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Board of Longitude

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Found in 388 Collections and/or Records:

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Letter from William Waldron to the Board of Longitude, 1819-02-26

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/40: 492-493
Scope and Contents The letter includes an interactive diagram of a dial on which a clock and arrow can be moved to point at various fixed stars.
Dates: 1819-02-26
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Letter from William Wales to the Board of Longitude, 1788-03-01

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/68: 6-7
Scope and Contents Concerning the publication of observations from Captain Cook's first voyage and of variations of the compass from the first voyage of the Dolphin.
Dates: 1788-03-01
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Letter from William Wood to the Board of Longitude, 1819

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/53: 277-278
Scope and Contents From the Item: Three letters and a printed pamphlet.
Dates: 1819
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Letter from William Wood to the Board of Longitude, 1819-11-14

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/53: 291-292
Scope and Contents From the Item: Three letters and a printed pamphlet.
Dates: 1819-11-14
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Letter from William Wouldhave to the Board of Longitude, 1821-01-16

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/38: 375
Scope and Contents From the Item: Two letters.
Dates: 1821-01-16
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Letter requesting recalculations of computations of a solar eclipse, 1794-02-26

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 4/149: 18-19
Scope and Contents Maskelyne also requests a letter from Andrews to put before the Board, concerning his loss he had suffered since the Board's decision to halt work on the 'Nautical Almanac'.
Dates: 1794-02-26
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Letter to Sir Joseph Banks

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 35/68
Scope and Contents An undated photostat of a letter from Nevil Maskelyne to Sir Joseph Banks, 15 September 1795, regarding the printing of the proceedings of the Board of Longitude for the recovery of Dr Bradley's observations and asking to whom copies should be sent.
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Letters, 1736 - 1739

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 2/17
Scope and Contents A miscellaneous collection of letters. 1. Invitation from the Royal Society, 4 February 1736.2. Letter from the Office of Ordnance stating the whereabouts of a parcel from Peru, 26 October 1739.3. Notice that there is a package from Peru awaiting Dr Halley, 12 October 1739.4. Letter from the Admiralty Office calling a meeting of the Judges of the Board of Longitude, 21 November 1739.5. Letter from Philip Miller, of Chelsea, requesting the India Company...
Dates: 1736 - 1739
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Letters from John Hamilton to the Board of Longitude, 1783 - 1785

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/40: 505-508
Scope and Contents Two letters concerning Hamilton's plan for finding longitude. Both are addressed from Headford, county Galway, Ireland.
Dates: 1783 - 1785
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Letters from Joseph Shee to the Board of Longitude, 1814-09-10 - 1814-09-21

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/40: 460-461
Scope and Contents Letter dated 21 September 1814, which begins with a fair copy of Shee's previous letter to the Board, dated 10 September - for the original see [RGO 14/40: 458-459].
Dates: 1814-09-10 - 1814-09-21
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Letters from Joseph Shee to the Board of Longitude, 1814-04-30

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/40: 447-450
Scope and Contents Two copies of a letter in which Shee remarks that he had not received an answer to his letters on longitude, but had nonetheless continued in his work, as he was resolved 'not to deprive man of the wonderful effects' his discovery would have.
Dates: 1814-04-30
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Letters from Joseph Shee to the Board of Longitude, 1814-07-09 - 1814-09-10

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/40: 458-459
Scope and Contents Letter dated 10 September 1814, which begins with a fair copy of Shee's previous letter to the Board, dated 9 July - for the original see [RGO 14/40: 457].
Dates: 1814-07-09 - 1814-09-10
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Letters from Thomas and James Peck, 1818 - 1822

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/40: 400-404
Scope and Contents Three letters and a proposal sent by Thomas Peck and his son James, of Marylebone, concerning James' work on 'that Great Mystery of Longitude' and his discovery of 'a true arch that shall measure no more than its diameter'.
Dates: 1818 - 1822
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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List of miscellaneous correspondents, 1782-1827

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/40: 500
Scope and Contents List of the names of miscellaneous correspondents who sent letters or proposals to the Board between 1782 and 1827. The names are listed in the order in which they are filed in the volume.
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Memorandum from F.M. Fyot, 1785

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/53: 79-80
Scope and Contents Concerning his assertion 'that the earth does not turn around the sun'.
Dates: 1785
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Memorial of John Patteshull concerning a mercurial hour glass, 1786

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/45: 268-271
Scope and Contents From the Item: Two memorials.
Dates: 1786
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Memorial of Samuel Ward Flinders, 1806-04

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/68: 33-34
Scope and Contents Sent to the Board of Longitude, concerning his role as astronomer on HMS Investigator.
Dates: 1806-04
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Memorials from Michael Taylor asking for remuneration, 1783

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/12: 448-452
Scope and Contents From the File: Miscellaneous petitions and memorials making requests of the Board of Longitude.
Dates: 1783
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Microfilms of RGO 14, 1965 - 2004

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 36/3
Scope and Contents Undated microfilms of the papers of the Board of Longitude.
Dates: 1965 - 2004
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Miscellaneous correspondence, 1938 - 1945

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 9/623
Scope and Contents Miscellaneous correspondence, including the following items:Correspondence with the Ordnance Survey Office concerning the triangulation station on the roof of the Royal Greenwich Observatory, 1945.Two unsigned poems: 'The Jeeping Frog of Alamein' and 'Britain's Challenge', 1945.Letter from J.J. Nissen concerning rumours of Dr Perrine's death, 1943.Letter to Dr R.G. Aitken concerning the death of Sir Frank Dyson, 1939.Correspondence with the India Office,...
Dates: 1938 - 1945
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Miscellaneous correspondence, 1846 - 1897

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/247
Scope and Contents (1) Letters regarding the existence of Neptune, 1846-1878Duplicate 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,...
Dates: 1846 - 1897
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Moveable property catalogues, 1831 - 1849

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/54
Scope and Contents Two undated catalogues of moveable properties, one of which, bound in leather, has had its contents removed, leaving only a note from Airy on the flyleaf.An undated note on missing 'Philosophical Transactions' notes.An undated catalogue with some notes by T.G. Taylor.An undated catalogue with a list of the instruments belonging to the Board of Longitude.A catalogue in T.G. Taylor's handwriting, with the date 1831 written in pencil.An inventory made upon...
Dates: 1831 - 1849
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Note from Dr Swediaur concerning his experiments, 1785 - 1829

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/45: 397
Scope and Contents From the File: Correspondence regarding miscellaneous schemes and inventions.
Dates: 1785 - 1829
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Note from Henry Newton Osborn to the Board of Longitude, 1822-11-08

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/55: 122
Scope and Contents From the Sub-file: With an index of names.
Dates: 1822-11-08
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Note from Lord Liverpool to the Secretary of the Board of Longitude, 1822-03-12

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/53: 175
Scope and Contents Originally enclosing papers from G.W.U. Wedel and a letter from Charles Manners-Sutton. On the back of the note is a copy of a forwarding letter from Dr Thomas Young.
Dates: 1822-03-12
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).

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