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Ellis, William, 1828 - 1916 (astronomer)

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Astronomical methods and instruments, 1866 - 1870

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/172
Scope and Contents Letters and papers concerning new inventions; trials of improved instruments, especially the transit circle, Great Equatorial and altazimuth instruments; and improved techniques. The correspondents include B.A. Gould, C. Pritchard, E. Dunkin, E.J. Stone, L. Respighi, O. Struve, W.H.M. Christie, W. De La Rue, J.C. Maxwell, W. Huggins, S.J. Perry, A.V. Auwers, M.C. de Littrow, C.J.E. Wolf, A. Laussedat and J.R. Hind. There is a description and plans of the Great Equatorial Telescope; description...
Dates: 1866 - 1870
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Correspondence on approaching railways, 1881 - 1890

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/59
Scope and Contents 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....
Dates: 1881 - 1890
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Correspondence on chronometers, 1849 - 1859

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/599
Scope and Contents Correspondence concerning the location, identity, rates and purchases of various chronometers. The volume includes repairs to and complaints with chronometer makers; requests for chronometers for D. Livingstone and the Oregon expedition; a list of chronometer makers; a paper, in French, by Messrs Delamarche and Ploix on the influence of the magnetism of ships on the rates of chronometers; J Hartnup's 'importance of testing chronometers before they are used at sea'; and notes on the management...
Dates: 1849 - 1859
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Correspondence on the Annual Visitation, 1879 - 1903

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/14
Scope and Contents 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...
Dates: 1879 - 1903
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Harton pendulum experiments, 1854

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/215
Scope and Contents Original observations for pendulum experiments at Harton, including observations of galvanic signals; observations of coincidences; and two bound notebooks, one by W. Ellis, the other by E. Dunkin, containing comparisons of the clocks.
Dates: 1854
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Miscellaneous correspondence, 1880 - 1891

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/118
Scope and Contents 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...
Dates: 1880 - 1891
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Miscellaneous meteorological papers, 1879 - 1897

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/128
Scope and Contents 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...
Dates: 1879 - 1897
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Miscellaneous meteorological papers, 1884 - 1904

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/131
Scope and Contents (1) Miscellaneous papers, 1888-1889Index 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...
Dates: 1884 - 1904
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Papers concerning occasional observers, 1849 - 1873

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/43
Scope and Contents Papers concerning occasional observers and miscellaneous items:Correspondence with occasional observers, 1849-1872: Dr A.V. Auwers, Mr A. Wagner, Mr Campion, Mr Carpmael, R.C. Carrington, J. Challis, Mr Cuiswick, Captain Drayson, Mr Englesen, Lieut. Fergusson, Mr J. Glaisher (Jnr), Mr R. Grant, Lieut. Elaguine, Mr R.J. Mann, Mehemed Effendi, Hacki Effendi, Mr Morton, Sir J. Murray, Captain Onimaney, Revd Perry, Lieut. Rikatcheff, Major Said, Mr Schlagintweit, J. Stuart and Lieut....
Dates: 1849 - 1873
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Papers of William Ellis, 1856 - 1916

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 54
Scope and Contents RGO 54 contains correspondence, notes, and printed articles and lectures by Ellis, with a few other printed items and Ellis's tin box.
Dates: 1856 - 1916
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Papers on buildings and grounds, 1873 - 1876

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/52
Scope and Contents Correspondence concerning the painting of the exterior of the Royal Observatory, 1873.Letter regarding the appointment of Col. C. Pasley, Royal Engineers, as Director of the Engineering and Architectural Works, 1873.Note concerning the raising of the wall curb in the South Dome, 1875.Note concerning the insertion of fire plugs on the large maps in the Octagon Room, 1873.Measurements and cost of slate shelves in the Records Room from 1851 to 1867.Plan of...
Dates: 1873 - 1876
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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Papers on computers, 1881 - 1893

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/133
Scope and Contents (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...
Dates: 1881 - 1893
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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Papers on computers' orders, 1881 - 1919

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/136
Scope and Contents Papers concerning occasional orders given to supernumerary computers:(1) Granting of certificatesRecommendations 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...
Dates: 1881 - 1919
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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Papers on computers' resignations, 1881 - 1910

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/138
Scope and Contents (1) Papers relating to the resignations of computers, 1892-1910, including testimonialsTwo 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,...
Dates: 1881 - 1910
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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Papers on earth currents, 1872 - 1911

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/119
Scope and Contents 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...
Dates: 1872 - 1911
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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Papers on Government superintendence, 1855 - 1860

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/4
Scope and Contents Note on the history of Hardy's Clock, with a few words from J. Henry, 1854.Extract from 'Notes and Queries' about the publication of John Flamsteed's 'Historia Coelestis', 1856, and a letter to Airy regarding Flamsteed's works.List of assistants of Dr Nevil Maskelyne, sent to U.J.J. Le Verrier, 1858.Correspondence with Dr P.M. Roget, 1859, concerning the missing Minutes of the Board of Visitors preceding 1830.Extracts from 'Notes and Queries', 1860, relating to a...
Dates: 1855 - 1860
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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Papers on Government superintendence, 1861 - 1869

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/5
Scope and Contents Correspondence relating to the missing volume of minutes of the Board of Visitors for the years 1784 to 1830. There is also correspondence on the extraction of minutes relating to the Royal Observatory from the Council Minutes of the Royal Society. The letters date from 1861.Letter and notes on the burial place of John Flamsteed, 1863.Note by J. Carpenter concerning the 'Old Equatorial', 1864.Memorandum concerning the supposed location of James Bradley and Nevil...
Dates: 1861 - 1869
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Papers on Government superintendence, 1873 - 1875

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/7
Scope and Contents Notes on John Flamsteed intended to serve for a history of the Royal Observatory, comprised of an extract from the parish register of Burstow, Surrey.Notes on Edmond Halley intended to serve for a history of the Royal Observatory, comprised of a biography by F.W. Simms, an extract from 'The Weekly Visitor', and a copy of the inscription on his gravestone.Notes by F.W. Simms on Halley's Comet intended to serve for a history of the Royal Observatory.Notes by Airy on James...
Dates: 1873 - 1875
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Papers on magnetic instruments, 1873 - 1885

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/112
Scope and Contents 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...
Dates: 1873 - 1885
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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Papers on magnetic investigations, 1872 - 1893

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/110
Scope and Contents 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',...
Dates: 1872 - 1893
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Papers on magnetic observations, 1879 - 1880

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/111
Scope and Contents 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.



Dates: 1879 - 1880
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Papers on magnetic observations, 1873 - 1893

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/114
Scope and Contents 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'...
Dates: 1873 - 1893
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Papers on small planets and satellites, 1881 - 1912

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/152
Scope and Contents (1) Papers relating to small planets and satellites, 1881-1912Correspondence 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,...
Dates: 1881 - 1912
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Papers on staff annual leave, 1879 - 1909

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/20
Scope and Contents 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...
Dates: 1879 - 1909
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Papers on staff reorganisation, 1883 - 1896

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/10
Scope and Contents (1) Official correspondence, 1883-1896Papers 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...
Dates: 1883 - 1896
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