, V. Kullberg, and C.R. Sayers. (2) Miscellaneous correspondence concerning clocks, 1886-1892. Correspondence on the following subjects:. Opportunity to see Ellery's chronograph at the behest of E. Dent and Co., 1886. Undated items on the rates of the Glasgow University Clock. Completion of the clock for the Sydney General Post Office by H. Daly, with photographs of the clock under a covering letter by W.B. Joyce, 1891. Covering letter from E.T. Loseby and cuttings from the 'Coventry Herald' concerning rates of the Market Hall Clock, 1890-1891. Request made to Grimshaw and Baxter for information on the makers of the Greenwich Observatory clocks, 1891. Enquiry from F.J. Brown regarding a suitable clock for Chester, answered by Christie, 1892. (3) Correspondence regarding non-Royal Observatory clocks, 1881-1911. Correspondence on the following subjects, with an index:. A. Malloch on batteries for electric clocks, 1881. V. Kullberg's plans for the Natal Clock, 1892. Correspondence between F.C. Penrose and T. Lewis regarding the St Paul's Clock and means of rating it, 1894. J.H. Bishop on variations in the rates of clocks due to the presence of oil in the escapements, answered by F.W. Dyson and W.H.M. Christie, who enclose the rates of Royal Observatory standard clocks and information on the Greenwich Sidereal standard escapements, 1894. Letter from E.R. Archer advertising a self-winding clock, 1895. Request for information from Gregory and Eyles for particulars and specifications of watches suitable for the Cape Railway, 1896. Request by H.A. Hankey for a list of clocks controlled from the Royal Observatory, answered by H. Outhwaite, 1896. . Proposal by W.E. Burton to synchronise public clocks from the Royal Observatory, 1897. W.J. Bartlett's desire to see the Westminster Clock, 1898. Request by Parkinson and Frodsham for the best system of electrically-connected clocks, 1899. Overhaul by V. Kullberg of the Cairo Survey clock and the clock regulating the Port Said time ball, 1899-1901. The correspondents are H.G. Lyons, H. Outhwaite and V. Kullberg. Interest in a 'Moon Clock' shown by C.W. Thomas, 1899. Enquiry by McCrea and Co. into the hiring of electric clocks, 1900. Clarification for C.E. Fry and Sons on the actual striking of the hour by Big Ben, 1901. Request from A.C.J. Boileau that a member of the Observatory staff clean the 'Congreve Clock', 1901. Correspondence with W. King, the chief Canadian Astronomer, regarding the Greenwich time service, 1901, including advice on the setting up of a Canadian time service and a brief resumé on the foundation of the British time service. Request by E.J.D. Hewitt to connect the clocks of the Standard Time Co. with the Royal Observatory and an explanation of the work of the company, 1901-1902. Enquiry as to who supplies the sidereal pendulums for the Observatory, forwarded by W.J. Wharton, 1903. Correspondence with C.H. Cooper regarding the cost of synchronising the Wimbledon Public Clock, 1904. Enquiry from A. Coote concerning a 'perpetual motion clock', with a diagram and a photograph, 1904. Invitation from Dent's to see the Mexico turret clock, 1904. Particulars of Sallin's 'Automatic striking electric clock', including a photograph, 1905. Particulars of a patent watch by F. Linan, written in French, with a photograph, 1905. Enquiry from A. Millhouse as to how Greenwich Mean Time is governed, 1906. Request by G.F. Campbell for advice on a house clock which runs for a year without stopping, 1906. Copy of 'Science' containing an article by W.S. Eichelberger on 'Clocks - ancient and modern', 1907, with criticism by T. Lewis of Eichelberger's conclusions on the Greenwich clocks. Enquiry by Cooke and Sons regarding Greenwich barometrical observations, 1907. Offer from F.E. Clotten to sell an astronomical clock, 1907. Correspondence on the alleged invention by T. Adair of a clock without error, 1907. Suggestion by A. Robinson that the Observatory clock be placed east to west, 1908. Enquiry from J. Arthur regarding the rate of the Greenwich sidereal clock, 1908. Request from the Crown Agents to test a clock destined for use in Ceylon, 1909. Enquiry by B.C. Webber of the Toronto Meteorological Service about the fee charged for the Greenwich Time Service, 1909. Tracing and description of W.A. Granger's patent spring-impulse escarpements, with remarks on his inventions by T. Lewis, 1910. Enquiry by Miss M.G. Rands regarding references for a year-going clock made by T. Tompion, answered by F.W. Dyson, 1911. Questionnaire from Y. Shoten of the Imperial Consulate of Japan on the standard time systems employed in Britain, completed by F.W. Dyson, 1911. (4) Correspondence regarding the Synchronome Company, 1910-1927. Covering letter from F. Hope-Jones and advertising literature concerning the wares of the Synchronome Company, 1910. Request from T. Hope-Jones to exhibit the electrical impulse dials and arrangements for a meeting between F. Hope-Jones and Christie, 1910. Description of F. Hope Jones' astronomical pendulum, 1911. Request by F.W. Dyson that F. Hope-Jones demonstrate his pendulum at the Royal Astronomical Society, 1911. Enquiry from G. Barrel regarding compensating astronomical clocks for variations of atmospheric pressure, 1913. Suggestion by C.V. Boys that the tests and ratings of the Shortt clocks are invalid due to minute variations in temperature, answered by F.W. Dyson, 1927.
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253 Correspondence regarding time signals. Miscellaneous correspondence regarding the following subjects:. Telegraphs announcing errors and failures in the time signal, 1879-1880. Complaints about the time signal sent to Glasgow, the General Post Office and Portsmouth, 1880-1881. T. Lewis and W.H.M. Christie on the correction of the mean solar clock and errors in the 10 o'clock signal, 1884. Explanation by W.H. Preece to H.H. Turner that the failure of the time signal is due to poor batteries, 1887. Errors for the 10 am signal, 1888. Complaint to Christie from H.G. Swainson about the failure of the time signal to Portsmouth, 1884. Failure of the time signal as observed by C. Frodsham and Co., Reid and Sons and E.T. Loseby, 1889, with comparisons of the time signal from Greenwich with the Coventry Market Hall clock and a reply from H.H. Turner. An error of the 10 am time signal noted by G.M. Whipple, 1889. Cuttings from the 'Coventry Herald' regarding the weekly error of the Market Hall Clock, sent by E.T. Loseby, 1889-1890. Errors in the 1 pm signal noted by Christie, 1890. Enquiries from P. Bates and G.M. Whipple concerning the correct time of the Greenwich time ball, 1890. A breakdown in the current to the General Post Office noted by W.H. Preece, 1890. Failure of the return signal from Devonport, registered by G. Moniston, 1890. Requests from G.M. Whipple for details of the error of the time signal, 1890-1891. Request from E.T. Loseby for details of the error of the time signal, 1891. Enquiry by H.G. Swainson regarding a double signal, 1891. Errors of the 1 pm signal during the period 1 July 1889 to 31 December 1889. Correspondence on the testing of wires from the Observatory to Greenwich railway station, 1879. The correspondents include G.S. Criswick, H. Eaton and C. Fleetwood. Request from Barrard and Lund for a time signal, 1879. Enquiry from W.W. Nicholson regarding the accuracy of the Manchester time signal, 1879. Correspondence with B.S. Booth regarding confusion over Greenwich Mean Time and local time at Sheffield, 1880. Enquiry from J.M. Fidler regarding hourly time signals, 1880. Suggestion by J.L. Clark for a 9 pm signal for the Westminster Clock, 1881. Discussion by L. Langford of the best means of controlling clocks, 1881. Letter from C.V. Walker regarding the maintenance of the Royal Observatory wires, 1879. Extract from a letter by E. Groves regarding the maintenance of Royal Observatory wires, 1879. E. Groves to C.V. Walker regarding the interpretation of the agreement to maintain the Royal Observatory wires, 1879. Dispute between C.V. Walker and E. Groves over the agreement regarding the maintenance of the Royal Observatory wires, with Sir George Airy's interpretation of the problem, 1879. Correspondence with C.V. Walker expressing concern about the connection of De La Rue's [clock] to the Horological Institute by W. Leonard, 1879. Topological map of the telegraph wires, 1879. Proposals by C.V. Walker to resolve the dispute over maintenance and ownership, 1879. Sir George Airy's comments on the proposals, 1879. Correspondence with C.V. Walker in which he expresses concern that the Horological Institute has no time signal, 1879. Notice by J. Shaw regarding the South Eastern Railway's termination of the telegraph wire agreements with the Royal Observatory, with Sir George Airy's reply, 1879. Conditions for an agreement to the telegraph wire problems, sent by C.V. Walker, 1880. Proposals by the General Post Office related to C.V. Walker by Sir George Airy, 1880. C.V. Walker's interpretation and understanding of the General Post Office proposals, 1880. Correspondence with C.V. Walker regarding the date for terminating the time wire agreement and arrangements for settlements, 1880. New agreement proposed by Sir George Airy and discussions on the proposals by C.V. Walker and E. Groves, 1880. Resumés by Sir George Airy of past time wire agreements and the current problems, 1880. Letter from R.S. Bell stating that the Admiralty approves of the new time wire agreement, 1880. General agreement between C.V. Walker, C.A.B. Patey and Sir George Airy on the new arrangements for transmitting the time signal, 1880. Offer from C.V. Walker to buy the old Royal Observatory telegraph wires, 1880. Request by Sir George Airy to sell the wires and a sanction to do so from R.S. Ball, 1880. Inventory of the wires and an agreement between C.V. Walker and Sir George Airy on the sale of the wires, with a covering letter from T.A. Chubb for a cheque for £31 17s 4d, 1880. Correspondence, chiefly by telegrams, between the Commander-in Chief of H.M.S. 'Wye', W.B. Risk and H.H. Turner concerning the transmission of time signals to commanding officers of the 'Wye' at Sheerness, 1884-1885. . Request by T. Borcell and F.R. Caushey for time signals, answered by E. Dunkin and H.H. Turner, 1883-1885. Correspondence regarding the transmission of Greenwich Mean Time signals to W. Archdeacon at Barnstaple, 1880. The correspondents include F.J.O. Evans, Christie, H. Eaton and W. Archdeacon. Enquiries from F.W. Reynolds, E.W. Knocker and W. Taylor regarding the transmission of time signals, answered by H.H. Turner and Christie, 1886. Enquiry from the editor of the 'Railway News' regarding the commencement of the time service, answered by H.H. Turner, 1887. Complaint by Mr Friedlander, conveyed by W.H. Preece, regarding the inaccuracy of the time signals, answered by Christie, 1887. Inventory and conditions for the transfer of telegraph wires to the General Post Office, 1887-1888. The correspondents include H.H. Turner, E. Groves and Christie. Correspondence between C.J. Fleetwood, W.H. Preece, H. Eaton and G.C. Criswick regarding the maintenance of the telegraph wires, 1888-1891. Enquiry from T.E. Taylor regarding variations in the length of the day, answered by H.H. Turner, 1887. Enquiry from J. Janssen regarding the compulsory use of Greenwich Mean Time, answered by Christie, 1888. Telegram requesting a time signal for H. Soomer, 1888. Cost of a time signal for J.G. Webster, 1887. Parliamentary question relating to the time service wanted by Christie, 1888. Correspondence with C.F. Preston regarding a possible time service for Barrow Town Hall, 1888. Correspondence between Christie and R. Hill regarding a time signal for Coventry, 1889. Account from the 'Coventry Herald' of the Coventry Market Hall Clock, 1889. Account from the 'Coventry Herald' and Free Press regarding a Greenwich time signal for Coventry, 1889. Enquiry from A.E. Friedlander's regarding the accuracy of the time signal, answered by Christie, 1889. Article from the 'Horological Journal' regarding the performance of 31 watches, 1889. Discussion in the 'Coventry Herald' on the hour chosen for the time signal, 1889. Cutting from a letter by A.E. Friedlander expressing his satisfaction with the time service, 1889. Enquiry from H. Marshall regarding the cost of a public clock regulated by a time signal, 1889. Enquiry by J. White regarding the accuracy of the 10 am signal, 1889. Telegrams requesting a time signal for H.M.S. 'Research', 1889. Requests from Messrs Smith and Sons, J. Borwise, T. Preston and Co., J. Paine and E. Hayden for information about receiving the Greenwich time signals, 1890-1891, answered by W.J. Wickison and H.H. Turner. Questions from G.H. Lewis regarding the Greenwich time service, answered by H.H. Turner, 1891. The following items are listed in the catalogue, but are missing:. Correspondence with T.W. Backhouse regarding errors in the signals, as demonstrated in the tables, with explanations offered chiefly by H.H. Turner, but also by T. Lewis, G.M. Cass and Christie, 1889-1892. Official correspondence with the Post Office concerning failures and errors in the time signal, 1891-1892, with notes from H. Hollis, H.H. Turner, E. Groves, G.S. Criswick, W. Eaton and W.W. Bryant. Telegrams from Captain H.G. Swainson regarding a late 10 am signal, 1891. Doubts expressed by J.J. Farmer with regard to the accuracy of the 1 pm signal, with a reply from T. Lewis, 1891. Correspondence concerning the absence of a signal from the Westminster Clock, 1892. Correspondence between H.H. Turner, G.M. Whipple and T. Lewis regarding errors of signals transmitted to the Kew Observatory, 1891-1892. Request for Miss Belleville to have her watch synchronised by Greenwich Mean Time, as featured in the 'Daily Graphic', 1892. Preparations and arrangements between H.H. Turner, W.H. Preece, G.N. Bainbridge and J. Wilnot of the Commercial Cable Co. for sending a time signal to Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 26 February to correct the chronometers on the telegraph ship in the harbour, 1893.
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254 Correspondence on time signals. Miscellaneous correspondence and related papers on the following subjects:. Covering letter from W.H.M. Christie to a report by the Board of Visitors, received with thanks by C.A.B. Patey, 1888. Letter from W.H. Preece regarding Treasury matters, 1888. Mr Raikes' reply to a parliamentary question on the time service transmitted by J.W. Board, 1888. Letters from Christie to W.H. Preece regarding reforms of the time signal service, with letters of acknowledgement from Preece and suggestions for action, 1888. Proposal by Christie to the Postmaster General for having one time signal at 1 pm, 1888. Explanation by C.A.B. Patey of the chaos and inconvenience that would occur if the time service was cut or suspended, supported by R.D. Hardy of the Admiralty, 1888. Christie's counter to the above, calling attention to the obligations of telegraph companies and other recipients, 1888. Objection by E. MacGregor of the Admiralty to having only one time signal, 1888. Christie's explanation of the difficulties of providing a precise signal and arguments in favour of having only one signal, 1888. Chronology of events in the time signal dispute, 1884-1886. The Admiralty's viewpoint on the time signal dispute and recommendations that the service should continue, expressed by R.D. Hardy, 1888. Papers by W.W. Bryant regarding Westminster Clock gaining, 1893. Attachments for two clocks to be fixed by Mr Arnold in the Observatory lobby, 1893. T. Lewis on the registration of time signals by the chronograph, 1893. 'Short Time Current' by T. Lewis, 1893. T. Lewis on a failure in the return signal, 1893. T. Lewis on signals that are out of order, 1893. C. Chree on corrections for the time signals for Kew Observatory, answered by T. Lewis, 1893. Work undertaken by the Post Office, 1893. Query by J. Margerison regarding the accuracy of the time signals, 1893. Request from T. Lewis for the Post Office to make good the telegraph wires following an experiment involving Liverpool, 1893. Memoranda regarding the failure of the time ball to fall precisely on time, 1894. Errors in chronometers held by J.W. Backhouse since a great storm and questioning of the accuracy of the signal, answered by T. Lewis, 1894. Enquiry by T. Wheate regarding the time ball being dropped too early, answered by H.D. Hollis, 1894. Enquiry by C.C. Browning, conveyed by J.R. Sterndale Bennett, regarding the difference in mean solar time and apparent solar time so as to rectify a sundial, answered by H.P. Hollis, 1894. Request by T. Lewis and H.P. Hollis for repairs to the circuits, 1894. Requests from Christie for a relay for the mean solar clock and arrangements with W.R. Smith for its fitting, 1894-1895. Correspondence with J. Barkie regarding the irregular 1 pm signal and a letter from T. Lewis containing time ball errors, 1894. Enquiry by G. Perkins regarding the cost of a daily time signal, 1894. Enquiry from G. Gasgoyne as to whether the time signal is mean or solar time, 1894. Enquiry from R.J. Latty concerning the time that the time ball falls, 1895. Errors of the 10 am and 1 pm signals, 1894. Comments by E. Wilkins on the erratic time signals from Greenwich, answered by F.W. Dyson, 1894. Correspondence between J.W. Backhouse, T. Lewis and W.R. Smith regarding a signal received 35 seconds fast, 1894. Time signals for H.M.S. 'Rambler', 1894. Errors of time signals in February and May 1895. Request for details of the errors of the time signals in February for J.W. Backhouse, 1895. Request from W.V. Moore for time signals for H.M.S. 'Research', engaged in surveying in the Shetland and Orkney Isles, 1895. Request by F.W. Reynolds for information regarding the regulation of the time signal, answered by H. Outhwaite, 1895. Request by A. Lancaster for information on the time balls and signals, answered by H. Outhwaite, 1895. Enquiry by C. Muller about the regulation of the time gun at Chatham from Greenwich, answered by F.W. Dyson, 1895. W.W. Bryant on the lack of a signal from the Westminster Clock, with a reply from Dent and Co. that the signal was sent, 1895. Telegrams informing of signal failures, 1896. Request from T. Lewis to W.R. Smith for the relay and batteries to be installed permanently for the clock Dent 2012, 1896. Formal application by Christie that the relay become a permanent fixture, 1896. T. Lewis on problems over batteries, 1897. . T. Lewis on failure in return signals, 1897. E.J. Eldridge on the installation of new batteries, 1898. Failure of the 10 am signal, 1898. Memorandum on a signal from Greenwich, 1899. T. Lewis on connecting the [National] Physical Observatory with the time signals, with a reply from W.R. Smith, 1899. Complaint by the Standard Time Company about errors in the signal, with an explanation by Christie, 1901. Summary of errors and faults in the time signals, 1901. T. Lewis on faults in the telegraph wires and W. Moon on their maintenance by the Post Office, 1901. T. Lewis on faults in the wiring, 1902. Request and refusal for extra telegraph forms, including a specimen copy, 1903. Failure of the galvanometers due to a thunderstorm, forwarded for repair by G. Laslett, 1903. T. Lewis on difficulties with a constant current, 1903. Receipt of a letter from J.D. Wood, 1903. T. Lewis on problems over a constant current, 1904. Memorandum regarding wires in a pipe from the Transit Circle Room to the Magnetic House, with a diagram, 1905. Notice that two wires from the transit circle to the magnet basement are defective and a reply from H.S. Casey that the matter will be attended to, 1905. Application and refusal for a time signal for Newport, Isle of Wight, for E.A. Milne's research, 1906. Request from J. Martin to discuss the 'Greenwich Time Current' and possible changes to the service, 1908, with notes from the Observatory expressing apologies due to Christie's poor health. Errors in the time signal, 1909. Complaint by P. Mulligan regarding errors in the time signals, 1909. Refutation of the error and the particulars of the time signals, 1909. J. Hobb on variations in the hourly time current from Greenwich and an explanation of the variations by P.H. Cowell, 1909. Length of hourly time signals, 1909. Complaints forwarded by P. Mulligan that the signals are late, answered by Christie, 1909. Errors of the time signals, 1909. Investigation by W. Noble into the failure of the Devonport signal, 1910. T. Lewis, A. Moir and F.W. Dyson on alterations to the Clock Room, with a note of work done, 1911-1912. . Request for information from the Hydrographer on the irregularity of the time ball clock, 1909. Explanation by Christie of the exceptional circumstances leading to the error, 1909. Report by T. Lewis on the 'Error of Time Signals', December 1908 to 7 January 1909, and reports by W.W. Bryant and W. Bowyer. Tables of comparative clock rates, with a note on star observations, 1908-1909. Tables of clock rates at other centres, 1909. . Proposal by H.R. Kempe to make the time signal at 9 am the main signal, 1910. Reply from F.W. Dyson stating that this can be done, but that is inconvenient and will be an extra cost, 1910. Correspondence with H.R. Kempe regarding plans to make the change and alterations to the Admiralty clocks, 1911. Royal Observatory's acceptance of the Post Office plans, 1911. Memorandum regarding alterations, 1911. An error of Dent 2012 and the 10 am signal, 1910. Query as to whether the change will affect the Paris time signal, 1911. Request by R.M. Hook that the return signal from Deal be delayed from 4 to 10 seconds return signal, 1911. Enquiries by F.W. Dyson regarding the suitability of the proposal, 1911. Correspondence with J. Jermyn regarding the time taken for the time ball to fall, 1911. Proposed arrangements by F.W. Dyson for altering the contact points on the Deal Time Ball so as to accommodate a 10-second return signal, 1911. R.M. Hook's approval of Dyson's scheme, 1911. Correction by F.W. Dyson regarding the actual procedure for dropping the time ball, acknowledged by R.M. Hook, 1911. Notice from J. Jermyn that the Post Office engineers visited him, 1911. Proposed adjustment to the tap of the Deal Time Ball to transmit the return signal, 1911. Sanction by R.M. Hook to adjust the air relief tap of the Deal Time Ball, acknowledged by F.W. Dyson, 1911. Enquiry from R.M. Hook about the arrival and installation of the new time ball apparatus, acknowledged in the affirmative by F.W. Dyson, 1912. Notes and a preliminary report on the fitting of new apparatus for a return signal, 1912. Covering letter to diagrams from R.M. Hook, acknowledged by F.W. Dyson, 1912. Proposal from R.M. Hook to totally rewire the Deal time station, approved by F.W. Dyson, with arrangements to discuss the work, 1912. R.M. Hook on difficulties with the strength of return signals from Admiralty stations, 1913. Currents and systems employed for the return signals from the Admiralty stations, 1913. R.M. Hook on adjustments and corrections made to the current to produce a positive return signal, 1913. R.M. Hook on the replacement of a temporary connection with a switch for the Deal Time Ball, 1913. Enquiry by Robbins and Appleton as to whether a copy of a letter to T. Wheate is correct, 1897. Enquiry by J. Margerison regarding the accuracy of the time from the Bilston Hill and Greenwich observatories, answered by H. Outhwaite, 1897. Suggestion by H. Deighton that the Observatory clock is 10 seconds wrong, answered by H. Outhwaite, 1897. J.W. Backhouse on errors in the Greenwich time signal, 1898. Complaint from E.D. and J.R. Fraser about the poor time service, 1899. Request from S. Makoroff of the Russian Navy to test his chronometers, forwarded to the Post Office, 1899. Request to drop the Deal Time Ball at 5pm, 1899. S. Mordin and Co.'s request for the cost of an hourly time signal, forwarded to the Post Office, 1899. Request from Spiers and Pond to receive the time signal, 1900. Request for H.M.S. 'Research' to received the time signal, 1900. Request from R.W. Gibson to receive the time signal, 1900. Request from T.W. Chapman to receive the time service, 1900. Request from Elkington and Co. Ltd to receive the time signal, 1901. Request from W.R. Bover to receive the time signal, 1901. Request from N. Hankart to receive the time signal, 1902. Request from R.L. Rennison for advice on receiving the time signal, 1903. Request from J.A. Simpson to receive the time signal, 1904. Request from the Magneta Company to receive the time signal, 1905. Request from G.R. de Pegrecovey to receive the time signal, 1905. Request from H. Piddock and Sons for notification of errors in the time service, 1905. Admiralty telegrams regarding a temporary time signal, 1905. Correspondence regarding E.J. Horniman's wish to synchronise London's clocks with Greenwich time, 1905. Correspondence regarding an hourly time signal for F.W. Ogg, 1905. Correspondence regarding information requested by C. Trevithick on the transmission and error of the time signal and the solar clock, 1906. Correspondence regarding J. Milne's need for a public time signal on the Isle of Wight to synchonize seismographs, with a reply from Christie, 1906. Correspondence with J. Ardron of the Post Office stating that the time signal costs too much, 1906. J. Milne's explanation of the use of the time signal to measure shock waves, 1906. Paper by J. Milne concerning recent advances in seismology and tables of seismographic readings, published by the British Association, 1906. Revised proof of clock errors sent by P.H. Cowell, 1907. Request by W.A. Palmer of the Salvation Army for a daily time signal, 1907. Request by A. Goore for a time signal by telephone, 1908. Enquiry from Seldon and Son about receiving correct time, 1908. Request from W.A. Perry for a time signal, 1908. Enquiry by G. Wilde about the first transmissions of time signals to the 'provinces', 1908. Enquiry from E.G. Allen of the 'Jeweller and Metalmaker' regarding terms for synchronizing a clock, 1908. Enquiry from S.M. Thompson regarding the first time that the time signal was sent to Glasgow, 1909. Request by G. Preston for a time signal to synchronize the public clocks in Finsbury, 1909. Correspondence with the Avon Electric Meter Co. regarding information it wants concerning synchronising clocks, 1910. Suggestion from W. Saunders that the Greenwich time signals are inaccurate, 1910. Correspondence with R.W. Shipway regarding having an indicator showing Greenwich time, 1910. Enquiry by F. Adler regarding the exact time to synchronise a new model of a German clock, 1910. Request from C. Hobday for a time signal to synchronise a tower clock, 1910. Request from W.A. Slater for information on the time service, 1910. Reminder from A. Sykes to the Admiralty of the functions performed by the Post Office for the time service, 1910. Extract from the 'Morning Post' on cheaper rates for the 10 am time signal, 1910. Request by G.W. Walker for a means of determining the personal errors in time signals, answered by F.W. Dyson, 1912. Correspondence with C. Chree regarding errors in the time signals, 1912.
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255 Correspondence on the Deal Time Ball. Report from G. Criswick regarding his visit to Deal to examine the apparatus of the time ball, 1877. Report from G. Criswick regarding his visit to Deal to examine the apparatus of the time ball, 1881. Letters concerning the sanitary alterations made at the Deal Time Ball tower, 1879. Letters regarding the widening of the roadway running past the Deal Time Ball tower, 1880. Correspondence with C.V. Walker regarding the failure of time signals, 1877-1881. Letters concerning the resignation of Mr Newby (junior) and the appointment of Mr Hayward as the Deal Time Ball assistant, 1881. Letters concerning the position of the Deal Time Ball tower for a 'Pilot's hand book for the English Channel', 1882. Correspondence regarding repairs to the Deal Time Ball tower, 1881-1882. Correspondence with the General Post Office regarding the transfer of arrangements for dropping the Deal Time Ball, 1883-1884. General correspondence concerning the Deal Time Ball, mainly regarding minor repairs, 1887-1890. Letters concerning the repair of the Deal Time Ball tower roof, 1889. General correspondence concerning the Deal Time Ball, mainly regarding minor repairs, 1890-1892. Seven newspaper cuttings regarding Deal Pier and Pavilion, 1913. Report by W. Bowyer on the Deal Time Ball apparatus and correspondence with the Work's Department regarding this, 1912. General correspondence concerning the Deal Time Ball, mainly regarding minor repairs, 1892-1901. Survey conducted by W. Bowyer of the apparatus and moveable property used for the Deal Time Ball, 1898. Correspondence with J.G. Hayward on matters concerning the Deal Time Ball, 1896-1904.
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256 Papers on time balls, signals and clocks. Correspondence concerning the Deal Time Ball; time balls and signals at Portland, Gibraltar and Dover; and clocks for Malta and Chatham:. Correspondence with J. Jermyn concerning repairs and reasons for the failure of signals, 1904-1910. Correspondence with J. Jermyn concerning repairs and inventions of moveable property, 1904-1921. Correspondence with G. Cutcher concerning repairs, 1922-1925. Page extracted from the 'Deal, Walmer and Sandwich Mercury', 11 July 1925, regarding the Deal Pier Pavilion. Letter and a newspaper cutting regarding the sale of the Royal Time Ball Signal tower at Deal, 1927. Auction pamphlet with the particulars and conditions of sale of the Royal Time Ball Signal tower at Deal, 1927. Letter from J. Jermyn regarding the lack of current to drop the Deal Time Ball, 1912-1913. Correspondence regarding establishing a time ball at Portland, 1905-1907. Printed form for recording the performance of the Portland Standard Clock, 1907. Correspondence on establishing a time signal connection between the Royal Observatory and Gibraltar, 1904. Letter regarding the proposed withdrawal of a clock for the Chatham Time Ball station, 1906. Letter proposing the erection of a time ball at Dover, 1906.
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257 Papers on time balls. (1) Papers on time balls at various places, 1894-1910. Correspondence and papers on the following subjects:. Request by G.H. Hills to see the Greenwich time ball for guidance on the erection of a timeball at Chatham, answered by Christie, 1894. Letter of thanks for C.F. Close's visit to inspect the time ball, 1894. Arrangements for the fall of the Bremen time ball, reported by 'Normal Zeit' and acknowledged by F.W. Dyson, 1895. P. Stevens on the difference in time between Newcastle and Greenwich, answered by H. Outhwaite, with an extract from the 'List of time signals', 1897. Enquiry by G. Thaw regarding towns which have time balls, 1901. Correspondence with W. Howe regarding serious malfunctions in the Southampton Time Ball, 1903. R.S. Smart on arrangements for firing Scottish time guns, 1905. Request by Wheatley and Sons for the address of a repairer of time balls, 1906. Enquiry from the Naval Hydrographer regarding the late fall of the time balls at Chatham and Falmouth, answered by Christie, 1907. Suggestion by J. Savidge of the British Horological Institute for the publication of lists of time signals from Greenwich, with Christie's suggestion that he contact the Post Office, 1907. Notice of time signals in Canadian waters, 1907. Enquiry by the British Empire League regarding synchronizing public clocks in crown colonies, answered by Christie with a list of places with time balls, 1909. G.F. Copy on a proposed time ball for Wellington, New Zealand, 1910, with information supplied by P.H. Cowell. Request from the Observatory at San Fernando for information regarding the Greenwich time service, forwarded by J. Jermyn, 1910. (2) Papers on transit observations at Malta, 1903-1906. Correspondence and papers on the following subjects:. Arrangements between W.J. Wharton, Christie and E. MacGregor to instruct Commander F. Roberts in the use of the transit instrument, 1903. Correspondence between Christie and W.J. Wharton regarding the latter's request for a portable transit hut, 1903. Correspondence regarding defects in the transit instrument, 1903. Notes that the transit instrument has not been sent and plans for the transit hut, 1904. Suggestion from W.J. Wharton that a transit of Venus hut would be more suitable, which was not supported by W.H.M. Christie, 1904. Return of an eyepiece by W.D. Barber, 1904. Receipt for a transit instrument, 1904. Correspondence with W.J. Wharton regarding his request for forms for transit observations, acted on by Christie, and concerning alterations to level forms, 1904. Diary of work undertaken by Commander F. Roberts whilst at Greenwich, 7 November - 23 December 1903. Observations made by Commander F. Roberts, 1903. Request by A.M. Field for Christie to check the computation form, 1905. Christie's suggestion and specimen for a computation form, acknowledged with thanks by A.M. Field, 1905. Request by Christie to visit the Malta Time Ball and a subsequent invitation by A.M. Field stating that Commander F. Roberts will be on leave, 1905. Notice and acknowledgement by W.D. Barber of Christie's visit to Malta, 1905. Suggestion by A.M. Field for a form for the observations, 1905. Papers by W.H.M. Christie regarding problems with the transit instrument, 1905. Covering letter by W.D. Barber for a proposed observations form, which was not approved by the Royal Observatory, 1906. Covering letter from A.M. Field for Commander F. Roberts's observations for chronometer error and various computations, 1906. Comments on faults in the Malta observations, 1906. Enquiry from H.P. Hollis to F.C. Hanning-Lee regarding duplicate forms for the observations, 1906. (3) Papers on time signals at Malta, 1906-1907. Correspondence and papers on the following subjects:. Correspondence regarding arrangements between A.M. Field, E. MacGregor and Christie for training F.C. Hanning-Lee in the use of the transit instrument, 1906. A.M. Field on the position regarding wireless signals between Malta and Gibraltar, 1906. Progress report by Christie on F.C. Hanning-Lee and a request for specimen observation forms, granted by A.M. Field, 1906. Suggestion by Christie that a sidereal chronometer be used at Malta, endorsed by A.M. Field, 1906. Papers regarding the selection of McCabe 360 for sidereal time, 1906-1907. Papers regarding the attendance of F.C. Hanning at the Observatory, 1907. Letters of thanks and a request for books, forms and covering notes from F.C. Hanning-Lee to H.P. Hollis, 1906-1907. Undated specimen forms for the Time Ball Observatory, Malta. Request by F.C. Hanning-Lee for the sidereal chronometer, 1907. (4) Papers regarding the Ceylon Time Ball, 1906-1909. Correspondence and papers on the following subjects:. Information required for the purchase of a time ball for Ceylon by the Crown Agents, submitted by Christie, 1906. Complaint by the Crown Agents that the time ball will not work and that E. Dent and Co. will not accept liability, 1909. Preliminary explanations by Christie of what may have gone wrong with the apparatus, 1909. Covering letter to enclosures regarding the purchase of a time ball, 1909. The enclosures include: 1. Freight charges for the time ball; 2. Notice of the return of the time ball; 3. Defects in the apparatus; 4. Affirmation by E. Dent and Co. that they are not liable; 5. Estimate for the cost of the time ball; 6. Covering letter for the indent; and 7. Suggestion that expert opinion is sought on time balls. Papers by Christie regarding probable failures in the time ball, 1909. Request by P.D. Warren for an appointment to see Christie, granted by Christie, 1909. Order from the Crown Agents for a replacement clock to be tested at the Royal Observatory, 1909. Request from P.D. Warren that an extra wheel be put in the clock, 1909. Christie's acceptance of the new time ball for testing, 1909. The testing of the clock, with a suggestion from Christie that a compensator for barometric error be added, 1909. Quotation from E. Dent and Co. for a barometric compensator, 1909. Notification from A.G. Clayton that the barometric compensator is not required by the Crown Agents, relayed to E. Dent and Co., 1909. Acknowledgement of the cancelled order by Christie, 1909. Report concerning Dent 45082, the clock destined for the Ceylon Time Ball, acknowledged by the Crown Agents, 1910. Memoranda, a summary and clock rates for Dent 45082 by T. Lewis, 1909. . Duplicate copies of E. Dent and Co.'s estimate and tender and the Crown Agents' indent for the original time ball apparatus, 1906. Covering letter from T. Lewis regarding tapes for testing Dent 45082, acknowledged by E. Dent and Co., 1909. Rules of Dent 43525 (the returned clock) and Dent 45082, 1909. The tapes which tested the accuracy of Dent 45082, 1909. (5) Miscellaneous correspondence concerned chiefly with the definition of time, 1887-1894. W. Ayston's enquiry about the best contact for a pendulum for an electric time signal, answered by Christie, 1887. E.B. Wells' request for a definition for am and pm, answered by H.P. Hollis, 1893. Query by F.G. Widdows whether 12 midnight is am, pm, or neither, answered by F.W. Dyson, 1894. Enquiry from Stibbard and Gibson as to where the quarter days fall, answered by G.S. Criswick, 1894. (6) Miscellaneous correspondence regarding the Portsmouth and Devonport Time Balls, 1891-1910 . Correspondence and papers on the following subjects:. Notice by H.P. Hollis that time signals from Greenwich went out 1 second early, 1891. Request by E. Dent and Co. for information on the return signal from the Portsmouth Time Ball, answered by Christie, 1892. Request by Captain Tizard for the returns of the Devonport Time Ball, answered by Christie, 1892. Covering note from Captain Tizard, on H. Pearson's behalf, stating that the signal received at Portsmouth was early, verified by Christie, 1892. Request from H. Pearson for information to check the accuracy of his clock, answered by T. Lewis, 1892. W.J. Wharton and Christie on preparations to receive a return signal from Portsmouth, 1892. R. Jackson on the accuracy of the Portsmouth clock, 1893. Papers by T. Lewis on the arrangements for notifying Portsmouth of clock errors, responded to by R. Jackson, who describes the means by which the signal is relayed and explains a discrepancy between Portsmouth and Greenwich time, 1893. G.W. Underhill on the lateness of reports for the Portsmouth and Devonport Time Balls, answered by T. Lewis, 1893. . T. Lewis on failures of the Devonport time signal, 1894. R. Jackson on discrepancies in the Portsmouth clocks, 1895. Queries by R. Jackson concerning the failure of the return signal from Portsmouth, answered by T. Lewis and W. Moon, 1901. Comments by R. Jackson regarding the Portsmouth return signal, 1901. Notice of the failure of the Portsmouth return signal by R. Jackson, 1903. Correspondence between A.M. Field and Christie regarding records of the performance of the Portsmouth Standard Clock, 1907. A.M. Field's request for records of the Time Ball Clock, sent by Christie, 1908. A.G. Yate's explanation of the problems arising when the Portsmouth Time Ball is dropped and F.W. Dyson's discussions on improving the Portsmouth Time Ball and explaining how the Greenwich Time Ball is dropped, 1910. Covering letters for drawings of the time ball, sent by A.G. Yate, 1910. F.W. Dyson's thoughts on the poor performance of the Portsmouth Time Ball drop and ways to remedy these problems, acknowledged by A.G. Yate, 1910. Plan for the tripper box for releasing the Portsmouth Time Ball, 1910. Plan for the Portsmouth semaphore tower equipped with the time ball, 1910. Records of the return signals from the Portsmouth and Devonport standard clocks for February and July, with the methods of deducing the clock errors and a telegram enquiry concerning the return signal, 1895. (7) General correspondence regarding the Devonport Time Ball, 1885-1889 . Correspondence and papers on the following subjects:. Enquiries by W.J. Wharton into the feasibility and cost of a time ball similar to that at Devonport, answered by Christie, 1885. Suggested trials of the Devonport Time Ball before building one on the Lizard Point, with an illustration by W.J. Wharton, 1885. Note to Captain W.J. Wharton regarding a publication by the United States Signal Service, 1885. Correspondence between Christie, H.H. Turner, W.J. Wharton and E. Dent and Co. concerning the conversion of Dent 2010 to a time signal clock to improve the Devonport Time Ball service and estimates from E. Dent and Co. and the Gutta Percha Co. for relays, 1885. Sanction from E. Groves and W.J. Wharton for the improvement to take place, 1885. Correspondence between H.H. Turner, Christie, H. Eaton and W.J. Wharton regarding procedure for sending the time signal, 1885-1886. Christie, T. Lewis and W.J. Wharton on problems with the coil in the clock and its correction, with a watercolour plan of the trigger apparatus for the clock, 1886. Correspondence between Christie and W.J. Wharton regarding the return signal, 1886. List of signals received from Deal, 1886. Correspondence between W.J. Wharton and Christie regarding the automatic gas regulator, 1887. Failures in the return signal noted by T. Lewis, G.W. Underhill, W.J. Wharton and Christie and a list of observed times of receiving the Devonport time ball signal, 1887. Discussions between W.J. Wharton and W.H.M. Christie regarding the amount of E. Dent and Co.'s bill for work on the time ball, 1887. Correspondence with W.J. Wharton regarding his request for records of the clock performances, 1888. . W.J. Wharton and Christie on disparities between the Greenwich Mean Solar Clock and the Devonport signal, 1888. Arrangements for sending a telegram to Plymouth if the return signal is half a second in error, 1888. Correspondence of Christie and W.J. Wharton regarding errors in the time ball signal, 1888. A.M.W. Downing noting the absence of a return signal, 1888. Discussions between Christie, W.J. Wharton and J. Edwards regarding problems with the current for the return signal, 1889. Discussion between Christie, W.J. Wharton and G.W. Underhill regarding failures in the return signal, 1889.
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1885–1910
258 Correspondence on longitudes and latitudes. Letter and observations from Captain W.J. Wharton regarding the results of his experiment to find the longitude of Malta from Gibraltar, 1873. Printed paper on the galvanic determination of the difference in longitude between Bombay and Malta, 1874. Newspaper cutting from the 'South Australian Advertiser', 19 February 1889, regarding Australian longitudes. Correspondence on marking Major Darwin's longitude station at Singapore, 1891-1892. Miscellaneous correspondence comprised mainly of requests for longitudes, 1889-1892. Information supplied to Lloyd's for the 'Seaman's Almanac', including a list of the length of a degree of longitude in different latitudes, 1889-1893. Correspondence with Sir Charles Wilson and Captain Grant regarding the Mashonaland boundary, 1897. Letter from the Surveyor General of Brisbane regarding the difference in longitude between Brisbane and Sydney, 1892. Correspondence on changing the longitude of Indian maps due to the re-determined longitude of Madras, 1892. A copy, in French, of the resolutions of the International Geographical Congress at Berne, 1891. Lists of arcs of longitude determined, forming the chain from Suez to Madras, 1892. Notes regarding the chain of stations used to re-determine the longitude of Madras, 1892. Correspondence between Christie and J.T. Walker regarding the longitude of Madras, 1892. Correspondence with various people regarding longitudes, 1893-1903, including letters from A. Auwers, Foerecter and others concerning the Madras longitude. Copies of a 'Time Dial for the Whole World', produced by J.C. Sellars, 1898. Paper for the Board of Trade examinations, 1901.
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1873–1903
259 Correspondence on longitudes and latitudes. Official correspondence on determining the longitude of the Montreal Observatory, 1890-1891. Letters to Captain Wharton regarding the longitudes of Valentia (Valencia) and Montreal, 1890-1891. Correspondence with Sir C. Wilson regarding the longitude of Montreal, 1891. Correspondence with Captain Tizard regarding the longitude of Valentia, 1891. Correspondence with Mr Cox regarding the longitude of Montreal, 1891-1892. Correspondence with Mr Preece and Mr Kemp regarding the longitude of Montreal, 1892-1892. . Correspondence with the Commercial Cable Company regarding the longitude of Montreal, 1892. Correspondence regarding the bills incurred by the Royal Observatory while determining the longitude of Montreal, 1891-1893. Correspondence regarding the arrangement of H.H. Turner's passage to and from America, 1892. Correspondence regarding the carriage of instruments on the London and North Western Railway, 1892-1893.
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1890–1893
260 Correspondence on longitudes and latitudes. Correspondence regarding longitude observations at Killorglin, County Kerry, Ireland, 1898. Correspondence regarding the longitude of Yola, 1904. Correspondence with the Admiralty regarding the longitude of Killorglin, expenses and the issue of a chronometer, 1898. Letter regarding the travelling and baggage arrangements for determining the longitude of Killorglin, 1898. Correspondence with the Ordnance Survey and locals regarding the determining of the longitude of Killorglin, 1898, with an Ordnance Survey map of the area. Correspondence with the Ordnance Survey regarding the completion of the reductions of the observations from the Killorglin station, 1903-1905. Printed paper containing the results of the telegraphic determination of the longitude of Killorglin, 1906. Memoranda concerning the longitude of Killorglin determination, 1898. Letter concerning the loan of a hut by H.H. Turner for the longitude of Killorglin station, 1898. Memoranda concerning the Yola-Lake Chad Boundary question, 1904. Completed reduction sheets of the Kukawa occultations, 1903-1904. Completed reduction sheets of duplicate computations of the occultations observed at Yola, 1903. Correspondence with the Liverpool Observatory concerning the re-determining of its longitude, 1892-1894.
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1892–1906
261 Correspondence on longitudes and latitudes. Letter concerning police protection for the hut used at the longitude of Killorglin station, 1898. Correspondence between Christie, F.W. Dyson and H.P. Hollis, 1898. Letter regarding a proposed determination by Major Watherston of the longitude of Sekondi in the Gold Coast, 1902. Correspondence with the Colonial Office, Ambromm, concerning errors of the Moon, 1902-1903. Latitude variation results sent to the Royal Observatory by Professor Albrecht, 1906-1914, with pages extracted from the 'Astronomische Nachrichten' containing these results. Letter from J. Franklin Adams asking aid in the determination of the longitude of Hambleton Common, near Godalming, Surrey, 1905-1906. Memoranda concerning the longitude of Montreal station, c. 1890. List of stars in the longitude of Cairo-Greenwich, 1907. Papers concerning experiments on the transmission of signals through the Atlantic cable for determining the longitude of Montreal, 1891-1892. Undated papers regarding the Paris-Greenwich longitude determination, including a page from the 'Astronomische Nachrichten'.
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1891–1914
262 Papers on longitudes and latitudes. Papers regarding the determination of the 129th Meridian, 1918-1928, comprised mostly of correspondence from Australia. Papers regarding the latitude variation of Dehra Dun, India, 1929-1931. Papers regarding the debate on the unification of astronomical, nautical and civil days into a universal 24-hour day, 1885-1897. There is a newspaper cutting from the 'Shipping Gazette and Ll...' [Lloyds List] of 11 February 1897 and several other printed papers and booklets. Correspondence concerning longitudes and latitudes, 1903-1915. Papers on the re-determination of the Paris longitude, 1898-1905.
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1885–1931
263 Papers on chronometers. (1) Miscellaneous papers, 1922-1929. Papers from chronometer-makers and the public concerning the following subjects:. 1. The supply to the Royal Observatory of relays, batteries for time signals, non-magnetic watches, accumulators, carbon-dioxide gas and cylinders, ammeters, agate contact wheels, aerial protectors, thermostats, thermometers and magnets. 2. Circulars for chronometers, oil, dry roll batteries and spare parts. 3. Appointments to visit the Royal Observatory. 4. Requests for time signals, chronometer trial results, placements of time pieces in trials, chronometer trials at Hamburg, makes of high-precision pendulums, the re-setting of chronometers, dock charges, servicing the refrigerating machine and photographing chronometers. 5. Information regarding specific time pieces, makers of clocks, marine chronometers, making sundials, the desirability of wrist rather than pocket watches, errors in the time signal and faults in chronometers. 6. Notice of the death of Mr Searle. (2) Papers regarding repairs to the John Shelton 32-day clock, 1922-1925. 1. History of the clock and its current condition. 2. Requests made to E. Dent and Co. to inspect the clock. 3. The value and usefulness of the clock and its proposed overhaul for a clock regulating a time signal. 4. Sanction by E.H. Chapman for the repairs and an estimate by E. Dent and Co. for the overhaul. 5. The carrying out of the repairs and their payment and invoicing. 6. Estimate from V. Kullberg for work on a pendulum and contacts for the hourly signals for the clock. 7. Extract from 'Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society', 1762, regarding Shelton's clock. (3) Papers regarding a new clock for the Royal Exchange, 1922-1924 . Material on the following subjects:. Appointment for F.D. Watney and F.W. Dyson to discuss the clock, 1922. Specifications for the new clock, with comments by F.W. Dyson, sent to Gillett and Johnston by F.D. Watney, 1922. Meeting between F.W. Dyson and Gillet and Johnston to discuss the clock, 1922. Revised specification for the Royal Exchange clock, forwarded by F.D. Watney, 1922. Sanction by F.D. Watney for Gillett and Johnston to start building the clock, 1923. F.D. Watney's suggestion of a telephone link for the clock, 1923. Request by Gillett and Johnston and F.D. Watney for tests on the clock, which were performed and found to be satisfactory by F.W. Dyson, 1924. Letter of thanks from Gillett and Johnston for F.W. Dyson's recommendation, 1924. Adjustments carried out on the clock by Gillett and Johnston to rectify teething problems, 1923. F.D. Watney's thanks to F.W. Dyson for investigating the problems with the clock, 1923. F.W. Dyson's report on the clock's poor timekeeping, 1923. Gillett and Johnston's plans to improve the rating of the clock, 1923. Further report by F.W. Dyson regarding the clock's rate, acknowledged by F.D. Watney, 1923. Request for further tests on the clock by F.D. Watney and Gillett and Johnston, 1924. Part payment of the money owed to Gillett and Johnston by F.D. Watney, 1924. Gillett and Johnston's explanation of the errors, 1924. F.D. Watney's request for further trials of the clock, 1924. Meteorological records during previous trials, 1924. Gillett and Johnston's explanations for the errors and a request for weather conditions sent by the Royal Observatory, 1924. Recommendations that the final payment should not be paid to Gillett and Johnston due to the poor timekeeping of the clock, 1924. Acknowledgement by F.D. Watney, with payment for G.W. Rickett's expenses, 1924.
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1922–1929
264 Newspaper cuttings. Cuttings from various newspapers on various subjects, including new telescopes, comets, annual visitations and telegraphs in Australia.
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1888–1889
265 Visitors' Books. Three books containing the signatures and addresses of visitors to the Royal Observatory and the dates of their visit:. (1) Visitors' Book for 1877 to June 1897. The period from 1877 to 14 August 1881 is covered by two written sheets inside the front cover, compiled by H.H. Turner on 9 February 1886, and is the only record existing of these visitors. The book includes the signatures of the members of the Board of Visitors who were at the Royal Observatory for Visitation Day. (2) Visitors' Book for 29 June 1897 to 13 December 1913. During this period, the Visitors' signatures were entered by the clerk and therefore are not originals. (3) Visitors' Book for 5 July 1933 to 26 April 1951.
1 volume.
1877–1951
266 Register of computers. Register of temporary computers appointed to the Observatory between 1836 and 1939. The names of those appointed between 1836 and 1875 appear in a list at the end of the book and no other details of these individuals are recorded. The entries proper begin in November 1872 and end on 28 August 1939.
1 volume.
1836–1939
267 Papers on solar photography. Correspondence regarding solar photography at the Royal Observatory. There is an index listing the following sections:. 1. 'Photos to complete the Greenwich Series': correspondence with the Solar Physics Observatory, South Kensington, and the Trignometrical Branch, Survey of India, Dehra Dun, India, comprised mainly of requests for the supply of photographs to fill the gaps where no photograph was taken at Greenwich due to the weather conditions. There is also correspondence between E.W. Maunder and the Solar Physics Committee regarding defects in the Indian photographs, December 1886. 2. 'Indian Photographs - correspondence with the Trigonometrical Survey Department, Dehra Dun'. The topics include the type of plate to be used at Dehra Dun, with a formula for the development of gelatine plates. There are also two unsigned memoranda regarding errors in the times recorded on Dehra Dun plates. 3. 'Correspondence with Mr Lockyer relative to reduction of India photographs'. The principal topic is the work involved in the examination, measurement and reduction of Indian sun pictures. 4. 'Tables and numerations of spots communicated to Mr Lockyer - Correspondence on the transference of Greenwich duplicates to South Kensington'. The main topic is the numbering of various spot groups. There are also lists of Greenwich duplicate photographs sent to South Kensington. 5. 'Observations given': correspondence with various individuals on matters concerning sunspot numbers. 6. 'Correspondence with Dr Hasselburg, Dr Huggins, Professors Pickering, McCleod and Stokes'. The correspondence includes the circular 'Astronomical Photography' by E.C. Pickering and Professor McCleod of Montreal on starting solar photography. 7. 'Publication of the Kew Sunspot Observations', comprised mainly of correspondence with A.L. Soper regarding the best method for publication of the Kew results, to be undertaken by W. De La Rue. 8. 'Transparencies of spot groups sent to Father Perry': correspondence with Father S.J. Perry regarding the lists of sunspot pictures sent to him.
1 volume.
1880–1890
268 Papers on the Paris-Greenwich Longitude. Observations for determining the difference in longitude of Paris and Greenwich, 1888, and papers on the latitude of Greenwich, 1889. There is an index listing the following sections:. 1. 'Exchange of Signals, Greenwich Station FA, AA': a series of printed sheets containing chronometer observations at Paris and Greenwich. 2. 'Exchange of Signals, Greenwich Station AF, FF': a further series of chronometer exchanges. 3. 'Observations of Polar Stars, Greenwich Station'. 4. 'Observations of Polar Stars, Paris Station'. 5. 'Paris Station, Transits of Clock Stars'. 6. 'Greenwich Station, Transits of Clock Stars'. 7. 'Ephemeris of Stars'. 8. 'Paris Station, Observations of Clock Stars'. 9. 'Greenwich Station, Observations of Clock Stars'. 10. 'Experimental Reduction of French Observations to check French Reductions'. 11. 'Provisional Correction to Ephemeris'. 12. 'Ledgers for Correction to Ephemeris'. 13. 'Latitude of Greenwich 1899 July 6 to 31'. 14. 'Latitude of Greenwich with the French T.C.'.
1 volume.
1888–1889
269 Papers on the Paris-Greenwich Longitude. Computations relating to the determination of the difference in longitude of Paris and Greenwich in 1888. There is an index listing the following sections:. 1. 'Preliminary Work'. 2. 'Value of 1 rev. of R A Micrometer'. 3. 'Value of Level Scales'. 4. 'Inequality of Pivots, Transit B'. 5. 'Inequality of Pivots, Transit C'. 6. 'Adopted Level Errors, Transit B'. 7. 'Observations for Inclination of Wire Frame'. 8. 'Catalogues of Stars observed'. 9. 'Tables to Reduce Outside Wires to Centre Wire for Polar Stars'. 10. 'Tables for Facilitating Application of Instrumental Errors'. 11. 'Miscellaneous Computations for Preliminary Reduction'. 12. 'Rough Preliminary Reduction for Transit B' and 'Rough Preliminary Reduction for Transit C'. 13. 'Copy of all remarks in the notebook'. 14. 'Preliminary Reduction of Collimation and Azimuth'. 15. 'Preliminary Adoption of Clock Stars'. 16. 'Clock Errors'. 17. 'Comparisons of Chronographs with R.O. Chronograph'. 18. 'Comparison of Transits B and C Side by Side on 1890 April 17'. 19. 'Remarks of Astronomer Royal 1889 June'. 20. 'Discussion of Systematic Errors of Azimuth Stars'. 21. 'Discussion'.
1 volume.
1888
270 Papers on the Paris-Greenwich Longitude. Observations with Transit 'B' taken at Greenwich (Pavilion) between March and November 1902 for determining the difference in longitude of Paris and Greenwich.
1 volume.
1902
271 Papers on the Paris-Greenwich Longitude. Observations with Transit 'C' taken at Greenwich (Pavilion) between March and November 1902 for determining the difference in longitude of Paris and Greenwich.
1 volume.
1902
272 Papers on the Paris-Greenwich Longitude. 'Constants of Instruments', a collection of papers relating to the determination of the difference in longitude of Paris and Greenwich. The papers are subdivided into sections, which are not indexed. The topics include 'Constants of Instrument - Transit "B"', 'Determination of the value of 1 revolution of micrometer screw from observations of Polar Stars' and 'Determination of wire intervals of transits B and C'.
1 volume.
1902
273 Papers on the Paris-Greenwich Longitude. 'Instrumental Errors...Clock Comparisons by Signals', a collection of papers relating to the determination of the difference in longitude of Paris and Greenwich. The main topics include collimation errors in Transits B and C, the determination of level errors, computation of 'n' for Transit B at Paris and Transit C at Greenwich, readings of individual clock signals and means, and signals and means of exchanges. The papers end with a description of the telegraph system.
1 volume.
1902
274 Papers on the Paris-Greenwich Longitude. 'Reductions', a collection of papers relating to the determination of the difference in longitude of Paris and Greenwich. There is an index listing the following sections:. 1. 'A Preliminary Reduction of the first part of the Longitude made in May and June 1902'. 2. 'The selection of stars to be observed, Ephemerides, and computation of corrections to star places'. 3. 'Computations of Clock Error and Rates'. 4. 'Computation of Longitude'. 5. 'Tabulation of Level Errors'. 6. 'History and Records of Observations'.
1 volume.
1902
275 List of photographic plates. Notebook listing photographic plates taken using the 28-inch refractor, detailing the dates of each photograph, the make of the plate and the object photographed. There are remarks on each plate, which indicate that their purpose was in the commissioning of the telescope as a photographic instrument.
1 volume.
1897
276 Melotte's dark nebulae data. P.J. Melotte's positional data of Dark Nebulae from Franklin Adams's plates, numbers 4-206, undated.
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277 Melotte's data. P.J. Melotte's rewritten, selective positional data of Dark Nebulae from Franklin Adams's plates, numbers 38, 202 and 204, including positional data for the Magellanic clouds and a miscellaneous celestial 'graph'. The papers are undated.
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278 Melotte's catalogue of dark areas. P.J. Melotte's 'Catalogue of 1450 dark areas from Franklin Adams' plates', including an original script and first draft. The catalogue is undated.
1 folder.
279 Astrographic Branch papers. A volume titled 'Instructions and precedents relating to the Astrographic Branch'. An alphabetical index at the beginning includes the following contents:. Astrographic equatorial, use of (p. 3). Chemicals for stellar photography: apparatus, etc. (p. 2). Chart plates (p. 7). Development of stellar and solar photography (pp. 1 and 11). Diameters, measurement of (p. 20). Numbering of photographs (p. 2). Observing with astrographic equatorial (p. 3). Superintendance of solar and stellar photography (p. 1). Stellar plates, ordering of (p. 2). Varnish. Celluloid of plates (p. 38). Letters and other papers, many of them also listed in the index, have been bound into the volume, as follows:. Note by Christie regarding the development and examination of catalogue plates, 28 March 1895 (p. 1). Arrangement of chart and catalogue plates on shelves and in the New Library, 14 July 1893 (p. 5). Examination of catalogue plates, 20 April 1893 (p. 6). Note from Christie to Mr Criswick regarding chart plates instruction and the astrographic chart, 10 July 1893 (p. 7). Note from Christie to Mr Criswick regarding continued instructions on the measurement of the astrographic catalogue plates, 3 January 1895 (p. 8). Diagram of the arrangement of wires for electric lamp illumination of the astrographic equatorial, 29 April 1891 (p. 9). Note from Christie to Mr Criswick regarding measures with the astrographic duplex micrometer, 26 February 1895 (p. 10). Notes on errors in the use of dark slides and discussion of an instruction paper for observers, 20 October and 9 November 1894 (p. 16). Instructions from Christie to Mr Criswick on using the photographic equatorial, 13 May 1891 (p. 18). Instructions to Mr Hollis from Christie, 22 January 1897, regarding the Astrographic Catalogue Measurement of Radii of Images (p. 20). Astronomer Royal's order with regard to measurement of a star's radius, 26 January 1897 (p. 20). Instructions from Christie regarding the Astrographic Catalogue and measurement of the diameters of star images, January 1897 (p. 20). Instructions from Christie to Mr Hollis, 15 May 1896, on a proper comparison of chart and catalogue plates, i.e. the Rocket and Mawson plates (p. 22). Instructions by Christie regarding astrographic measures, 16 September 1899 (p. 36). Instructions by Christie, 21 May 1908, regarding computing the right ascension and declination of stars from measured co-ordinates (p. 40). Three points on the Astrographic Catalogue submitted for consideration, 4 December 1908 (p. 42): 1) Shall the stars below the line be taken in the mean in forming the places of stars in R.A. and N.P.D for the catalogue, with an addition giving affirmation; 2) The form of the catalogue; and 3) The publication of the counts of stars. The volume also contains a number of loose papers, now in an envelope, as follows: . Copy of instructions for the photographic equatorial, copied 19 October 1894. Detailed explanation of procedures to be followed, signed by Christie, 12 July 1895. Note from Christie to Mr Hollis, 7 October 1897, requiring that any defective 'Rocket' plates be destroyed and a note made that they were replaced by others free of charge. Memorandum regarding measures of astrographic plates, 13 November 1897, including the complete list of the plates measured. Note from F.W. Dyson to Mr Hollis, 31 December 1897, requesting clearance of chart plates for January and February, with financial incentives, the order to apply until 28 February 1898. Note from F.W. Dyson to Mr Hollis, 31 January 1898, withdrawing the extra payments mentioned in the previous item. Sheets of figures, with a reference to the daily report dated 25 November 1898 and instructions as to its presentation. Instructions for a minor renovation of the Astrographic Department dark room on the second floor, 23 October 1903. Note of 26 November 1903 regarding astrographic plates received from Messrs Elliott, complaining that they are 'very dirty' and requesting information on what to do about them. Requisition note for two keys and a lock for the door of the developing room on the second floor, 4 May 1904. 'Some remarks on photography made by Sir William Abney at Visitation 1904 June 4.'. Instructions for the order of two new réseaux (one immediately) from Gautier, 27 February 1905. . Note stating that Mr Lyne would like permission to learn the astrographic equatorial, 25 June 1906, with an addition granting the request. Note from Christie to Mr Hollis stating that four computers will be regularly employed and concerning the finance connected with this, 29 June 1910. Request for the overhaul of the astrographic duplex micrometer, 17 September 1910, with an addition giving approval. Examination of astrographic catalogue plates, 'Ilford', 'Mawson' and 'Rocket', 24-30 December 1937 (6 sheets). Undated request from Mr C. Davidson for the replacement of a broken agate of the astrographic equatorial by steel screws to be made by Mr Niblett. Undated instructions for the use of the photographic equatorial. Undated plan of the field of the guiding telescope.
1 envelope + 1 volume.
1891–1910
280 Equatorial observations of comets. Equatorial observations of comets and computation of parallax in R.A and N.P.D, with remarks on 'seeing': Comet Barnard, 1888-1889; Comet Davidson, 1889; Comet Brooks, 1889-1890; the conjunction of Mars and Saturn, 1889; Comet Wolf, 1891; and Comet Swift, 1892. Inside the front cover is a note from Christie to Mr Downing, 4 October 1890, on giving the magnifying power used in comet observations in communications to the Royal Astronomical Society and in the Greenwich Observatory.
1 volume.
1888–1892
281 Mean times for comets. Computation of the mean solar time of comets: Ceres and Mars, 1893; Quémissat, 1893; Brooks, 1893, 1895 and 1898; Enterpe, 1894; Denning, 1894; Gale, 1894; Encke, 1894-1895; Perrine, 1895-1898 and 1902; Perrine-Lamp, 1896; Swift, 1896 and 1899; and Perrine-Chofardet, 1898.
1 volume.
1893–1902
282 Observations and technical data. Various tables of data, including, among other subjects:. Difference of N.P.D of N.and S. cusps for the solar eclipse of 31 December 1880. Difference of R.A. of cusps for the solar eclipse of 16 May 1882. Micrometer measures, distances and position angles of Saturn's satellites, 1882-1884. Position angles of Saturn's satellites for 8 September 1882. Observations of Barnard's Comet, September 1882. Micrometer measures and position-angles of Titania, one of the satellites of Uranus, 16 April 1883. Observation of Brooks's Comet, 5-17 September 1883. Transit of Comet Pons-Brooks, 26 September 1883. . Mistaken Polyhymnia observations, 26 September 1883. Correct observations of Polyhymnia, 6 October 1883. Transit tables of Beta Aurigae on the S.E. Equatorial, 12 November 1889. Day-to-day notes of adjustments and changes to the newly installed 6" dome and equatorials. Figures for negative and positive eye-pieces. Day-to-day readings of resulting observations. Measures of Mars' satellites, 5 November 1894. Transit ingress JI, 12 December 1894. . Transit ingress JII, 9 January 1895. R.V. readings for coincidence, 1895. Transit ingress JIII, 21 January 1895. Measures, position-angles and distances of Neptune and its satellites, 1895-1897. Positive eye-pieces, undated (loose). Diameter and measures of Neptune and Neptune and Saturn's satellites, 1895-1896 (loose). Diameter of Jupiter, 1896 (loose). Two diagrams of black squares with centre circles (loose).
1 volume.
1880–1905
283 Register of official letters. Register of twenty-four letters, including details of enclosures, covering 19 October 1887 - 22 June 1889.
1 volume.
1887–1889
284 Register of Grubb Refractor photographs. Table of photographs taken with the 28" Grubb Refractor, 27 March 1894 - 27 March 1897, with remarks on exposures. The objects include Aldebaran, Bootis, Castor, Leomin, Leonis, the Moon, Pollux, Proesepe, Regulus, Ursa Major and Virginus.
1 volume.
1894–1897
285 Technical forms. Unused technical forms for astronomical data and information, with an index.
1 volume.
1910
286 Equatorial observations. Equatorial observations of comets, planets, nebulae and sunspots:. Note on the discovery of Encke's Comet by Cerulli in 1894 and table of ephemeris for the comet for that year. Equatorial observations of Comet Brooks, 2-15 December 1893, with R.V. computation of parallax in R.A and N.P.D. Observations of Crab Nebula in R.A and N.P.D., 3 February 1894. Observations of Pseudo/Enterpe, 24 February 1894. Observations of Planet Pseudo/Enterpe, 28 February 1894. Observations of Comet Denning, 27 March - 9 April 1894. Observations of Comet Gale, 1 May - 11 July 1894. Observations of Comet Encke, 27 December 1894 - 23 January 1895. Observations of Crab Nebula, 24 April 1895. Trial observations of Zeta Ursa Major, 11-14 August 1895. Observational tables on a sun-spot before and after meridian, 18 February - 18 March 1895. Hand-drawn tables.
1 volume.
1893–1895
287 Equatorial observations. Equatorial observations and related items:. Equatorial observations of Comet Brooks, 15 December 1895. Equatorial observations of Comet Perrine-Lamp, 25 February - 13 April 1895. Equatorial observations of Comet Swift, 20 April - 6 June 1895. Equatorial observations of Comet Perrine, 4 November 1896 - 18 May 1898. Equatorial observations of Comet Perrine-Chofardet, 21 September 1898. Equatorial observations of Comet Brooks, 31 October 1898 - 18 November 1898. Trial observations of stars, 1898. Trial observations of [ ] Ursa Major, 24 February 1898. 'Inclination of new Sheepshanks wires inserted 1895 Nov.'. Circulars on ephemerides, in French and German, of Comets Coddington, Perrine, Giacobini and Perrine-Chofardet, 1896. On the inside cover are hand-drawn tables of Comet Brooks and ephemeris of Perrine elements and Lamp-Perrine, 1895-1896. On the flyleaves are Perrine-Lamp comet tables and Swift computations, R.V. in R.A and N.P.D.
1 volume.
1895–1898
288 Equatorial observations of comets. Observations of Comets Brooks and Holmes and trial observations, February 1892. Observations of Nebula Dreyer 1931 and 1952, Crab Nebula, and the Planets Ceres and Mars, all made in April 1893. . Tabular places of Ceres and Mars. Observations of Comets Quemisset and Rordame Quemisset, 11-27 July and 4-10 August 1893. Observations of Comet Brooks, 18-30 October, 9-26 November and 1 December 1893. Trial observations of Comet Holmes, 16 February 1893. On the inside cover and flyleaf are various items, including elements and ephemeris of Comet Brooks, 1892; Finlay's comet; Rordame-Quémisset's comet; Cerulli's elements; and Schulhof's elements of c. 1893.
1 volume.
1892–1893
289 Observations of planets and comets. Observations of the Comets Swift and Brooks, 22 April - 4 February 1893, with further tables and notes on the back flyleaf and inside cover.
1 volume.
1892–1893
290 Miscellaneous papers. Letters and postcards to Christie, 1886-1906, including some original envelopes; cuttings from the 'Daily Chronicle', 1902, and 'Isle of Wight Guardian', 1904; a booklet titled 'A New Mode of Reckoning by Dozens instead of by Tens' by W.W.P. Williams; a booklet titled 'Méthodes pour la recherché, en dehors des éclipses, des amas de particules brillantes, mêlés aux gaz et vapeurs dans la partie basse de l'atmosphère solaire' by M.H. Deslandres, 1906; and a photograph mounted on card depicting a framed photograph of 'Lightning Flashes taken at Southampton', 18 August 1898, above a framed piece of writing on the Prophet Sevier. There are also two annotated leaflets concerning the Prophet William John Sevier. According to Philip Laurie, the papers were 'abstracted from books destroyed during the war (II) for salvage purposes'. They were deposited by C. Andrew Murray in 1995.
1 envelope.
1886–1906
291 Rough workbook. A miscellaneous set of notes and figures. An index at the beginning lists the following contents:. Comet 1877 II. Obs[ervations] at Blackheath. Comet Denning 1881 V approach to planets. Biela Meteor orbits. Schiappaullis Zenithal formulae. Comet 1882, obs[erve]d at sea. Beck's watch, accordance of hands. Pocket Sextant recreations. R A Screw of Meridian Circle. Adjustments of 18½" Reflector. Comet Holmes 1892. Normal-Centric quantities for Harrow. Reflecting Circle observations. Adjustments 4½ Refractor. Comet Coggia 1875 observed as sea. Longitude of Harrow deduced from occultations.
1 volume.
1877-circa 1892
292 Sunspot observations. A copy of seventeen plates of sunspot observations made by Charles H. Adams at Edmonton, Middlesex, 15 August 1819 - 24 March 1823. There is a covering page at the beginning written by [William] Davies, London, 1886. Loose in the volume are tables of the results of sunspot observations made by Adams at Enfield, Middlesex, August 1819 - July 1823, with a summary.
1 volume.
1886
293 Astronomical calculations. Calculations, in pencil, relating to astronomical observations made by Tycho Brahe and Johannes Hevelius.
1 folder.
circa 1891-circa 1899
294 Astrographic refractor adjustments. Tables of the measurement of trails of astrographic plates and tables and notes on adjustments to the 13-inch astrographic refractor.
1 bundle.
1892–1912
295 Thompson Equatorial adjustments. A journal of adjustments made to the 26-inch Thompson Equatorial Refractor, 1897-1939, continued for the 30-inch and 36-inch refractors up to 1952. There is also a loose set of tables titled 'Effective Wavelengths with 26 inch Refractor and original 30 inch Grating'.
1 volume.
1897–1952
296 Computers' attendance book. Diary recording the attendance of supernumerary computers, 6 January -18 June 1898.
1 volume.
1898
297 Library catalogues. Catalogues of works held in the Library of the Royal Observatory. There are nineteen catalogues in total, each relating to a specific subject. They are drawn from a number of different series, some or all of which are incomplete. Most of the catalogues are in the same format: the entries are on strips of paper pasted into the pages, arranged alphabetically by author and listing the author, title and date of publication. Most of the catalogues are undated, but where dates are present they cover the period 1902-1904. The catalogue titles are as follows:. 1. Ancient astronomy. 2. Astronomical instruments. 3. Astronomical and philosophical literature. 4. Miscellaneous astronomy. No. 2. M to Z . 5. Physical astronomy. 6. Astrography. 7. Geodesy. 8. Optics. 9. Planetary tables. 10. Mechanics and hydrostatics. General physics. Library Catalogue No. 5. 11. Magnetism. 12. Electricity. 13. Meteorology. 14. Magnetic and meteorological observations. 15. Statistics. 16. General literature. 17. Voyages. 18. Geography. 19. Books not in old catalogue.
2 boxes.
circa 1902-circa 1904
298 Equatorial coordinate conversion tables. Tables for the conversion of equatorial coordinates to galactic coordinates prepared under the direction of J.C. Kapteyn at Groningen, including a letter from Kapteyn of 8 May 1906 at the end of the volume.
1 volume.
1906
299 Computation of Jupiter's eighth satellite. Tables, graphs and notes by P.H. Cowell and A. Crommelin relating to the computation of the orbit of the eighth satellite of Jupiter by mechanical quadratures.
1 box.
1908
300 Observations and computations. Star chart titled 'Observations of Jupiter's Sixth and Seventh Satellites and of a newly discovered object near Jupiter', c. 1908; tables on the 'Computation of Standard Co-Ordinates of the Companion Stars on Photographs of Eros', 7 November 1917 - 11 January 1918; and further tables for 1917-1918.
1 envelope.
circa 1908–1918
301 Lists of stars on plates. Tables compiled by P.J. Melotte listing double stars and variable stars noted on astrographic plates.
1 volume.
circa 1902-circa 1903

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